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Pope Gregory XVII has spent a lifetime quietly serving the church he loves - until he announces a prophecy so alarming that it threatens to tear the Vatican apart. Terrified, the Vatican cardinals imprison him in a monastery. Is he mad, as they believe, or is it all an elaborate plot? An old friend of the pope sets out on a risky quest to find out. On the way, he discovers the power of love and faith, while terrorists and politicians use every deadly and unholy means to stop him.

The Clowns of God spent 22 weeks on the New York Times best seller list and is the second novel in Morris West’s Vatican trilogy.

©1981 The Morris West Collection (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"West is a skilful storyteller who knows how to build suspense into every twist of the plot." (Christian Science Monitor)

"Few writers of best-selling fiction have brought to the popular novel such acute intelligence and ethical perception." (The Australian)

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A moving and engaging narrative interpretation

The books of Morris West have always captivated me and I now enjoy listening to them on Audible. James Wright's intelligent, dignified voice, his ability to interpret a character and move the story to a satisfying finale, is unequalled.
If only he could reinterpret the other Morris West novels currently available on Audible.
Extraordinary story-telling.

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  • 01-06-2021

Even better now

Enjoyed it more this time than when I first read it in the 1980s! Had almost forgotten how great a writer Morris West was!

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  • 14-05-2021

Great and inspiring

The books of Morris West are going in deep... Corresponding to experiences of deeper consciousness

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  • 19-03-2020

Heavy going

I really tried to like this book but it was too heavy going for me. I gave up halfway through

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