A U T H O R: Dan Rhodes
P U B L I S H E R: Gallic Books/Aardvark
P U B L I S H--D A T E: October 1, 2015
I S B N: 9781910709016
Literary Fiction (Adult)
Everybody at the Women’s Institute in the village of Upper Bottom is eagerly awaiting the arrival of a very special guest speaker: the world famous evolutionary biologist Professor Richard Dawkins. But with a blizzard setting in, their visitor finds himself trapped in the nearby town of Market Horten, with no choice but to take lodgings with the local Anglican vicar.
Will the professor be able to abide by his motto – cordiality always – while surrounded by Christians? Will he ever reach Upper Bottom? And can his assistant, Smee, save the day?
I do love irony and this book contains its own bit of its own as well as a fair amount of quirky humor.
Professor Richard Dawkins is both delusional as well as pompous. The irony comes into play when he talks about Christians being zealots in regards to their religion when, in fact, he is just as zealous in attempting to convert everyone to Humanism. He is such an extreme character that you can't help but laugh about some of the remarks he makes or the situations he gets himself into. Luckily, he has Smee to help him out, even though the Professor seems clueless what a boon his assistant truly is.
I found all of the characters very likable and the book itself was lots of fun. It's well written, fairly face paced and an easy yet entertaining read. If you enjoy ironic humor and quirky characters, then I definitely recommend you pick this one up.