Robot Souls, Programming in Humanity by Eve Poole (CRC, £22.99 (£20.69); 978-1-032-42662-4).
“Robot Souls looks at developments in AI and reviews the emergence of ideas of consciousness and the soul. It places our ‘junk code’ in this context and argues that it is time to foreground that code, and to use it to look again at how we are programming AI. The book author Eve Poole received an OBE in the 2023 New Year Honours for services to education and gender equality.”
Conquered, the Last Children of Anglo-Saxon England by Eleanor Parker (Bloomsbury, £12.99 (£11.69); 978-1-1350-38340-1). New in paperback.
“From sagas and saints’ lives to chronicles and romances, Parker draws on a wide range of medieval sources to tell the stories of these young men and women and highlight the role they played in developing a new Anglo-Norman society. These tales – some reinterpreted and retold over the centuries, others carelessly forgotten over time – are ones of endurance, adaptation and vulnerability, and they all reveal a generation of young people who bravely navigated a changing world and shaped the country England was to become.”
Anglo-Catholic Church Planting: Can It work? by John Wallace (Sacristy Press, £16.99 (£15.29); 978-1-78959-2979).
“A comparison of contemporary church planting in the Anglo-Catholic tradition with how Victorian Anglo-Catholics started new churches.”
Selected by Frank Nugent, of the Church House Bookshop, which operates the Church Times Bookshop.