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Resurrection of the Body Paperback – 1 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: MAIA BOOKS (1 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904559301
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904559306
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,078,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maggie Hamand is a journalist, novelist and non-fiction author. She was the winner of the first World One-Day Novel Cup and her novel, "The Resurrection of the Body", was first published by Michael Joseph and has been optioned for film and television. She has also had short stories published and shortlisted for prizes. She taught creative writing at Morley College, was Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison, London and a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at London University of the Arts. She founded and was director of the acclaimed small independent publisher The Maia Press. She runs the Complete Creative Writing Course at The Groucho Club and has published "Creative Writing For Dummies" and "Creative Writing Exercises for Dummies". Her novels, "The Rocket Man" and "Dr Gavrilov", are now available as ebooks.


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`A compelling, impressive tale' -- The Times

`A rattling good read' -- Richard Chartres, Bishop of London

`An assured tone and decidedly bold denouement - a talent to watch' -- Financial Times

`Ingenious and provocative exploration of faith, fact and fantasy'
-- Hampstead & Highgate Express

`The story has mystery-thriller suspense as well as several intriguing depths . . . terrifically impressive' -- Independent

About the Author

Maggie Hamand is a journalist, non-fiction author and novelist. She is the author of two novels and her short stories have been shortlisted for major prizes and published in newspapers and magazines. She teaches creative writing at The Groucho Club and at Morley College. In 2000-01 she was Writer in Residence at Holloway Prison, London, and in 2004-07 a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at London University of the Arts.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Hands on 26 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
This is one of the few novels that I couldn't put down.

Combining elements of crime novel, mystery, and psychological thriller, The Resurrection of the Body explores several philosophical issues while maintaining a terrific narrative drive.

One of the many things I admired was that the narrator's crisis of faith and spiralling doubts about his own sanity were so plausibly evoked, with every event open to alternative explanations. And I loved the twist at the end when... But no, I'm not going to tell you. Read it for yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue Cat on 7 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book - it is an interesting take on the crime novel, and although the subject matter is religious in nature it isn't all 'preachy'. The story is follows the actions of a vicar after a man bursts in on one of his services having been assaulted. The man subsequently dies and his body disappears from the mortuary. It is difficult to say much more without giving away too much of the plot, but suffice to say that this is not a straightforward case of 'whodunnit' and the vicar is left questioning both his faith and his sanity as he tries to make sense of what has happened. The ending is brilliant.

This book was written as part of a competition to write a novel in a day. This was the winning entry and this achievement makes the book even more of an accomplishment. Amazing!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NR J. Shepherd on 2 April 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a pleasure to read. It manages to combine the interest of a crime thriller, the thoughtfulness of a serious novel, and - as an added bonus - some thought-provoking theology thrown in. The vicar is a partivcularly well-drawn figure, with his mixture of belief and doubt, which surely must afflict all churchmen.
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