Waiting for the Last Bus: Reflections on Life and Death by Richard Holloway – review

An elegiac, inclusive and hugely nourishing reminder to take stock of our mortality from the former head of the Anglican Church in Scotland

Fortitude, writes Richard Holloway, is “one of the most important lessons life teaches”, but it can take us a long time to learn. Ageing, he suggests, may be our last chance to master it.

It is a slightly more sober version of Bette Davis’s line about old age not being “a place for sissies”, but also one that affords the 84-year-old broadcaster, writer and former head of the Anglican Church in Scotland plenty of space in his flawless, pitch-perfect prose to explore with unflinching and unsentimental fortitude the taboo of death.

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