An unflinching tale of passion and pain, of the power of words and the search for meaning, of a life-long odyssey to find the mystery beyond the mystery
Meet Matthew Gold: wealthy, successful and secure – but totally alone.
Afflicted from childhood by a crippling stammer, words have been his greatest problem. But, as his talent as a writer of detective fiction emerges, words become his greatest passion. He might struggle to speak, but on the pages of his novels his slick-talking private eye knows all the answers and can always find the words to illuminate every mystery.
But what happens when life itself becomes a mystery you cannot solve? What do you say and what can you do when words come to an end?
The Mystery of Matthew Gold follows its central character from his birth to a teenage mother in a Lanarkshire coal-mining town in the bitter winter of 1947, through his struggles and eventual success as a writer, to his final hours more than seventy years later as he tries to make sense of the strange tapestry of tragedy and triumph that makes up the story of his life.
This is neither a sentimental feel-good story nor a nihilistic narrative of dark despair. Instead, Chick Yuill unflinchingly faces the mystery of the pain and suffering that are inescapable in life, and then challenges the reader to discover the deeper mystery that happens when someone willingly takes the pain and suffering around them upon themselves, and refuses to be beaten or contaminated by it:
a wonderful and unexpected transformation takes place:
healing appears where there is hurt, beauty appears where there is ugliness,
joy appears where there is misery, forgiveness appears where there is bitterness,
love appears where there is hate, good appears where there is evil.
Chick Yuill has been a compulsive communicator for more than half a century. He has a passion to bring questions of faith and morality out of the narrow confines of the religious ghetto and into the wider arena of public life. His novels are inspired and informed by his conviction that such questions are best explored in a well-told story populated by credible characters in challenging situations, where there are no glib answers, and where readers are given space to reflect and respond.
All author royalties from this book are being donated to ALL WE CAN, helping to find solutions to poverty by engaging with local people and organisations in some of the world’s poorest communities to end the suffering caused by inequality and injustice.
Chick Yuill’s second novel, The Man Who Broke into St Peter’s, was short-listed for the fiction book of the year by Christian Resources Together.
The Mystery of Matthew Gold (ISBN: 9781912726127) by Chick Yuill is published by Instant Apostle and is available on 17th October 2019 from Christian bookshops and online retailers. Fiction, paperback, 288pp, £8.99.