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Another Bloody Retreat: Abbot Peter's desert years Paperback – 22 Jan 2018
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About the Author
Simon Parke has been a script writer for Spitting Image, a Sony award-winning radio writer and a priest in the Church of England. He is now CEO of The Mind Clinic and author of the Abbot Peter murder mysteries, set in Seaford on the Sussex coast where Simon now lives with Shellie, seagulls and his running shoes.
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An archbishopric or sex? This is the arresting question at the start of 'Another Bloody Retreat', and we have a lot of fun along the way to discovering the answer. As Ian Hislop remarks about the forerunner to this book: 'Desert Ascent': "I think this book should be banned before it does the image of religion some real damage!"
Anyone who belongs to a Writers' Group will enjoy this book's prologue, as the Stormhaven Writers' Group criticize and pick holes in Abbot Peter's literary work ('pearls before swine' is a phrase that springs to my mind: 'normal people, Peter', and 'my Derek used to like the sand'.
"Carol, though attractive, was getting on my nerves." The love/hate relationship between the ambitious Carol and Abbot Peter gripped my attention to the extent that I returned several times to reread these chapters. There is also plenty of stirring action and plots along the way - with much involvement of ladders - (don't ask!).
Although Abbot Peter would have us believe he is in his dotage, luckily this is not the case. As so often before, Simon Parke provokes both laughter and tears - for me, the essentials of a first-class read.