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Arthur Prescott finds respite from the drudgery of his professorship in the Barchester Cathedral Library, where he researches the Holy Grail and his long-delayed guidebook for the medieval cathedral. His tranquility is shattered by Bethany Davis, a young American academic who has come to digitise the library’s ancient manuscripts. But hostility turns to affection when Arthur discovers Bethany is a kindred spirit, a Grail fanatic. They begin a quest for the lost Book of Ewolda, which could reveal secrets about the cathedral and the Grail, and their connections to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
As Arthur and Bethany delve into the past, the secret history of England—from the Norman invasion to the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution and the Blitz—is revealed.
A thrilling adventure for history lovers, The Lost Book of the Grail is also an ode to the joys of reading.
Charlie Lovett is a writer, teacher and playwright whose books include the New York Times bestseller The Bookman’s Tale and First Impressions. He is a bibliophile and a former antiquarian bookseller. He and his wife split their time between North Carolina and the Cotswolds.
‘In his latest literary mystery, Lovett supplements his trademark meld of books, romance, and adventure with an element of (fairly English) humor and some nods in the direction of P.G. Wodehouse…There’s lots of research too…but it’s underpinned by a pleasing treasure hunt mixed with the romantic involvement of two genially mismatched figures. A solidly built, innocently bookish diversion with a distinct Masterpiece Theater flavor.’ Kirkus Reviews
‘Former antiquarian bookseller Lovett here does what he did so well in his debut, The Bookman’s Tale.’ Library Journal
‘The Lost Book of the Grail is for every book addict. Full of suspense, delightful twists and turns, this is a tale about friendship, love, and the purpose of life.’ Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop
‘Vivid, engaging…A love story and a detective story filled with wonderful historic detail.’ Kate Alcott
‘A mystery, a history, a pleasure—and a treasure.’ Gregory Maguire
‘Vivid, engaging…A love story and a detective story filled with wonderful historic detail.’
‘A mystery, a history, a pleasure—and a treasure.’