Gospel of Eve
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Littlemore College is in a picturesque village just outside Oxford. Its calm surroundings have seen generations of aspirant priests pray and train. As far the outside world is concerned, human passions are restrained by devotion to a higher calling. But this is the 1990s and women are training for priesthood for the very first time and passions are running high and at Littlemore College's enclosed and febrile heart a small group of brilliant young ordinands, the favoured students of the charismatic and controversial Medievalist, Professor Albertus Loewe are asking themselves some very dangerous questions indeed. When Catherine Bolton arrives with her freshly-minted doctorate on Chaucer and the Church, Dr Loewe and his secretive group of students represents an irresistible challenge to her and her new friend Evie Kirkland. But just as Evie is not quite the friend she seems to be, so too the medieval passions of Dr Loewe's group are more far reaching and intense than she could ever have imagined.
'A vividly compelling story about the dangerous games that can weave themselves around faith seeking understanding.' -- Rowan Williams 'The Gospel of Eve is insightful and revealing, it's also, at times good old fashioned, slightly mischievous fun.' -- Rev Kate Bottley 'Donna Tartt's The Secret History meets A.N. Wilson's Unguarded Hours in Rachel Mann's intoxicating first novel.' -- Michael Arditti