Paris, 1903. Major-General Sir Hector Macdonald, one of the
greatest heroes of the British Empire, is facing ruin in a shocking
homosexual scandal when he meets the notorious occultist, Aleister
Crowley. As they set out into the night on a wild journey through
the sinful city, the story of Macdonald's tragedy begins to unfold
-- with startling revelations both for the General and the aspiring
magician. In a tale that ranges from the battlefields of Sudan to
the backstreets of Edinburgh, Jake Arnott brings alive a
fascinating, forgotten figure of history, and a world trembling on
the brink of a brutal new era. Black magic, Baden-Powell and
Islamic revolution are just some of the ingredients in this bold
and exhilarating novel, which explores imperialism, sexuality and
the very nature of belief with an immediacy that resonates into the
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