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Sea of Faith

November 2006

"Stephen O'Shea writes books in which he becomes part of the places where his history happened. His eye and his acute sense of place have produced great writing. Sea of Faith is beguiling even when the power of the writing sometimes overwhelms the subject. Others have journeyed through this past, and some of the same places. But O'Shea does it better, and more memorably."

The Globe and Mail, Nov 25, 2006
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Sea of Faith

July 2006

"It is refreshing to find Stephen O'Shea's latest historical excursion taking... an imaginative and robust approach to a well-thumbed subject... Building on his established technique, he intersperses the narrative of Sea of Faith with his own traveller's tales to give immediacy and sense of place to his descriptions of long ago. The effect of this approach... [creates] a sort of imaginative pilgrimage where author and reader are transported to the place where great deeds were done, and experience some intimate revelation and connection with them as a result."

The Times Literary Supplement, Jul 7, 2006
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Sea of Faith

June 2006

"Sea of Faith is a tour de force - literally... O'Shea is a master of rhetoric in the old sense: the conveyance, through patterned language, of discriminations and qualifications. Sea of Faith is a beautiful, necessary book, punctuated with passages of dark, luminous, symbolic power."

Christian Science Monitor, Jun 2, 2006
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Sea of Faith

June 2006

"O'Shea's talent for enlivening 1,000-year old events, and his personal perspective on the modern landscape where all this history happened, help the larger story move along at a crackling pace. This is fascinating and readable..."

Quill & Quire, Jun 1, 2006
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Sea of Faith

April 2006

"In this elegant, fast-paced, and judicious cultural and religious history, journalist O'Shea... provides a remarkable glimpse into the origins of the conflicts between Christians and Muslims as well as their once peaceful coexistence."

Publishers Weekly, Apr 10, 2006
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