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The Lost Book of the Grail

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

‘Lovett considers topics both contemporary and timeless: the relevance and future of physical libraries; the advantages and drawbacks of electronic documents; love, devotion and friendship; recollection and truth; setting priorities for life; and faith and belief…Lovett’s expertise in, respect for and love of old books is apparent on every page…Not only bibliophiles will be charmed by this thoroughly enjoyable tale.’ BookMooch

‘Merging medievalist erudition, literary sleuthing and romantic comedy, Charlie Lovett’s The Lost Book of the Grail is an entertaining romp the well-read will enjoy.’ Age

‘Lovett explores the nature of faith and doubt while unravelling the long history of the cathedral and its treasures…For bibliophiles, Grail enthusiasts and anyone who loves a good quest, Arthur’s story is a rich, erudite and entertaining adventure.’ Shelf Awareness 

‘Charlie Lovett’s charming novel combines Arthurian legend, Christian beliefs, history and a love of books to produce a grown-up’s version of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code…An engaging concoction of mystery, ancient manuscripts, secret codes, literary sleuthing, the real meaning of faith and mild romance. It will enthral those readers who love books and history.’ Canberra Weekly  

Charlie Lovett
About the Author

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.

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Extent:
336pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
20 March 2017
ISBN:
9781925498301
AU Price:
$29.99
NZ Price:
$37.00
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Praise for Charlie Lovett
andThe Lost Book of the Grail

‘Vivid, engaging…A love story and a detective story filled with wonderful historic detail.’

‘A mystery, a history, a pleasure—and a treasure.’

‘Diffident Arthur Prescott [is an] enduring hero… [A] thoroughly enjoyable novel.’

‘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.’

‘Charlie Lovett knows his English history and nowhere is it more evident than in his latest charming, compelling novel. A literary mystery with fantastic historical detail and a modern love story—what more can you ask for in one book?’

‘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.’

‘The Lost Book of the Grail is a mystery, a history, a pleasure—and a treasure. Find yourself within its pages, and you find yourself remembering the virtues of books and bookmaking.’

‘Former antiquarian bookseller Lovett here does what he did so well in his debut, The Bookman’s Tale.’

‘Lovett considers topics both contemporary and timeless: the relevance and future of physical libraries; the advantages and drawbacks of electronic documents; love, devotion and friendship; recollection and truth; setting priorities for life; and faith and belief…Lovett’s expertise in, respect for and love of old books is apparent on every page…Not only bibliophiles will be charmed by this thoroughly enjoyable tale.’

‘Merging medievalist erudition, literary sleuthing and romantic comedy, Charlie Lovett’s The Lost Book of the Grail is an entertaining romp the well-read will enjoy.’

‘Lovett explores the nature of faith and doubt while unravelling the long history of the cathedral and its treasures…For bibliophiles, Grail enthusiasts and anyone who loves a good quest, Arthur’s story is a rich, erudite and entertaining adventure.’

‘Charlie Lovett’s charming novel combines Arthurian legend, Christian beliefs, history and a love of books to produce a grown-up’s version of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code…An engaging concoction of mystery, ancient manuscripts, secret codes, literary sleuthing, the real meaning of faith and mild romance. It will enthral those readers who love books and history.’

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