'David comes alive in this novel as a fascinating, divided self, but you also feel on finishing it that you have understood a little more about the extraordinary world of the Middle East from which so much of our own Judaeo-Christian religion and civilisation spring. Modern parallels are never forced - Massie to too subtle a writer for that - but this world of sex, intrigue, war and religious mania suggests constantly to the reader not memories of the Bible but events in the newspapers in that very Hebron where David ruled as king' AN Wilson, Evening Standard
Allan Massie is the award-winning author of twenty-five novels, including the Roman series Antony, Augustus, Tiberius, Caesar, Nero's Heirs and Caligula, as well as several works of non-fiction. Also a journalist and critic of fiction, he writes regularly for The Scotsman, Sunday Times (Scotland) and the Scottish Daily Mail and contributes to the Spectator, Literary Review and Catholic Herald. Born in Singapore, he grew up in Aberdeenshire and now lives in the Scottish borders. He was appointed a CBE in 2013.