A Dark and Stormy Night

Tom Stacey

Simon Chance, Anglican bishop and former missionary, has withdrawn in mid-life to research his enduring mentor Dante, creator of The Divine Comedy.

On a walk in the forest of the Massif des Maures, in search of a church abandoned centuries ago, Chance loses his way - in a ‘dark wood', as once experienced by Dante - while the night turns wild.
Date Published :
September 2018
Publisher :
Medina Publishing
Language:
English
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781911487258
Pages : 210
Dimensions : 9.21 X 6.14 inches
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Overview
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Simon Chance, Anglican bishop and former missionary, has withdrawn in mid-life to research his enduring mentor Dante, creator of The Divine Comedy. He is recently widowed, after the prolonged descent into dementia of his devoted wife Marigold. To recuperate from bereavement, he is invited by a life-long confidante, Clare, to join a house party of several friends from their university days in the hills behind St Tropez in southern France. The reunion coincides with the collapse of global banking confidence.

On a walk in the forest of the Massif des Maures surrounding the villa, in search of a church abandoned centuries ago, Chance loses his way – in a ‘dark wood’, as once experienced by Dante – while the night turns wild.

Marigold has not been the only love of Chance. The passionate liaison of his earlier life, pre-ordination, was with a student botanist. This very Evie, with her Parliamentarian spouse, is about to join the house party of Clare and a vital element in that intense, abandoned youthful liaison is yet to be reconciled with Chance’s ordained self.

The working-through of the nature of love, physical and spiritual, in love’s innocence and purity, will redeem or destroy him. Or both.

About The Author
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One-time chief roving correspondent of the Sunday Times, winner of the Foreign Correspondent of the Year award, Tom Stacey (born 1930) has reported from 128 countries. Subsequently as a publisher, his imprints have created comprehensive works on countries across the Middle East and Islamic world, the 20-volume Peoples of the Earth series issued in 14 languages, and The Concise Encyclopaedia of Islam of which he is the dedicatee. He and his companies' authors have championed campaigns or initiatives in support of various causes and issues, including drug addict rehabilitation. In penology, he conceived the electronic tagging of convicts (in 1981) and has championed the tag's introduction in Britain and internationally. He continues his role as a prison visitor, begun in 1967. His books include 7 novels, one collection of long-short stories with second collection due for publication, one drama film (starring John Hurt), and 3 works of remote travel, including Tribe: The Hidden History of the Mountains of the Moon (a TLS Book of the Year) which has played a vital role in the recognition by Uganda of the ethnic Kingdomhood of the people of Ruwenzori. He is a winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial prize and is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He and his sculptor wife Caroline are currently blessed with 25 descendants.

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