The Cornish Trilogy
One of Canadian author Robertson Davies’ most dazzling achievements, ‘The Cornish Trilogy’ explores the life and influence of eccentric art patron Francis Cornish and comprises ‘The Rebel Angels’, ‘What’s Bred in the Bone’ (shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1986) and ‘The Lyre of Orpheus’.
The University of St John and the Holy Ghost (known affectionately as Spook) has a problem – and an opportunity. Strange, eccentric art patron and collector Francis Cornish has died and faculty members have been made executors of his complicated will. But in the realization of their duties, they find themselves drawn into Cornish’s bizarre, secretive and mystical world. In this spellbinding trilogy a host of memorable characters – defrocked, mischief-making monks, half-mad professors, gypsies and musical geniuses – become entangled in a story that involves theft, perjury, scholarship, murder, love, and the squandering of plenty of cash.