Peter Stanford's previous books include biographies of Lord Longford, Cardinal Basil Hume, Bronwen Astor and most recently the Devil. He has also written an investigation of the Pope Joan legend and a polemical book, Catholics and Sex, which accompanied a Channel 4 television series. He contributes regularly to the Guardian and Sunday Telegraph and New Statesman. A regular broadcaster, he is also chairman of the national disability charity ASPIRE.
'Engaging and elegant. The main thrust of the book is in effect the history of the concept of life after death... fascinating.' Antonia Fraser, New Statesman 'Thoughtful... humble, informative and well-read... pleading for the re-establishment of the power of the myth.' Spectator 'Through cloudscapes and spirit worlds, Stanford is a well-informed and never less than caring guide.' Sunday Telegraph 'A thoughtful and thought-provoking book.' Sunday Times 'A wise guide to the entire celestial anthropology [which] does elegant justice to the mental geography of heaven and the travellers' tales of the elect.' Guardian