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The Professor and the Parson: A Story of Desire, Deceit and Defrocking (Hardback)

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A Times Best Paperback of February 2020



'I embarrassed myself by uncontrollable guffaws ... This is a truly wonderful story' A. N. Wilson, Spectator



'A white-knuckle roller-coaster ride of fibs and frauds' Sunday Telegraph



'An utterly mad, and wholly delightful story of chicanery and fantasy' Simon Winchester



One day in November 1958, the celebrated historian Hugh Trevor-Roper received a curious letter. It was an appeal for help, written on behalf of a student at Magdalen College, with the unlikely claim that he was being persecuted by the Bishop of Oxford. Curiosity piqued, Trevor-Roper agreed to a meeting. It was to be his first encounter with Robert Parkin Peters: plagiarist, bigamist, fraudulent priest and imposter extraordinaire.



Based on Trevor-Roper's own detailed 'file on Peters', The Professor and the Parson is a witty and charming account of eccentricity, extraordinary narcissism and a life as wild and unlikely as any in fiction.

BiographyTrue storiesTrue crimeHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPopular beliefs & controversial knowledgeHoaxes & deceptions Publisher: Profile Books Ltd Publication Date: 03/05/2019 ISBN-13: 9781788162111  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Adam Sisman is the author of Boswell's Presumptuous Task, winner of the US National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, and the biographer of John Le Carre, A. J. P. Taylor and Hugh Trevor-Roper. Among his other works are two volumes of letters by Patrick Leigh Fermor. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Honorary Fellow of the University of St Andrews.

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