Audible.com have bought the rights to turn The Silence of Our Friends into an audiobook. More details to come when I know of them.
In today’s paper… The bishops complaining about poverty were silent when Labour spent money we didn’t have In yet another re-run of the 1980s, 27 Anglican bishops, together with Methodist and Quaker leaders, have signed a letter accusing the Government’s welfare reforms of causing malnutrition and creating a “national crisis”. This follows criticism by the Catholic Cardinal-elect Vincent Nichols, who last week called the growth of food banks under the coalition “a disgrace”.
That’s me writing a Thunderer about the problems of the new Reformation, but you have to be a Times subscriber to read it. I’ll put it up at some point, but I’m not sure what the etiquette is.
I’ve had a handful of emails from people asking whether The Silence of Our Friends (look at the reviews here – if it wasn’t for that one 4-star review!) will be available in print, as they don’t own a Kindle. The short answer is: no plans as yet, but a publisher only has to ask, because with Kindle Singles Amazon only lays claim to the Kindle rights, so the author can still bring out a print edition… Read on
More appalling news from Baghdad over Christmas, where the traditionally Christian area of Dora was attacked; 24 were murdered when a bomb went off outside a Catholic Church, another 11 in a market. Iraq seems to be descending back into civil war, one perhaps more terrifying because the restraining influence of the Americans is absent. The headline above isn’t supposed to be flippant; in the west we should just be more cautious about exaggerating things. In Britain both… Read on
Now that my ebook is almost in the Kindle top 1000, I can safely say, without hubris, that nothing can stop me now [bolt of lightning strikes down on his head]. The Amazon Singles format seems to be a pretty good one. For 99p you get a 15,000 word booklet (in this case – they obviously vary) which is an easy day’s reading, enough to inform you about a subject. It also suits the subject matter, as well…. Read on
My Amazon Singles ebook, The Silence of Our Friends, is published today. You can buy it here. Although Nina Shea, Paul Marshall and Lela Gillbert; Rupert Shorrt and John Allen have in the past 18 months written comprehensive guides to global violence against Christians, my ebook looks specifically at the Middle East and what Jonathan Sacks referred to as the ‘religious cleansing’ of minorities there; I believe it is the defining event of… Read on
On December 19 I have a new ebook published, The Silence of Our Friends, about the persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, and Britain and America’s total unwillingness to do anything about it; in fact we’ve actually aided their persecutors in some cases. There is no link yet available, because as an Amazon single it doesn’t exist until it’s uploaded, but I will update. Writing for the Catholic Herald these past few years I’ve covered the… Read on
Peter Hitchens has written a kind and generous review of my book on his blog. So I salute him, although I should answer the points he makes at the beginning. There is no excuse for the typo, which will be corrected in the new edition which comes out (I think) in January. The other thing is this: And I have certain disagreements with his position. For instance, I deeply disagree with one assertion, on page 60, that ‘racism, or… Read on
My latest blogpost at the Spectator on the strange inability of people to recognise, or understand, the role of hereditary factors in intelligence, especially clever people. The Guardian reporter called these findings ‘eye-catching’, yet there’s nothing remotely surprising that nature plays a large part in differences in intelligence, any more than it would do in height. Recognising that tall parents often have tall kids would not be to say that diet ‘doesn’t matter’, yet in the study of intelligence a… Read on