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The overnight classic by New York Times writer John Macgregor. A genre-leaping mystery which asks questions about life's meaning. Few novels in 2014 have drawn more attention than Propinquity.

          "A novel close to unclassifiability." - Times on Sunday

Won the biennial Adelaide Festival Award - one of the world's great writing prizes.

          "The depth of visionariness of this novel will reward many readers." - Dr Barry Westburg, Radio 5UV

          "Plenty of wit, lots of exuberance. One of the most imaginative novels to appear for some years." - The Age

Written in 1986, and now re-released on Amazon, Propinquity is about the relationship between the "engagingly dangerous" Clive and the ethereal Samantha - a medievalist who discovers a secret tomb deep under Westminster Abbey, and isn't sure what to do about it.

The tomb contains Richard the Lionheart's queen, reputedly a carrier of the same gnostic illumination dispensed by Christ. Samantha and her lover begin unwinding its 800-year-old enigmas.

          "Has none of the cheap, frenetic thrills of Dan Brown's book, nor the mind-bending (read: confusing) complexity of Eco's Pendulum. Yet either of these books could have been inspired by Propinquity." - Denise Greene, USA (Amazon)

Propinquity is quite a page-turner (see Chapter 13's ritual sex among the tombs at the heart of Christendom). It also contains some unexpected plot twists. Most strikingly, our heroic couple discover that the entombed queen may not actually be dead, but in a coma induced by herbs. So there's an international chase to find the antidote, lost for centuries, and bring her back to life: To watch those blue, medieval Saxon eyes open, and behold the modern world...

          "If she can be revived, then a gnosis master walks the earth again... The prospect is too exciting to ignore. Macgregor is a masterful writer. His prose moves with an elegant, engaging cadence... A down-under view of the world that is laced with wit and cynicism." - John, NC, USA (Amazon)

          "Whether Macgregor is describing the cold recesses of Westminster Abbey, the voodoo trail in Haiti, or buttering crumpets in Mullumbimby, the flowing assuredness of his prose sucks the reader in." - The Australian

          "An international rollercoaster... An engagingly dangerous hero." - Times on Sunday

          "What a journey." - Linda Robinson (Goodreads)

About the Author

After Propinquity, John Macgregor wrote the treatments (pre-scripts) for the Australian movie Shine; was deported from East Timor at gunpoint while reporting on human rights abuses by the Indonesians; interviewed three prime ministers for the major dailies; won Australia's investigative journalism award for exposing an FBI scandal; and reported from Burma on slave labour under the generals for the New York Times. John Macgregor was raised in Melbourne, and attended Geelong Grammar School. After school he worked as a jackaroo (cowboy) and a truck driver. In 1986, Macgregor entered Propinquity in the manuscript section of the Adelaide Festival's Biennial Award for Literature, which it won. In addition to $15,000 in prize money, the award mandated publication by Wakefield Press - which was then owned by the South Australian Government. Propinquity was published to very positive reviews - especially for a first novel. But as it was being released the Press was sold to The Adelaide Review, which had no book-publishing experience. Propinquity sat in the warehouse for many months, and missed the sales bandwagon. A year later Macgregor purchased the rights. After Propinquity, John Macgregor wrote the treatments for the Australian movie Shine, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards. He also did much research for the movie. In 1989 he worked as a political advisor to Senator Janine Haines, federal leader of the Australian Democrats. Macgregor reported for The Australian on military intimidation of the East Timorese population, on the anniversary of the Dili Massacre in 1995, and was deported by the Indonesian occupiers. In the 1980s and 1990s he interviewed Australian Prime Ministers Hawke, Keating and Howard in syndicated profiles with the Age, Sydney Morning Herald and other papers. In 2001 he wrote a series of articles in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald on the framing of former Florida politician Joe Gersten, by the FBI and Australia's Federal Police. The stories helped secure Gersten Australian citizenship - and Macgregor the 2002 George Munster Award, Australia's prize for investigative journalism. Macgregor went to live in Southeast Asia in 2004. In 2005 his story and photos on slave labour in Burma were published on the front page of the International Herald Tribune (the foreign edition of the New York Times). He wrote and edited for the BBC World Service Trust also taught as a volunteer at a school for Phnom Penh's garbage dump children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1470 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: John Macgregor (July 8 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,070,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 starsBeautifuly written, its theme predates the Da Vinci code by 17 years
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