Search Results: "John Cornwell"


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THE DARK BOX by John Cornwell
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2014

"Enlisting a legion of voices attesting to their 'soul murder' by confessional priests, Cornwell offers another strong indictment of the church."
A haunting study, both scholarly and personal, that situates the practice of confession as the source of the Catholic Church's clerical abuse. Read full book review >

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THE HIDING PLACES OF GOD by John Cornwell
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 29, 1991

"An affecting personal spiritual memoir as well as a tantalizing tour through the miraculous, which reveals its mystery- -if not its secret—under Cornwell's fresh and compassionate gaze."
In his excellent A Thief in the Night (1989), Cornwell looked into rumors that Pope John Paul I had been murdered. Read full book review >

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SEMINARY BOY by John Cornwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2006

"Capably written, but cynical readers may raise an occasional eyebrow."
An English writer now in his 60s recalls his wild boyhood and his experiences in "minor seminary," a secondary school for boys preparing to become Roman Catholic priests. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Ecclesiastical reformers and liberal Catholics will find much of value in these pages, which are certain to earn Cornwell still more demerits from the Holy See."
A thoughtful account arguing that the Catholic Church has condemned itself to irrelevance and even extinction. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Some nuggets here for philosophers of science, neuroscientists, mathematicians, and computer folks—but one wonders if maybe Cornwell didn't stack the deck a bit and if a different cast might have come up with a different consensus."
Erudite essays that explore the pros and cons of reductionism in science. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2003

"A lucid survey synthesizing a broad range of historical research."
A timely study of the world's first great scientific-military-industrial complex. Read full book review >

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MECHANICA by Betsy Cornwell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A smart, refreshing alternative to stale genre tropes. (Steampunk/fairy tale. 12-15)"
A spunky mechanic stars as a steampunk Cinderella who doesn't need rescuing. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1999

"Cornwell's fans will dance with delight as horsemen charge and sabers swing through chaos and terror."
The marvelous Cornwell returns to his greatest character, British Army rifleman Richard Sharpe, after completing his Arthurian Warlord trilogy and the Starbuck Chronicles series, about the US Civil War. Read full book review >

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KILLER'S WAKE by Bernard Cornwell
Released: Aug. 14, 1989

"Mildly violent."
The author of Redcoat and the popular Sharpe series of historical military adventures drops into the 20th century for a yachting thriller about an unwilling earl and a missing van Gogh. Read full book review >

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THE BODY FARM by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But beneath the welter of quarrels and coincidences is as insidious a study of evil as Cornwell has turned in. (Literary Guild main selection)"
Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta (Cruel and Unusual, 1993, etc.) has given up smoking and strayed far enough from her high-pressure office to act as a consulting profiler for the FBI, but her nerves are just as frayed at Quantico, especially since her rebellious niece Lucy is a computer-whiz trainee for the Engineering Research Facility down the hall. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF KINGS by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"The surprise is that Cornwell's love scenes are as deft as his action scenes, though far fewer, of course—all driven by a hard-shelled, sporadically soft-hearted, always charismatic protagonist: George Clooney alert."
It's 898, and life in pre-England is messy, turbulent, quite likely to be short and vividly evoked in Cornwell's masterful 46th novel (The Burning Land, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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REDCOAT by Bernard Cornwell
Released: Jan. 21, 1987

"A solid sense of real-life revolutionary Philadelphia, terrifying battle scenes, and the tragic rise and fall of Captain Vane highlight this most satisfying historical piece."
Cornwell's (Sharpe's Siege, Sharpe's Regiment) solid characters, historical accuracy, and rich detailing bring the Revolutionary War into clear focus in this entertaining look at the divided loyalties of Philadelphia under British Occupation. Read full book review >