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This first novel by David Wilbourne effortlessly combines hilarity and poignancy, as it charts the story of a young vicar's first taste of parish life in rural Yorkshire
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Echoes of Jan Karon's Mitford chronicles and James Herriot's homespun stories abound in A Vicar's Diary, a charming tale of a new cleric getting to know his rural Yorkshire parish in the 1960s, by second-generation cleric and author David Wilbourne. David is an unlikely candidate for priesthood, with a lingering aversion to churches and a propensity to become entangled in the doings of his little flock. Weddings, births, and the rhythm of life in a small community home to interesting characters provide the often poignant and sometimes comical vignettes in the book. There's plenty of humor--as when bats upset the Holy Week services or David celebrates communion in the TV room of the Eastwith old people's home--juxtaposed with tender scenes of David christening the gypsy babies or keeping vigil with June Goodmanham after a premature delivery. When the vicar becomes increasingly fascinated with the schoolteacher, Rebecca Weighton, the result is predictable, but welcome. There are no upsetting revelations or villainous characters here, just lovable folks and a mellow, feel-good trip for the reader. --Cindy CrosbyFrom the Back Cover:
This first novel effortlessly combines hilarity and poignancy, as it charts the story of a young vicar's first taste of parish life in rural Yorkshire. Inspired by tales of times past in rural Yorkshire, David Wilbourne has written a novel bringing alive the rich tapestry of people and places in the Vale of York in the 1960s, seen through the eyes of a country vicar. It is a thoroughly good read -- funny, affectionate and touching, with more than a hint of nostalgia. With an extraordinary ability to turn you from laughter to tears, and back again, Wilbourne celebrates the richness of human life with all its ups and downs.
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Book Description Harpercollins Pub Ltd, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0006280455
Book Description Harpercollins Pub Ltd, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0006280455
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0006280455