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The Testament of Gideon Mack

by James Robertson


A very different read for me, accustomed as I am to a wide range of detective/crime fiction. Gideon Mack is a Church of Scotland minister who does not believe in God, who runs marathons and who has friendships with individuals frowned upon by his parish clerks. He is also a man who disappears into a ravine trying to save a friend’s dog. He reappears three days later telling all that he was rescued by the Devil and has been his guest for the past few days. The Devil is wonderfully drawn – not a horn or a tail to be seen – and is a ‘creature’ who has grown rather tired of everything.

This book is Gideon’s manuscript of his life and his experiences. It is charming, thoughtful, and asks questions about love, religion and the afterlife.

I was pleasantly surprised.