I'm still about a quarter of the way in so cannot offer a review. In fact what I'd like to do in this post is ask a question about something that seems somewhat perplexing. In Ch 4, Batchelor writers of the Buddha's experience of awakening:
Batchelor frames the awakening to include his six years of wandering and training, which seems fair enough and provides some reason for describing his discovery as a process. It seems, though, most canonical accounts in fact have Gotama arriving at a moment of sudden awakening preceded by a decision not to move from his spot under the bodhi tree until he achieves clarity in his quest. So what's Batchelor up to here?“What he discovered was not revealed to him in one shattering moment of enlightenment; he did not suddenly realize the nature of Truth or God. He talks of his awakening as a process rather than a state, a story rather than a statement."