King David sings his psalms. A world away, King Henry plots. And courtier Thomas Wyatt sees them both, his beloved falcon Lukkes on his arm.
David wants Bathsheba. Henry too must have what he wants. He wants Ann, a divorce, a son. He looks up at his tapestry of David and sees a mighty predecessor who defended his faith and took what he liked. But he leaves it to others to count the costs.
Among those counting is the poet Wyatt, who sees a different David, a man who repented before God, in song as in life. This is the version of the biblical king which Wyatt must give voice to as he translates David's psalms.
As David pursues Bathsheba, Henry courts Ann, and Wyatt interweaves the past and present.
Lux is a story of love and its reach, fidelity and faith, power and poetry.
‘Hugely ambitious and very beautiful.’
BBC Radio 4’s, Saturday Review
‘Cook writes with impressive empathy … There is both a painterly eye and a physicality about her prose.’
Diana Hendry, The Spectator
‘Cook’s account of an Old Testament repentance is a full-throated one.’
Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail
‘Intelligence, originality, and poetic grace … Ms. Cook reflects on the momentous change by tenderly humanising all of these larger-than-life characters. Her portrayal of Bathsheba is both more compassionate and more convincing than the usual caricature of a power-hungry seductress. Her David, too, is remarkably approachable … Again and again in this discerning novel, sin and suffering culminate in a majestic work of humility and praise.’
Sam Sacks , The Wall Street Journal