SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Books
December 03, 2021
Theo Hobson
Whatever Happened to Tradition?: History, Belonging and the Future of the West by Tim Stanley Bloomsbury, £20, 266 pages ________ In recent years, the “post-liberal” perspective has dominated religious thought and has also gained a foothold in political circles. The American Catholic journalist Sohrab Ahmari has recently brought such thinking to a wider audience. Now
December 03, 2021
Helena Kelly
Lily: A Tale of Revenge by Rose Tremain Chatto & Windus, £18.99, 288 pages ________ Rose Tremain is a prolific and prize-winning author, the recipient of the Whitbread and the Orange Prize for Fiction, shortlisted for the Costa and Booker. She is also an unpredictable one. Her work ranges across time from the Restoration to
December 03, 2021
Susannah Herbert
Collected Poems Rowan Williams Carcanet, £15.99, 249 pages ________ The poetry of Rowan Williams is full of moments when the known world becomes translucent and lets in an unfamiliar light. Sometimes, this happens when watching someone – a child, perhaps – fall asleep. …sleepy yourself, impatient and resigned   at once, and out of nowhere
December 02, 2021
Sophia Waugh
“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents”, grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.” The opening of Little Women has had children nodding in agreement since 1869 and my generation at least was horrified when the secret present that they each received was a copy of Pilgrim’s Progress. Little Women begins and ends at Christmas, and
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
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