Books are precious, but time to read them is more precious still. This is where recommendations come in. Here, and on the following pages, are some suggestions for you and people you value
Melvyn Bragg talks to Malcolm Doney about the Peasants’ Revolt, his new novel, and the English Church
Hugh Rayment-Pickard reads of a second nation
It’s thought-provoking if nasty, says Sarah Hillman
The Caledonia’s figurehead (above) in Morwenstow, and a Visitation of our Lady that survived an iconoclast raid on St Hilary in 1932, are in Cornish churches rich in story: two of John Barker’s Country Life photos in Parish Church Treasures: The nation’s greatest art collection by...
Anthony Phillips hopes a racy tale interests readers in the original
Sarah Meyrick sees them taste war again
Michael Wheeler on the Melvyn Bragg version of the unusual occurrences of 1381
Peggy Woodford reads a novel of Mexican migrants and the ending of the day
Pat Ashworth explores an enigmatic creation narrative
Alexander Lucie-Smith finds feet of clay in the Po Valley
Suzanne Fagence Cooper reviews new mini-biographies of kings and queens
Michael Bourdeaux finds gaps in a mainly diplomatic analysis
Stephen Fay sees why a multi-volume life of Thatcher has justification
THE words of administration at communion in the Prayer Book are an example of the British genius for pragmatism, writes Stephen Green, the priest, peer, and politician, in The European Identity: Historical and cultural realities we cannot deny (Haus Curiosities, £7.99 (£7.20 use code...
Paul Avis considers Churchill’s vocation
Robert Jeffery finds room — just about — for a new book
Every year the Christmas story is freshly told for chldren, with humour, with colour, with pictures and pop-outs. Here are some of the best
John Arnold reads the story of sombre duty graciously fulfilled
The Blue Touch Paper: A memoirDavid HareFaber & Faber £20(978-0-571-29433-6)Church Times Bookshop £18 (use code WISEMEN)
DAVID HARE’s autobiography starts with an affectionate account of growing up in suburban Bexhill during the 1950s. His family deliberately owned a television...
Michael Bourdeaux on treachery assisted by the old school tie and a brilliant mind