John de Falbe

The Experience of Love

Be Near Me

By

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Andrew O’Hagan’s new novel tells the story of Father David, a Catholic priest who goes to work in a Scottish working-class community on the Ayrshire coast. The clash of values that follows guarantees that he comes to grief on the prejudices and hatred which are the community’s only binding force.

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