The Honourable Member for Pepynbridge
Ralph Waters, a successful, wealthy and gay Queen's Counsel and, since May 2015, the elected Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of Pepynbridge Forest, spends most weekends in a rented cottage in the village of Pepynbridge, accompanied by his much younger partner, Pascal Legrand, a retired black African Top 14 French rugby union player. Ralph and Pascal's request that Herbert Onion, Rector of Pepynbridge, should conduct their marriage in St Aidan's Abbey and the knowledge that Ralph is promoting a Private Members' Bill in Parliament to force the Church of England to permit same-gender marriage in church, unleash controversy in the village and further afield that challenges long-held assumptions about homosexuality and entrenched attitudes towards same-gender marriage; and puts at risk not only a livelihood, but a life as well.
- Paperback | 362 pages
- 140 x 200 x 25mm | 430g
- 30 Sep 2016
- i2i Publishing
- Manchester, United Kingdom
Peter Morrell was born just before D Day. After school and university, where he read French, he qualified, first as a solicitor, and then as a barrister. He practised at the Bar until 1992, when he was appointed a circuit judge, trying criminal and civil cases in London and the East Midlands. Peter retired from the Circuit Bench in 2009, but continued to preside over Mental Health Tribunals until 2014. Peter has been an observant Christian since childhood and, in 2008, was ordained a deacon of the Church of England; and a priest a year later. He currently ministers in country parishes near his home where he has lived for over forty years. Peter is the author of two novels published in 2015; The Rector of Pepynbridge and The Islamist of Pepynbridge. Set in Pepynbridge, a fictional village in Northamptonshire, both deal with challenging and contemporary social issues and draw upon Peter's professional experiences as barrister, judge and clergyman; and his knowledge of rural life. The Honourable Member for Pepynbridge is the third novel in the Pepynbridge series. Set in the same village, it features the debate in the Church of England and the wider community about homosexuality and whether same-sex marriages may be conducted in church. Peter has been married to Mary for 46 years, with two grown-up daughters and a granddaughter.