Set in Reformation Europe, Q begins with Luther’s nailing of his 95 theses on the door of the cathedral church in Wittenberg. Q traces the adventures and conflicts of two central characters: an Anabaptist, a member of the most radical of the Protestant sects and the anarchists of the Reformation, and a Catholic spy and informer, on their thrilling journey across Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. The four young writers who shelter behind the pseudonym Luther Blissett have created a world of intrigue, violence and intense political and religious passion. Far from the traditional example of historical fiction, Q is the stuff of which cults are made.

Part thriller, part novel of ideas, Q is as richly imagined as Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose or Iain Pears’ An Instance of the Fingerpost and as subversively political as Michel Houellebecq’s Atomised.

Praise for “Q”

“Imagine Umberto Eco’s knack for the swashbuckling thriller of ideas crossed with an artful touch of Le Carre, and you have a fair idea of the novel’s mood. . . . As a historical blockbuster, it boasts pace, colour, excitement and suspense to spare. . . . Q works like a charm.” — The Independent (London)

“This is a big book and a big canvas. . . . The panorama is big and bloody and breathtaking; a crush of colour and crowds, exotic locations and war. The sheer weight of its authors’ historical research provides a convincing backdrop for the fictional heroes.” — The Times (London)