Author(s): James Robertson
If the devil didn't exist, would man have to invent him? For Gideon Mack, faithless minister, unfaithful husband and troubled soul, the existence of God, let alone the Devil, is no more credible than that of ghosts or fairies. Until the day he falls into a gorge and is rescued by someone who might just be Satan himself. Mack's testament - a compelling blend of memoir, legend, history and, quite probably, madness - recounts one man's emotional crisis, disappearance, resurrection and death. It also transports you into an utterly mesmerising exploration of the very nature of belief.
Shortlisted for British Book Awards: Best Read of the Year 2007.
Overwhelmingly compassionate and thought-provoking ... In the hands of great writers the unlikeliest stories are generally the most rewarding -- Irvine Welsh The Guardian Robertson is a true descendant of James Hogg -- this is a superb piece of Scottish Gothic The Times A rich novel of ideas about faith, Scotland and the ways in which fictions shape our lives Sunday Telegraph Artful and lyrical ... you are under the influence of a master storyteller ... this book promises to become a Scottish masterpiece Sunday Herald