About this blog

This is a window into the weird world of Anglicanism, as experienced on a Cathedral Close. Has anything much happened since Trollope's Barchester Chronicles? You will still see the 'canon in residence' hurrying across to choral Evensong, robes flapping, as the late bell chimes. But look carefully and you will notice he is checking the football score on his iPhone as he runs. This is also a writer's blog. It charts the agony and ecstasy of the novelist's life. And it's a fighter's blog. It charts the agony and ecstasy of the judo mat. Well, the agony, anyway.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Advent Approaches

Advent is at the end of this month, which means that I now have only 5 weeks left to tie up the loose ends.  Or at any rate, to poke them through to the back of the tapestry, and hope nobody looks too closely.  Here's the latest instalment, in which I'm sure the reader will discern the blogging equivalent of Jane Austen's 'tell-tale compression of the pages' that signifies we are all 'hastening together to perfect felicity':   http://unseenthingsabove.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/chapter-26.html

Monday, 27 October 2014

The Delayed Chapter 25...

...has now arrived, bearing news from Lindchester.  Apologies that this is a day late.  I was away in Chichester for a family wedding, and could not persuade my iPad to upload the chapter without removing all the formatting.

Anyhow, here it is: http://unseenthingsabove.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/chapter-25.html

Sunday, 19 October 2014

ONLY SEVEN MORE INSTALMENTS LEFT

The end is in sight!  Unseen Things Above is due to finish on Advent Sunday.  I think a few of my characters deserve a happy ending, so I will do my best to sort that out.  In the meantime, here is Chapter 24, in which Neil explains himself at some length.  I hope you will be patient with Neil.  I have a soft spot for him, and my secret mission is to make you care for him as well.
http://unseenthingsabove.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/chapter-24.html 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Who will be the next bishop?

And here, in Chapter 22, we answer the question we raised in the first chapter: who will be the next bishop of Lindchester?  Not everyone is happy with the result.  Read about it here: http://unseenthingsabove.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/chapter-22.html