Leaving Alexandria, By Richard Holloway
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
Friday 17 May 2013
This excellent memoir crystallises current debates on the
church, homosexuality and women's ordination.
A former Bishop of Edinburgh who left under a cloud of controversy, Holloway takes us through his early life – struggles with celibacy and sexual desire, intellectual protests against the church and his final exit – alongside asking the most profound questions of faith.
This is as much a candid self-inquiry as an elegantly-written interrogation of accepted Christian doctrine. A profound and lyrical book, deservedly shortlisted for the 2013 Orwell Prize.
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