The best on Benedict: a selection of papal biographies
Following reports that Benedict XVI is a now best-selling author, Luke Coppen, editor of The Catholic Herald newspaper chooses his five favourite books on the Pope.
1. Tracey Rowland: Ratzinger's Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI, Oxford University Press (£11.69 Times Books) An acute and sympathetic study by an Australian academic. The perfect introduction to the ideas of Joseph Ratzinger.
2. Aidan Nichols: The Thought of Benedict XVI: an Introduction to the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger, Burns and Oates (£16.19, Times Books)
A classic guide to Pope Benedict's theology by one of the England's most creative theologians.
3. John Allen: Pope Benedict XVI: a biography of Joseph Ratzinger, Continuum (£12.59, Times Books)
A controversial biography by a leading Vatican-watcher. Lots of juicy ecclesiastical politics and critical judgments about Ratzinger's role as the Vatican's doctrinal policeman.
4. In the Footsteps of Joseph Ratzinger: Alessandra Borghese, Sebastian Creswell-Turner, Family Publications (£7.95 Times Books)
A charming account of the Pope's childhood and formative years in Bavaria.
5. Pope Benedict XVI: The Conscience of Our Age: D. Vincent Twomey, Ignatius Press (£6.41, Amazon price)
A warm, insightful portrait of the Pope by a former student who is now a prominent priest in Ireland.