Stephen Hough
The Final Retreat

A novel

We are delighted to announce a new line of literary publications, commencing with a first novel by the pianist, writer and composer Stephen Hough.


At the heart of this book lies the question of how far the idea of a priest as a ‘wounded healer’ can be stretched. It is written as a diary-cum-memoir by Father Joseph, a middle-aged priest whose faith and life are in tatters, who is sent on an eight-day silent retreat by his kindly, sympathetic bishop. Apart from short daily meetings with a spiritual director, he speaks to no one. But he writes. Page after page, exploring the state of his soul, the loss of his vocation, his sexual addiction, and the events which are destroying his life.


Stephen Hough is a concert pianist, a composer and a writer. Named by The Economist as one of 20 Living Polymaths, he was the first classical performer to be awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2014. He has been published by The Times, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

  • 188 pages

  • 130 x 190mm

  • ISBN 

    978-1-909631-28-1

  • Publication date: 

    March 2018

  • Advance orders welcome
    from December 2017


  • Hardback
    £ 14