150 pages, paperback
Parents, friends and neighbours are convinced by Shirley, often in spite of themselves, until everybody is swept away by a belief in the miraculous power of the red-headed child. When Shirley’s Guild is founded in support of her, it is a sect and a crusade, as well as a national scandal. Shirley’s godmother, witness and chief interpreter all in one, is responsible for scenes unimaginable since the Dark Ages, yet all too real and true.
Shirley’s Guild offers an insight into the universal human need to have beliefs and find causes, however irrational, and a comment on fundamental truths that is as gripping and entertaining as it is profound. It is truly a fable for our times.
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David Pryce-Jones - David Pryce-Jones has worked as a journalist and author. He was Literary Editor at the Financial Times from 1959-61, and The Spectator from 1961-63. He currently works as senior editor at National Review magazine and contributes to The New Criterion and Commentary. He is the author of nine novels and numerous works of non-fiction.
Julie Myerson - Julie Myerson is the author of ten books, including the best-selling novel Something Might Happen. Her latest book, The Lost Child, was published in March 2009.