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A totally misleading title,
This review is from: Rise and Fall of the Nine O'Clock Service: A Cult Within the Church? (Paperback)
This is (to the best of my knowledge) the only account of the "infamous" Nine O'Clock Service that's longer than a newspaper article, and that makes it reasonably important, at least for those of us who were involved with NOS. It's a shame, then, that the author has chosen to concentrate almost exclusively on Chris Brain, and not consider any of the wider picture of what went wrong, and what went right.
The story of Chris's journey to the Anglican priesthood and his subsequent fall from grace is obviously a tremendously important part of the history of NOS, but it's not the entire story implied by the book's title. There's little consideration of the wider context of NOS, for example, of its place within St. Tom's culture, and within the Sheffield club scene too.
I hate to criticise a book for not being the one I wanted to read, or the one I would have written, but the title of Roland Howard's work is very misleading. This is a pretty damning character study of Chris Brain, but it fails on just about every other level.