Category Archives: Books

Twelve not so good and true.

In The Verdict of Twelve, Raymond Postgate lays bare the awful truth that our precious judicial system is based on a myth. As the bored Clerk of Assize begins to swear in the jury for a murder trial, we are … Continue reading

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Divided loyalties and the saving of England – a book review

Alfred the Great is known to most people because of a legend that he burned some cakes whilst sheltering from an advancing army. Yet the story of this reluctant soldier-king is a pivotal episode in the forming of the nation … Continue reading

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Book Review – People of the book

What do a rare butterfly, some wine stains, a white cat hair and a few grains of salt have in common? They are all clues to the remarkable history of an ancient book that has criss-crossed Europe for over six … Continue reading

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Book Review – Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret

For many years I have been familiar with the name of Hudson Taylor, whilst knowing little other than that he had been a missionary to China in the late 19th Century. His name was always spoken in a way that … Continue reading

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Review : Seeing in the Dark

Everyone faces challenges in life. Most them aren’t huge,  and we  take them in our stride. But others determine the course of your life for better or worse. Generally it’s the survivors who tell their stories. Men like Nick Vujicic, … Continue reading

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Book Review: 1929

Certain key dates have been celebrated in The Salvation Army as markers of it’s growth. It’s origins are dated from 1865, when its founder William Booth preached on Mile End Waste, and returned home to tell his wife “Catherine, I … Continue reading

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Book review: Life of Pi

I confess I only read this book because it was on a bookmark I received as a gift: “50 books to read before you die”. Despite the huge publicity around the book and subsequent film, I was not sufficiently interested … Continue reading

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Book review: Shout aloud Salvation

In Shout Aloud Salvation, Charles Terrot retells the story of The Salvation Army through the eyes of two young girls who join Elijah Cadman’s Hallelujah Army. Continue reading

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Book Review: That’s Another Story

Review of Julie Walter’s autobiography. She’s probably best known for two contrasting characters: a northern lass who discovers the joys of literature in Educating Rita, and the eccentric Mrs Overall in Victoria Wood’s spoof soap Acorn Antiques. But this talented … Continue reading

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Book review: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett

(Published by Penguin, London 2010 – ISBN 978-0-141-03928-2) When Skeeter Phelan returns from college in 1962 to her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi she realises how little she has in common with her old school friends. Now married, they all have … Continue reading

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