CULTURE: QUEEN & COUNTRY
In our Q&C book club we will be bringing you our favourite read of the month. Our first is by the award-winning author Michael Arditti whose tenth novel explores the history of homophobia in religion and art.
Michael Arditti is the prize-winning author of ten works of fiction. His novel Easter won the Waterstones Award and was longlisted for the Costa Award. Unity was shortlisted for the Wingate Award and Pagan and her Parents was shortlisted for the Lambda Award in the US. Widows and Orphans, Arditti's last novel, was published to great critical acclaim in 2014. He is currently the theatre critic for the Sunday Express and lives in North London.
God's vengeance on the wicked city of Sodom is a perennial source of fascination and horror. Michael Arditti's passionate and enthralling new novel explores the enduring power of the myth in five momentous epochs. A young Judean exile transcribes the Acts of Abraham and Lot in ancient Babylon; the Guild of Salters presents a mystery play of Lot's Wife in medieval York; Botticelli paints the Destruction of Sodom for a court in Renaissance Florence; a bereaved rector searches for the Cities of the plain in nineteenth century Palestine; a closeted gay movie star portrays Lot in a controversial biblical epic in 1980's Hollywood. With its interrelated narratives and interwoven documents, Of Men and Angels is both formally inventive and imaginatively rich. Abounding in characters as vivid as they are varied, from temple prostitutes and palace eunuchs, through fanatical friars and humanist poets, to Bedouin tribesmen, Russian exiles and, of course, angels, this is a novel of breathtaking scope, penetrating insight and profound human sympathy.
'Our best chronicler of the rewards and pitfalls of present day faith' Philip Pullman
PUBLISHED BY ARCADIA IN HARDBACK ON 22ND MARCH, £16.99