Mary Maguire

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Maya by Alastair Campbell
Maya by Alastair Campbell
1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More great fictions, 6 July 2010
It is extraordinary isn't it.. the sheer guts some people have and their self belief.. it could make for brilliant characterisation. Writing novels is a brave thing to do but it helps if you have some sense of and handle on your self-knowledge. Campbell used to be a tough operator, known to be a bully and someone you'd challenge at your peril..He can write well enough the fictions of journalism, speeches and press releases, supreme in the type of self-belief which would allow him to defend every word no doubt. He is sensitive too, as witnessed by the personal problems he has faced, and has had to endure the highs and lows of addiction. So he decides to throw his hat in the ring as a… Read more
Newman`s Unquiet Grave: The Reluctant Saint by John Cornwell
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stamp of Approval, 25 May 2010
Given the huge interest and importance - to Catholics and non-Catholics - of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to England this summer and the beatification of John Henry Newman, the publication of Newman's Unquiet Grave is timely and welcome. This intelligent book shows the author tackling a difficult, fascinating - and today controversial - subject with rigor, courage and respect. Combining his skills as an academic, author and expert in religious affairs and literature, Cornwell writes with intellectual honesty and, critically, a modern readership in mind; Newman doesn't feature on many reading lists nowadays - what greater tribute to his memory than to encourage new generations to read him… Read more