Patrick Gale's FACING THE TANK is a witty, eccentric novel of clergy, scandal and English eccentrics - 'Made me laugh out loud' Sunday Times'
'Gale speedily unleashes his merrily black mischief. The uncovering of the sadness behind the doilies and twinsets is in the best tradition of black humour' Observer
American Professor Evan Kirby, moving to Barrowcester to research Paradise after a successful book on Hell, expects a very English cathedral society of gentle clergymen and coffee mornings. What he finds instead is a town thrown into chaos by strange, supernatural events, scandalous pregnancies and a Satanic summoning of a young feral girl.
According to PW , Gale has ``carried off yet another ridiculously crazy tour de force.'' The English village of Barrowcester gets turned upside-down: an American authority on hell researches heaven; the bishop is having ``Doubts''; a Cardinal impregnates a villager; a schoolboy thinks he has fathered a litter of puppies.