An exploration of various `missionary' themes, this deals with dislocated Scots in terms of their physical, political, religious, and class roots. It portrays the demise of James Cameron Black, who personifies old values of paternalistic Christianity, and the rise of Davie Parks, who is one of a new breed of working-class, educated, inner-city missionaries. While Black suffers as he adjusts to the new ruling ideas and people, Parks is ambivalent to his new status. The climax occurs in the tent of an American red-hot revivalist whose mission is to convert people to the cause.
Used availability for Alex Cathcart's The Missionary
January 1988 : UK Hardback
January 1988 : UK Paperback