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The Great Reformer


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The first major biography of Pope Francis traces the life of this revolutionary thinker from his childhood in Argentina to the world leader he is today.

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Austen Ivereigh is a British writer, journalist, and commentator on religious and political affairs who holds a PhD from Oxford University. He is a former deputy editor of the influential Catholic journal The Tablet and his work appears regularly in the Jesuit magazine America and in many other periodicals. He is a founder of media group Catholic Voices. He frequently appears as a commentator on Catholic issues on the BBC, Sky, ITV and Al-Jazeera and writes regularly for The Guardian.


Richly researched, artfully constructed and consistently compelling. * TLS *
Invaluable new biography * Daily Telegraph *
Invaluable... ought to be read by everyone who wishes to know more about this very singular Pope. * Irish Independent *
A gracefully written and meticulously researched account of Francis' life... the best English-language biography of the pope to date. * New York Times Book Review *
The most substantial biography by far * The Times *
A fine new biography... Fair, judicious and compelling. * The New York Times *
A fast-moving and colourful personal analysis of what drives the pontiff, and the many events that have formed his unique and gregarious personality. * The Universe *
A must-read for all Pope Francis watchers. * The Tablet *
The author has a deft way of mixing recent incidents with his subject's early life... [The pope's] idiosyncratic humanism, forged in a land of political and economic turmoil, seems infectious. This book explains where it comes from. * The Economist *
Who is this larger-than-life man leading the charge? What are Francis's origins, how did he come to his beliefs and where is he taking his church? The Great Reformer, a new biography of the man born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, offers an illuminating guide. * Washington Post *
Will be useful in understanding the actions of a man whose influence and international importance cannot but grow. * Observer *
Shows why Pope Francis is not a silly old commie. The author's insights into his Argentine background and hard spiritual road make sense of his rejection of the trappings of power and intellectual elitism. * Spectator, Best Books of 2015 *
As an English-language account of the Pope's Argentine heritage, this book will be hard to beat. * Catholic Herald *

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