Blog Tour – The Anointed by Michael Arditti

Welcome to my stop on The Anointed blog tour! Thank you to MidasPR and Arcadia Books for the opportunity to take part.

Publisher: Arcadia Books
Publication Date:
Length: 337 pages
Historical Fiction | Biblical Retelling

CW: sexual assault

Michal is a princess, Abigail a wealthy widow, and Bathsheba a soldier’s bride, but as women in Ancient Israel their destiny is the same: to obey their fathers, serve their husbands and raise their children.

Marriage to King David seems to offer them an escape, but behind the trappings of power they discover a deeply conflicted man. The legendary hero who slew Goliath, founded Jerusalem and saved Israel is also a vicious despot who murders his rivals, massacres his captives and menaces his harem.


Reviewer’s Quotes

Arditti does a masterful job of shining a light on the women in the book and also challenging the traditional view of David as a great hero.

A Dream of Books

Whether the reader agrees with the characterisation of David offered (I didn’t agree with all of it), the narrative is as much a clever, thoughtful, revealing exposition of the man, David, as it is the story of three very different but equally important, remarkable royal women.

Jane Lesley

About the Author

Michael Arditti is the prize-winning author of ten works of fiction and one collection of short stories, including The CelibateOf Men and AngelsThe Breath of NightThe Enemy of the Good and Easter, the latter of which won the first Waterstone’s Mardi Gras award. Born in Cheshire, Michael read English at Jesus College, Cambridge, writing for the student newspaper and directing plays such as The Taming of the Shrew.

Post-university, Michael embarked on a career in arts journalism, working for five years at the Evening Standard, and then writing theatre criticism for The Times, Sunday Times, Daily Mail and Sunday Express. Four of his plays have broadcast on BBC Radio 4: Something To Scare Off The BirdsThe Morning RoomThe Chatelaine and The Family Hotel. Michael was awarded the Honorary DLitt by the University of Chester in March 2013 and was appointed a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London, in February 2018.

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