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.
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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
James Robertson is the author of two previous novels, The Fanatic (2000) and Joseph Knight (2003). The latter was awarded the two major Scottish literary awards in 2003/4 - the Saltire Book of the Year and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year. He has also published stories, poetry, anthologies and essays. In 2006 he was selected for a prestigious Creative Scotland award and was also nominated for a Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland award. The Testament of Gideon Mack was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Saltire Book of the Year award.