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Cathedral by Ben Hopkins

Cathedral: a novel

Ben Hopkins

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2 reviews

Imprint: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
Publication date: 21 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781787702516

A sweeping story about obsession, mysticism, art, and earthly desire.
 

4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
17 Jan 2021

" an ambitious epic telling the story of a fictional German city "

Set in the previous century to Wilson’s novel, Cathedral is an ambitious epic telling the story of a fictional German city during the decades in which its cathedral is transformed from a visionary architect’s dreams into reality. A rich, occasionally bewildering array of characters peoples its pages...

Their stories interweave to create a memorable tapestry of politics, religion and conflicting human desires. 

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4 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
16 Jan 2021

"beautifully written and profoundly insightful"

Comparisons are inevitable to Ken Follett’s bestselling book about the building of a cathedral, The Pillars of the Earth. Hopkins’s debut is the superior book: beautifully written and profoundly insightful about its very human characters and their yearning for both God and Mammon.