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April 2015

Monthly recommendations from the Quaker Centre Bookshop at Friends House, London. Browse the catalogue and order online at

IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE – Listening for Meaning in a World of Noise
George Prochnik £9.99

Between iPods, music-blasting in restaurants, earsplitting sporting events, and endless air and road traffic, the place for quiet in our lives grows smaller by the day. In Pursuit of Silence gives context to our increasingly desperate sense that noise pollution is, in a very real way, an environmental catastrophe. Travelling across the country and meeting and listening to a host of incredible characters, including doctors, neuroscientists, acoustical engineers, monks, activists, educators, marketers, and aggrieved citizens, George Prochnik examines why we began to be so loud as a society, and what it is that gets lost when we can no longer find quiet. More info...

THE SHADOW WORLD – Inside the Global Arms Trade
Andrew Feinstein £10.99

Andrew Feinstein is on a mission: to expose the lies, corruption and death-dealing at the heart of the modern arms trade. Whether it is the scandalous BAE Systems deals involving Britain and Saudi Arabia or the US Congressional-Military-Industrial Complex, he lays bare shocking stories of bribery, theft and murder, which lie at the heart of the global trade in weapons of death. Packed with interviews, top-secret information and fearless journalism, Feinstein presents the outrageous players, terrifying organisations and dodgy backroom deals – as well as the victims of the shadow world. More info...

Gregoire Chamayou £6.99

Drone Theory is a rigorous polemic against the increasing use of robot warfare around the world. Drawing on philosophical debate, moral lessons from Greek mythology and transcripts of conversations between drone operations, Drone Theory re-evaluates the socio-political impact of drone warfare on the world – and its people. Chamayou takes us through Nevada, Pakistan and arresting philosophical terrain to reveal how drones are changing the landscape of war and to highlight the profound moral implications of our own silence about drone warfare. More info...

WOMEN IN WAITING – Prejudice at the heart of the Church
Julia Ogilvy £12.99

In this powerful book Julia Ogilvy interviews twelve of the most notable Christian women of our time, providing telling and at times shocking analysis of the situation today. Their stories are different but they all share a remarkable faith, humility and determination to fulfil their own calling. Each one is an inspiration to women everywhere and provides a unique insight into the role of the leader in any profession. More info...


THE MINDFULNESS JOURNAL Exercises to Help you Find Peace and Calm
wherever you are
Corinne Sweet £9.99

Find peace and calm, wherever you are, with the simple and powerful practice of mindfulness. Beautifully illustrated, with pages to record your thoughts, The Mindfulness Journal offers an introduction to mindfulness and easy exercises that can be done whether you are sitting at your desk, squeezed on to a crowded train, or standing in line at the supermarket. More info...

Jennifer Kavanagh £4.99

What if the facts on which we base our lives are shown to be unreliable? What if our expectations are confounded? What if we let go of those assumptions and expectations? What if we let go of the very need to know? Unknowing is at the centre of spiritual life. It is only by creating a space in which anything can happen that we allow God to speak; only by stepping back that we allow space for that unpredictable Spirit that brings us gifts beyond any of our imaginings… ‘God dwells only where man steps back to give him room.’ More info...

Anne Dickson £9.99

Reconnecting with the Heart offers a framework for understanding what feelings are, how to recognise them and where they come from. It challenges the widespread assumption that showing feelings is a sign of weakness. It answers a host of questions: why do emotions seem to ambush us without warning? What is happening when we wildly overreact to a trivial issue? What is the difference between anger and aggression or sorrow and depression? Are there connections between physical illness and unexpected emotion? More info...

Marcus Sedgwick £7.99

Is it coincidence or something more sinister that draws them together? Many strange things collide in Laureth Peak’s life one hot August weekend. Perhaps strangest of all is the way her dad had been acting lately. And now he’s disappeared. It looks as if his obsession with coincidence might have fatal consequences. As Laureth sets off for New York with her strange younger brother, Benjamin, she has little faith in herself. But she has a burning determination to find her missing father. She has just one clue to follow; his notebook. Does it contain salvation, or madness? More info...

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