Other Novels from Ignatius Press

Ignatius Press is happy to offer a growing number of gripping novels. If you liked The Death of a Pope, you might also try the titles below.

We're glad to present great authors of fiction like Piers Paul Read (he's also published a book of essays, Hell and Other Destinations, with us) alongside Michael O'Brien, Lucy Becket, Ralph McInerny, G. K. Chesterton, Louis de Wohl, and others. Browse below for a small subsection of our fiction selection.

  • A Postcard from the Volcano novel cover

    A Postcard from the Volcano

    Lucy Beckett

    A deeply moving historical novel that shows the horrific impact that two world wars had on whole countries, and how individuals struggled to deal with the incredible challenges presented by such devastation.

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  • The Island of the World novel cover

    The Island of the World

    Michael O'Brien

    This novel cuts to the core question: how does a person retain his identity, indeed his humanity, in absolutely dehumanizing situations?

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    Father Elijah

    Michael O'Brien

    Michael O'Brien presents a thrilling apocalyptic novel about the condition of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of time.

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  • The Red Hat novel cover

    The Red Hat

    Ralph McInerny

    The author of the Father Dowling Mysteries presents a novel of suspense, humor, and spiritual insight about the Catholic Church rocked by schism, scandal and contested papal elections early in the third millennium.

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  • The Cypresses Believe in God novel cover

    The Cypresses Believe in God

    Jose Maria Gironella

    Considered by many critics to be the greatest novel about the Spanish Civil War, this classic work is an unbiased account of the complicated events, movements and personalities that led up to the war.

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  • Strangers and Sojourners novel cover

    Strangers and Sojourners

    Michael O'Brien

    An epic novel set in the rugged interior of British Columbia, the first volume of a trilogy which traces the lives of four generations of a family of exiles.

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    The Red Horse

    Eugenio Corti

    Written from the author's own personal experiences as an Italian Freedom Fighter, is a profoundly moving account of the war, those who fought in it on both sides, and the effects the war had on families in the author's hometown in northern Italy.

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  • The Man Who Was Thursday novel cover

    The Man Who Was Thursday

    G. K. Chesterton

    This edition of Chesterton's most famous novel explicates and enriches the complete text with extensive footnotes, together with an introductory essay on the metaphysical meaning of his profound allegory.

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    Eclipse of the Sun

    Michael O'Brien

    In this fast-paced, reflective novel, (the second in a trilogy following Strangers and Sojourners) Michael O'Brien presents the dramatic tale of a family that finds itself in the path of a totalitarian government.

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  • Sophia House novel cover

    Sophia House

    Michael O'Brien

    Prequel to the best-selling novel Father Elijah, this story revolves around David Schafer, a young Jewish boy hiding in a book shop in Nazi-occupied Poland. Only decades later would he be called Fr. Elijah, chosen by the pope to confront the ultimate evil.

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  • A Cry of Stone novel cover

    A Cry of Stone

    Michael O'Brien

    Loosely based on the real lives of a number of native North Americans, A Cry of Stone is the fictional account of the life of a native artist, Rose Wâbos.

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    Plague Journal

    Michael O'Brien

    Nathaniel Delaney, the editor of a small-town newspaper, is about to face the greatest crisis of his life. His country is sliding into totalinarianism, and his family is scattered as he wages a war of truth against the despotism seeking to silence him.

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  • Dear and Glorious Physician novel cover

    Dear & Glorious Physician

    Taylor Caldwell

    The world-famous novel about St. Luke: man of science, and Gospel writer. "A portrait so moving and so eloquent I doubt it is paralleled elsewhere in literature." – Boston Herald

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  • The Song of Bernadette novel cover

    The Song of Bernadette

    Franz Werfel

    Tells the true story surrounding the visions at Lourdes. Werfel, a highly respected anti-Nazi writer from Vienna, became a Jewish refugee who barely escaped death in 1940, and wrote this moving story to fulfill a promise he made to God.

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    Joan of Arc

    Mark Twain

    Very few people know that Mark Twain wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important but also his best work.

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    The Spear

    Louis de Wohl

    This panoramic novel of the last days of Christ ranges from the palaces of imperial Rome to the strife-torn hills of Judea – where the conflict of love and betrayal, revenge and redemption, reaches a mighty climax in the drama of the Crucifixion.

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  • Lay Siege to Heaven novel cover

    Lay Siege to Heaven

    Louis de Wohl

    The daughter of a prosperous dyer in 14th-century Siena, Catherine never forgot the mystical experience of her extreme youth. But it was a shock to her family when, refusing marriage, she insisted on giving her life totally to God.

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  • The Perfect Joy of St. Francis novel cover

    The Perfect Joy of St. Francis

    Felix Timmermans

    In this classic novel, Felix Timmermans reveals a deep understanding and penetrating interpretation of the man Francis and the ideals that enabled him to move and to shake the whole world.

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  • "If John le Carré took on Vatican politics, his book of suspense might aspire to be much like this one."

    Ron Hansen, Author of Mariette in Ecstasy and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

  • "The Death of a Pope is a great Read — in every sense of the term."

    Ralph McInerny, Author of the Father Dowling Mysteries

  • "A faith-driven theological thriller, narrated by a storyteller of the first order . . ."

    Joseph Pearce, Author of The Quest for Shakespeare

  • "If you love the Catholic Church, you will probably love this book whether or not you love a good story. If you love a good story, you will probably love this book whether or not you love the Catholic Church. But if you love both the Church and a good story, you will certainly love this book."

    Peter Kreeft, Author of The God Who Loves You

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