It has arrived at last: publication day for The Lost Book of the Grail. I am looking forward to getting out there on the road and sharing my thoughts about the book with you and of course I’ll be excited to hear your reactions when you have read it. But on publication day, I make a tradition of saying “thank you” to all those who helped make a book possible. I do this by reprinting the acknowledgements from the back of the book. I hope this will not only express my gratitude to so many who help and support me, but also will encourage you to always read an author’s acknowledgements. We put a lot of thought into those words and they, perhaps more than any others in the book, are truly spoken from the heart. Thank you for reading my blog and (I hope) for buying and reading my book. And a special thanks to those below.
Richard Mackenzie took me to my first medieval cathedral in 1980 and to him I will always be grateful. I am indebted to all those over the years who have welcomed me into English cathedral communities in particular canons Peter Brett, Thomas Christie, John Darlington, and Nigel Stock and retired dean Alan Webster. Canon Jeremy Haselock, precentor of Norwich Cathedral has been a good friend, a consummate host, and an invaluable resource.
The staff of Worcester Cathedral Library, and in particular Deirdre Mckeown, not only showed me a wealth of materials that inspired some of the books at Barchester, but also gave me the chance to soak up the atmosphere of a cathedral library.
My knowledge and love of English church music is due to many choir directors over the years but particularly to Kristin Farmer and Christin Barnhardt. My love and knowledge of liturgy has been nurtured by Rev. Faulton Hodge and Rev. Steve Rice. Stephanie Lovett provided both Latin translations and careful proofreading. Anna Worrall’s direction and advice have served me well, as has that of everyone else at The Gernert Company.
Kathryn Court offered sage guidance before a single word of this novel was written and with Sarah Stein has made up the best editorial team an author could ask for, constantly pushing me, seeing potential where I had missed it, and making sure that this novel was much better than I could have made it on my own. Thanks also to the rest of the great staff at Penguin—the creation of a novel is an act of teamwork, and I am fortunate to work with professionals who value my opinions and make that teamwork a true pleasure.
Without the support of my family, I could never have written this or any book. Thanks to Jimmy and Jordan for your love and encouragement. Janice has been not only a careful reader and thoughtful critic, but also the woman who makes me smile, makes me laugh, and teaches me daily how to love. Thank you for sharing the adventure.