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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Patagonia Press (10 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992864909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992864903
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born into a Jewish family in London in 1925, Harris joined the RAF directly from Haileybury, serving as a Lancaster flight mechanic at the RAF Experimental Establishment at Boscombe Down. Later he was German interpreter to Afrika Korps prisoners of war in the Egyptian desert, in Cairo playwright in RAF Repertory Company and news reader on the Forces Network. In 1948 Harris emigrated to Brazil where he taught English and learned colloquial Portuguese. He contributed to an English language newspaper, and wrote and presented a sponsored series of music programmes on Radio Nacional, Rio de Janeiro. He moved to North America in 1953, worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto, and in New York was accredited radio interviewer for CBC, the first interviewee being TV impresario Ed Sullivan. In 1958 Harris returned home, continuing as interviewer for CBC and the BBC, which produced his radio plays. Harris organised six BBC TV documentaries on Holland and Morocco, shown on Wednesday Magazine, the first daytime programme screened by the BBC at its Lime Grove studios in Shepherd’s Bush. In 1960 Harris made an archival spoken word LP, Theatre 60, under the distinguished ARGO record label. It covered all aspects of theatre, its participants including Noel Coward, Peter Ustinov, Peter Hall, Albert Finney, Harold Pinter and Kenneth Tynan. On the opening night of Beyond The Fringe at the Fortune Theatre, Harris interviewed Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller. When Bob Guccione founded Penthouse, Harris became motoring correspondent, as well as contributing short stories and articles. He continued to broadcast and contribute to several newspapers and magazines. His first published novel Clovis appeared in 1970. Prior to his 80th birthday, Harris met Alison with whom he has been living and travelling for nine years. They have been chased by pirates off Zanzibar, ridden the zip wire down the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica; when Harris told the despatcher that he was 87, the man crossed himself before despatching him with a valedictory lumbar punch into the thick mist high above a rain forest, where he got stuck in a crosswind and had to be rescued. Godhead took some ten years to write, but Harris hasn’t put down his pen for long. By the time he is 90, in less than two years’ time, Patagonia Press will have published three volumes of his memoirs, under the generic title of Absent Virtue.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G Kieffer on 29 Sep 2014
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A brilliant gallop through history from a highly unusual and original perspective. I found the book very difficult to put down as the author writes with verve and briskness, but retains a humorous perspective as he explores historical events. While ostensibly highly readable fiction there is much to entice and amuse the historian, social scientist and philosopher and I would consider it a must for the study of comparative religion. I have read several of the author's offerings and cannot wait for the next.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Comerford on 9 April 2014
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It would take a man of years to write this novel, and Walter Harris fits the bill to perfection. `Godhead' is primarily a story of one man, Nathaniel ben Ezra who, through an accident of kindness, finds long life bestowed upon him. After meeting The Son of God at his crucifixion, Nathaniel becomes the focus of a journey through chronologically sound and historically accurate adventures bearing his `gift' and delivering a tale at two levels. First come his adventures and his increasingly frustrating attempts to adjust to living without the cure of an end. Secondly the reader begins to wonder at the solidity of belief outside the realms of Godhead's excellent narrative.

Once the author brings us to the present day we reach the point where fiction rattles reality, or, rather, faith-based hope. Faith requires no reality to perpetuate dogma, and dogma becomes the comfort of the many who find this life too little to contemplate. And here is where Walter Harris places a physical spanner in the metaphysical works. Add a returning Jesus Christ to the bloated and much changed Christianity of the 21st Century and the collision echoes through two millennia of misrepresentation and construction of authority based monopolies. To be a Christian one only needs faith, bred of hope, without proof. If proof comes along and doubt recedes, the cleansing of every temple cannot be far away.

`Godhead' will demand original thought. It will discomfit the believer yet give pause for such thoughts, and that can only be a good thing. All else aside `Godhead' is a good read in the classic style and will remain a tribute to its author's perception and wisdom - such can only come with maturity, and Walter Harris has that in spades. This is a very good book and I recommend it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary on 5 Aug 2014
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a fascinating idea, I am not sure if Mr Harris is religious, but he does have a grasp of history.
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