Review! Subversive Peacemakers

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Subversive Peacemakers

War Resistance 1914-1918: An Anglican Perspective

By Clive Barrett

ISBN: 9780718893675

“This book recounts the stories of a strong and increasingly organised opposition to war, from peace groups to poets, from preachers to politicians, from women to working men, all of whom struggled to secure peace in a militarised and fragmenting society…Clive Barrett demonstrates that the Church of England provided an unlikely setting for much of this war resistance.”
International Network of Museums for Peace Newsletter, No. 9, (November 2014)

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Review! Subversive Peacemakers

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War Resistance 1914-1918: An Anglican Perspective

By Clive Barrett

ISBN: 9780718893675

“Clive masterfully narrates the story of the peace movement, bringing together stories of war-resistance until now lost, disregarded or undervalued.”
The Anglican Peacemaker, vol 14, issue 2, (October 2014)

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Review! Kilvert’s World of Wonders

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Kilvert’s World of Wonders
Growing up in mid-Victorian England

By John Toman

ISBN: 9780718893019


“Toman’s book is a useful reminder of the whole range of response to the Victorian ‘crisis of faith.’”
Cliff Davies, Wadham College Gazette, (2013)

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Review! Masters of their Craft

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The Art, Architecture and Garden Design of the Nesfields

By Shirley Rose Evans

ISBN: 9780718893231

“[…] this is a significant study of the Nesfields. It is an informative, well-illustrated volume with … family trees, list of commissions, an excellent bibliography and a glossary of words and terms used in the book.”
Clare Greener, Devon Gardens Trust Newsletter, No.94, (2014)

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Reviews! Kilvert’s World of Wonders

 

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Growing up in mid-Victorian England


By John Toman
ISBN: 9780718893019
 
“This book is the result of meticulous research of Kilvert’s published diaries… John Toman has created an interest and knowledge of Francis Kilvert’s original work, I will be reading any further Kilvert diaries, if they emerge, and returning again to Toman’s analysis.”
 
 
Pat Bowker, North West Labour History, Volume 39, 2014 – 15

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Review! The Church of England and the First World War

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The Church of England and the First World War

by Alan Wilkinson

ISBN: 9780718893217

[…] a timely republication of an important work on a subject of topical relevance for the next few years, as we enter a quinquennium of remembrance.”
Lee Gatiss, Churchman, vol. 128, issue 3, (2014)

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Review! Herbert Hensley Henson

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Herbert Hensley Henson: A Biography

by John Peart-Binns

ISBN: 9780718893026

“[Peart-Binns] research is heavily dependent on primary archival work which is demonstrated throughout. the writing style is readable and the chronology is easily followed […] this book may interest people wanting an introduction to the church of England’s history from the late Victorian era through to the end of World War II.”
Edward Loane, Churchman, Vol 128, Issue 3, (2014)

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Philip’s Blog Spot – Character and Plot in Teen Fiction

As written in Publishing Weekly, Nell Zink plays with the idea of Plot VS Character. They’re two essential elements of any story, right? Zink writes how in today’s coming of age novel, there are so many instances where boy meets girl and the characters drive the novel.

Is this really a bad thing? In my opinion, no, I’m a strong believer in the character driven novels, for instance, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. The coming-of-age-novel presents characters tackling the issues in today’s society: depression, school, making friends and (the driver of this genre) the love interest. Now it gets interesting.

Charlie, the protagonist, travels through his first year at school feeling awkward and at first only making friends with his English teacher. Yet he discovers the importance of being the outsider and then has the perk of being a wallflower; seeing people from the outside. Chbosky creates a great example of how a character driven story can create brilliant reading material.

Speaking from experience a lot of teens will read Charlie’s story and be empowered by the outcome, I believe they would spur him on in his quest for companionship and love. I am ultimately saying that plot is not everything. Having a simple plot throughout a novel can really make an impact as long as the character has something interesting to say. The development of the character creates the story, empowers the reader and allows them to sympathise, therefore, (hopefully) giving the reader a positive message to take away into the world with them.

Therefore, my opinion is character beats plot.

A simple plot with detailed characters can bring a story to life. Don’t get me wrong sometimes a story needs a thick plot full of twists and turns but not every book needs a big green dragon around the corner. It’s the small details of the character that really make you thinking.

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Review! Christian Theology and African Traditions

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Christian Theology and African Traditions

by Matthew Michael

ISBN: 9780718892944

“Dr Michael succeeds in keeping a steady focus on both imminent contextual realities in Africa and also transcendental biblical truth […] I would recommend this book to anyone engaging in ministry with Africans, either on the continent or within the diaspora […] this book will also prove beneficial to those who listen to, engage with, and learn from other cultural perspectives on systematic theological issues.”
Rohintan Mody, Churchman, Vol 128, Issue 3, (2014)

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Review! ‘The Atheist’s Primer’

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The Atheist’s Primer

by Michael Palmer

ISBN: 9780718892975

“… Atheism should be studied both by believers and unbelievers for understanding argumentation and limits about the rational proof of the existence of God. For these who want to consider this issue, The Atheist’s Primer is undoubtedly the manual.”

 

Pedro José Grande Sánchez, Anuario Filosófico Volume 47, issue 2, 2014

 

 

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