Book 24 – Our Man In Havana by Graham Greene

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I don’t think I ever read this before, which is odd. Anyhow, it’s Vintage Greene, very funny and rather poignant. It’s made doubly interesting by having been published pretty much on the eve of the Cuban revolution. Greene acknowledges the intense superpower interest in the country, but only describes the pre-revolutionary world.



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Book 23 – The Scarlet and the Black by J.P.Gallagher

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True story of heroism and derring-do in wartime Rome, about an Irish priest who used the peculiar diplomatic status of the Vatican to create an underground railroad for escaped Allied servicemen.

(The actual Father O’Flaherty looked nothing like Gregory Peck.)


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Book 22 – Deep by Frog and Amy Orr-Ewing

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Interesting book, if a tad rambly in places, this is a personal exploration of what it means to pursue “Deep Church”. In this context I think that means being serious about mission, engagement and evangelism.

I found all the anecdotes and globetrotting stories a bit irritating, but was very taken with their concept of Total Saturation. I.also thought the Bible study in the appendix on the Parable of the Sower was quite helpful.

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Book 21 – No Fear or Favour by Henry Cecil

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A bizarre little courtroom story, published in 1968. It really shows its age.

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Book 20 – City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

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Weighing in at just over 900 pages, this one isn’t for the faint-hearted. But it’s well worth the effort. The setting is New York in the latter half of the Twentieth Century, mainly focused on 1976/7, when the city seemed to be unravelling at the seams. It’s about Punk, about loneliness, about money and corruption, about finding love (or not), about Art. There is a large cast of characters and the story moves around a lot in terms of chronology and perspective. I quite liked that, that kind of structure doesn’t always work, but it did here.

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Book 19 – Swann’s Way

Sorry, I don’t care how wonderful it is in the French, in English it’s turgid and dull.

Book fail: I only got to P45.

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Book 18 – The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller. 

Nice little Christian self help book, speaking against the modern obsession with self esteem (it’s not a question of thinking more of oneself or less of oneself, but of thinking of oneself, less).

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