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The story of a man who lost his faith, but found much, much more.

Foreword by Jim Al-Khalili

Growing up in a strict Muslim community in south-east London, Alom Shaha learnt that religion was not to be questioned. Reciting the Qur’an without understanding what it meant was simply a part of life; so, too, was obeying the imam and enduring beatings when he failed to attend the local mosque. But Alom was more drawn to science and its power to illuminate.

As a teen, he lived between two worlds: the home controlled by his authoritarian father, and a school alive with books and ideas. In a charming blend of memoir, philosophy and science, Alom explores the questions about faith and the afterlife that we all ponder. This is a book for anyone who wonders what they should believe and how they should live. It’s for those who may need the facts and the ideas, as well as the courage, to break free from inherited beliefs. In this powerful narrative, Alom shows that it is possible to live a compassionate, fulfilling and meaningful life without God.


Charismatically discusses everything…he writes sensitively and reasonably

Tania Ahsan , Metro

He is gentle and persuasive – the type of teacher you would have loved to have had educate you.

Nick Cohen, The Guardian

There’s a devastating logic to his arguments...Shaha writes with a highly-engaging first person narrative that is crisp and highly readable

Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus

A touching personal account that makes for a courageous and compelling read...

Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE, physicist and broadcaster

[T]he book is essential reading for all young people...

Andrew Copson, Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association

This book will make you think and it’s hard to give a greater compliment than that…

RE Today

A book that destroys the cliche of the atheist as joyless rationalist and shows the humanity, love, and concern that often lies behind godless thinking.

Robin Ince, writer and comedian

More than just a great handbook, this is an honest and often very moving story about valuing truth over hope, even in the face of grief.

Tim Minchin, comedian

Illuminates the route to a better destination for all those who seek what Alom found, namely, that precious liberty of mind which makes its possessor open to all good things.

A.C. Grayling, philosopher and author of The God Argument

The Young Atheist’s Handbook [is] an inspiring read for anyone. It’s one of very few atheist books I’d feel comfortable recommending to a wide audience of believers and non-believers alike.

Religious News Service

A very brave book... I really enjoyed reading about his personal journey... [There are] really important questions raised for anyone of any faith.

Rev. Ruth Scott, BBC Radio 2

Those who want clear arguments about the impossibility of belief, as well as those who enjoy a well told and illuminating memoir, will all be pleased with this book.

The Newton Review of Books

A very special book.

Stephen Fry

An inspiring and brave book that speaks for thousands who dare not admit their atheism...

Samira Ahmed, Journalist and broadcaster (BBC Radio 4, ex-Channel 4 News)

[A]n honest telling of one man’s experience that everyone should read, no matter their theological stripe...

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  • 19 December 2012
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