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Undercover Trophy Hunter: Britain’s top 20 hunters revealed, by Eduardo Goncalves

01 July 2021 | by Julie Hinman

'Some describe the killing as a compulsion – "like mainlining heroin".' | Book cover of Undercover Trophy Hunter: Britain’s top 20 hunters revealed, by Eduardo Goncalves

Portsmouth Friend Eduardo Goncalves’ fourth book on trophy hunting explores this – shockingly thriving – British community. Eduardo was once an investigative journalist and he uses this skill to take us into the world and mind of those who enjoy recreational killing. For a year he went undercover posing as someone seeking...

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Psalm for a digital age

01 July 2021 | by Harvey Gillman | 1 comment

'It could be, I know, that your silence itself was the response that I needed.' | Erik Araujo on Free Images

I sent you a message. You stopped answering a time ago. On my knees I begged to know what name you had become. Your silent laughter filled the multiverse. I consulted the address book and called again all the names I found there. I shouted, whispered, coaxed, wheedled, texted even....

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Lampedusa, October 2013

24 June 2021 | by Barbara Davey

Photo by Ibrahim Mohamed on Unsplash |

This poem is based on words spoken by divers from the Italian military and emergency services I the image I cannot shake from my mind is of those bodies packed in the wreck their eyes, and their arms held high as if calling, calling for my help we could not...

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Sayings on the Riches of Life by Rosemary May Wells

24 June 2021 | by Roger Knight

Book cover of Sayings on the Riches of Life by Rosemary May Wells |

Rosemary May Wells is a prolific but gentle writer. I find her writings an inspiration. Sayings on the Riches of Life is a departure from her usual work, however. It is a wide-ranging collection of sayings drawn from a very broad compass. Some are paraphrases of well-known quotes, others are...

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The Raising of Lazarus

17 June 2021 | by Michael Saunders

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for Graham Shaw (1944-2021) Lazarus, hope of my spring self, held in this black earth, resting beneath the hollow of a tree. And then Yeshua finds you, his tired and tender hands reach you; and, exhausted, he pulls you from the dark, he brings you to the green warmth of...

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Living in the Mystery: Between head and heart, by Jan Arriens

17 June 2021 | by Roger Bartlett

Book cover of Living in the Mystery: Between head and heart, by Jan Arriens |

Jan Arriens’ book is a personal account of his experiences around life and death. Jan is a Quaker by convincement: at his first Meeting, as he tells us in his introductory chapter, he found himself ‘swept up in a kind of forcefield’ and his ‘vertical sense of connection with whatever...

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The Truth About Modern Slavery, by Emily Kenway

10 June 2021 | by Matthew Barrow

'The larger issue is: why are people this vulnerable; why do they so severely lack options?' | Book cover of The Truth About Modern Slavery, by Emily Kenway

In this lucid book, Emily Kenway argues that the idea of ‘modern slavery’, as framed by some politicians and campaigners, is a misleading concept. It not only misrepresents the nature of the problem, she says, but actively acts against the kinds of policies and practices that would actually help with...

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Asperger’s Children: The origins of autism in Nazi Vienna, by Edith Sheffer

10 June 2021 | by Martin Shallcross

Book cover of Asperger’s Children: The origins of autism in Nazi Vienna, by Edith Sheffer |

This is one of the most harrowing books I have ever read. Edith Sheffer is a historian in the USA. Her son Eric, aged thirteen, is among the one-in-sixty children being diagnosed on the autism spectrum there. She dedicated this book to Eric.

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Seven Small Experiments with Language and Faith

10 June 2021 | by Dana Littlepage Smith | 2 comments

'Omega and Alpha sit squat on Skull Hill. As Christ dies, the dark nightof language splits like a fig.' | by Tijana Drndarski on Unsplash

For Brian Ashley of Shetland Meeting, who calls for a generosity of spirit to embrace diverse ways of expressing our experience (Letters, 28 May). 1. Omega and Alpha sit squat on Skull Hill. As Christ dies, the dark night of language splits like a fig. Faith, like dawn’s yolk gutters gold...

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Be Patterns: An illustrated Advices and queries, by Jenny Vickers and Brett Fletcher

03 June 2021 | by Bob Ward

‘The wisdom of our familiar “little red book” shines forth in a starburst of colour.’ | Detail of book cover of Be Patterns: An illustrated Advices and queries, by Jenny Vickers and Brett Fletcher

‘Sing and rejoice, ye Children of the Day and of the Light; for the Lord is at work in this thick night of Darkness’ wrote George Fox in one of his epistles (Quaker faith & practice 20.23). The musician Jenny Vickers, in collaboration with the artist Brett Fletcher, was inspired by...

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