In Gethsemane Revisited James Brophy, in his debut novel introduces us to a fairly ordinary young man, Jerome.
But Jerome is not as ordinary as he might appear at first sight. Because Jerome has a remarkable and very special gift. Jerome can travel back through time.
However, there are certain rules that affect Jerome's adventures. He will never be able to prove to anyone else what he can do, only he can remember his visits and he is unable to change history.
Obviously his visits to the past mean that anything he does or says has already taken place in the past.
He finds that he can meet historically famous people and ask them questions that he has always desired answers to.
However, eventually as one would expect, Jerome has a strong need to actually share his secret of being a time traveller with other people. Obviously his family should know of his wonderful gift, right?
So Jerome shares his secret with members of his own family, by telling his brother. But his family are concerned about Jerome's stories of time travelling as they are convinced that he is suffering from some sort of delusional condition.
Are they right? Or is Jerome right? Is he a genuine time traveller or someone who is suffering from a delusional mental disorder?
Jerome realises that he needs to set off one one last time travelling adventure to settle matters once and for all. Is he right? Or is his family right?
It's a stunning debut novel filled with adventures and well told at a rapid pace that keeps the attention of the reader.
The ending is truly stunning and very, very moving but I will not spoil it by letting slip what it is.
The book will make an excellent Christmas gift. It's published by Matador at £10.00.
Hopefully this novel will be the first of many from James Brophy.