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Cuthbert of Farne: A novel about Northumbria’s warrior saint    OUT NOW! 

AVAILABLE FROM www.sacristy.co.uk, on Amazon or from local bookshops

What readers say:     

‘In this glorious novel we meet not an ascete who has turned his back on the world, but a man deeply involved in the social and political conflicts of his day and dedicated to peace and reconciliation. From his rocky abode, lashed by the bitter salty North Sea winds, in the company of seals and seagulls, and with little in the way of food or physical comfort, he is a warrior engaged in a rare kind of struggle. But this is also a tender story of love and longing and belonging in the new Christian communities of seventh-century Northumbria. You will want to walk that coast, breathe that air.’ Vibeke Vasbo, author of The Song of Hild, no.1 Danish best-seller

Whether you are looking for an exciting historical novel or are interested in the northern saints, this is the book for you. It is fast-moving but the author has taken no liberties—I couldn’t put it down.” —Lilian Groves, Senior Guide at Durham Cathedral

‘I have just finished reading your wonderful book ‘Cuthbert of Farne’. It is a long time since I enjoyed a book so much. It was fascinating to read about that colourful period in the history of Northumbria and beyond, and you bought it to life so vividly’ Julie Jones

‘I’ve just finished reading Cuthbert of Farne and wanted to say how much I loved it. I was so engrossed and read it over a couple of days’ David Bayne.

 

 

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Place of Repose: A Tale of St Cuthbert’s Last Journey:

What readers said

“This is a gripping novel of the “can’t put it down” kind. The facts are largely drawn from the monk Simeon’s History of the Church of Durham (1096). What gaps recorded history has left, Mrs. Tiernan has filled with imagination and flair.”
Keith Atkinson

“I loved the way that the book manages to talk about spiritual matters without sacrificing drama and felt that it was really moving portrayal of the way that a great saint has effect upon all around them. The fact that St Cuthbert, now resting in Durham Cathedral, is still exerting this kind of influence today makes this a book which a great many people should find inspiring.”
Jane Clark

“Katherine Tiernan brings to life a period of less well-known British history that is often bypassed in the smokescreen of King Alfred’s more obvious adventures in southern parts during this period. Beautifully written, the writer has a native’s sensitivity to this brooding land.”
Christopher Ryan

“Katharine Tiernan paints a vibrant description of life in the ancient kingdoms, filled with human concerns the reader will recognise only too well. It is a gripping narrative and due to her insightful drawing of the characters portrayed, we warm to them immediately and truly care what happens as their journey ripens them. Tiernan brings the presence of St Cuthbert to life in such a way that the reader can almost sense his benediction. One cannot help but feel, it is the story he himself would have wanted told. Your heart will be touched, your imagination fired and you will not want to put this book down!”
Isabel Tipple

“A great book, which kept me hooked to the last sentence.”
Tassy Vincent