Brian Moore

Brian Moore was an Irish-Canadian novelist and screenwriter. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on August 25, 1921, he emigrated to Canada in 1948 and later became a Canadian citizen. Moore is known for his detailed character studies and his exploration of political and religious themes. Some of his notable works include 'The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne', 'Black Robe', and 'The Statement'. He was a three-time recipient of the Governor General's Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize multiple times. Moore passed away on January 11, 1999.


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  1. 1. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

    The novel revolves around the life of Judith Hearne, a lonely middle-aged spinster living in 1950s Belfast who struggles with her declining social status and her increasing reliance on alcohol. As she desperately seeks companionship and purpose in life, she becomes infatuated with her boarding house's landlady's brother, only to face rejection and further isolation. The book explores themes of loneliness, faith, disillusionment, and the harsh realities of ageing.

    The 1267th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Great Victorian Collection

    "The Great Victorian Collection" is a captivating novel that follows the journey of a wealthy collector who becomes obsessed with acquiring a vast collection of Victorian artifacts. As he delves deeper into his obsession, he becomes entangled in a world of deception, greed, and scandal. Set in the backdrop of 1950s London, this thought-provoking and atmospheric tale explores the dark side of obsession and the consequences it can have on one's life.

    The 2619th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Cold Heaven

    "Cold Heaven" is a psychological thriller that delves into the complexities of faith, love, and guilt. The narrative centers around a woman whose life is thrown into turmoil when her husband, presumed dead after a boating accident, mysteriously disappears from the morgue. As she grapples with the enigma of his vanishing, she is also confronted with a divine apparition that demands an act of faith she is reluctant to perform. Torn between her desire for a new life and the inexorable pull of the supernatural, she must navigate a web of personal and spiritual crises that challenge her beliefs and her very sanity.

    The 4784th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Emperor Of Ice Cream

    "The Emperor of Ice Cream" is a captivating novel that follows the life of a young Irish immigrant named Gavin Burke, who moves to New York City in search of a better future. Set in the 1920s, the story explores Gavin's struggles and triumphs as he navigates the harsh realities of the city, including poverty, discrimination, and the allure of the American Dream. With vivid descriptions and compelling characters, the book delves into themes of identity, love, and the pursuit of happiness, painting a poignant portrait of one man's journey towards self-discovery and acceptance.

    The 5363rd Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Black Robe

    The novel is a historical drama set in the 17th century, following the journey of a Jesuit missionary as he travels through the wilderness of New France to reach a remote Huron mission. Alongside his indigenous guides and companions, the missionary faces the harsh realities of the untamed land, cultural misunderstandings, and the spiritual challenges of trying to convert the native people to Christianity. His faith and resolve are tested by the brutalities of the journey and the complex, often hostile, relationships that develop between the European and indigenous characters. The story delves into themes of colonialism, faith, and the clash of civilizations, offering a stark and gripping portrayal of the period.

    The 6612th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. The Statement

    "The Statement" is a gripping novel that follows the life of a former Vichy government official who, while responsible for the deportation of Jews to Nazi death camps during World War II, is now on the run from both the law and assassins. The protagonist is protected by right-wing elements within the Catholic Church, creating a narrative that explores themes of guilt, repentance, and the struggle for justice in the face of political and religious power.

    The 9170th Greatest Book of All Time