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5.4 X 8.4 X 2.2 inches | 1.55 pounds

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About the Author

Ben Hopkins is a screenwriter, film-maker and novelist. He has lived in London and Istanbul and now lives in Berlin. His films include features and shorts, fiction and documentary, and have won awards at festivals such as Berlin, Locarno, Antalya and Toronto Hot Docs.


β˜… "A thoroughly engrossing, beautifully told look at human frailty."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

β˜… "Ambitious and satisfying [ . . . ] Six-hundred pages sounds long, but this deeply human take on a medieval city and its commerce and aspirations, its violent battles and small intimacies, never feels that way. This sweeping work is as impressive as the cathedral at its center."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

β˜… "Ben Hopkins's epic historical novel is the riveting story of the lives and motivations of cathedral builders [ . . . ] Rich, moving, and unforgettable, it exposes the vanity inherent in trying to make a mark on history and exalts the power of love, creativity, and truth to leave a meaningful trace on this ephemeral world."--ForeWord Reviews (Starred Review)

"Comparisons are inevitable to Ken Follett's bestselling book about the building of a cathedral, The Pillars of the Earth. Hopkins's debut is the superior: beautifully written and profoundly insightful about its very human characters and their yearning for both God and Mammon."--Antonia Senior, The Times (UK), Book of the Month

"Cathedral is an ambitious epic [ . . . ] A rich, occasionally bewildering array of characters peoples its pages [ . . . ] Their stories interweave to create a memorable tapestry of politics, religion and conflicting human desires."--The Sunday Times (UK)

"A varied cast of hugely engaging characters jostle for status, rising and falling according to the whims of pirates and Popes. An immersive, old-fashioned read that rattles along at a cracking pace."--Richard Beard, author of Lazarus is Dead and The Day That Went Missing

"The design and construction of a lofty Medieval cathedral over the course of a century brings together a vast array of characters in a tale of ambition, obsession, desire, vanity and power."--USA Today

"Superbly crafted, visually and emotionally vibrant, filled with strong, relatable characters, and so engaging that, even at over six hundred pages, I was sorry when it came to an end."--Kristine Morris, ForeWord Reviews

"I haven't been able to put it down! It's such a great read and contains so much! Politics and religion, the birth of an artistic sensibility, the rise of global trade, sassy women, fascinating and original characters."--Alison Finch, BBC Radio 4

"To a dedicated historical fiction reader, [Cathedral is] heaven [ . . . ] It is a rich tapestry with a satisfying substance full of historical detail, personal insight, individual tragedy and triumph. Any reader of historical fiction should greatly enjoy this book, but anyone who loves a multi-generational saga with plenty of sex and violence will also find it gratifying [ . . . ] a compelling read."--Eric Boss, MPIBA