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Mary Magdalene: all-singing, all-dancing Goddess of Light

With little to go on, says Nicola Barker, Michael Haag has cunningly constructed an imaginative, sympathetic portrait of the seductive ‘13th disciple’

9 April 2016

9:00 AM

9 April 2016

9:00 AM

The Quest for Mary Magdalene: History and Legend Michael Haag

Profile, pp.£15.99, 352, ISBN: 9781846684524

Many of the great faith narratives (the Holy Quran being a notable exception) are clumsy, rough-hewn things; makepiece amalgams of different texts from an abundance of sources that have been gradually hacked together over hundreds — sometimes even thousands — of years. Most have been found useful or resonant (spiritually and politically) at various stages in history, and some have been purposefully engineered (by individuals or institutions with agendas — their motives pure or otherwise).

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £15.99 Tel: 08430 600033. Nicola Barker’s novels include Wide Open, Behindlings, the Man Booker-shortlisted Darkmans and, most recently, The Cauliflower®.

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