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The heroic life and mysterious disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg
Francis Phillips | 12 April 2016
tags: book reviews, Soviet Union, WW II
A new biography leaves important questions about this WWII hero unanswered.

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
Michael Kirke | 08 April 2016
tags: Ancient Rome, book reviews, Christianity, history
An exciting history of a great and cruel people

Church of Spies
Francis Phillips | 04 February 2016
tags: book reviews, Hitler, Pope Pius XII
The Pope’s secret war against Hitler.

Jane Austen’s Emma at 200
Camilla Nelson | 25 January 2016
tags: book reviews, Jane Austen
Time has only given this classic novel greater fame.

Adventures in the Book Pages
Francis Phillips | 14 January 2016
tags: book reviews, religion
A wise and entertaining collection of book reviews and essays.

The Crime and the Silence
Francis Phillips | 04 January 2016
tags: anti-semitism, book reviews, Poland
A Polish-Jewish journalist investigates the Jedwabne pogrom of World War II.

The Road to Character
Francis Phillips | 13 August 2015
tags: book reviews, character, New York Times
A New York Times columnist writes a book about old fashioned virtues.

House of Hospitality
Francis Phillips | 22 July 2015
tags: Catholic social teaching, Catholic Worker, Dorothy Day
One of the most courageous, unconventional and holy women of the 20th Century.

Please do not kill this Mockingbird
Michael Kirke | 20 July 2015
tags: book reviews, Harper Lee
Despite its rawness, Go Set a Watchman is a literary treasure.

Stalin’s Daughter
Francis Phillips | 13 July 2015
tags: biography, book reviews, Stalin
How did Svetlana Alliluyeva survive growing up in the monstrous shadow of her father?

More perspective needed
Andrew Byrne | 19 May 2015
tags: book reviews, Catholic Church, Jesuits, Pope Francis, Vatican
A recent biography of Pope Francis seems unfair and confusing.

A prophetic tale from the Armenian genocide
Michael Cook | 18 May 2015
tags: Armenian genocide, book reviews, Turkey
Franz Werfel's classic novel of heroism and tragedy.

Napoleon: A Life
Francis Phillips | 13 May 2015
tags: Napoleon
Comparisons with Hitler malign the great French statesman.

Adolescent fiction: from Nancy Drew to Scars
Barbara Kay | 06 May 2015
tags: books, young adult fiction
Does immersion in dark fictional worlds really help teenagers?

A life in the public square
Stephen P. White | 21 April 2015
tags: Catholic Church, public square, USA
Richard John Neuhaus was one of the most influential figures in American public life from the Civil Rights era to the War on Terror

Family politics: domestic life under 20th century dictators
Francis Phillips | 08 April 2015
tags: book reviews, dictatorships, family policy
National portraits of domestic life, devastation and survival 1900 - 1950.

It’s not obtuse to deduce there’s a new Dr Seuss on the loose
Clare Bradford and Kristine Moruzi | 23 March 2015
tags: children's literature, Dr Seuss

The making of men
Francis Phillips | 18 March 2015
tags: education, John Henry Newman, UK, university
Few people have known more about how to develop the character of youth than Cardinal Newman.

Hilary Mantel and the comet of Calixtus
Basilides Melchischyros | 11 February 2015
tags: book reviews, historical fiction, Tudor England
The prize-winning novel Wolf Hall tells us more about the 21st Century than the 16th.

There’s something mysterious about reviving To Kill a Mockingbird
Richard Gray | 06 February 2015
tags: literature, USA
After a gap of 55 years, its reclusive author is publishing a second novel.

The terrifying utilitarianism behind Guantanamo torture
Peter Finn | 28 January 2015
tags: Guantanamo Bay, utilitarianism
After a six-year legal battle, a detainee has given his side of the story of his arrest, rendition and interrogation. It's horrific.

The enduring appeal of C S Lewis
Francis Phillips | 13 January 2015
tags: books, C. S. Lewis
A clear prose style, an honest, warm voice are qualities that will always attract readers.

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