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Canticle Liz McSkeane


ISBN: 978-0-9957916-3-3

Historical novel set in Renaissance Spain, based on the life of the Spanish mystic poet, St. John of the Cross. 

“A formidable feat of imagination underpins this marvellous detective novel set in late 16th/early 17th century Spain…Canticle is a tale for our time, rife with insitutionalised power struggles, truth and misinformation, manipulated in the interests of the elite – same as it always was and is.” 

Anthony Glavin, The Independent

Canticle was a winner in the Irish Writers’ Centre/Greenbean Novel Fair, 2016.

Cover image by Jordi Forniés




An intriguing historical detective novel set in late 16th and early 17th century Spain.

“The characters, every one of them, have depth and life… The central theme of what truth is, both in politics and within the Church, remains so relevant today that this is a difficult novel to put down… The comhistorical detective novel plexity of the politics involved, the careful layering of the plot and the unfolding events, make this a novel that you will want to savor… Very highly recommended.”

Kristen McQuinn, Historical Novel Review

Canticle was chosen as an Editor’s pick in the February 2019 issue of the Historical Novel Review, the quarterly publication of the Historical Novel Society

Additional information

Weight 411 g
Dimensions 27.0 × 20.0 × 2.5 cm


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