Chris Patten’s First Confession A Sort of Memoir (2017)

Autobiography is a tricky genre and expressions of it are never to be taken at face value. The accounts politicians produce of their lives can be particularly self-serving. When I picked up this book by a senior British Tory I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be exceptionally interesting, for three reasons. The first is its compelling subject […]

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David Mitchell James’ A Psalter for Prayer (2011)

This book comprises a version of the Psalms, together with some traditional material from the Church Slavonic Psalter, beautifully presented in large type on thick paper, so that it is suitable for public liturgical as well as private devotional reading. The register of the English is sonorous and dignified, its language somehow churchy and inviting a kind of slow lectio divina. It raises some issues […]

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