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Date: 1 December, 2003
you stuck for ideas for gifts this Christmas? Fed up with tinsel and plastic gubbins?
Heres a book for each day of Christmas that will help maintain the health
of your body, mind and soul. By Charlotte Haines Lyon.
To order the book and raise money for Christian Aid projects, simply click on
its title or its cover. A list of books reveiwed on surefish.co.uk this year can
be found at the bottom of the page.
Lion Literature Collection on the Human and the Divine
Edited by Mary Batchelor, £20
For book lovers everywhere, Mary Batchelor has brought together passages of our
favourite books that relate to the world we live in, being human, knowing God,
good and evil and the cycle of life. There is no preciousness in her choices as
not only does she use the good book itself but a range of authors including Chaucer,
Milne, Grisham, Alcott and Angelou to name but a few.
Douglas Coupland, £15.99
This is the story of Cheryl who is killed in a Columbine-style
school massacre. She sits in heaven surrounded by prayers from those affected
by the tragedy whilst her secret husband, Jason, his new girlfriend and his fundamentalist
dad try to unpick the effects of her death several years on. Coupland at his most
Pat Barker, £16.99
Another scorching novel from Barker, exploring the effects
of war and
violence. Atheist widow Kate has been injured in a mysterious car
accident, and is struggling to complete her sculpture of Christ. Husband Ben,
a war photographer, was killed in Afghanistan and his friend Stephen is now dealing
with the horrors of the various wars that he has reported on. Lives and traumas
become ever more entangled.
Invented Country: A Memoir
Writing poignantly about Chile,
Allende tells us how her life has been affected by the country of her birth. With
a gentle humour and passion, we are introduced to the idiosyncrasies of the nation.
All this is juxtaposed with sadness as she details her exile and Pinochets
violent coup in which her cousin, the president Salvador Allende, was killed.
Good Women of China: Hidden Voices
A phenomenal response to Xinrans
radio show for women enabled her to collect female stories of relationships, education,
abuse, and effects of the Cultural Revolution. Her interviews with mothers, so
called delinquents, and businesswomen, offer a disturbing but intriguing view
of womanhood in China.
Day in Paradise: Front Line Stories From International Aid Workers
by Carol Bergman, £17.99
work is thought to be rather glamorous in certain circles; well this book smashes
that myth with tales of spasmed guts, burnout, guilt and anguish. Focusing on
natural disasters, war and fragile peace, Bergman has provided an anthology of
inner strength, frustrations, fragility and love. A must read, full with engaging
tales from the front line of humanity.
Onion, Ad Nauseum Volume 14
The Onion Editors,
NASA is an industrial subsidy
in disguise. . . zombie nutritionalist
recommends all-brain diet. . . Gore
delivers emergency presidential address into bathroom mirror. Satire galore
in this years compilation of The Onion, the US version of Private Eye, providing
an antidote to Christmas schmaltz. Be warned, such scurrilous, sharp writing is
not for the faint minded!
Hundred Wisdom Stories: From Around the World
Since time began, the art
of story telling has been used to impart wisdom and this delightful book shares
such tales from numerous different cultures. Silf has collected, translated and
retold stories that tackle creation, sacrifice, destiny, values and the triumph
of good over evil.
Footprints: Nomadic People Speak
Anthony Swift and Ann Perry, £19.95
of the world and a changing environment are forcing human beings around the globe
to change the way they live and it is thought that few Nomadic people will exist
in 20 years time. Stunning photography accompanied by stories and myths told by
Nomadic peoples, captures the lives of those on the edge of a precipice.
Tom Wright, £4.99
Just as Christmas festivities take their toll, Bishop Tom comes along with a well-needed
pocket book with short, wise meditations to help us, literally, find peace and
quiet. Words on prayer, peace, confession and silence, will help people focus
on the real meaning of Christmas and life as they enter the New Year.
Joseph Epstein, £9.99
Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all, writes Epstein
this refreshing little book that investigates the vice. Part philosophy,
part theology, part psychology and part personal story, Envy is fascinating. Self
depreciating wit enables a potentially dry intellectual book to read remarkably
easily, as well as entertain and challenge.
The Haynes Owners Workshop Manual
For those men out there
who need to pay more attention to their health (and understand the difference
between a cold and flu) but are scared of doctors. In the same style and from
the publishers of the famous car maintenance manuals, the mans bodywork
mechanics are explored along with instructions of how to keep it in
at Last: Diaries 1991-2001
The life and times of a political
to Help You Through the Week
A book that does exactly
what it says on the tin!
Calling of a Cuckoo
Memoirs of a questioning
Nadine Gordimer, £11.89
Short stories from South Africa.
Prices correct at time of going to press.
Our reviews of 2003
If you've read one of our book reviews
this year and want to give or receive the book, use the following links to go
to the review where you can order the book by clicking on its front cover.
Devil's Chaplain by Richard Dawkins
Experiment at Work - explosions and experiences at the most frightening company
on earth by Andy Law
The Bible: A History, by Stephen Miller and Robert Huber
Memories of Bliss: God, Sex and Us, by Jo Ind
John Wesley: A Biography, by Stephen Tomkins
Harry Potter - The Order of the Phoenix, by J K Rowling
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood
Property, by Valerie Martin
Shadowmancer, by G P Taylor
The Age of Consent - A Manifesto for a New World Order, by George Monbiot
of Deceit: Britain's real role in the world, by Mark Curtis
A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
Jesus Asked, by Conrad Gempf
Rowan Williams: A short introduction, by Rupert Shortt
After the Evil: Christianity and Judaism in the Shadow of the Holocaust, by Richard
Vernon God Little, by DBC Pierre
Devout Sceptics: Conversations on faith and doubt, edited by Bel Mooney
published by Jonathan Cape