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Virgin & Child by Maggie Hamand

Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Barbican Press
SourceHelen Richardson PR
Rating: 4/5
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About The Book

The recently elected Irish Pope Patrick has plans for his future Church. A gentle humanitarian, he is unaware of the subversive forces in the Vatican plotting against him. Then he is attacked by a woman in St Peter’s Square and the Cardinals turn against him. Shocking revelations threaten his traditional status and his faith. In this novel where nothing is at it seems, Catholicism and modern morality are held in tension. Pope Patrick must face challenges and make choices he could never have imagined.


My Thoughts

I’ll start by saying that I am not Catholic, I quite hate any type of religion and what they try to inculcate in society. So, this was a very interesting read for me, some of the most controversial topics put directly at the core of the  Catholic Church; abortion, sexuality, gender identity…
I think this book could make the more religious people want to hate the story, but maybe, just maybe it will open their eyes, seeing that the world is not black and white like they want and we all live in some type of grey.
This is the story of a new Irish pope and how he has to deal with all the problems that his predecessors have left for him, you can imagine the most horrible situations of course.
I like how the story is about an Irish pope, I live in Ireland and I think it’s one of the most traditional catholic countries in Europe.When it was the voting for the abortion law approval, it was quite an emotional moment for the Irish society, we had some catholic people and nurses coming at home to make us vote no.
I would love this book to be read by a variety of people, it’s shocking and provocative; but the only way to change society is to stop having taboo themes and being able to talk about everything with everyone!
If you are looking for a book to make you think this is the one you need, believe me.
Ready for “Virgin & Child”?


About The Author

Maggie Hamand is a London-based novelist, journalist, and non-fiction author. She was the winner of the first World One-Day Novel cup and her novel, The Resurrection of the Body, has been optioned for film and television. Maggie followed a degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Theology with a PhD in Creative Writing, and lectures at the University of Hull. Maggie has also taught at Morley College, Holloway Prison, and London University of the Arts. She pioneered creative writing teaching in London through The Complete Creative Writing Course at The Groucho Club, and is the author of the best-selling Creative Writing for Dummies and Creative Writing Exercises for Dummies. As a publisher, Maggie founded and ran the acclaimed independent The Maia Press. Maggie’s home is in Hackney, while Normandy provides a writing retreat