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With Clouds Descending

David Lowe

Set in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, With Clouds Descending is the story of the Low family told by a priest who himself is part of the Low clan, and presented as if he were the rector of Ampthill.

This semi-autobiographical book is set 130 years in the past and is mainly based on real events. However there is also a smattering of artistic licence throughout the book. The often amusing and sometimes risqué anecdotes throughout the book are inspired from the diaries of the author that he has kept for twenty-five years (1984-2019).

The Low family is quite a large family and full of diverse characters who deal with incidents ranging from floods and riots to murder and war, that are all loosely based on fact. Every family has skeletons in their cupboards; with some families those skeletons are deeply buried. This is not the case with the Low famil,y which makes this book a fascinating read.

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The author was a parish priest for over forty years in Derbyshire and Suffolk. Born in the Anchor Inn, Maulden, he was brought up in Ampthill, Bedfordshire.

The author trained for ordination at Kelham Theological College, run by the Society of the Sacred Mission, a religious order of the Anglican Church. Before the five-year course he was literally sent to Coventry, to work as a labourer in the carpenters' shop at an aircraft factory, during which time he was in digs with a family that included six daughters at home - an ideal preparation for living in a monastery.
He has no degree. But he was awarded the Territorial Decoration, with two bars and rose, for service in the Territorial Army.

The author has been married to Barbara for forty-nine years. They live in retirement, in Suffolk.