In a finale to the series set against the background of the Church of England, Charles Ashworth, Bishop of Starbridge in 1965, complacently proclaims against an immoral society. But then catastrophe tears his life apart and he is confronted with the disorder he had condemned in others.
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1968, with the swinging sixties sliding into decadence, finds Nicholas Darrow wrestling with overwhelming personal problems: How can he bring himself to marry his fiancee, Rosalind, when he is unable to avoid promiscuity? How can he become a priest when he finds it so difficult to live as one? And how can he break his dangerous dependence on his father Jon, whose psychic gifts he shares?
It is at this crucial moment in his life that Nick becomes involved in the mystery surrounding his friend, Christian Aysgarth. Gradually, he realises that discovering the truth about this enigmatic and complex man will unlock the answers to his own baffling problems. However, his journey through darkness into the light reverses all the old certainties and, in his experiments with his psychic powers, Nick risks even his own life and sanity.
"She is writing for anyone who can recognise that mysterious gift of the true storyteller."
Susan Howatch was born in Surrey in 1940. After taking a degree in law she emigrated to America where she married, had a daughter and embarked on her career as a writer. When she eventually left the states, she lived in the Republic of Ireland for four years before returning to England. She spent time in Salisbury - the inspiration for her Starbridge sequence of novels - and now lives in London.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006476279
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110006476279