The Lonely God

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First published: 1997

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The Lonely God

Frank Oliver returns to England after years overseas and finds solace in 'the lonely god' who seems to be experiencing the same sense of isolation that he is. Will this strange deity help relieve him of his loneliness? From While the Light Lasts and The Harlequin Tea Set.

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Frank Oliver returns to England from years of overseas service only to realise he no longer knows anyone there. On visiting the British Museum he encounters ‘the lonely god’ who seems to be experiencing the same sense of isolation that he is. Will this strange deity help relieve him of his loneliness?

This story was first published in 1926 in Royal Magazine. A romantic story, Agatha Christie later considered it to be ‘regrettably sentimental’.

It was first published in book form in While the Light Lasts and Other Stories and also in The Harlequin Tea Set and Other Stories in the US.

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