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a rare thing,
This review is from: An Atheist's History of Belief: Understanding Our Most Extraordinary Invention (Hardcover)
I only know Matthew Kneale as a fiction writer, but as English Passengers and When We Were Romans are two of my favourite books, I wanted to see what he'd do with non-fiction. He hasn't disappointed. This book is a mammoth achievement and is compelling reading no matter if you are or aren't a believer. Kneale applies his characteristic strengths in wit, humour and storytelling to carry the reader through his own exploration of the reasons why humans believe. It is incredibly well-researched and argued with a shocking scope and breadth of knowledge, but without any academic pendantry that might bore the reader -- and which can lead this reader to throw down other popular histories. I couldn't put this book down. It is quite simply a tour de force. And while I'd like to see more fiction coming from him, well done for him for using his imagination to talk about the imagination in this interesting way. Deserves a place on the bestseller lists.