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Peter Stanford's previous investigations into the history, theology, enduring appeal and cultural significance of religious ideas include: What we Talk about when we Talk about Faith; Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident; Judas: The Troubling History of the Renegade Apostle; The Devil - A Biography; Heaven - A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country; and The She-Pope, an investigation of the Pope Joan legend. His other books include biographies of Bronwen Astor, Lord Longford and the Poet Laureate, C Day-Lewis, plus the polemical Catholics and Sex that became an award-winning Channel 4 series in 1992. He is a senior features writer at the Daily and Sunday Telegraph titles, and contributes to the Independent, the Observer, the Daily Mail and the Catholic weekly, the Tablet, where he is a columnist. He has presented programmes on BBC 1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as BBC Radios 2 and 4 and the BBC World Service.


The book has changed my life, as I now think about angels all the time and keep spotting them in paintings, on book jackets and in the verses of hymns... If you concentrate, you'll be taken on a thrilling journey through theological discussion, with a generous helping of art history thrown in... Stanford is a brilliant art-history teacher. * The Spectator *
Stanford deserves credit for rescuing the study of angels from hippyish occultism [and] for some wonderful art historical writing [in his] ultimately immensely rewarding book. * The Daily Telegraph *
Stanford is an informed guide to the world of angels...this thought-provoking and wise study might convince even the most determined atheist to wonder if there is a benign presence, of whatever kind, lurking behind their shoulder. * The Observer *
riveting...a grand tour of all things angelic...taking in history, art, theology...impressive as well as readable. * Fergus Butler-Gallie: The Times *
packed yet fascinating history of these 'invisible beings'. * Jenny McCartney: Mail on Sunday *
Peter Stanford's history of angels is comprehensive and scholarly and he writes like, well, an angel. I also love the way he leavens the textual archaeology and theology with references to modern cultural portrayals of angels. * Jonathan Margolis: Jewish Chronicle *
There is so much to be said about angels and Stanford does an admirable job of organising his material. Everything the average reader could possibly want to know is here. * Blanche Girouard: Standpoint *
Angels is chock-full of fascinating bits of information as Stanford sniffs out the trail left by our species' deep, blind, instinctive urge to believe in something beyond this life...[He] describes it all with wonderful flair...[and] writes movingly. * The Tablet *
an exhilarating trip . . . Peter Stanford has done his homework and, with his customary wit and lightness of touch, he punctuates the scholarship with anecdote and great quotes * Piers Plowright: Camden New Journal *
This is a broad-ranging exploration of angels, which carries us from the Ancient Near East to modern culture, literature, art, and film . . . Stanford has a relaxed and enjoyable style. * Nick Mercer: The Church Times *
Stanford places us in his debt [with] a scholarly reverence for those who live on other parts of the spectrum of encounter and belief * Norman Wallwork: Methodist Recorder *
an intriguing exploration of the many roles that angels have played in spiritual life. * Nick Rennison: Sunday Times *
an absolutely outstanding book - unlike anything I've ever read before. * Paul Ross: talkRadio *
Stanford skilfully reviews some complex history, philosophy and theology. * Premier Christianity *

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