Oct. 29, 2012
-- The novel tells the life (or more accurately, the death) of David Shepherd, a middle-aged London cab driver who finds himself in Purgatory after dying while trying to protect his female passenger from a gang of drunken youths. What follows is his trial in the Court of Saint Peter. A court presided over by Angels, prosecuted by Demons and ultimately judged by a soul’s adherence to the Ten Commandments.
Wilson, born and raised in Melbourne, first had the idea while living in London.
‘I was on my way back to my flat in West London and was reflecting upon the life I had been living - the type of philosophical debate that is really only possible at 3am in the back of a cab after a few drinks. And then I looked at the cabbie in the front seat and wondered about the good and bad things that he’d done in his life. I realised that the concept of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ probably weren’t as black and white as we think.’
The novel explores the role that religion plays in today’s society; a topic that Wilson himself admits made him question his own beliefs as he wrote it.
‘Growing up, I always thought of myself as a Christian but truthfully the only time that I stepped into a church was when someone was born, got married or died. I think writing the book has made me more comfortable with questioning my faith. If we’re to believe the Bible, the Ten Commandments are really God’s set of rules of how we are supposed to live our lives. I was interested to see how those rules measured up to how we live life today.’
The Devil’s in the Detail is available through Torwood Avenue from 18th October in paperback and e-book. Check www.matthew-s-wilson.com
to view the book’s trailer and for details of where to purchase.