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The Lost Book of the Grail Char­lie Lovett, Text, $29.99

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A fas­ci­nat­ing book by the au­thor of The

Book­man’s Tale, its de­noue­ment sends tin­gles through the body. It is the tale of Arthur Prescott, a with­drawn and fusty lec­turer en­gaged in re­search on the Holy Grail at Barch­ester Cathe­dral Li­brary. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously it re­lates the his­tory of a re­li­gious trea­sure se­cretly handed down from St Ewolda’s Monastery by monks since 560 AD. Both nar­ra­tives are in­trigu­ing. Then there is the thread of the Amer­i­can girl who comes to bring the future to the li­brary in the form of digi­ti­sa­tion. She rat­tles Arthur’s cage by turn­ing out to be a fel­low Holy Grail seeker. The plot me­an­ders through a then-and-now world of glo­ri­ous old books and manuscripts. Verdict: en­gag­ing

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