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What the Bells Sang

Essays and Reviews
Edward Short

Acclaimed essayist Edward Short writes with his usual insight and brio on a range of historical, literary and Newmanian matters. Here are essays on the poets Thomas Hardy and Lord Tennyson, Rudyard Kipling and T.S. Eliot, W.H. Auden and Elizabeth Jennings; on the historians G.M. Trevelyan, Christopher Dawson, R.W. Southern and Andrew Roberts; on the novelists Anthony Trollope, Henry James, Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh; on the biographers James Grant, Richard Greene and John Batchelor; and on such brilliant thinkers as Edmund Burke and C.S. Lewis. A number of pieces on Saint John Henry Cardinal Newman round out this rich, elegant miscellany. A companion volume to Edward Short’s first essay collection, Adventures in the Book Pages, this new compilation will delight all readers interested in history, literature and the most eloquent of Catholic saints.


Excerpts from the enthusiastic response to the earlier volume:   

Adventures in the Book Pages is "a fine collection"--"witty," "wise," and "entertaining." Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

"If you have never encountered author, reviewer and essayist Edward Short, you are in for a real adventure in the pages of this book; and if you know his work already, you know what to expect from this erudite, articulate writer of both catholic and Catholic interests. …His themes are wide-ranging.... His tone is always judicious... his style eminently readable."   Richard Ormrod, Faith Magazine

“Edward Short is... a gentleman scholar, enjoyably opinionated, engagingly well-informed, and, flatteringly, he expects his readers to have similar qualities.  …The volume is thoroughly catholic... I was duly beguiled."  James McGlone, Chesterton Review

"Adventures in the Book Pages is a romp and a marvel. I can't decide which is its most winning attribute, erudition, range or elegance of expression. So let's call it a photo finish." James Grant, author of Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian 

“As well as being beautifully written and genuinely brave, this book is also wise. It is a remarkable testament to the breadth and profundity of the author’s expertise and interests, and the extraordinary depth of his reading. The polymathic Man of Letters might be a disappearing breed in our civilization, but Edward Short is holding out. He should be listed, like a piece of our architectural heritage.” Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny

Edward Short is the author of several notable books on St John Henry Cardinal Newman, as well as a critical edition of the great convert’s Anglican Difficulties. Most recently, he chose and introduced The Saint Mary’s Book of Christian Verse. He lives in New York with his wife and two young children.

ISBN 978 0 85244 996 7                        500 pages                                   £25.00       




Cardinal Basil Hume        

978 085244  798 7                      100pp                                                       £4.99


John Edwards SJ

Ways of Praying provides a thorough introduction to the many different methods of prayer in the Christian tradition, and allows the reader to understand their own prayer practice ― and go deeper. For over thirty years this little book has provided sure and helpful guidelines for developing a personal life of prayer.

This book should prove a useful and easily available reminder to priests, religious and laity, and especially to young people, of the vital importance of prayer.                                    Personal prayer is possible for everyone and is an indispensable means of fostering a close relationship with Christ Our Lord. I am particularly pleased to see the emphasis given to the reception of the sacraments, especially the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and also the part played by sacramentals in prayer. I hope that Ways of Praying will be read and used regularly by all those who desire to grow in the spiritual life.                                                                                                                                                      

Cardinal Basil Hume        

978 085244  798 7                      100pp                                                       £4.99

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