It is at once intimate and epic, poignant and funny, lyrical and analytic. Shocking events unfold against a backdrop of meticulously observed religious services. High Church ritual, evangelical revivalism and the ancestor-worship of the English gentry are all subjected to merciless scrutiny. In a fictional climate dominated by materialism, "Easter" stands apart in its bold exploration of the nature of God, the problem of suffering and the existence of evil. With an unforgettable gallery of characters ranging from a Holocaust survivor and an African princess to AIDS patients and Queen Elizabeth II, it provides a dazzling panorama of contemporary society. It its radical fusion of the sacred and profane, "Easter" throws down a challenge to believers and non-believers alike.
Easter is a masterpiece' - Time Out'A huge book written with wit, compassion and a sharp critical eye. The writing is packed with daring imaginative leaps. Apart from Arditti's brilliant comic skills, there is a deep moral core' - Financial Times'It's a delight to find a modern novel that takes religion and all the objections to it seriously as a subject: the rockpool of a London parish teems with all kinds of curious life' - Philip Pullman, Sunday Times'Arditti writes about Western Christianity, as it is manifest in the present Church of England, with pungency and satirical frankness. His style has Joycean echoes. Against a background of the conventional liturgies he places awful actualities in the lives of preachers and practitioners' - Muriel Spark
Michael Arditti was born in Cheshire and lives in Hampstead, London. He's the highly acclaimed author of The Celibate and Pagan and Her Parents and, most recently, Good Clean Fun and Unity.