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John stands in the storm. He has no fear of any kind. He has outlived all manner of pain and been near enough to death to kiss its face and walk away. He has lived for a purpose and believes he knows what it is. Aged as dust, blind and perilously frail, John has walked ten thousand miles, more, to tell of love. He was from the beginning and will be at the end: he has lived to witness in a hundred years sights and scenes that cloud his mind. Of his disciples, there are few remaining, banished with him to the island of Patmos where they wait. They wait as storm clouds whip the island with rain. They wait for the world to free them from exile. They wait for signs that never come. Their belief starts to turn into agonising doubt as they are ravaged by bewilderment and impatience. Frustration and bitterness rage inside Matthias, forcing him to turn his back on his friends, his leader, and his belief. As the disciples' loyalty disintegrates into betrayal, Papias remains at John's side, tending to his old master with a constancy that is undiminished to the end of his life. Always, the shadow of grief follows them, for the love that has given their lives meaning was not shared by the rest of the world. Niall Williams' new novel is a prodigious feat of imagination written with poetic vision, and an unforgettable validation of courage and faith. Romantic, wild and passionate, John is the story of what it might be to love for a more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 153 x 234mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747594368
  • 9780747594369
  • 1,253,999

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'Williams' prose is bathed in poetry and moonlight' The Times 'Reading Niall Williams makes you want to cuddle in front of a fire, holding on to a loved one so tightly you might never let them go' Time Out PRAISE FOR FOUR LETTERS OF LOVE: '[...] unfurls like some epic poem which has been handed down in song generation by generation. Half fable, half tragic realism, its musical rhythm is unforgettable' Daily Mail PRAISE FOR AS IT IS IN HEAVEN: 'Intricate and tender...there is a deftness to the artistry, a sophistication in the telling of their love story that captivates brilliantly' Sunday Timesshow more

About Niall Williams

Niall Williams was born in Dublin in 1958. He studied English and French literature at University College Dublin. His first book, Four Letters of Love, was an international bestseller and has been published in over twenty countries. He is the author of five novels and three plays. Niall Williams lives in more

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