Dan Starkey investigates the birth of a new Messiah on a small island off the coast of Ireland. Back together with his wife Patricia and the baby -- Little Stevie -- that resulted from her affair, Dan accepts a curious commission from Cardinal Daley to investigate the tiny island of Wrathlin, where the inhabitants appear to believe that the new Messiah has been born. The child in question turns out to be a girl called Christine, and the local population has become as defensive and generally crazy as the cast of The Crucible. At first it's just funny for Dan and Trish, but fairly soon the mood turns very much darker. Packed with Bateman's trademarket mixture of jokes, shocks and tenderness, Turbulent Priests is his best novel yet.
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The author was born in Northern Ireland in 1962 and educated at Bangor Grammar School before joining the County Down Spectator, where he became the deputy editor until 1996. In 1990 he received a Journalist's Fellowship to Oxford University for his reports from Uganda and has received a Northern Ireland Press Award for his weekly satirical column. He won the Betty Trask Award in 1994.Review:
Divorcing Jack: 'A joy from start to finish... Witty, fast-paced and throbbing with menace, Divorcing Jack reads like The Thirty-Nine Steps rewritten for the '90s by Roddy Doyle' Time Out Cycle of Violence: 'Bateman's is the ultimate word on the insanity of the Troubles: no one has done it better' Scotland on Sunday Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men: 'Fast, furious, riotously funny and at the end, never a dry eye in the house' Mail on Sunday Empire State: 'A hugely enjoyable novel... blessed with a beautiful sense of irony... It's like Carl Hiaasen, Tom Wolfe, and Roddy Doyle at their best' The Herald
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2254166
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002254166