How Religion Deprives Us of Happiness
In this appeal for us to reject religion’s ‘chimeras’, the businessman and philanthropist Vitaly Malkin argues that the adoption of monotheistic doctrines slowed down the progress of human civilization and has failed to make people happier. Examining the big questions of evil, death, suffering and ‘the great battle against pleasure’, he encourages the reader to question what benefit religious practices offer and to live in the present rather than wait for life after death. Slightly off-mint.
The Whitehall Mandarin
In Wilson’s critically acclaimed Cold War thriller, MI6 agent William Catesby is given the job of finding – then burying – a secret from the past of Lady Somers, who is the new head of the Ministry of Defence; but the search takes a dangerous turn, even confronting him with the enigma of China’s emergence as a superpower.
A Very British Ending
Often compared to Le Carré, Edward Wilson’s series of intelligent, skilfully plotted Cold War thrillers follows the career of MI6 officer William Catesby. In this book, his task is to outwit agents on both sides of the Atlantic as they plot to remove the British PM – Harold Wilson – from power.
An Indian Love Affair
Simon Gandolfi first visited India in the 1960s, driving a VW to Goa, where he met and fell in love with Vanessa. Forty years later, fury at the terrorist attacks on the Taj Hotel in Mumbai leads him to return, this time on a Honda 125. Gandolfi’s unique and charming travelogue interweaves the two trips, combining bittersweet memories of the past with a window on the India of today.