Patrick Gale's Facing the Tank is a witty, eccentric novel of clergy, scandal and English eccentrics.
American Professor Evan Kirby, moving to Barrowcester to research paradise after a successful book on hell, expects a very English cathedral society of gentle clergymen and coffee mornings. What he finds instead is a town thrown into chaos by strange, supernatural events, scandalous pregnancies and a Satanic summoning of a young feral girl.
"Made me laugh out loud." (Sunday Times)
"Gale speedily unleashes his merrily black mischief. The uncovering of the sadness behind the doilies and twinsets is in the best tradition of black humour." (Observer)