This book is not concerned with conspiracy theories or the supposed date the world will end. It is designed to show Fatima’s true place in the history of divine apparitions; as the author says, ‘Fatima carries the weight of every prophecy conceived in heaven – gentle yet firm, simple yet epic, gracious in mercy yet uncompromising and absolute.’ Before discussing the events of 1917, we are given a concise history of Our Lady’s approved apparitions but the author is in no doubt that Fatima both contains and amplifies these earlier revelations – indeed, he sees it as the ultimate theophany. The book is written in invigorating prose that is the opposite of pious sentiment. There is nothing here of rosaries turning to gold, but much profound meditation on the dialogues between Our Lady and the seers, especially Lucia. There is also a thoughtful and cautionary appendix. No student of the subject can afford to miss this inspired insight.