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December 10, 2015
Stav Sherez
The Ghosts of K2 by Mick Conefrey, Oneworld, £20 In the summer of 1996 a ferocious storm descended on K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, engulfing the many climbing teams spread out across its perilous ledges. By the end of August, 13 climbers were dead in what would prove to be the worst season in K2’s history.
December 10, 2015
Francis Phillips
Eleven Cardinals Speak on Marriage and the Family edited by Winfried Aymans, Ignatius/Gracewing, £15 The essays in this book were written before the October family synod. An excellent initiative on the part of Ignatius Press, they reflect the unchanging teaching of the Church from different perspectives around the world. These cardinals, from Europe, Africa, India
December 01, 2015
Michael Duggan
Augustine by Robin Lane Fox, Allen Lane, £25 In San Gimignano on an April Sunday in 1966, around the age of 20, Robin Lane Fox was introduced to the story of St Augustine by his uncle, who took him to see the frescoes in the church that bears the saint’s name. Nearly 50 years later,
December 01, 2015
Sister Janet Fearns
The Gift of Grief by Andrew Stringfellow, Redemptorist, £7 One evening in 2014, I stepped out of the bus, looked to see if the road was clear for me to cross – and cried. Without realising, it was the first time that I had taken that particular bus at that particular time since I left
December 01, 2015
Fr Anthony Nye SJ
Abounding in Mercy edited by Daniel Cronin, St Pauls, £8.95 Canon Daniel Cronin has asked a number of well-known Catholics how they see the Year of Mercy. Their answers are brief, pithy and personal. This little book could be taken day by day, article by article, for personal reflection and prayer. The editor has performed
December 01, 2015
Staff writers
Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey (DLT, £9.99). Subtitled Making Peace with an Evolving Faith, this candid and humorous book explores the common experience of feeling that nothing is “quite right” and that “nothing is where it belongs any more”. Bessey, a Canadian, married with four young children, uses incidents, setbacks and lessons from her
September 24, 2015
Jonathan Wright
Not In God’s Name BY JONATHAN SACKS, HODDER, £20 A familiar anthropological prism is deployed in Jonathan Sacks’s book. People crave a sense of identity, they frequently find it in groups, and this can result in the best and worst of human behaviour. We are kinder, or at least more tolerant, to those within our
September 24, 2015
Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? BY EDWARD PENTIN, IGNATIUS PENTIN, £11.86   The story of last October’s synod is well known, but Edward Pentin has written a short, useful summary of what went on and, more importantly, what went wrong. But this book offers more. Pentin was there: he has spoken to many of
September 24, 2015
Matt Thorne
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
September 24, 2015
Stav Sherez
The Gestapo by Frank McDonough (Coronet, £20). This year has produced a slew of important books relating to the Second World War, and this informative survey of the Gestapo is one of the best. The author tries to dismantle some of the common myths about Hitler’s secret police. He does so with style and intelligence.
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