Reissue of the author’s most famous and well-loved work, the Starbridge series, six self-contained yet interconnected novels that explore the history of the Church of England through the 20th century.
Neville Aysgarth, archdeacon, and right-hand man of the Bishop of Starbridge, has spent his life chasing worldly success. In 1942 he has a perfect wife, a perfect family and a perfect future in the Church of England - all ultimate prizes.
Then Aysgarth meets an attractive young socialite and is soon dangerously and chaotically involved in adultery, hypocrisy and obsession. Tormented and on the brink of ruin, he must at last face the truth about himself, his marriage and the mysterious past he cannot discuss as he chases the most vital prize of all - his own survival…
Witty, wise and compelling, Ultimate Prizes powerfully explores both the temptations of sex and success, and the ultimate themes of sin and salvation.
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'This superbly intricate ecclesiastical tale … irresistible' Church Times
'A fascinating story' Publishers Weekly
'Howatch writes thrillers of the heart and mind … everything in a Howatch novel cuts close to the bone and is of vital concern' New Woman
'A mesmerising storyteller' Daily Telegraph
'One of the most original novelists writing today' Cosmopolitan
'She is a deft storyteller, and her writing has depth, grace and pace' Sunday Times
'Susan Howatch may well become the Anthony Trollope of the 20th century. Howatch is more than just a novelist of ideas… She is a skilled storyteller who makes the reader wonder and care about her people.' Washington PostAbout the Author:
Susan Howatch was born in Surrey in England. After taking a degree in law at King's College, London, she emigrated to America where she married, had a daughter, and embarked on her career as a writer. In 1976 she separated from her husband, left America and lived in the Republic of Ireland for four years before returning to England. While living in a flat overlooking Salisbury Cathedral and "trying to hold my divided self together", she found herself inspired by the beauty of the cathedral and became a convert. She wondered if she should continue producing romantic novels. Instead, she wrote the series of six Starbridge novels about the Church of England in the 20th century, all of which reflect her own spiritual crises.
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Book Description Harper, 1996. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service!. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0006496911
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Book Description Harper, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. This third novel in Susan Howatch's "Church of England" saga follows the story of the Archdeacon Neville Aysgarth whose talent for his job seems to be his only virtue. As the novel unfolds, a very different man appears, one who has compassion and pity for the German prisoners of war. New paperback copy, may have some shelf wear, ready for immediate despatch. Bookseller Inventory # 009231
Book Description Harper Collins, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. new ed edition. 480 pages. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0006496911
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