Search Results: "A.N. Wilson"


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THE RISE AND FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WINDSOR by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"A thinking person's irreverent, entertaining, and knowledgeable guide to the monarchy."
Wilson (Jesus, 1992, etc.) turns his attention and considerable wit to the crisis of Britain's Royal Family—elevating the tabloid debate about Diana and Charles and the rest of the clan so that we see them as players in the possible collapse of the monarchy itself. Read full book review >

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DREAM CHILDREN by A.N. Wilson
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A —topic— novel that surpasses its genre and goes to the dreadful—but this time authentic—heart of the matter."
At a time when child sex abuse elicits myriad accusations, mea culpas, and endless shelves of prefab fiction, the prolific Wilson (Jesus, A Life, 1992; The Vicar of Sorrows, 1994; etc., etc.) offers a respectable, genuine, intellectual portrait of a pedophile that also makes for a gripper indeed. Read full book review >

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THE VICAR OF SORROWS by A.N. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Certainly the darkest of Wilson's novels: a superb web of secrets and misunderstandings that ends with an affirmation—all the more powerful for being hard-earned."
The prolific novelist and biographer, and well-known apostate from the Church of England, here records in fiction a similar loss of faith. Read full book review >

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THE ELIZABETHANS by A.N. Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2012

"Great fun, despite some unnecessary argumentativeness."
Vivid, opinionated overview of 16th-century Britain by prolific novelist/historian/biographer Wilson (Dante in Love, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"Sharp, informed writing from one of the late 20th century's most esteemed cultural commentators. (Author tour)"
A mellifluous, perceptive intellectual history of the Victorians' struggles with faith. Read full book review >

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JESUS by A.N. Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"A formidable challenge to believers in Jesus' divinity, Wilson's eminently readable book also serves as an excellent introduction to the New Testament."
The prolific novelist (Daughters of Albion, 1991, etc.) and biographer (C.S. Lewis, 1990, etc.) turns his attention to the historical Jesus, a biographical subject out of fashion among contemporary theologians. Read full book review >

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HEARING VOICES by A.N. Wilson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"A must for fans of Wilson's Lampitt books, but not the place to begin—much here won't make sense to those unfamiliar with Wilson's grand narrative."
The fourth book in Wilson's Lampitt Papers, an on-going chronicle of 20th-century England and one man's effort to understand a representative life—a life that has become shrouded in intrigue and innuendo. Read full book review >

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HITLER by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"The author's salty certainty both enlivens and diminishes his work."
The award-winning journalist, biographer and novelist offers a short, often-pugnacious biography of the Führer. Read full book review >

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DANTE IN LOVE by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Despite the occasional awkward metaphor—e.g., Dante's 'reworking of his own story is pregnant with dogs in the night-time who do not bark'—Wilson writes with crisp, conversational fluency. He's a fine tour guide, never failing to throw light on this dark wood."
"In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself in a dark wood, for the straight way was lost." So begins Dante's Divine Comedy; for many modern readers, this trip through the afterlife never gets any straighter. Biographer, novelist and critic Wilson (Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II, 2008, etc.) aims to change this with his new book, intended as both an inducement and introduction to the greatest of all epic poems. Read full book review >

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THE VICTORIANS by A.N. Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"An altogether excellent look at the Victorian era, with all its flaws and glories."
A brilliant evocation of a generation that, at least for the English, is both very much alive and has "vanished totally." Read full book review >

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PAUL by A.N. Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

In a worthy companion volume to his Jesus: A Life (1992), novelist-biographer Wilson (A Watch in the Night, 1996, etc.) adeptly recreates the milieu of Christianity's greatest interpreter and missionary. Read full book review >

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WINNIE AND WOLF by A.N. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2008

"Deliberately excessive, Wilson's latest lacks artistic coherence but does offer a feast for music lovers."
Winnie is Richard Wagner's daughter-in-law; Wolf is Hitler. Their relationship is just one item in this fact/fiction hybrid, an appealing grab bag of impressions of the Bayreuth Festival, the Weimar Republic and much more. Read full book review >