George Fraser

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A Man Against a Background of Flames by Paul Hoggart
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A satisfying, ironic and multi-layered novel, bringing together the past (16th century Elizabethan England) and the present, merging campus novel, thriller, the comic and serious.

The hero, James Appleby, is an engaging, accident prone academic historian, who stumbles on evidence of a sixteenth century sect of humanists, who under their leader, Nicholas Harker, try to formulate a religion without god, The discovery has consequences: the spread of groups imitating the "Harkerites" in the present and a furious reaction to this from religious fundamentalists of all kinds.

The novel involves satirical treatment of backstabbing academic politics, Fox TV, religious cults and… Read more