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by Lucy Beckett
An octogenarian bookseller living alone in London has found a description of his father, as a young doctor in 1920s Breslau, in a story about Weimar Germany. Perhaps his own story might be worth telling? In 1945, as a sixteen-year-old boy rescued from the ruins of Europe, he arrives at… Read more »
Earlier this year, it was announced that the first annual Aquinas Award for Fiction would be awarded to Lucy Beckett for her novel The Leaves are Falling. Ignatius Press Marketing director Anthony Ryan traveled to Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee to accept the award on her behalf. The award was… Read more »
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September 22, 2014 9:32 am Leave a Comment
Today is the first official day of Fall and what better way to celebrate than to curl up with one of our novels! Mark Nowakowski of Communities Digital News suggests Lucy Beckett’s The Leaves are Falling: Lucy Beckett may be a retired English literature professor, but she definitely doesn’t write like… Read more »
Summer is almost over and these bloggers have some great end of summer reading suggestions! Sarah Reinhard at the Snoring Scholar suggests Do No Harm by Fiorella de Maria: “Enter Do No Harm, by Fiorella de Maria (Ignatius Press, 2013). It covers topics I am praying about and pretty sick-to-my-stomach about, topics… Read more »
Arthur Powers, author of The Book of Jotham, reviews Tobit’s Dog: “You should read this book,” Marguerite – the owner of In His Name, our local Catholic book store – told me. She has started a section of North Carolina writers, and Richard’s book was right next to mine. She knows books, and… Read more »
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July 3, 2014 12:00 pm Leave a Comment
Check out these reviews and pick up some good novels to read for your long weekend! Happy Independence Day!
John Jollife from The Tablet reviewed The Leaves Are Falling:
This is the story of Josef, a Jewish boy who miraculously escapes from the devastation of wartime Lithuania, having lost all his family through the twin genocides carried out by the Nazis and the Russians…. In an important sense, England was not a part of Europe during the war, but adjacent to it. However much we suffered in the bombing and the fighting, we never knew invasion or occupation, or had to face the terrible choice between resistance and collaboration. And, of course, thanks to the Americans and the Russians, we were on the winning side. The worst of the horrors took place in Eastern Europe, and since they were hardly reported here when other dangers and disasters were so much nearer at hand, we were able to turn a blind eye. So as well as being a sensitive and evocative story, Beckett’s novel is a salutary eye-opener on what the eastern half of Europe suffered, and on what moulded its future for the next fifty years. And although it is an acutely personal story, like her sensitive and gripping previous novel, A Postcard from the Volcano, set in pre-war Germany, it reveals more of the truth about the twentieth century than many a textbook collection of facts can hope to do. Read more »
More bloggers are raving about our novels!
Nancy Ward and Kelly Hansen reviewed Tobit’s Dog:
Tobit’s Dog is a love story amid the battle between heaven and hell for the souls of the good guys as well as the racists, murderers, rapists, thieves and connivers not portrayed in the biblical version of the Book of Tobit. In this imaginary take on the Book of Tobit, exciting enough a tale, Richard skillfully uses the characters, symbols, and scriptural principles. All the vital elements are there: Tobit’s sudden blindness and miraculous healing. Prejudice and bravery — this time, involving a lynching and Tobiah’s arrest for his compassion toward the boy hanging from a tree…. Reading the Book of Tobit a little along with Tobit’s Dog brought me great pleasure and insight into the plots of both books. The Book of Tobit, however, has no holy water from Lourdes, Negro nuns or KKK. Read more »
Lucy Beckett is an award-winning novelist living in Yorkshire, England, where she teaches at Ampleforth Abbey. Her novels include The Time Before You Die, A Postcard from the Volcano, and the recently released The Leaves Are Falling. She is also the author of In the Light of Christ: Writings in… Read more »