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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