Books


Book: 'Boys in Zinc' by Svetlana Alexievich

Svetlana Alexievich is a Belorussian journalist whose mission is to tell the truth about war, and the human condition. For this reason alone, she deserves the attention of readers of Independent Catholic News. Her book about the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, 'Boys in Zinc,' has just been published in English for the first time, a welcome development for those of us who were unaware of her w...

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The Eye of Love - Symposium and book launch at Heythrop

A one-day Symposium at Heythrop College on Saturday, 1 July, will celebrate the Jesuit educational ‘genius’ and intellectual tradition, and the launch of: Philosophy, Theology and the Jesuit Tradition: ‘The Eye of Love.’ (Bloomsbury, 2017).

The scholars represented in this volume are associated with Heythrop College, a Jesuit academic foundation which dates its o...

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Pope writes preface to book on corruption

Pope Francis has written the preface for a new book on corruption by Cardinal Peter Turkson, former president of the Vatican’s Justice and Peace Council and current head of the office for Integral Human Development.

The volume, which was published on Thursday, explores the origins and devastating consequences of corruption, which the Pope describes as a "curse" and a “cancer” that c...

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New prayer book to inspire daily works of love

People who work in social action can now take inspiration from a new prayer book produced by Caritas Archdiocese of Birmingham. It was written after people involved in serving their neighbours said a prayer book would be of great help, and contains prayers and meditations to inspire and guide them as they work to support people in great need.

The prayer book can be used at group meetings ...

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Book: Leaving God for God

Leaving God for God is a study of five generations of Catholic Sisters in Britain from 1847 to 2017, and of their wide-ranging ministries to people in poverty.

As members of the Company of Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul – co-founded by St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac in seventeenth-century France – the Daughters of Charity belong to the largest transnational i...

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Booklet: Calling People of Goodwill: The Bible and the Common Good

The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah said ‘Seek the welfare of the city ... for in its welfare you will find your welfare’ (Jeremiah 29.7). So why are we experiencing such economic and social inequality, cultural polarisation across the Western world as reflected in Brexit, Le Pen and Trump, and a UK General Election? How can we prevent this social fragmentation from threatening the very conc...

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Polish-English prayer books for children

CTS has just published two beautifully-illustrated Polish-English prayer books for children - one book of prayers and one for reading during Mass.

The prayer book: Mój Maly Modlitewnik brings to life well-known Catholic prayers in an attractive and child-friendly style, helping children to engage with their faith. Polish-English texts are on facing pages.

See: http://www.ctsbooks.o...

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Book: The End of Lieutenant Boruvka by Josef Skvorecky

We are told that we are living in a 'post-truth age'. The President of the United States has his staff put out alternative facts - or lies - when the verifiable truth is uncomfortable. Climate change is a conspiracy theory. The Muslims (en masse) are out to get us. A referendum is held, lies are told, 37% of people vote to leave the EU - but the people have spoken, although those living oversea...

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Book: The Virgin Eye: Towards a Contemplative View of Life

Robin Daniels

The Virgin Eye: Towards a Contemplative View of Life. Robin Daniels. Edited by Katherine Daniels. Instant Apostle, Great Britain, 2016. Pages 416. £9.99.

This is a beautiful book, full of practical wisdom. Robin Daniels (+ 2012) worked in private practice for 30 years as a Jungian analyst. He was supervisor for St Marylebone Healing Centre, London, facilitating a reflecting grou...

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Book: Stations of the Cross Then and Now

Stations of the Cross Then and Now Fr Denis McBride CSsR Redemptorist Publications, December 2016 ISBN: 9780852314722 RRP: £12.95

"The way of the cross is not confined to a lonely road in Jerusalem two thousand years ago: it is a busy highway winding through every village, town and city in our modern world."

...and s...

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Book: Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance

Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance - publisher: William Collins

This memoir of a dismal childhood among the so-called white trash of Appalachia has been a publishing sensation. Vance's book appeared at the same time many Americans were asking how Donald Trump had become the Republican Party's nominee, and then their president-elect. Commentators have assumed the anger and mistrust expre...

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My Christmas day read: Mrs Scrooge: a Christmas Tale

Carol Ann Duffy, Mrs Scrooge: a Christmas Tale (Picador, London, 2008).

An enchanting masterpiece of Christmas poetry from the Poet Laureate. Ebenezer Scrooge's widow stands outside Marley's supermarket, protesting against cruel turkey farming practices, consumerism and waste while shoppers shove their trolleys past her, shouting, 'Spoilsport!' The ghosts of Christmas Past, Pre...

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Muriel Spark - The Biography by Martin Stannard

Muriel Spark - The Biography by Martin Stannard, (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2009).

At Eastertime, ten years ago (2006), Muriel Spark died in a hospital in Florence. It was Maundy Thursday, she was 88 years old. Her final years had involved a botched operation, and a great amount of physical pain. Yet she kept on writing novels up to the end, The Finishing School, her last, being pu...

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