The Naked Name of Love

The Naked Name of Love

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In 1865, as Darwin's new theory of evolution begins to sweep aside old certainties, a young Jesuit priest and plant-hunter sets out into an unknown world. He is driven by twin passions: for science and for his faith. Travelling across the Eastern Steppes of Mongolia in the company of a Buddhist monk and a local horseman, Joseph's journey is fraught with danger, both physical and spiritual. But it is Namuunaa, the gifted shaman woman who saves his life, who offers a greater challenge: she will teach him what it is to love.A story of East meeting West and of a love that transcends culture, faith and, ultimately, tragedy, this is both a novel on an epic scale and an astonishingly intimate story.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 150 x 200 x 30mm | 238g
  • Hodder Paperback
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0719521742
  • 9780719521744
  • 1,374,166

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'[O'Connell] has quite an imagination.' * Dover Express; Folkestone Herald; Deal + Sandwich Express * Sanjida O'Connell does for sugar what Dava Sobel did for Longitude: make a gripping drama out of dry school lessons * Guardian on Sugar: the Grass that Changed the World * Taut, complex and highly original * The Times on Angel Bird * Praise for Sanjida O'Connell * - * 'Grapples with faith and science post-Darwin as East and West cultures clash on the steppes of Mongolia in 1865. It is a very special book, a lovely novel for The English Passengers or Stars of the Sea market, and an epic love story beautifully written' * Bookseller * 'Accounts of the natural world are quite beautiful and the psychological acuteness of some of the novel's events, such as the senseless, brutal killing of a mule by a soldier bent on displaying his power, is effective and disquieting' * Sydney Morning Herald * 'A beautiful story of West meeting East and of love that transcends culture, faith and ultimately, tragedy, this is a novel on an epic scale and an astonishingly intimate story' * Irish Post *
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About Sanjida O'Connell

Sanjida O'Connell is a TV presenter and producer. She is the author of five previous books, two novels, Theory of Mind and Angel Bird, written in her early twenties and three works of non-fiction, Mindreading: How we Learn to Love and Lie, Sugar: The Grass that Changed the World and Nature's Calendar. She also has a PhD in Theory of Mind.
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Rating details

40 ratings
3.22 out of 5 stars
5 18% (7)
4 25% (10)
3 30% (12)
2 18% (7)
1 10% (4)
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