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The Dark Night of the Shed: Men, the midlife crisis, spirituality - and sheds by Nick Page

(Hodder, £14.99, 223 pages, ISBN 978-1-473-61683-7)

If I had to choose an author to sit in a pub with, put the world to rights, enjoy a beer, share a few jokes and prod the hairy subject of God and the male midlife crisis with a stick, there are few I'd choose over Nick Page.

Something of a veteran of more than 70 books, Nick has been ploughing his own inimitable furrow for many years now and has really got the knack of producing engaging, thought-provoking, helpful yet entertaining reads you actually want to finish. There are still too many Christian books I start, plod on with for a bit, before sighing and wanting to throw them out of the window.

The Dark Night of the Shed asks all the kind of questions men ask when they reach midlife, and gently steers us away from some of the half-baked answers we often come up with. Along the way, the author builds a shed.

Few other books can provide that sense of a journey, genuinely do-able devotional suggestions, Biblical insight, lessons from Old Testament heroes and Percy the Park Keeper, generously interspersed with wit, good humour and some healthy self-deprecation.

Well worth a read, whether you're a man of a certain age, his better half … or just fancy building a shed. NB You'll find more supportive gubbins at

Russ Bravo

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