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Theos team’s top picks for Christmas reading

Theos team’s top picks for Christmas reading

The Theos team give their book recommendations for Christmas 2019 feat. Paul Bickley’s best cracker jokes. 12/12/2019

The recommended books are:
El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America by Carrie Gibson. 

Joy edited by Christian Wiman.

Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard by Clare Carlisle. 

Perfect in Weakness by Colin Heber–Percy. 

The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard.

The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson.

New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton. 

Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

Confessions of a Born–Again Pagan by Anthony T. Kronman.

Revolution Française by Sophie Pedder.

The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr.

The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile.


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