Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt - Canons (Paperback)
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Leaving Alexandria: A Memoir of Faith and Doubt - Canons (Paperback)

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Published: 05/03/2020
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Winner of the PEN/Ackerley Prize 2013.

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.

Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 9781786898913
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 246 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
Edition: Main - Canons


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Leaving Alexandria is many things. It is a compelling account of a journey through life, told with great frankness; it is a subtle reflection on what it means to live in an imperfect and puzzling world; and it is a highly readable insight into one of the most humane and engaged minds of our times. It is, quite simply, a wonderful book - ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH

Leaving Alexandria is a profound, personal investigation of the virtues and flaws of religion and the most stirring autobiography I have read in a great many years. It is also a meditation on the nature of one's own identity - JOHN GRAY, New Statesman

At a time when the world has urgently needed wise and compassionate leadership, this poignant memoir, written with the integrity, intelligence and wit that we expect from Richard Holloway, lays bare the ludicrous and entirely unnecessary mess we have made of religion - KAREN ARMSTRONG

A beautifully written and often funny, emotional and intellectual self-exploration by one of the most extraordinary churchmen of our time - BRYAN APPLEYARD, Sunday Times

Candid and deeply moving . . . Nobody could fail to be intensely moved by the final chapters of his memoir . . . a deeply lovable man; and what a wonderful book he has written - MARY WARNOCK, Observer

Richard Holloway's memoir is endlessly vivid and fascinating. It's the record of a mind too large, too curious and far too generous to be confined within any single religious denomination. His account of how a passionate, intelligent boy grew out of a poor and deprived background without ever losing touch with the humane values it gave him, will be a delight and inspiration to believers, non-believers, and ex-believers alike - PHILIP PULLMAN

This is a portrait of a formerly devoted Christian who, by confessing his faults and doubts to us, becomes exemplary, an Everyman, and a guide to how we too might lose faith without sacrificing our souls - ALAIN DE BOTTAIN, The Times

Leaving Alexandria gives a profound sense of the benefits, as well as the difficulties, that accrue from taking a zigzag path through life . . . it summarises an argument that a lot of people will find sympathetic, as well as compelling - Guardian

Captures the bewildering range of churches within the Church . . . Holloway certainly throws down the gauntlet - with a quiet, elegiac passion - to Christians who arm themselves in certainty . . . They should read this wide, erudite book as a matter of urgency - Sunday Telegraph

This is a deeply moving and disturbing biography. Holloway, is a confident author, assured when recreating both the past and the feelings that moments evoked . . . A writer capable of considerable brilliance, an intellectual who can provoke thought, a genuinely good man trying to be better - Herald

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“Leaving Alexandria”

Richard Holloway's "Leaving Alexandria" is a powerful, honest and moving book. Any Christian reading it will inevitably take a seriously realistic look at his/her own faith, and hopefully emerge the... More

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“This book is just too damn quotable!”

I fell into the first half of the book as if it was an old friend.

This memoir reminded me of everything that is good about religion as well as everything that made me reject it. While reading it, I felt intense love... More

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“All you need to know about Christianity”

This is the best book I've ever read about the Christian Church and its beliefs. It's the story of Richard Holloway's life journey from devout Catholic to an abandonment of formalised religion. It... More

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