SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Books
October 22, 2021
Mary Kenny
Mary Kenny reviews Women in the War 
by Lucy Fisher,
 with a foreword by Baroness Boothroyd
October 22, 2021
Mathew Lyons
Matthew Lyons reviews Evensong: People, Discoveries and Reflections on the Church in England
, by Richard Morris
October 22, 2021
Sam Leith
Sam Leith reviews The Young HG Wells: 
Changing The World, 
by Claire Tomalin
October 22, 2021
Robert Gray
Robert Gray reviews Europe’s 100 Best Cathedrals, 
by Simon Jenkins
October 21, 2021
Piers Paul Read
Piers Paul Read reviews Benedict XVI: A Life Volume II: 
Professor and Prefect to Pope and 
Pope Emeritus 1966-the Present 
by Peter Seewald
October 14, 2021
John Cornwell
John Cornwell reviews Climate, Catastrophe and Faith: 
How Changes in Climate Drive 
Religious Upheavals 
by Philip Jenkins
October 14, 2021
Michael Hodges
Michael Hodges reviews Holland Blind Twilight 
by John Martin Robinson
October 14, 2021
Nicky Haslam
Henry ‘Chips’ Channon: The Diaries (Volume 2): 1938-43by Chips Channonedited by Simon Heffer Hutchinson, £35, 1,120 pages ________ This doorstop of a book is the second of Henry Channon’s long and much-anticipated uncensored diaries, and it’s well worth the wait. For many decades his heirs withheld permission of publication, fearing Channon’s more stinging comments on
October 14, 2021
Charles Cumming
Silverviewby John le Carré Penguin Viking, £20.00, 208 pages ________ Posthumous novels are rarely a good idea. A great writer’s literary executors find a discarded, unfinished manuscript in the bottom drawer, polish it up a bit and send it out into the world hoping to make some money before anybody notices that the book isn’t
October 07, 2021
Cressida Connolly
Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout Viking Penguin, £14.99, 256 pages ________ The best-known and certainly the most dramatic novel about a former spouse is probably Rebecca. Not every story about an ex features murder, infidelity, madness and arson (much as we may wish it to). Nonetheless, exes engender lasting feelings, irritation, resentment and occasional bursts
October 02, 2021
Arabella Byrne
Matrix by Lauren Groff  William Heinemann, £16.99, 272 pages __________ The 12th-century poet we know as Marie de France was, scholars argue, the greatest writer of short fiction before Boccaccio and Chaucer. Her lais – tantalisingly short romances written in octosyllabic couplets – are thought to rival the best that those great men had to
September 02, 2021
Jack Miles
Jack Miles reviews Francesca Stavrakopoulou's new book 'God: An Anatomy'
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