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A Long Way to Shiloh

Lionel Davidson

A fiery young professor goes on the hunt for a priceless artefact in this no. 1 bestselling thriller.

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The no. 1 bestseller from the author of Kolymsky Heights

‘As significant as . . . le Carré in bringing a gritty new realism to the thriller.’ Sunday Telegraph

An ancient scroll has been discovered in Israel. Caspar Laing, a young and brilliant professor, is asked to decipher it. It contains the directions to the secret location of a priceless artefact. As he makes the treacherous journey into the desert, he is joined by dangerous rivals determined to claim the prize. He must win the race at all costs.

‘Ceaselessly gripping . . . A joy to devour.’ The Times

‘Brilliantly entertaining.’ Sunday Express

Critic Reviews

As significant as Len Deighton or le Carré in bringing a gritty new realism to the thriller.

Sunday Telegraph
Critic Reviews

A Long Way to Shiloh added a new dimension to [Davidson's work]. It had its ceaselessly gripping story - a hunt for the centuries-lost true Menorah from the Temple at Jerusalem - it had its quota of sheer adventure, it had its sharpness of tone that helped to trick you deliciously into full belief, it had its immensely funny passages and it had all that overwhelming vividness. But it had something more as well. It had a setting that was . . . a character in the book in its own right . . . A joy to devour.

H. R. F. Keating, The Times
Critic Reviews

Long before Indiana Jones, it casts an archaeologist as a hero . . . Davidson is especially good at being realistically funny without in any way losing the tension or the fear.

Peter Hitchens
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A supple delight in which learning, wit and style are beautifully integrated.

New York Times
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Brilliantly entertaining.

Sunday Express
Critic Reviews

A very superior thriller indeed.

Daily Mail

Lionel Davidson was born in 1922 in Hull, Yorkshire. He left school early and worked as a reporter before serving in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. His first novel, The Night of Wenceslas, was published in 1960 to great critical acclaim and drew comparisons to Graham Greene and John le Carré. It was followed by The Rose…

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