John Samuel is the pseudonym of Sam Le Quesne, a former editor of travel and food titles at Time Out Guides. As a freelancer, Sam has also written for national newspapers and magazines. He currently lives in Jersey with his wife and three children. His first novel WHAT I TELL YOU IN THE DARK was published by Duckworth in Autumn 2015.
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‘I’m afraid sitting back and training the vine hasn’t worked. It’s time for me to take the plunge.’ ‘A nameless angel – having unwittingly started the Christian church – has had to watch humanity fall into increasing states of moral disrepair. But this all changes when he spies a business executive named Will, who works for an ethically bankrupt corporation Inviracorp, pray for guidance in a London toilet cubicle. In a moment of weakness and bravado, he decides to ‘take over’ Will – to jump in as he did over two millennia ago – and try to make amends for the unforeseen consequences that his last act wreaked on the western world. But his divine superiors are less than pleased with this turn of events. Now not only has he to face the literal wrath of God for his actions but he is also desperate to finish what Will started and bring Inviracorp to judgement after one particularly heinous act. Both hilarious and unsettling, this dark, wry and provocative morality tale is at once the mesmerising story of a modern day every man and a witty but profound exploration of what there is left to believe in and what divinity itself might entail.
Publication date: 3rd September 2015