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the hymn “Now thank we all our God” By Paul McNicholas p. 56 Music Why are so many British pop stars so keen to proclaim their Christianity? By Caspar Melville p. 60 Television The rise and rise of subtitled drama By Caroline Crampton

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: A dela t ion t ra ilus v er p. 64 Reviews Alice Bloch on the literary loser; Jonathan Egid on Rowan Williams; Niki Seth-Smith on the art of listening; Keith KahnHarris on a controversial book on antisemitism; Lucy Popescu on Lemn Sissay’s remarkable childhood memoir; Andrew Mueller on a reporter’s account of the battle for Mosul poetry p. 51 John McAuliffe p. 55 Stephen Yeo p. 59 Kim Moore p. 63 Manuel Iris ontributors Alice Bell is co-director of the climate charity Possible, and the author of Can We Save the Planet? (Thames and Hudson). Alice Bloch is a writer and radio producer, specialising in social sciences and ideas journalism

Jonathan Egid is a writer, editor and teacher of philosophy. He is working on a book on the 17thcentury Ethiopian philosopher Zera Yacob Marcus Chown is the author, most recently, of Infinity in the Palm of Your Hand: 50 Wonders That Reveal an Extraordinary Universe (Michael O’Mara) Caroline Crampton is a podcaster and author of The Way to the Sea: The Forgotten Histories of the Thames Estuary (Granta)

Preeti Jha is a freelance reporter based in Asia, and a former correspondent for AFP and the BBC

Keith Kahn-Harris is a sociologist and the author of Strange Hate: Antisemitism, Racism and the Limits of Diversity (Repeater) Chris Maslanka is the author of several puzzle books

Will McCallum is an oceans campaigner and the author of How to Give up Plastic (Penguin)

Paul McNicholas is a retired lawyer and the chairman of a pension trust Caspar Melville is a lecturer at SOAS, University of London. He is the author of It’s a London Thing (Manchester University Press) and a former editor of New Humanist Andrew Mueller is the author of I Wouldn’t Start from Here: A Misguided Tour of the Early 21st Century (Portobello)

Jonathan Rée is a freelance philosopher and historian and the author of Witcraft: The Invention of Philosophy in English (Allen Lane)

iki Seth-Smith is a freelance editor, journalist and fiction writer Lola Okolosie is an English teacher and writer Lucy Popescu is a literary critic and editor of the anthologies A Country to Call Home and A Country of Refuge (Unbound) Michael Rosen is a poet and novelist and a professor of children’s literature at Goldsmiths, University of London

Peter Salmon is working on a book about Jacques Derrida

Richard Scorer is a lawyer and author of Betrayed: The English Catholic Church and the Sex Abuse Crisis (Biteback) Laurie Taylor is president of the Rationalist Association

Ken Worpole writes on architecture and public policy, and was a founder member of Demos and openDemocracy

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New Humanist | Spring 2020


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