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Lazarus Is Dead

(2011)
(The first book in the Messiahs Trilogy series)
A novel by

 

"Richard Beard is one of the most ingenious, resourceful and entertaining novelists in England."
Philip Hensher


Like most successful men in their early thirties, Lazarus has plans that don't involve dying. He is busy organizing his sisters, his business, and his women. Life is mostly good until far away in Galilee, without warning, his childhhod best friend Jesus turns water into wine. Immediatley, Lazarus falls ill. And with each subsequent miracle his health deteriorates: a nasty cough develops into an alarming array of afflictions unresponsive to the usual remedies. His sisters think Jesus can help, but the two men haven't spoken for years. Lazarus is willing to try anything to make himself well, anything, that is, except ask Jesus for help.

Lazarus dies. Jesus weeps. Lazarus rises. This part we all know. But Lazarus is about to discover that returning from the dead isn't easy at all.

An ingeniously funny and moving novel that disguises itself as biography, Lazarus Is Dead recounts the story of a great friendship lost and regained. Richard Beard's brand of storytelling unabashedly turns convention on its head as he draws on biblical sources, historical detail, art and contemporary literature to throw a spell over his readers that remains unbroken until the final pages of this astonishing story about second chances.

 
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Used availability for Richard Beard's Lazarus Is Dead


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Hardback Editions

August 2011 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: Lazarus Is Dead
Author(s): Richard Beard
ISBN: 1-84655-506-X / 978-1-84655-506-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Paperback Editions

September 2012 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Lazarus is Dead
Author(s): Richard Beard
ISBN: 1-60945-080-9 / 978-1-60945-080-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Europa Editions
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September 2012 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Lazarus is Dead
Author(s): Richard Beard
ISBN: 1-4448-1243-2 / 978-1-4448-1243-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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August 2012 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Lazarus Is Dead
Author(s): Richard Beard
ISBN: 0-09-955434-8 / 978-0-09-955434-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

September 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Lazarus is Dead
Author(s): Richard Beard
Publisher: Europa Editions
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August 2011 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Lazarus Is Dead
Author(s): Richard Beard
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK   


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