Published: 28/01/2015
ISBN: 9781784621520
eISBN: 9781784627874
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Maggie Allder was born in 1951 in rural Cambridgeshire, the second of four daughters, to parents who might have been considered mildly rebellious for their time. Her mother came from a middle class f... read more

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Courting Rendition
by Maggie Allder

“I am still shocked and, I'll be honest, a little confused about what has happened...”

A sleepy Hampshire cathedral city, a remote cottage in central Wales and a small town in the forests of east Texas – these are not locations where one might expect to find social unrest, political intrigue, or calculated injustice.

Set shortly in the future, in 2030, Courting Rendition takes the form of a journal which follows the life a woman as she moves from the predictable and the pleasant into subterfuge, confusion, catastrophe and, perhaps, redemption. A seemingly ‘ordinary’ woman, she belongs to a community which looks for an inner light which is as tangible and as real as the Anti-Terrorist Task Force.

This gripping novel has a profound and open spirituality underlying it – giving a dimension to the story that is both unusual and convincing. Both exciting and challenging, Courting Rendition provides a new perspective on integral social and political issues.

Inspired by authors such as Chaim Potok and Robert Harris, the author compares her work to a varity of books, including I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Courting Rendition will appeal to fans of spiritual fiction.

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Review On Amazon UK: "Once I had started the book and really got through the first few chapters I was, in the overused phrase, “unable to put it down”. Setting the book just slightly in the future was a good idea as the scene was similar enough to today’s world but with the future setting to be relevant and believable if not frightening. I suppose that is the abiding thought of the book that we are about to enter a rather frightening time in this country and perhaps not just in the UK. I have just read on the Internet that one of the States of the USA is researching using a new gas a Nitrogen based gas (new in as much they have never used it in this context before) for their executions.

I thought that the Epilogue was quite inspired as it reflects what happened to the main protagonist and showed that what happened in the past will continue…..

This book deserves a mass audience."

2nd Amazon Review: "This is an interesting book set in a dystopian near-future. It is frighteningly easy to see how our society could develop in such a way. The characters are well drawn. They handle the dilemmas caused by their convictions and beliefs within the constraints of the new society in believable and convincing ways.
The style of writing and excellent editing makes the book very easy to read. The story is utterly believable and the book is hard to put down as the main protagonist slips ever further into the complications and difficulties thrown in her way as she follows her beliefs into untenable places.
An excellent read."

3rd Amazon Review: "I found this a highly original book because of its underlying but never cloying spirituality, but it is also full of profound human insight and is absolutely gripping. Once started I could not put it down. Early on, the author skilfully conveys a sense of something sinister that lies behind the apparent ordinariness, and as the plot unfolds we are held absolutely in suspense. I thoroughly recommend it as not to be missed."

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