Publication Date: 01/03/2018 ISBN: 9781786890214 Category:

Waiting for the Last Bus

Richard Holloway

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Publication Date: 01/03/2018 ISBN: 9781786890214 Category:




Where do we go when we die? Or is there nowhere to go? Is death something we can do or is it just something that happens to us?

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. In Waiting for the Last Bus, he presents a positive, meditative and profound exploration of the many important lessons we can learn from death: facing up to the limitations of our bodies as they falter, reflecting on our failings, and forgiving ourselves and others.

But in a modern world increasingly wary of acknowledging mortality, this is also a stirring plea to reacquaint ourselves with death. Facing and welcoming death gives us the chance to think about not only the meaning of our own life, but 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

Thought-provoking, revelatory, grave and comforting. It is impossible not to be moved by it in the most profound way -- ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH An inclusive and hugely nourishing reminder to take stock of our mortality . . . Elegant, elegiac and thought-provoking * * Observer * * 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 Poignant . . . a subtle and consoling guide to dying -- CHARLOTTE RUNCIE * * Daily Telegraph * * Thoughtful, playful, courageous and deeply altruistic . . . a fine companion for anyone who wishes to live a life of any depth -- A.L. KENNEDY Written with the integrity, intelligence and wit that we expect from Richard Holloway -- KAREN ARMSTRONG A plangent and profound meditation on the ultimate inevitability. It is also a book with a great deal of care in it . . . I'd happily spend time with [Richard Holloway] in the afterlife * * Scotsman * * An exercise in self-examination, Holloway probing his own vanities and fears with a good-humoured frankness . . . Holloway is at his most entertaining - and moving - when drawing on his own experiences * * Daily Telegraph * *

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