Robert de la Borde comes from the Caribbean to England in the 1980's after hearing that his brother, Jean Marc, has died. In Bristol, his brother's journals prompt Robert to visit the Ashton Park Monastery, which Jean Marc entered in the 1960's as Brother Aelred. There Robert pieces together Jean Marc's life; his exuberance, his mental suffering, and his struggle to balance his sexual impulses with his love of God. As Robert is forced to question his inherited prejudices, what unfolds is a story about the triumph of compassion over brutality. Moving from present to past, from cruelty to sympathy, Aelred's Sin is a powerful new novel of erotic love, spiritual awakening and above all, reconciliation.
LAWRENCE SCOTT is from Trinidad and Tobago. His previous works include the acclaimed novel Witchbroom; Ballad for the New World, which contains the award-winning short story 'The House of Funerals'; Aelred's Sin, winner of a Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book; and the much-praised Night Calypso, shortlisted for a Commonwealth Writers' Prize and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2006. Scott's stories have been read on BBC Radio 4. He regularly moves between London and Port-of-Spain in Trinidad and Tobago, and combines writing with teaching literature and creative writing.
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