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Henry’s VIII’s Psalter

15 April 2009

In this illumination from Henry’s VIII’s Psalter, the young David prepares to confront Goliath. In this illumination from Henry’s VIII’s Psalter, the young David prepares to confront Goliath. Dressed in… Read more

Doomed to despotism

7 April 2009
Khomeini’s Ghost Con Coughlin

Macmillan, pp.367, 25

The Life and Death of the Shah Gholam Reza Afkhami

Con Coughlin Gholam Reza Afkhami University of California Press, pp.713, 24.95

Khomeini’s Ghost, by Con Coughlin The Life and Death of the Shah, by Gholam Reza Afkhami The fall of the Shah of Iran at the beginning of 1979 took the… Read more

A balancing act

12 December 2008
English Catholic Heroes John Jolliffe (editor)

Gracewing, pp.242, 9.99

If anyone should wince at a hint of aggression in the title of this book — and some Catholics might — let him or her remember or read Charles Kingsley’s… Read more

All or nothing

12 December 2008
A Book of Silence Sara Maitland

Granta, pp.309, 17.99

A Book of Silence, by Sara Maitland The BBC sound archive has a range of different silences: ‘night silence in an urban street’; ‘morning silence, dawn, the South Downs’; ‘morning… Read more

Dirty diggers

3 December 2008
The Buddha & Dr Fuhrer Charles Allen

Haus Publishing, pp.276, 17.99

The Buddha & Dr Fuhrer, by Charles Allen Charles Allen’s latest book on India has a suitably exotic, occasionally improb- able, cast of characters. Centre stage is Dr Anton Führer,… Read more