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A Messiah of the Last Days (1974) was C. J. Driver’s fourth novel. A profound meditation on politics and a complex portrait of English society, it is also fast-paced and suspenseful.
Its narrator is Tom Grace, a pragmatic, efficient London barrister with a comfortable life. But his ordered world is unsettled by his involvement with a young man he defends in court – John Buckleson, the charismatic leader of an anarchic movement calling themselves The Free People. Though deeply divided in many ways, the two men are drawn to each other by a common dream of creating a new social and moral order. Buckleson, though, is a figure of interest to more people than those who subscribe to his vision.
‘C. J. Driver’s exceptional alertness to our times is matched by the power and zest of his evocative writing, lit up by wry wit.’ Nadine Gordimer.
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