Anthony RedmondFr Henri Nouwen was one of the most prolific and important spiritual writers of the 20th Century. Since his unexpected death in 1996 his fame and influence as a spiritual writer and guide seem to have grown.This superb collection of previously unpublished letters stretches from the earliest years of Henri’s career through to...

Author Colm Keane will be familiar to many from his earlier books exploring aspects of life, death, and spirituality. They have proved to be both very popular and, in the eyes of some, controversial. In his new book  he explores the life and acts of a modern saint.The Sanctuary of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina in San Giovanni Rotondo has...

Felix M. LarkinThe many plaudits this volume has received since its publication in mid-September are well justified. It is an epic production, running to almost 1,000 pages and weighing in at five kilos. Even Atlas himself would have difficulty holding it in his hands in order to read it.The other and more general use of the word ‘atlas...

In a candid affecting book Alan Shatter takes us into the “deep recesses of my mind”. The deepest, darkest recess holds the memory of the cold December afternoon in 1965 when he returned home to find his mother Elaine dead on the kitchen floor, beside an open oven in a room full of gas, her head resting on a pillow.He grew up in the...

One of the stranger experiences of  my childhood was a visit to the vaults of  old St Michan’s where it was then possible not only to see the coffins of the patriot Sheares brothers, but also to shake hands with the mummies of a supposed crusader and a nun. This is no longer done and in any case the bodies were not quite as...

Ian d’AltonThis biography of one of the lesser-known founding members of the Society of United Irishmen is engaging, readable and impressively researched. The stories of United Irishmen like Tone, Drennan and Lord Edward Fitzgerald are well-known – but they were, in many respects, the tip of a very substantial iceberg indeed. ...

These are interesting accounts by the same author of two very different battles, but which  had one thing in common – the participation of Irish soldiers.Rorke’s Drift is located on the border between Natal and Zululand in South Africa – ‘drift’ is the Boer word for a ford. Here in 1849 two buildings were erected...

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