Canongate will publish On Reflection, a series of profound and inspiring essays by Richard Holloway, author of Leaving Alexandria, bishop of Edinburgh for fourteen years and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church for eight years. Simon Thorogood acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Caroline Dawnay at United Agents. On Reflection will be published in hardback and ebook in August 2024 with a paperback to follow.

Full of food for thought and intellectual nourishment, the essays cover topics such as religion, art, literature, grief, music, and Holloway’s native Scotland. All reflect the wisdom he has gathered over a lifetime as one of the most interesting religious figures of our time, and all are written with his signature elegant, elegaic and erudite voice. After reading Holloway, as Elif Shafak in the Guardian put it: ‘you understand the world better, you feel less lonely’.

On acquiring, Simon Thorogood commented: ‘A new book from Richard is always cause for celebration. His wise questioning in this new book refreshes the mind and enlivens the spirit.’

Richard Holloway was Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. A former Gresham Professor of Divinity and Chairman of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen, he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His books include On Forgiveness, Looking in the Distance, Godless Morality, Doubts and Loves, Between the Monster and the Saint and Leaving Alexandria, which won the PEN/Ackerley Prize 2013 and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2013. Richard Holloway has written for many newspapers in Britain, including The Times, Guardian, Observer, Herald and the Scotsman. He has also presented many series for BBC television and radio.


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