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Give me stress

17 November 2012
Nigelissima: Instant Italian Inspiration Nigella Lawson

Chatto, pp.273, £26, ISBN: 9780701187330

Jamie’s15-Minute Meals Jamie Oliver

Michael Joseph, pp.288, £27, ISBN: 9780718157807

Jerusalem Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Ebury, pp.319, £27, ISBN: 9780091943745

Christmas is one of the few remaining occasions when the English feel obliged to cook a proper meal at home. To help them, in the autumn, kind publishers bring out… Read more

So farewell, John Bull

26 February 2011
The Passing of Protestant England: Secularisation and Social Change c.1920—1960 S.J.D. Green

CUP, pp.333, 60

His Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Fisher, keen to counter the dreadful spectre of the atomic bomb in the 1950s, observed that the very worst it could do would… Read more

Taking it lying down

27 July 2006
Celsius 7/7: How the West’s Policy of Appeasement Has Provoked Yet More Fundamentalist Terror — And What Has to be Done Now Michael Gove

Weidenfeld, pp.9.99, 153

Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam Joseph Ratzinger and Marcello Pera

Basic Books, pp.159, 12.99

Europe thinks ‘that to achieve peace no price is too high: not appeasement, not massacres on its own soil, not even surrender to terrorists… Europe is impotent. A foul wind… Read more

Hard acts to follow

7 June 2006
Lion’s Honey: The Myth of Samson David Grossman

Canongate, pp.159, 12.99

Listing page content here At a time when Israel was under the rule of the Philistines, the angel of the Lord appeared to a certain barren woman and promised her… Read more

The case of the curious Christian

5 November 2005
C. S. Lewis Michael White

Abacus, pp.268, 10.99

The Narnian Alan Jacobs

SPCK, pp.332, 12.99

Alan Jacobs quotes Philip Hensher on C. S. Lewis: ‘Let us drop C. S. Lewis and his ghastly, priggish, half-witted money-making drivel about Narnia down the nearest deep hole …… Read more

The barbarians within the gates

23 July 2005
Our Culture, What’s Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses Theodore Dalrymple

Ivan R. Dee, pp.341, 18.99

Spectator readers have known of Dr Dalrymple for many years through his regular column in this magazine. Every week we muddled our way through, unreflectively finding life all right and… Read more

The heresy of explanation

18 December 2004
The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary Robert Alter

W. W. Norton, pp.1064, 34

The Pentateuch belongs to all sorts of different people and I cannot speak for them and their needs, so I’ll stick with what I know. Most of my church friends… Read more

The god that has failed to fail

9 October 2004
The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World Alister McGrath

Rider, pp.306, 14.99

Atheists were rare before the mid-18th century. The 200 years from then to the mid 20th century were their moment, especially among intellectuals. Much opinion imagines their success will continue.… Read more

Somewhat concerning food

2 October 2004
Fish, Flesh and Good Red Herring: A Gallimaufry Alice Thomas Ellis

Virago Modern Classics, pp.406, 14.99

Alice Thomas Ellis is not a person to be trusted — in the kitchen. I am surprised to find this. I have always admired her elsewhere, in her novels for… Read more

The crushing burden of proof

1 May 2004
The Unknown God: Agnostic Essays Anthony Kenny

Continuum, pp.222, 14.99

Anthony Kenny does not believe in the existence of God, but his disbelief is qualified and complex. He does not believe that the existence of God can be proved through… Read more

Go to work on Christmas Day…

13 December 2003

Good generals know when it is time to give up an impossible defence and seek a more secure position to hold. It is time to give up Christmas. It is… Read more

An intolerant sort of liberal

26 October 2002

Yale, pp.740, 25

In 1845 Newman was received into the Roman Catholic Church. More than a century and a half later, the fires of controversy ignited by the Oxford Movement which he led,… Read more

The organisation man

5 October 2002

Little Brown, pp.451, 20

In 1743, 393 livings within the gift of the Archbishop of York were occupied by clergymen who did not live within that diocese and another 335 incumbents held plural livings.… Read more

Sniggling with a darning needle

7 September 2002
The book of eels Tom Fort

HarperCollins, pp.286, 16.99

I have always counted myself a loyal, even an enthusiastic eel fan. I seek them out and buy them whenever I can find them live: they deteriorate quickly and should… Read more