Slashing divine inspiration
In The Language of Bees, Mary Russell first meets the Reverend Thomas Brothers through his work of inspiration, which he calls Testimony.
Testimony is his Bible, the holy writ that his congregation reads in their services, and describes how he came to know Divine Will.
During the rewrite process of The Language of Bees, most of Testimony was taken out, when it became increasingly difficult to maintain the flow of the plot around large chunks of religious text. What remained was in the form of chapter headers and phrases here and there, however, I thought Testimony was worth preserving.
I would like to talk more about Testimony in the future, but as a means of tantalizing those of you for whom religious writing is to be sought out, rather than skipped over, Testimony debuts today, in all its pompous, windbaggy, deliciously creepy, and clue-rich glory, as a download on the Language of Bees page.
Thanks to my brother in law, to whom the book itself is dedicated, for enhancing Testimony’s appearance. And if you want to print it off and bring it to one of my events, I’ll even sign it for you.