Philanthropy – Public Ethics – Religion – Global Development

Paul Vallely





Philanthropy – from Aristotle to Zuckerberg

Bloomsbury, London, New York, Sydney 2020


 “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

The British Library online exhibition

2500 years of philanthropy

features digitisations of treasured items from the library collection which appear in Philanthropy – from Aristotle to Zuckerberg.

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Pope Francis – The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism

       Bloomsbury,  New York, Sydney, London 2015

Pope Francis – Untying the Knots, Bloomsbury, London, Sydney 2013

Kyoko furanshisuko no chosen : Yami kara hikari e, Shunjusha, Japan 2014

Papst Franziskus – Vom Reaktionär Zum Revolutionär, Thesis, Germany 2014

Papież Franciszek – Rozwiazywanie węzłów, Wydawnictwo, Poland 2013

Catholic Social Teaching and the Big Society, Bishops Conference of England and Wales 2011

‘New Labour and the New World Order’, in Remoralising Britain? Political, Ethical and Theological Perspectives on New Labour, Bloomsbury Academic 2009

Hello World: the official Live 8 Book plus

  • Live 8 DVD sleeve notes
  • Live 8 Official programme notes
  • Live Aid DVD sleeve notes

Century, Random House, UK, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa 2005

Our Common Interest: report of the Prime Minister’s Commission for Africa, Penguin edition, London, New York, Toronto, Dublin, New Delhi, Auckland, Victoria 2005

Our Common Interest: report of the Prime Minister’s Commission for Africa (co-author) Commission for Africa, London 2005

Geldof in Africa (with Bob Geldof), Century, Random House, UK, Australia, New Zealand & South Africa 2005

‘The Fifth Crusade: George Bush and the Christianisation of the war in Iraq’, in Re-imagining Security, British Council 2004

    A Place of Redemption: A Christian approach to Punishment and Prison, (editor) Burns & Oates, London & New York 2004

    Entries in The Times World Religions, Times Books, London 2002

    The New Politics: Catholic Social Teaching for the 21st century, (editor) SCM Press, London 1999

    Daniel and the Mischief Boy, (for children) Fount, Harper Collins, London 1993

    Promised Lands: Stories of Power and Poverty in the Third World, Fount, Harper Collins 1992

    Bad Samaritans: First World Ethics and Third World Debt, Hodder & Stoughton, London, & Orbis Books, New York, 1990, 1991, 1993

    Is That it? (with Bob Geldof) Bob Geldof’s autobiography, Sidgwick & Jackson, London, Australia, New Zealand and Canada 1986

    With Geldof in Africa (with David Blundy) Times Books, London 1985



    Pope Francis – Untying the Knots


    Pope Francis – The Struggle for the Soul of Catholicism


    “A formidable achievement” – John Cornwell, Times Literary Supplement

    “A sophisticated biography’ – Luke Coppen, The Independent

    “Indispensable” – James Carroll, the New Yorker

    “Masterly” – Julian Coman , The Observer

    “Reads like a lost unexpectedly literate chapter of The Da Vinci Code” – Mark Lawson, The Guardian

    At last a book has put… Pope Francis in context” – Raymond Schroth SJ, in the US Jesuit magazine America

    “A compelling account” – John Wilkins, the Church Times

    “Great insight” – Tim Byron SJ, Thinking Faith

    “Thoroughly convincing… read this book, forget the rest” – Michael Walsh, The Tablet