Posts from the ‘Books’ Category

Pilgrimage to John Clare’s cottage.

I’m a bit of a fan of the poetry of John Clare, the 19th Century peasant poet. Since my parents live quite close to his home village of Helpston, we managed to arrange a dual visit on 31st March. Read more…

Review of “Why call me God?” By J.H.Hatfield.

I came to read this book by an extraordinary encounter. I was speaking at my local Humanist Group on “Darwinism and Religion” a month or two back. At a couple of points in my talk I was interrupted by a member of the audience who went off on a rather long rant about what Genesis and the Bible were about. Read more…

Review of “A month in the country” by J. L. Carr.

Described now as a modern classic, I was introduced to this slim volume by my mother about ten years ago, and developed a strong affinity for it. I often take it with me when I travel, and probably read it a couple of times a year. Read more…

Reflections on Autumn

Weather and mood: autumn’s here. Here are a couple of my favourite musings on the topic. Read more…

Book review: Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells by Alfred Wainwright

Last month I finished reading the last of Wainwright’s “Pictorial Guides”; the end of an Odyssey only slightly shorter than the Odyssey of actually writing them in the first place. Read more…

Perfectly irresponsible: a Review of “Perfect Freedom: why liberal Christianity might be the faith you’re looking for” by Brian Mountford

I was recommended this book by a friend who considers themselves a liberal Christian, whom I like a lot, and I know this person to be sensible, thoughtful and well educated. So I was expecting to be impressed. Read more…

Review of “The Greatest Show on Earth” by Richard Dawkins

It’s been a while since my last book review and I’ve read lots of books in the intervening time, so it’s time I put fingers to keyboard again.

I was given this book by my mother, who probably found it at a discount somewhere, but was very glad to read it as I generally enjoy Dawkins’ books. Read more…