From the author of A Tomb With a View - a celebration of the weird and wonderful churches of Britain.
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- Author ROSS, PETER
- Pub Date 11/05/2023
- Binding Hardback
- Pages 400
'A delicious treat' - Financial Times **TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR pick 2023**
'A charming odyssey' - The Times
'A wonderful book; thoughtful and challenging' - Daily Telegraph *****
'Beautiful and brilliant . I loved it.' - Fergus Butler-Gallie
From the author of A Tomb With a View - Scottish Non-Fiction book of the Year
Churches are all around us. Their steeples remain landmarks in our towns, villages and cities, even as their influence and authority has waned. They contain art and architectural wonders - one huge gallery scattered, like a handful of jewels, across these isles.
Award-winning writer Peter Ross sets out to tell their stories, and through them a story of Britain. Join him as he visits the unassuming Norfolk church which contains a disturbing secret, and London's mighty cathedrals with their histories of fire and love. Meet cats and bats, monks and druids, angels of oak and steel.
Steeple Chasing, though it sometimes strikes an elegiac note, is a song of praise. It celebrates churches for their beauty and meaning, and for the tales they tell. It is about people as much as place, flesh and bone not just flint and stone. From the painted hells of Surrey to the holy wells of Wales, consider this a travel book . . . with bells on.
Praise for Peter Ross
'Ross is a wonderfully evocative writer, deftly capturing a sense of place and history, while bringing a deep humanity to his subject. He has written a delightful book.' - The Guardian
'Fascinating . . . Ross makes a likeably idiosyncratic guide and one finishes the book feeling strangely optimistic about the inevitable.' - The Observer
'The author's humanity has acted as a beacon of light in the darkness.' - The Sunday Times