The Woman Who Was God

 
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Her son, Jim, apparently died in an accident. Ruth St Just is doubtful. She might not have understood why he joined a religious community on the tiny African island of Ellamore, or even why he had gone abroad in the first place, but the manner of his death doesn't ring true. The Foreign Office are unconcerned however. No matter how much this obsessive woman badgers them, investigations go no further. Frustrated, Ruth takes matters into her own hands. She sets off on a personal mission to Africa., determined to expose the sordid truth behind the sinister sect and the mysterious, charismatic woman who reigns over it, and to uncover among her bizarre band of misfits and eccentrics, the disturbing circumstances that led to the death of her son. 'A Gothic creation of power and brilliance, full of bizarre episodes that crash the weird and the ordinary against each other.' Observer 'Essential reading - this novel will resonate in the mind for a long time to come.' Financial Times 'Francis King, one of the finest contemporary novelists, is prolific, fluent, judicious and moving. He leads us through the novel as an initiate would lead us through a maze.' Melvyn Bragg

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Born in Switzerland, Francis King spent his childhood in India. Whilst at Oxford he wrote three novels and then joined the British Council. He was the drama critic of the Sunday Telegraph and reviewed fiction extensively. He wrote over twenty novels and his non-fiction includes E. M. Forster and his World.

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Even the title is ambiguous in this highly skillful, engrossing psychological thriller by a well-known British author ( Voices in an Empty Room and Frozen Music ). Attractive, middle-aged divorcee Ruth St. Just is convinced that her adored only son James, who has died mysteriously on the island of Ellampore off the coast of West Africa, was actually murdered, possibly by members of a small cult gathered around a charismatic woman known as Mother. Having exhausted her efforts to get more information from the Foreign Office in London, and to interest the press in the case, Ruth journeys to Ellampore. The reader shares her anxiety, the impact of this African backwater on her already taut emotions, her suspicions of Mother when at last the women meet. The book could move in any direction at this point, but King has something more in mind than solving a conventional mystery; and his novel takes several dark and unsettling turns before a shocking ending that suddenly makes the reader reexamine everything that has gone before. A thoroughly gripping performance.
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