The Devil's Paintbrush

The Devil's Paintbrush

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Paris, 1903. Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald, one of the greatest heroes of the British Empire, is facing ruin in a shocking homosexual scandal when he meets the notorious occultist, Aleister Crowley. As they set out into the night on a wild journey through the sinful city, the story of Macdonald's tragedy begins to unfold -- with startling revelations both for the General and the aspiring magician. In a tale that ranges from the battlefields of Sudan to the backstreets of Edinburgh, Jake Arnott brings alive a fascinating, forgotten figure of history, and a world trembling on the brink of a brutal new era. Black magic, Baden-Powell and Islamic revolution are just some of the ingredients in this bold and exhilarating novel, which explores imperialism, sexuality and the very nature of belief with an immediacy that resonates into the present.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 144 x 218 x 26mm | 421.84g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Sceptre
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340922702
  • 9780340922705
  • 681,806

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'Brilliantly expansive and original' -- Daily Mirror 'A consummate performance...a virtuoso work of near history, with the occasional in-joke thrown in for good measure...immensely enjoyable' -- Guardian 'A big departure for Arnott but a surprisingly successful one. It's a great read full of compassion, humour and riveting detail.' -- Sunday Express 'Arnott is clearly having fun here...So to combine that with how the necessity to be good -- to be a hero -- can be as suffocating a pressure as battling with occultist demons makes The Devil's Paintbrush a fine book' -- Metro 'Arnott's great leap forward...This is a book about magick, personal tragedy, imperial war, the sexual drive, the nature of faith and where it can lead...Arnott tackles all this with a coolness of head and a strength of purpose.' -- Herald 'One of the many pleasures of this skilful book is the maintenance of suspense as to whether in this iteration, with magic and drugs in the mix, of what we know to have happened, will happen...Arnott does not ask us to choose between [Crowley and Macdonald] -- but much of the moral force of this excellent book lies in his demonstration that there is, nonetheless, a choice to be made.' -- Independent

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About Jake Arnott

Jake Arnott was born in 1961, and lives in London. His first novel, THE LONG FIRM, was published by Sceptre in 1999 to huge public and critical acclaim. HE KILLS COPPERS, TRUECRIME and JOHNNY COME HOME have followed to equal acclaim. Both THE LONG FIRM and HE KILLS COPPERS have been made into widely praised TV dramas.

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