A Whispered Name

A Whispered Name A hugely moving and intelligent novel from the bestselling author of The Sixth Lamentation and The Gardens of the Dead A Whispered Name reaches into the mysteries of one man s past and casts light on

  • Title: A Whispered Name
  • Author: William Brodrick
  • ISBN: 9780316731546
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A hugely moving and intelligent novel from the bestselling author of The Sixth Lamentation and The Gardens of the Dead, A Whispered Name reaches into the mysteries of one man s past and casts light on the long shadows war leaves behind

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    About "William Brodrick"

    1. William Brodrick

      William Brodrick was born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1960 Having lived in Canada since he was eleven, he went to school in Australia and England, and went on to take a BA in Philosophy and Theology, then a MTh Master of Theology and a Degree of Utter Barrister Brodrick worked on a logging camp in British Columbia, Canada, before joining the Augustinian Friars 1979 1985 He began his life as a friar in Dublin, Ireland, based on a farm that deployed Iron Age techniques bringing him very close to nature After several years as a friar, he left the order to help set up a charity at the request of Cardinal Hume, The Depaul Trust, which worked with homeless people In 1991 he became a barrister He holds British and Canadian citizenship and is married with three children with whom he lives in France

    698 thoughts on “A Whispered Name”

    1. ”Later in the day, after we’d taken the Ridge, I looked into a crater the size of a lake without water. The clay was blue. Gas from the cordite was still rising from its veins and everywhere lay men with their eyes open, dead men with their limbs bent in strange angles, like clownsbunkers the size of houses back home, upturned and split open was hell without demons or a deviljust smoke and grey uniforms and all these eyes wide open like moons.”No demons or devil and no God, either. Father [...]


    2. William Broderick’s Father Anselm mysteries are my go-to books when I can’t sleep late at night. Strange choice? Ordinarily a mystery would be a last option during an insomnia battle, but these are in a category of their own. Yes, there is an overarching riddle or puzzle to be solved, ‘something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain’ – but the reader is treated to an enigma which also sets him or her to pondering the larger questions of life and death.In A Whispered [...]


    3. Engaging mystery-thriller series with a likable monk [previously lawyer]. One day, keeping his bees at the abbey the good Father Anselm is approached by a young lady, Kate, and old man who implicate the now-deceased Fr. Herbert in a mystery. Herbert had been in the British army in World War I and had been one of the officers at a court martial of a young Irish soldier, Joseph Flanagan, for desertion. What was the meaning of the court martial to the young man? Kate feels there had been a good rea [...]


    4. When a story covers the horror that was Passchendaele, it takes real skill to make one particular death significant. Brodrick does just that, and more. He gives this death meaning, and a sort of beauty, while gazing clear-eyed on the fear and horror of it."A Whispered Name" is the story of a young Irish soldier, and of the people whose lives were interwoven with his. The events of 1917 are threaded through a investigation in the late 20th century (I would have liked to have been given a clearer [...]


    5. Here is how I know I'm reading something special: the closer I get to the end, the slower I read it because I want to savor it. The Father Anselm series started out being billed as a mystery, but the time of the second and third, that switched to a novel. That is appropriate because if you take this up, as I did, as another in a series of mysteries, you may not be prepared for a serious novel of the mystery of how one makes meaning in one's life, all stemming from WWI. Simply a splendid novel. B [...]


    6. Slow moving book but one that packs a strong emotional wallop. Father Anselm starts to try and unravel a WWI case to understand what really happened in the process of uncovering what happened he lays bare a deep, emotional and fresh story of the cruelty and heroism of WWI.A great book highly recommended.


    7. Really amazing story that made me think about it a lot even after I finished the bookThe beginning didn´t catch me much, but it turned out to be a very remarkable story from World War 1, bringing out the questions about the morals, humanity, good and evel being turned upside down in the times of war, with a bit of mystery and suprising turns





    8. Fascinating insight into the minds of those fighting in the First World War, desertion and the process behind court martial. As with his other books there is a poeticism underlying the unravelling of the mystery and the consequent story telling.


    9. A fabulous novel which I found very hard to put down. It was incredibly thought provoking, terrible moving and at the same time very spiritual. It should definitely stand up there with the well know First World War novels as it opens your eyes and teaches you a great lesson. Magnificent!


    10. A good book to read to mark the commemoration of the Great War this year - an insight into battlefield executions, the treatment of the Irish and the inglorious reality that was this monstrous war.



    11. William Brodrick is not as well known and appreciated as I should wish. But he cannot be everyone’s cup of tea. His “mysteries” are not “thrillers.” No gratuitous violence or sex. No hackneyed plots, no derring do. His prose is poetic. I find whole passages and paragraphs best read aloud as soliloquies. A Whispered Name contains not just the “mystery” of Joseph Flanagan or Owen Doyle. Moral quandaries clash with military justice. Secrets that last beyond the grave yield redemptionA [...]


    12. In previous reviews I admitted that I wasn't yet totally convinced by this series, yet this latest book I've read was outstanding. It takes us back to the horrors of World War I, when one soldier sacrifices himself for another. I sometimes get annoyed when an author has 3 or even 4 narrative tracks running at the same time, but here Brodrick pulls the strings together beautifully. It is an intense reflection on love, sacrifice, and second chances. It is certainly no fairy-tale ending, but neithe [...]


    13. So different to the Bosch and Smiley series’s I like so much. Refreshing to read though with the trail and progression so much depending on long memories and aged evidence. I need to read the other Anselm ‘thrillers ‘. Anselm personnel issues are nil compared to Bosch. With the exception of the last le Carré novel, Anselm is different to Smiley in that, in this case, the events are of a bygone time. Maybe I shouldn’t compare with them but these are the only other ‘series’ I hang wit [...]


    14. Ideally I would have given this 3.5-4.I did enjoy the book and learned a lot about the treatment of "deserters" during WW1. Although the writing style is perfectly fine, I did find the back and forth between current day and the war a bit difficult at times. This may well be due to my memory and having to try to remember what had happened previously during the WW1 chapters, having read a few current day chapters. You don't need to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy this one.


    15. The book cover doesn't reflect the heart-breaking subject matter of this great novel. It is a mystery pertaining to a First World War deserter and eventually solved by lawyer-turned-monk, Father Anselm. Interestingly enough, the author is a monk-turned-lawyer! William Brodrick was an Augustinian friar before becoming a lawyer and an award-winning novelist. I'm looking forward to reading some of his other novels featuring Father Anselm.


    16. Thought I would share a few reasons why I appreciated this book and others may too: You can (1) get insights into a friar community; (2) learn about World War II and the carnage of the war; (3) understand the impact of war on our Veteran's now; (4) gain knowledge of sacrifice and redemption. The last time I cried reading a book was The Remorseful Day, but this one brought tears to the eyes too.


    17. Hoe kan zo'n droef verhaal zo mooi zijn. Dit is een verhaal over een soldaat die in de hel van de eerste wereldoorlog zijn menselijkheid wil behouden door het stellen van een symbolische daad die hem zijn leven zal kosten. Pas na 70 jaar komt de echte toedracht naar boven.



    18. I'm a Brodrick fan, and this is one of his best. Beautifully written with an intriguing WWI story line. A cut above the usual mystery fare.



    19. Interesting approach to WWI 'desertion' trials. Read one chapter through tears. Didn't realise there are a series of Father Anselm books, will definitely look out for others.


    20. A mysterious visitor to the Larkwood monastery reveals an unknown aspect to the life of one of its oldest inhabitants, the founder of the monastery itself, Fr. Herbert Moore. Fr. Moore, however, is now dead, leaving his part in the sentencing of a young Irishman, Private Joseph Flanagan, charged with desertion during the battle for Passchendaele in 1917, shrouded in secrecy.Caught up in complicated military legal procedures, the events distorted by unreliable and incomplete accounts, Brother Ans [...]


    21. I was given this book to read after I had shared my copy of The Butterfly Cabinet with a friend of mine. The cover caption states: 'A fine addition to the ranks of WWI fiction, and a moving account of human sacrifice and heroism'This book covers a war I know about - but had absolutely NO idea about! It covers a subject I know about - but had absolutely NO idea about and it follows the story of a Father from Larkwood Monastery in England who must uncover the story of an execution that occurred a [...]


    22. In the midst of the Salient in 1917, during a lull in the battle, a young Irish soldier is court-martialled for desertion. One of the officers on the panel is Herbert Moore who is so affected by this and other incidents in war that he enters orders. Soon after his death a strange woman and man come to the monastery and start asking questions. Father Anselm is left to piece together a story of courage, conviction and sacrifice.This novel is made up of two narratives, the contemporary and the now. [...]


    23. This is the third book featuring Father Anselm. This time he finds himself looking into the trial of a soldier for desertion during World War I in which his mentor at Larkwood Monastery, Herbert Moore, was involved as part of the judging panel. After a visit to the monastery by a mysterious young woman seeking answers from Herbert (who had recently passed away), Father Anselm feels he has to try to find the truth as no-one seems to be aware that Herbert had even served in the Army - why has he k [...]


    24. This was a good book, and I did like it. The beginning and middle tend to drag a bit, but the endings of Brodrick's "Father Anselm" series are always very satisfying. This is the third of his Anselm books that I have read. During the slaughter of Passchendaele (in Flanders) in 1917, an Irish soldier faced court martial for desertion. On the panel was young Captain Herbert Moore, charged with a responsibility that would change the course of his life. After the war Moore becomes a Gilbertine monk [...]


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