John Cornwell

Turbulent Priest

Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt


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Richard Holloway is the first mate who incites a mutiny, makes his fellow mutineers walk the plank, dynamites the scuppers, and takes to a lifeboat. His has been a difficult life for his shipmates. Approaching eighty, he today finds himself stranded on Dover Beach, from whence he bleakly views the foundering ship of Faith in which he sailed so proudly – once. 

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