Glittering Images

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 24, 2010 - Fiction - 448 pages
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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.

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.


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User Review  - Northern_Light - LibraryThing

I have had this book for a while and glad that I finally got round to it. Charles Ashworth is a bishop in the CofE and is sent by the Archbishop of Canterbury to Starbridge to check out the bishop ... Read full review

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User Review  - SueinCyprus - LibraryThing

First in the 'Starbridge' series about the Church of England. I love this book! It's an incredibly powerful novel, based in the early part of the 20th century. Charles, a young Anglican minister, is ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

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.

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