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A Man Against a Background of Flames [Kindle Edition]

Paul Hoggart
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'Move over Dan Brown - bulges with action sequences - one of the most thrilling reads I have encountered.' Oxford Times '... a roller-coaster ride ... I absolutely loved it, and was gripped from start to finish.' Valerie Grove 'A cracker, a corker and a tour de force.' Richard Cor field 'Da Vinci Code meets Lucky Jim.' Corinna Honan 'A most interesting book.' Rowan Williams ' - amazing story - Elizabethan history isn't normally this exciting.' The Times "It's extremely refreshing to read a novel which encompasses this wide range of tone and characterisation within such a densely plotted, violent and breath-stoppingly exciting story, so that the hints here and there of a possible sequel are especially welcome. Go out and buy it now as Christmas presents for all your friends and relatives, and you'll reap a huge debt of gratitude at the New Year!" - The Tablet "Dipping back and forth in time, Paul Hoggart's mixed-genre novel is bound to attract comparison with Dan Brown. But this is far better: intelligent, moving, funny and compelling." - Daily Mail

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Ideas are dangerous!

Historian James Appleby uncovers a dangerous secret hidden deep in a chest of 400 year-old documents. To his horror, its discovery ignites a global firestorm that threatens to engulf all that he loves.

As Appleby's research inspires a worldwide movement, his enemies begin a murderous hunt from Amsterdam to Washington, New York and all over England.

Scorched by the embers of his marriage and his weakness for extra-marital affairs, Appleby finds out just how dangerous ideas can be.

Reviews
'Dipping back and forth in time, Paul Hoggart’s mixed-genre novel is bound to attract comparison with Dan Brown. But this is far better: intelligent, moving, funny and compelling.' Daily Mail

'Go out and buy it now as Christmas presents for all your friends and relatives, and you’ll reap a huge debt of gratitude at the New Year!' The Tablet

'. . . a roller-coaster ride . . . I absolutely loved it, and was gripped from start to finish.' Valerie Grove

'Do not read it if your nearest and dearest are likely to seriously resent you being late for meals ... a perfectly paced and savvy thriller which packs an emotional punch.' The Morning Star

'A cracker, a corker and a tour de force.' Richard Corfield

'Da Vinci Code meets Lucky Jim.' Corinna Honan

'A most interesting book.' Rowan Williams

'…amazing story…Elizabethan history isn't normally this exciting.' The Times

'This is much more than a tense historical thriller, however; it’s the portrait of a marriage becalmed in a backwater, and of different kinds of love, friendship and working relationships, all of which flux and change according to the outward events of the novel and the interior lives of the characters. One of these is a great comic creation: Appleby’s colleague Van Stumpe is not only genuinely funny but also brave, tragic and admirable. It’s extremely refreshing to read a novel which encompasses this wide range of tone and characterisation within such a densely plotted, violent and breath-stoppingly exciting story, so that the hints here and there of a possible sequel are especially welcome.' The Tablet

'Move over Dan Brown… bulges with action sequences… one of the most thrilling reads I have encountered.' Oxford Mail

About the author
Scion of the renowned Hoggart clan, Paul Hoggart’s writing about TV drama has appeared in The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Broadcast and Radio Times. A Man Against a Background of Flames is his debut novel and the sequel is already in development.

About the Author

Born in 1952, Paul Hoggart grew up in Hull, Leicester and Birmingham. He studied English at the University of York, and taught English, Drama and Media Studies at schools and colleges in Leicester, London and Kenya. Scion of the famous clan (son of Richard and brother of Simon), he was a regular television columnist for The Times and has written for many national newspapers and magazines.
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