Adrian Turpin

Doubting Thomas

In Extremis

By

Harvill Secker 342pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

Tim Parks’s new novel begins with a dilemma. Should the middle-aged narrator view his mother’s corpse? Thomas cannot make up his mind. But then he can rarely decide about anything. In a book rich with biblical references, he is Doubting Thomas. But he is also Thomas the Twin, the other name for the dubious apostle. On the most apparently simple matters – sending an email, booking a flight – he is divided against himself.

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