Crusaders

Richard T. Kelly
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ISBN 9780571228065 Format Paperback
Published 03/01/2008 Length 560 pages

About Book

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Autumn 1996, and things can only get better - or so believes the Reverend John Gore bound for the North-East after a decade's absence, charged with the mission of 'planting' a new church in the deprived West End of town. But on his return to a Victorian city in the throes of 'regeneration', Gore finds his task complicated by run-ins with three impressive locals, all of whom he needs to successfully bring off his mission. Slowly these relationships draw him into a moral maze, as he learns more than he wished about the secrets people keep so as to live with themselves.
  • About Richard T. Kelly

    Richard T Kelly is the author of three novels published by Faber and Faber: Crusaders (2008, ‘a magnificent state of the nation epic’ – Financial Times); The Possessions of Doctor Forrest (2011, ‘a horror novel of the most enjoyably reckless stripe’ – TLS); and The Knives (2016, 'the best novel about modern politics I have read in years' – Observer). In 2013 he co-wrote Judith Tebbutt’s memoir of hostage in Somalia, A Long Walk Home, which was a BBC Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week’, a Sunday Times bestseller, and 2013 National Book Awards nominee as Best Autobiography.

    He has also published a number of interview-based books about filmmakers: Alan Clarke (1998), The Name of this Book is Dogme 95 (2000) and the authorised biography Sean Penn: His Life and Times (2004). Keegan & Dalglish, his study of the parallel careers of two legendary footballers, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2017.

    Eclipse, his first screenplay for television, was broadcast by Channel 4 in 2010. He has also written scripts for film and stage.

    Richard has also worked in publishing as an editor of books at Faber and Faber and at Penguin Random House, and has acted as a consultant to the literary agency Tibor Jones. He is currently Lecturer in English & Creative Writing at the University of Northampton, and a contributing editor to Esquire magazine.
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