About Me

husband, dad, writer, speaker, culture-vulture, muso, amateur piano and bass, hungry book consumption lapsed classicist, ex-Ugandan, EasternEurope nut, Turkey regular (esp Istanbul & Antalya), mac geek, faith-head

12 years at All Souls Langham Place, now Eur&Car director for LanghamPreaching within Langham Partnership

Books I Love

Too many to mention!

Standout writers: Graham Greene, John le Carré, Anthony Powell, Elizabeth Strout, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Francis Spufford, Iain Pears

Inspiring: Lesslie Newbigin, Frederick Buechner, the Inklings (obvs), George Herbert, John Donne, William Cowper, Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Stott

Fun/gripping/fascinating: Philip Kerr, Mick Herron, Ben Macintyre, Robert Harris

My GoodReads is more or less up-to-date

My Kind of Music

In no particular order…

The Greats: Monteverdi, Schubert, Brahms, Britten, Shostakovich, Mahler

The Stars: U2, Bruce Springsteen, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Elbow, Nick Cave & Bad Seeds, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Gungor, Peter Gabriel, London Grammar, Florence & The Machine, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Andrew Peterson, Eric Peters, Rich Mullins, Fat & Frantic, Iona, Kloster, Kristin Asbjørnsen, Martin Joseph, Nathan Tasker, Sons of Korah.

The World at large: Souad Massi (Algeria), Ayub Ogada (Kenya), Bachar Mar-Khalifé (Lebanon), Youssou N’Dour (Senegal),  Anthony Joseph (Trinidad), Abdullah Ibrahim (South Africa), Johnny Clegg & Savuka (Zim/South Africa), Vusi Mahasela (South Africa)

The Performers: Alfred Brendel, The Sixteen, Voces8, Emma Kirkby, Christina Pluhar & L’Arpeggiata, Hirundo Maris, David Goode

TV & Movies

Big Screen: LA Confidential, The Third Man, The Usual Suspects, Interstellar, Arrival, Citizen Kane, The Lives of Others, Brazil, Blade Runner, Top Secret, Once Upon A Time in Anatolia; The Death of Stalin; Diplomacy; Ex Machina; The Grand Budapest Hotel; Parasite

Filmmakers: Andrew Niccol; Chris Nolan; Martin Scorsese

Small Screen: Yes (Prime) Minister; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (with Alec Guinness as Smiley); Smiley’s People (Alec Guinness again); The Wire; Breaking Bad; The West Wing; Mad Men; Detectorists; The Bridge (original Swedish/Danish version); The Killing; Borgen; Anno 1790; Chernobyl; The Hour; Sherlock; The Nativity (by Tony Jordan)

Playwrights: Tom Stoppard; Alan Bennett; Peter Shaffer; The Bard (obvs)

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Mark Meynell