Format: Paperback, B Format, 198 x 129mm, 272pp
Michael Cannon was born and brought up in the West of Scotland and worked variously as a tax officer, oil worker and Kibbutz labourer before returning to higher education to study literature.
An extraordinary tour de force that examines the impact of faith and fanaticism on a community beleaguered by war. Set during the early part of the Second World War, Articles of Faith follows the fortunes of Campbell and Gig, two children who move to the shipbuilding town of Clydebank, with their alcoholic father.
Both come within the orbit of Miss Aherne, their strict but charismatic primary school teacher, although she is particularly drawn to Gig. As the reader experiences life in the war-torn town as Campbell and Gig see it, meeting a fascinating cast of characters, each coping with the privations of conflict and poverty in their own way, it becomes clear that Miss Aherne is not all she seems.
As an all-out aerial assault on the shipyards by the Luftwaffe draws near – the infamous Clydebank Blitz – tensions within the community rise. It’s left to Campbell and his friend Danny to expose Miss Aherne’s real agenda before tragedy befalls them all.
Praise for Articles of Faith
‘For this, his fifth novel, Michael Cannon pits compassion and generosity against self-righteousness and fanaticism in a devoutly Catholic town, where the arrival of an alcoholic father and his twin children raises tensions to breaking point… When the occasion demands Cannon can inject a wonderfully sardonic tone to his prose… Cannon has followed up four well-received novels with a thoughtful and humane celebration of that human instinct to choose compassion and conscience over rules and rituals, even when – for us faltering, mistake-prone humans – that can be the hardest path of all.’ Sunday Herald