SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Matt Thorne

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December 14, 2017
Prince was a deeply religious man, although his beliefs developed throughout his life. Born into a family of practising Seventh Day Adventists, his time spent at a local church gave him the interest in Bible study that shaped his life and work, eventually leading him to become a Jehovah’s Witness. Since his death in 2016,
November 29, 2017
From a 21st-century perspective, it seems extraordinary that a rock star announcing a new-found belief in Jesus could ever have been controversial. Most popular hip hop and R&B stars end their album acknowledgements with a thank you to God, and even alternative musicians with an interest in the darker side of life (such as Nick
July 06, 2017
Crimes of the Father by Thomas Keneally, Sceptre, £18.99 Novelists generally fall into two categories: those who need to research their books and those who believe that going to the library or using journalistic techniques is cheating. Some novelists, notoriously, change approach midway through career, like the late Beryl Bainbridge, who used up all her
May 25, 2017
Move Fast and Break Things By Jonathan Taplin, Macmillan, £18.99 The problem with most books on culture, creativity and media trends is that they’re generally written by authors with a good sense of business (and personal brand management), but no real understanding of what it means to be an artist. They focus only on the
May 19, 2016
The Murderous History of Bible Translations by Harry Freedman Bloomsbury, £20 Harry Freedman’s new book is tremendous fun. It will probably be best enjoyed by readers with Greek, Latin and a strong knowledge of history. But even the most erudite reader might feel frustrated at what has been lost to the world. For instance, the
March 31, 2016
The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross Simon and Schuster, £20 Religion, Alec Ross suggests in his intriguing new book, plays an important part in shaping our attitudes to robots. The ancient Shinto religion, practised by four-fifths of the Japanese, includes a belief in animism, which holds that objects have spirits. This means, Ross
March 31, 2016
The Industries of the Future: By Alec Ross, Simon and Schuster, £20
September 24, 2015
Sleeping on Jupiter BY ANURADHA ROY, MACLEHOSE PRESS , £16.99   Winning a major literary award can still transform an author’s life, but longlists and shortlists are mainly of value to readers. Although the reader who limited himself to reading Man Booker Prize-winners would come away with a curious sense of the literary landscape, over the
June 18, 2015
A book on Johannes Vermeer and Antoni van Leeuwenhoekr is a reminder of a time when theology, arts and science went hand in hand
April 16, 2015
An even-handed study of Alfred Hitchcock's cinema highlights the great director's Catholic worldview
April 02, 2015
The English literary master first championed the spirited Trappist monk and then grew tired of him