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The Lost Book of the Grail: A Novel Hardcover – February 28, 2017
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“The one book every bibliophile needs to read. . . . mysterious, hilarious, and heartwarming . . . A fun, literary adventure in the spirit of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade or The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Book of the Grail is a wildly entertaining story bibliophiles everywhere will love.”
“Book lovers will relish author Lovett’s attention to loving detail. . . . The Lost Book of the Grail is . . . ever so readable.”
—St. Louis Post Dispatch
“There’s a Dan Brown/The Da Vinci Code vibe to this history mystery.”
—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“[The Lost Book of the Grail] offers mystery, a tad of fantasy, a smattering of religious history and romance. . . . Lovett tells a good story, his dialogue is witty and his characters are engaging. . . . So make yourself a cup of proper English tea, open The Lost Book of the Grail and escape your busy life for an afternoon.”
—The News & Observer (Raleigh & Charlotte)
“Delightful . . . English history comes alive. . . . Lovett does a wonderful job of imparting a lot of information about history, religion, books and life in a story that’s both highly entertaining and thought-provoking.”
—The News & Record (Greensboro)
“[Lovett’s] best work yet . . . This bibliomystery immediately enchants those with a weakness for old books and church bells. . . . The Lost Book of the Grail is truly a page-turner for bibliophiles.”
—Fine Books & Collections Magazine
“A lovely story, almost fairytale-like in its presentation. . . . If author Lovett’s other novels are as entertaining as this one, they are to be recommended, sight unseen. As it stands, The Lost Book of the Grail may send readers on their own searches for more Charlie Lovett novels.”
—New York Journal of Books
“The reader is entertained along several parallel lines. One learns a good deal of actual English history, especially religious history, and a good deal of mythology and Arthurian legend. One watches a mystery being solved, always fun, and enjoys the pleasing love story of two nice young people who should be together and, finally, are.”
—Don Noble, The Tuscaloosa News
“Diffident Arthur Prescott [is an] endearing hero. . . . [A] thoroughly enjoyable novel . . . The light tone . . . blends well with the clever academic sleuthing.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“In his latest literary mystery, Lovett supplements his trademark meld of books, romance, and adventure with an element of (fairly English) humor and some nods in the direction of P.G. Wodehouse. . . . There's lots of research too . . . but it's underpinned by a pleasing treasure hunt mixed with the romantic involvement of two genially mismatched figures. A solidly built, innocently bookish diversion with a distinct Masterpiece Theater flavor.”
“Former antiquarian bookseller Lovett here does what he did so well in his debut . . . he uses a contemporary setting to vivify and contextualize ancient writings.”
“Charlie Lovett’s diverting The Lost Book of the Grail is a mystery, a history, a pleasure—and a treasure. Find yourself within its pages, and you find yourself remembering the virtues of books and book-making.”
—Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked and After Alice
“Charlie Lovett knows his English history and nowhere it is more evident than in his latest charming, compelling novel. A literary mystery with fantastic historical detail and a modern love story—what more can you ask for in one book?”
—Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue
“The Lost Book of the Grail is for every book addict. Full of suspense, delightful twists and turns, this is a tale about friendship, love, and the purpose of life.”
—Nina George, New York Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop
“A vivid, engaging tale that takes the reader along on a delightful search through the ancient libraries of a crumbling cathedral in search of a precious book hidden away for hundreds of years. Settle back and enjoy: this is both a love story and a detective story filled with wonderful historic detail.”
—Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker
“The Lost Book of the Grail is a book lover’s book. Ambitious in scope, the cheerful bounce of Lovett’s prose skillfully guides the reader through history’s twists.”
—Erika Swyler, author of The Book of Speculation
About the Author
Charlie Lovett is a former antiquarian bookseller, an avid book collector, and a member of The Grolier Club, the oldest and largest club for bibliophiles in North America. He is the author of The Bookman’s Tale, First Impressions, and The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge. In 2015, Lovett curated Alice Live!, a major exhibition of Lewis Carroll and Alice memorabilia at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, as well as wrote a new introduction for Penguin Classics’ 150th anniversary edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. He and his wife split their time between Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Kingham, Oxfordshire, in England.
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Some of the dialogue could be straight from P. G. Wodehouse: bright, flippant, and amusingly sarcastic, and the narrative of Arthur’s efforts to “crack the code” of St. Edwolda’s lost book is as intriguing as any spy novel.
Through it all runs the thread of Arthur’s determination to be the one to find the Grail, to fulfill that trust instilled in him as a child by his grandfather, as well as his one hope of some day being able to call that faith his own in spite of his disbelief. Flashbacks of those who became guardians of Barchester’s most trusted secrets fill in the blanks and answer the questions Arthur and friends pose in their discoveries.
Eventually, as with all the others who learn the Grail’s secret, Arthur will have to make a choice.The decision is a difficult one for it involves sacrifice, giving up what wants for something better. Whatever choice he makes will be the fulfillment of a lifelong dream . . .
If author Lovett’s other novels are as entertaining as this one, they are to be recommended, sight unseen.
This is an excerpt from the full-length review written for the New York Journal of Books Online. This novel was supplied by the publisher and no remuneration was involved in the writing of this review.
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