Sam Radford

March 11, 2021

Home alone again

For the first time in what feels like forever, I am working from home, alone. No one is asking for snack every half hour. My meetings are taking place uninterrupted. I can work from wherever I want in the house. And it all feels... strange! My youngest went back to her Primary school on Monday. And my eldest returned to her Secondary s...
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March 10, 2021

Should you always finish a book once you’ve started it?

If you’ve been reading my writing for a while, you’ll know I tend to only write about the books I enjoy. I rarely bother to jot down anything about a book I didn’t like. I’m not in the business of formal book reviews; I mostly want to holler about the books that mean something to me and, perhaps, trigger a reader or two to go out and g...
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March 9, 2021

We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are

I’ve been reflecting on the words from Fr. Richard Rohr that make up the title of this post for some months now. It’s classic Rohr: Oodles of truth and cause for reflection in just a few words. I can’t recall the first time I heard him say it, but it’s fair to say it’s stuck with me. And when it came up again in one of his daily medita...
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March 8, 2021

Book Notes: “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” by Jonny Oates

My wife, Rachel, got me I Never Promised You a Rose Garden for Christmas. Truth told, I’d never heard of Jonny Oates, or this book before. And seeing the names of people endorsing it – Nick Clegg, Laura Kuenssberg, and Gary Gibbon – I assumed it was a purely political book. This would have been fine; I’m quite happy dipping into a poli...
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March 5, 2021

FYI: “Transcendent Kingdom” now available in the UK

Yaa Gyasi’s second novel, Transcendent Kingdom, is now out here in the UK. Long-time readers of my writing will recall my admiration for Gyasi’s first book, Homegoing. And I was so looking forward to her second that I had it imported from the US, months ahead of its UK release. Here’s what I wrote about it in December: “Transcendent Ki...
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March 4, 2021

Welcome to HEY World, the new home for all my writing

I have news of a significant change to how I send out my email newsletters. For the last couple of years I’ve been using a tool called Substack to deliver my emails to you. However, I am moving away from there and from now on I will be using a new service called HEY World. I’ll explain why (if you’re interested) below. But, if you are ...
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