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. Leaving Alexandria won the PEN/Ackerley Prize 2013 and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2013. Holloway has written for many newspapers in Britain, including The Times, Guardian, Observer, Herald and Scotsman. He has also presented many series for BBC television and radio; Waiting for the Last Bus originated as a five-part series on Radio 4 in 2016.
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 * *