Published: Eye Books (August 2020)
A canonical comedy featuring a medieval patron saint, a tennis court and a Westminster spin-doctor
Under tennis courts at a ruined Suffolk abbey, archaeologists make a thrilling find: the remains of St Edmund, king and martyr. He was venerated for centuries as England’s patron saint, but his body has been lost since the closure of the monasteries.
Culture Secretary Marina Spencer, adored by those who don’t know her, jumps on the bandwagon. Egged on by her downtrodden adviser Mark Price, she promotes St Edmund as a new patron saint for the United Kingdom, playing up his Scottish, Welsh and Irish credentials. Unfortunately these credentials are a fiction, invented by Mark in a moment of panic.
As crisis looms, the one person who can see through the whole deception is Mark’s cousin Hannah, a dig volunteer. Will she blow the whistle or help him out? And what of St Edmund himself, watching through the baffling prism of a very different age?
Splicing ancient and modern as he did in The Hopkins Conundrum and A Right Royal Face-Off, Simon Edge pokes fun at Westminster culture and celebrates the cult of a medieval saint in this beguiling and utterly original comedy.
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