Troubador Clerical Errors, Secular Lies

Released: 02/09/2014

eISBN: 9781784627539

Format: eBook

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Clerical Errors, Secular Lies


When Charismatic young priest, William Clifford, is brought before the Provincial Court of The Church in Wales accused of impropriety and of ' bringing the church into disrepute' the sleepy Welsh seaside village of Rhagriff Bay becomes the focus of a media feeding frenzy.

One journalist, charged by his editor with finding 'an original slant', is determined to ask questions about the real truth behind the scandal: is the priest really guilty as charged? Or is he, as he and his coterie of loyal supporters allege :merely the innocent victim of a conspiracy?

As the trial progresses, and with the help of two villagers, and a private journal. He begins to uncover a web of deceit, half-truths and rumour that entangles all concerned, and from which no one emerges unscathed.

As the facts emerge the real story proves to be a sad catalogue of 'clerical errors and secular lies' that will eventually change the lives of everyone concerned, wreck relationships and split the community into opposing factions forever.

'Clerical Errors Secular Lies' ISBN 0 7552 0245 7. Available through Amazon.


Bringing the church into disrepute is the charge made against William the vicar of this quiet Welsh village. Not the child abuse claims so prevalent today but one of immoral behaviour on several counts with several women. A serial womaniser as it were. The behaviour had been going on for years and it was mainly due to his charismatic personality that William had got away with this.

On taking over the duties of the parish, William felt that he was all powerful and that he could walk over everyone in this place. He turned the first meeting of the wardens upside down and made an enemy for life. Peter Knight was not going to get over the insult of not being elected uncontested as Church Warden and he was not going to let it go easily either. He was the guiding force behind the downfall of William but William helped himself immensely with his devil may care attitude towards all.

When the case comes up, journalists flock to this village to get the scurrilous details of the affair - the who and what, when and where. One journalist however wants to seek out the truth and he is also keen to see that justice is meted out if the good vicar is guilty. Most of the people around think that William will get away with it due to lack of hard evidence but like a who dun it, the story ends in a climax totally unexpected!

This was a good story, building up an unlikeable character with strong and weak characters surrounding him. A community totally split into two and even after the verdict split in two groups forever.

by Mystica Varathapalan

I immediately loved this book (and any book set in Wales) as this is my home land. With all the religious impropriety I thought this book was quite relevant. I thought the book was well written and detailed enough to keep my attention.

by Hannah Millar

Trefor R. Stockwell

I have had a speckled career being variously soldier, civil servant, actor, director and college tutor.

I was educated at Bangor and Birmingham universities, and have now completed my Ph.d in English and Creative Witing - the short stories in 'Bread and Wine' and 'Tales of Ivan Levsky' are at the core of my thesis.

I now reside in West Wales. with my four cats

I have published one novel (see below) and have two others awaiting completion.

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