Paul Vallely

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Paul Vallely
Paul Vallely

Paul Vallely is an internationally acclaimed commentator on politics, religion and society. His bestselling biographies, Pope Francis – Untying the Knots and Pope Francis – The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism, won worldwide critical praise.

After three decades writing award-winning journalism from 30 countries, Vallely co-wrote Bob Geldof’s best-selling autobiography Is That It? and wrote the Penguin edition of Our Common Interest, the report of the Prime Minister’s Commission for Africa. He is the editor of The New Politics – Catholic Social Teaching for the 21st century and the author of Bad Samaritans – First World Ethics and Third World Debt.

He is now Senior Research Fellow at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. He has written on political, religious and ethical matters for the New York Times, Sunday Times, Guardian, Independent, Tablet and Church Times.

Twitter:  @pvall and @philanthropya2z




“Timely and fascinating,” PETER HENNESSY Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History, Queen Mary, University of London 

“The definitive book on philanthropy –  a deep and probing study of an increasingly powerful force in our world,” JOHN GRAY Emeritus Professor of European Thought, London School of Economics

“Good books lay out the lie of the land. Important books change it. This book does both... Paul Vallely insists that giving needs to restore its spiritual dimension whereby the giver respects the one who receives,” GILES FRASER priest and philosopher

“Magisterial ... the best single volume on the ideas that have shaped philanthropy ... stuffed with astonishing stories and illuminating interviews," ROB REICH Professor of Political Science at Stanford University.

Comprehensive and panoramic” BETH BREEZE Director of the Centre for Philanthropy, University of Kent

"Deeply researched and wonderfully written ...  a powerful call for philanthropy to do a better job of melding empathy with effectiveness" DAVID CALLAHAN, Editor of Inside Philanthropy