My Scottish bookshelf – The Fire Gospel

Posted March 2, 2009 2:04 pm by Andrew Martin

I have fond memories of Under the skin – surely the best novel we have about alien abduction in Scotland -so I was ready to be intrigued by Michael Faber’s acclaimed The fire gospel and was not disappointed. Here Faber has taken a plot which would not disgrace a Dan Brown or a Da Vinci code as academic Theo makes a chance discovery in an Iraq museum and soon finds himself propelled to international celebrity. What he finds is a previously unknown Biblical document which, as you might expect, rocks Christianity to its core. Faber of course is too clever a writer to settle for a straightforward thriller format – it is a fast-paced, often very funny read, beautifully packaged in faux devotional style by Canongate as part of their Myths series.

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