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John the Pupil

(2014)
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"A superbly written and intellectually stimulating novel." - The Independent (London)

Since he was a young boy, John has studied at the Franciscan monastery outside Oxford, under the tutelage of friar and magus Roger Bacon, an inventor, scientist, and polymath. In 1267 Bacon arranges for his young pupil to embark on a journey of penitence to Italy. But the pilgrimage is a guise to deliver scientific instruments and Bacon's great opus to His Holiness, Pope Clement IV. Two companions will accompany John, both Franciscan novices: the handsome, sweet-tempered Brother Andrew; and the brutish Brother Bernard.

John the Pupil is a road movie, recounting the journey taken from Oxford to Viterbo by John and his two companions. Modeling themselves after Saint Francis, the men trek by foot through Europe, preaching the gospel and begging for sustenance. In addition to fighting off ambushes from thieves hungry for the thing of power they are carrying, the holy trio is tried and tempted by all sorts of sins: ambition, pride, lust - and by the sheer hell and heaven of medieval life.

"Astonishing." - Booklist (starred review)

"Strikingly original . . . a hugely enjoyable read." - The Times (London)

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2015 : USA Hardback
Title: John the Pupil: A Novel
Author(s): David Flusfeder
ISBN: 0-06-233918-4 / 978-0-06-233918-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

July 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: John the Pupil
Author(s): David Flusfeder
ISBN: 0-00-756118-0 / 978-0-00-756118-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

March 2016 : USA Paperback
Title: John the Pupil: A Novel
Author(s): David Flusfeder
ISBN: 0-06-233919-2 / 978-0-06-233919-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

February 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: John the Pupil
Author(s): David Flusfeder
ISBN: 0-00-756120-2 / 978-0-00-756120-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

September 2014 : UK Audio CD
Title: John the Pupil
Author(s): David Flusfeder
ISBN: 0-00-758502-0 / 978-0-00-758502-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: John the Pupil
Author(s): David Flusfeder
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon   

July 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: John the Pupil
Author(s): David Flusfeder
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

March 2015 : USA Kindle edition
Title: John the Pupil: A Novel
Author(s): David Flusfeder
Publisher: Harper
Availability: Amazon   

July 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: John the Pupil
Author(s): David Flusfeder
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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