Alom Shaha – On The Kindness Of Strangers And The Young Atheist’s Handbook For Schools #SSAWeek

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A message from Alom Shaha:

It’s been over a year since my book, The Young Atheist’s Handbookwas published in Australia and almost a year since it was published in the UK. It has been an interesting time, one I will remember for a number of reasons – not all happy ones.

In many ways, for reasons I won’t go into, it has been one of the most difficult periods of my life. However, I was regularly buoyed up by emails and messages from strangers who had read my book and felt compelled to write and tell me what it had meant to them. Mostly, it was people saying that what I had written had resonated with them, but one or two wrote to tell me that my book had been “life-changing” for them – the highest praise I can imagine. 

One of the people who read my book, a fellow teacher, Ian Horsewell, liked the book so much that he convinced the British Humanist Association that every child in the country ought to have the chance to read it. In December last year, the BHA launched the “Young Atheist’s Handbook for Schools” campaign with the aim of raising £32,000 to buy and post a book to every secondary school in England and Wales.

At the time of writing this, 523 people have given a total of over £10,000 towards the campaign, many of them leaving comments explaining why they donated. My book may not have become a best-seller or set the world on fire, but thanks to the kindness of strangers, it looks like it might one day reach more of its intended audience.

Check out:  “Young Atheist’s Handbook for Schools” campaign.

About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a former Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide. She regularly presents a news and current affairs show on RTRFM's The Mag (tune in on Tuesdays!).
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science. She files her nails while they drag the lake.