Leaving Alexandria by Richard Holloway
A Memoir of Faith and Doubt

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Nobody, whether interested in religion or not, could fail to be intensely moved by the last chapters of the memoir.
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At the tender age of fourteen, Richard Holloway left his home town of Alexandria, north of Glasgow, and travelled hundreds of miles to be educated and trained for the priesthood at an English monastery. By the age of twenty-five he had been ordained and was working in the slums of Glasgow. Through the forty years that followed, Richard touched the lives of many people as he rose to one of the highest positions in the Anglican Church. But behind his confident public faith lay a restless heart and an inquisitive mind.

Poignant, wise and fiercely honest, Leaving Alexandria is a remarkable memoir of a life defined by faith but plagued by doubt.
 

About Richard Holloway

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Richard Holloway is the former Bishop of Edinburgh and the author of Between the Monster and the Saint, Doubts and Loves: What Is Left of Christianity, Godless Morality: Keeping Religion Out of Ethics, and On Forgiveness: How Can We Forgive the Unforgivable? He is well known for his support of progressive causes, including campaigning on human rights for lesbians and gays in both church and state.
 
Published March 1, 2012 by Canongate Books. 369 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Mary Warnock on Feb 18 2012

Nobody, whether interested in religion or not, could fail to be intensely moved by the last chapters of the memoir.

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Reviewed by Andrew Motion on Feb 17 2012

James's love for his son is told rather than shown, and as a result feels too abstract to be a driving force. Still, Pantheon is a propulsive, satisfying novel which burns with moral indignation..

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