SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2007
10] The hills are alive Maruf Khwaja warns of Pakistan’s deepening crisis
38] Native son Murray Pittock asks if Walter Scott was an enemy of the Scottish Enlightenment
COLUMNS 7] Diary Lucy Mangan is lacking put-downs for the pious 16] Opinion Why Christopher Brookmyre’s new novel is dedicated to the debunkers of pseudo-science 29] Thinkers Nina Power on Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach
BOOK REVIEWS 40] Rev’d Dr Giles Fraser on why you should read the Bible 41] Stan Cohen reviews Coetzee’s latest 42] Stephen Howe is bored with apathy 43] Stuart Sim admires the art of listening 44] Sami Zubaida questions Islamic democracy 45] Keith Kahn-Harris on a Jewish photographic history 45] Poem Snow by Louis MacNeice
Lucy Mangan‘s diary appears on page 7. She is a columnist and features writer for the Guardian and author of Hopscotch & Handbags; the Essential Guide to Being a Girl (Headline Review)
Crime writer Christoper Brookmyre has published several bestsellers and was winner of the 2006 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. His new novel, Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks, is dedicated to James Randi and Richard Dawkins. He explains why on page 16.
Campaigner and journalist Rahila Gupta has written radio drama and is the editor of From Homebreakers to Jailbreakers: Southall Black Sisters. Her article on page 18 is inspired by her latest book Enslaved: The New British Slavery.
David Hendy writes about Thought for the Day on page 34. He is a Reader in Media History at the University of Westminster and author of Life on Air: a History of Radio Four, published in September by Oxford University Press.
Nina Power’s profile of the philosopher Ludwig von Feurbach appears on page 29. She is a regular contributor to New Humanist and her PhD was on humanism and anti-humanism in post-war French philosophy.
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