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Though dead for two millennia, he remains perfectly preserved in black peat. The Man in the Moss is one of the most fascinating finds of the century. But, for the isolated Pennine community of Bridelow, his removal is a sinister sign. A danger to the ancient spiritual tradition maintained, curiously, by the Mothers' Union.
In the weeks approaching Samhain - the Celtic feast of the dead - tragedy strikes again in Bridelow. Scottish folk singer Moira Cairns and American film producer Mungo Macbeth discover their Celtic roots are deeper and darker than they imagined.
And, as fundamentalist zealots of both Christian and satanic persuasions challenge an older, gentler faith, the village faces a natural disaster unknown since the reign of Henry VIII.
©1991 Phil Rickman (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd
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By Barbara on 10-14-15

Another creepy wonderful Rickman story

I love Phil Rickman stories, they are viscerally unnerving, immersive and wonderful. He has quite a knack of keeping secrets that he exposes throughout the story, not just at the end where you would expect them. The narration is great, my only complaint being that I wish the speaker would pause a bit when scenes change, as I found it a little hard to follow. Definitely would recommend this book to any horror fan.

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By Russ on 05-07-16

second read and it was even better

any Phil Rickman book read by Sean Barrett is truly a wonderful experience and this is a prime example. no one is better at evoking the mood and atmosphere of the Borderlands than Phil Rickman and no one is better than Sean Barrett at bringing the characters that Phil Rickman so skillfully develops to life. I only wish bill would send Marilyn Watkins on vacation for a while and write a few more of these gems

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By Rosemary on 10-10-15

I never want to leave a Phil Rickman book

What did you like most about The Man in the Moss?

As ever, I enjoyed the slow drawing of the characters and slowly starting to feel like a by watcher, perhaps seated in the corner of the pub. From the first book I read by this author, I have admired his ability to transport the reader to a rural community and embed him/her into the heart of it. I also love how the characters I meet can pop up again. In Man in the Moss, it was good to catch up with one particular character from the first book I read by the author.

What other book might you compare The Man in the Moss to, and why?

Fans of Phil Rickman will know that there are some common themes in his books. This one has some of them but is a story in and of itself. Suffice to say that the supernatural and the natural are themes.

Which character – as performed by Seán Barrett – was your favourite?

All the characters were brought to life and fully formed by the outstanding narration of Sean Barrett. One chapter in and you forget that there is only one man reading this book. I was glad to catch up with Moira but I grew very fond of the Headmaster and Ma.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book provokes thought about history, religion and of the forces seen and unseen in our world. One episode made me sad but I can't say without spoiling it. There is also a level of violence and horror in the book but it is not gratuitous. Overall though, I feel like I do at the end of many books by this author.....somewhat bereft that I can't pop back to the village and see how the characters are getting on.

Any additional comments?

I liked the exploration of early Celtic practices and beliefs and how they had interwoven with the church as we know it. Mostly, I liked how the Rev Hans had long ago decided all that really matters, is a level of spirituality exists, in and for the community. I wish he was my vicar! Phil Rickman has also written as Will Kingdom for those looking for more of his work.

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By John on 10-13-16

You'll have had yer tea!

Other than the dubious Middle class Edinburgh Scots accent, a great performance from the narrator. Story dragged on a bit but ok. At least I got a credit's worth of value. Och aye the noooooo!

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By Bonita N. Jones on 05-26-17

Another rip snorter by the brilliant Mr Rickman

Phil Rickman has done it again. Dragged me willingly into this scary addictive story and I had to forcibly pull myself out of it at the other end. More more more please.

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