Book Review: The Lost Book of the Grail

I just finished listened to an unabridged audio version of Charlie Lovett’s The Lost Book of the Grail, read by Charles Armstrong

Arthur Prescott is happiest when surrounded by the ancient books and manuscripts of the Barchester Cathedral library. Increasingly, he feels like a fish out of water among the concrete buildings of the University of Barchester, where he works as an English professor. His one respite is his time spent nestled in the library, nurturing his secret obsession with the Holy Grail and researching his perennially unfinished guidebook to the medieval cathedral.

But when a beautiful young American named Bethany Davis arrives in Barchester charged with the task of digitizing the library’s manuscripts, Arthur’s tranquility is broken. Appalled by the threat modern technology poses to the library he loves, he sets out to thwart Bethany, only to find in her a kindred spirit with a similar love for knowledge and books—and a fellow Grail fanatic.

Bethany soon joins Arthur in a quest to find the lost Book of Ewolda, the ancient manuscript telling the story of the cathedral’s founder. And when the future of the cathedral itself is threatened, Arthur and Bethany’s search takes on grave importance, leading the pair to discover secrets about the cathedral, about the Grail, and about themselves.

– From’s page for The Lost Book of the Grail.

I’ve always loved stories of King Author and especially the parts of the story that relate to the Holy Grail. I first read Idylls of the King in high school – thanks to my beloved English literature teacher, Hazel Fish – and that led me to read as much about the story of Arthur and the grail as I could.

Charlie Lovett weaves a tapestry of characters that makes this story more than just a “find the Holy Grail” adventure.

In fact, it is the characters that makes this story so intriguing. Lovett’s uses the depth of the English country side and adds the fun of decoding hidden secrets in ancient manuscripts.

What I loved about this story, however, was Lovett’s fair dealing with different branches of Christianity.

Especially beautiful is the hero of the story – Arthur Prescott’s – struggle with faith. He feels an intimate connection to the liturgy of the Church but struggles in believing in God.

He goes to Compline, Evening Prayer, and is best friends with one of the local clergy, but cannot bring himself to take the final steps in expressing faith in God.

His search for the Holy Grail becomes a search for himself, his faith, God, and his purpose in life – which is a story as old as the Christian Church!

I highly recommend this story for anyone who loves Grail lore, a mystery, adventure, and the quest for faith.

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