Novel set in Sri Lanka
Location(s): Newcastle upon Tyne
It is set in Newcastle in 1996 and follows a young Anglican clergyman who returns to his native North East to plant a new church in a deprived area and the interesting characters he meets in the process.
As well as its Newcastle setting, another element which roots the book firmly in Tyneside is the use of Geordie dialect.
Kelly said: “The reason I felt assured is that Geordie is very much alive in the culture with things like the writing of Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais and Viz.”
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