One Hundred Miracles: A memoir of music and survival by Zuzana Ruzickova with Wendy Holden (Bloomsbury, £18.99 (£17.10); 978-1-4088-9683-9).
“The remarkable memoir of Zuzana Ruzickova, Holocaust survivor and world-famous harpsichordist. Zuzana Ruzickova grew up in 1930s Czechoslovakia dreaming of two things: Johann Sebastian Bach and the piano. But her peaceful, melodic childhood was torn apart when, in 1939, the Nazis invaded.”
John Henry Newman: A portrait in letters, edited by Roderick Strange (OUP, £18.99 (£17.10); 978-0-19-877928-5). New in paperback.
“John Henry Newman was one of the most eminent of Victorians and an intellectual pioneer for an age of doubt and unsettlement. His teaching transformed the Victorian Church of England, yet many still want to know more of Newman’s personal life. Newman’s printed correspondence runs to 32 volumes, and John Henry Newman: A Portrait in Letters offers a way through the maze.”
Giving Up without Giving Up: Meditation and depressions by Jim Green (Bloomsbury, £12.99 (£11.70); 978-1-4729-5745-0).
“Depression seems to be a contemporary epidemic, a condition understandably feared and avoided by all. Yet this book explores the possibility that we have much to learn from the desert times in our lives, when it feels as though we are losing everything, most of all any sense of who we are. Drawing on his extensive experience of meditation within both the Buddhist and Christian contemplative traditions, as well as his own times of personal loss and bewilderment, Jim Green offers a moving account of just how this wisdom practice can accompany each of us.”
Ships of Heaven: The private life of Britain’s cathedrals by Christopher Somerville (Doubleday, £20 (£18); 978-0-8575-2364-8).
“Meeting believers and non-believers, architects and archaeologists, the cleaner who dusts the monuments and the mason who judges stone by its taste, [Christopher Somerville] delves deep into the private lives and the uncertain future of these ever-voyaging Ships of Heaven.”
Methodism: A very short introduction by William Abraham (OUP, £8.99 (£8.10); 978-0-19-880231-0).
“In this Very Short Introduction, William J. Abraham traces Methodism from its origins in the work of John Wesley and the hymns of his brother, Charles Wesley, in the eighteenth century, right up to the present. Considering the identity, nature, and history of Methodism, Abraham provides a fresh account of the place of Methodism in the life and thought of the Christian Church.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.