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A story of shared bonds and separation

Hester Jones relishes Grace and Mary by Melvyn Bragg

This book is a tender and moving account of the relationship between generations. Mary, who is suffering from vascular dementia in a nursing home in Wigton, in north-west England, is visited by her only son, John, who is retired from a successful career in London.

As Mary declines, John keeps in contact with her through music, stories, rituals, and games, and, above all, by summoning memories from her early and happy years. But this affectionate relationship is also set against that ...

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Ebola virus: ‘impact is still real’

Ebola virus: ‘impact is still real’

Sierra Leone is officially free of the Ebola virus, but the devastation caused by the disease has left lasting scars. Molly Hodson visited the country to see how it is coping  Subscribe to read more

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It's both hands together

Christianity needs political visibility on both Left and Right if it is to remain untainted by partisan associations, says Nick Spencer  Subscribe to read more

Sun 24 Jul 16 @ 20:44
Christianity needs visibility on both Left and Right if it is to remain untainted by party politics | Nick Spencer https://t.co/no9ZT192yj

Sun 24 Jul 16 @ 17:49
"Russian Church leaders are warning of a return to the bad old Soviet era when the Church was driven underground.” https://t.co/1hxv5gnaPn