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Through the underworld to transcendence

Michael Kirke | 07 February 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, fiction
Donna Tartt's splendid third novel The Goldfinch is a sharp critique of corrupt Western culture.

From Grantham to grandeur

Francis Phillips | 19 January 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: biography, book reviews, Margaret Thatcher, UK
Jonathan Aitken has written a sympathetic but perceptive biography of Margaret Thatcher.

The sinner repents?

Peter Smith | 29 December 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, British politics, media, spin doctors
A warts-and-all tale of one of Britain's legendary spin-doctors, Damian McBride, the press officer to Gordon Brown.

Penelope Fitzgerald: the valiant life of a mother and novelist

Francis Phillips | 19 December 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: biography, book reviews, women writers
Domestic hardship meant the British writer was 60 before she could launch her career.

Year Zero: A History of 1945

Francis Phillips | 13 December 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, World War II
What happens after a war is often as painful as the war itself.

Faith and family, society’s double helix

Daniel Blackman | 21 November 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, family values, secularisation
Religion needs the family as much as the family needs religion.

Reason should be open to God

Leonard Franchi | 19 November 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Benedict XVI, book reviews, education, liberal education
Benedict XVI had provocative ideas about the true nature of education.

Red Love: The Story of an East German Family

Francis Phillips | 15 November 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, East Germany, World War II
The Berlin Wall fell in 1989 but much remains to be understood.

A radical’s road out of Islamist extremism

Jennifer S. Bryson | 12 November 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Islam
Leaving something so powerful and controlling does not happen overnight.

Permanent Present Tense

Francis Phillips | 21 October 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, memory, neuroscience
The moving story of a man whose memory was limited to what happened 30 seconds ago.

The making of a polemicist

Megan Hodder | 15 October 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: autobiography, book reviews, Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins' memoir of his early years is charming but provides little insight into his later career as the bête noire of religion.

Sweetening the pill

Carolyn Moynihan | 15 October 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, contraceptive drugs, fertility awareness
A young woman dissolves the sugar coating on the contraceptive pill and exposes its harmful, anti-woman core.

How the West really lost God

Tom Ascik | 15 October 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, family size, religion
The decline in the family has driven a decline in religious practice, says an American journalist.

The world’s most famous physicist tells his own story

Patrick Cusworth | 11 October 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, physics, Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking's autobiography is a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the achievements of a cultural icon.

Riding the coattails of Harry Potter

Harley J. Sims | 27 August 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling's foray into detective fiction is entertaining if undistinguished.

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