Walter and the Resurrection of G

Written by T.J. Armstrong
Review by Richard Tearle

This is a re-issue by a different publisher of the original first produced in 1995 by Headline.

It is a book of two parts: the story of Walter, a cartwright’s son who becomes a wandering singer. His station in life rises and falls, he has loves and lovers, is forever trying to find his true purpose and is unknowingly guided and manipulated by a mysterious secret society. He joins the Templar Knights and becomes intent upon relieving Jerusalem. We are there through his triumphs, failures, doubts until he finds the contentment he craves.

The second part: Walter’s writings, songs and poems are in the hands of a modern-day Oxford professor, known as ‘G’. But the irascible G dies in Spain and his legacy passes to one of his students – Ian – and the mysterious Lilian. It is for them to sort through his papers and get them published.

Overall, a good read and one cannot help getting caught up with Walter and his ambitions. However, I found three occasions of passages being underlined for no apparent reason (perhaps some pieces singled out for editing and not removed for printing?) One or two minor typos should be noted but are acceptable. The chapters are all headed by the name of a Tarot Card from the Major Arcane, but two consecutive chapters use the same heading; I don’t think this was deliberate, but perhaps it was, so that can be discounted. Another edit would be a good idea.

The story should certainly stand up as a good historical novel, for it is well written, with style and description; but the aftermath in the modern day I found confusing and frustrating in that it seems to leave a lot of questions unanswered. Nevertheless, I did enjoy it and maybe another reader may understand better than I what the writer is getting at.