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23 February 2024

This week’s selection: Frank Field’s memoir in paperback, an introduction to Simone Weil, and suffering in light of theology and science

Politics, Poverty and Belief: A political memoir by Frank Field (Bloomsbury £10.99 (£9.89); 978-1-3994-0841-7). New in paperback

“In this touching but also profound memoir, the veteran former Labour MP and social campaigner Frank Field reveals the poverty of his own childhood and the deep and lasting effect of his Christian socialism. . . Field talks about his activism, his foundational work with the Child Poverty Action Group and his work passing legislation for the Minimum Living Wage. He explains why he has dedicated his life to speaking out against the corruption of greed and power and writes with great alacrity about the titans of his political age, including Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher.”

Simone Weil: A very short introduction by A. Rebecca Rozelle-Stone (OUP, £8.99 (£8.09); 978-0-19-284696-9).

“Despite her short life, Weil’s philosophy has much to offer us in our times of personal, communal, political, and environmental crises, both in the breath and poignancy of her philosophy, and the topics it covers. In keeping with Weil’s spirit to consider and address laypeople, Rozelle-Stone takes readers, including those who have had little or no previous exposure to Weil or philosophy, on an accessible journey of Weil’s major philosophical impacts.”

Good God: Suffering, Faith, reason and science by Michael Brooks (Sacristy Press, £16.99 (£15.29); 978-1-78959-328-0).

“How can Christians believe in an all-powerful, all-knowing and loving God whilst there is so much suffering in the world? Engaging with theology, biblical study, science and philosophy, Good God offers an answer that has the potential to re-integrate Christian theology with science and philosophy for the first time since the Enlightenment.”

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