Publication Date: 04/04/2019 ISBN: 9781786890245 Category:

Waiting for the Last Bus

Richard Holloway

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Publication Date: 04/04/2019 ISBN: 9781786890245 Category:
Paperback / Softback




Now in his ninth decade, former Bishop of Edinburgh Richard Holloway has spent a lifetime at the bedsides of the dying, guiding countless men and women towards peaceful deaths. A positive and profound exploration of the many important lessons we can learn, this is also a stirring plea to reacquaint ourselves with death. Doing so gives us the chance to think about the meaning of life itself; and can mean the difference between ordinary sorrow and unbearable regret at the end.

Radical, joyful and moving, Waiting for the Last Bus is an invitation to reconsider life’s greatest mystery by one of the most important and beloved religious leaders of our time.

Publisher Review

A wonderful, wise, compassionate and befriending piece of work -- KATHRYN MANNIX, author of With the End in Mind Thought-provoking, revelatory, grave and comforting. It is impossible not to be moved by it in the most profound way -- ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH A real gem: a tender book, brimming with wisdom, beauty and compassion. Reading Holloway is like taking a long walk in the countryside - afterwards, you understand the world better, you feel less lonely -- ELIF SHAFAK * * Guardian Books of the Year * * An inclusive and hugely nourishing reminder to take stock of our mortality . . . Elegant, elegiac and thought-provoking * * Observer * * Thoughtful, playful, courageous and deeply altruistic . . . a fine companion for anyone who wishes to live a life of any depth -- A.L. KENNEDY Holloway writes with passion and honesty at all times, and the result is compelling * * Guardian * * Every bit as meditative, witty and elegiac as you would expect * * Scotsman * * The record of a mind too large, too curious and far too generous to be confined within any single religious denomination -- PHILIP PULLMAN A wise, compassionate perspective on a persistently taboo subject. The pragmatism and gentle humour make it an unusually inclusive book. For everyone, however young -- COLIN FIRTH Poignant . . . a subtle and consoling guide to dying -- CHARLOTTE RUNCIE * * Daily Telegraph * *

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