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2The trade paperback debut of the first novel in Howatch's extraordinary six-novel sequence about love and desire, allegiance and infidelity, worldly ambition and spirituality--"a terrific story . . . driven by passion" (San Jose Mecury News).

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Random House
ISBN: 0449909808
ISBN-13: 9780449909805

Publisher's Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The first in Susan Howatch's acclaimed novels centering on the glorious Cathedral of Starbridge, Glittering Images is a masterful depiction of spiritual hubris, the seductions of power, and the moral dilemmas of England between the wars.

"Passionately eloquent . . . [A] tale of God, sex, love, self-analysis and forgiveness . . . The dialogue throughout this book is brilliantly crisp."—The Philadelphia Inquirer

It is the 1930s, and Charles Ashworth is dispatched by the Archbishop of Canterbury to learn the truth about the flamboyant Bishop of Starbridge, Adam Alexander Jardine, and his mousy wife. Do Jardine's outspoken denouncements of the Anglican Church's strict divorce laws have a personal motive? When he meets the cool and beautiful Lyle Christie, Mrs. Jardine's companion, Ashworth believes they do. But as he struggles to understand the strange relationships in the household, Ashworth ceases to be an innocent, objective observer. Slowly, he too is drawn into the secret drama that is being played out in the shadow of the cathedral, a drama that he could never have foreseen.

Praise for Glittering Images

"A terrific story . . . Glittering Images is driven by passion, emotional and spiritual, and its spiritual antagonists are brilliant characters."San Jose Mercury News

"She may well be the Anthony Trollope of the 20th century."—Andrew Greeley, The Washington Post

"Bold and exciting."Los Angeles Times

Author Bio

Susan Howatch was born in Surrey. After getting a degree in law, she emigrated to America, where she married, had a daughter, and embarked on a career as a writer. When she eventually left the United States, she lived in the Republic of Ireland for four years before returning to England. She spent time in Salisbury—which was the inspiration for her Starbridge sequence of novels—and now lives in London.

Editorial Reviews

"Passionately eloquent . . . [A] tale of God, sex, love, self-analysis and forgiveness . . . The dialogue throughout this book is brilliantly crisp."The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A terrific story . . . Glittering Images is driven by passion, emotional and spiritual, and its spiritual antagonists are brilliant characters."San Jose Mercury News

"She may well be the Anthony Trollope of the 20th century."—Andrew Greeley, The Washington Post

"Bold and exciting."Los Angeles Times

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