The unexpectedly entertaining story of how the Church of England lost its place at the centre of English public life
Andrew Brown is a leading religious journalist and an editorial board member, leader-writer and feature writer for the Guardian. He also writes frequently for the BBC, Spectator and The Oldie. Andrew is the winner of the Orwell Prize for Political Writing, the Templeton European Prize for Religious Journalism and was shortlisted for the Aventis Prize for Science writing for his book In the Beginning was the Worm. He has been Press columnist for the Church Times since 1996. Linda Woodhead is a Professor in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University. She is a co-founder of the Westminster Faith Debates and was Director of the GBP12m AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme (2007- 2013). She is currently carrying out a number of research initiatives on and for the Church of England. Linda is a regular broadcaster on research-related topics and has authored, edited or contributed to more than 20 published books.
An honest portrait of the past four decades, surveying the Church of England's history, structures and organization, identifying its weaknesses and failures, and apportioning blame. * Times Literary Supplement * A ferocious, impassioned wake-up call ... Brown [and] Woodhead have come together to summon the Church of England to stop its navel-gazing, cease its internecine party warfare, quit its flirtation with managerial "voodoo", rediscover its true purpose and reconnect with those outside its doors. * The Tablet * Devastating, witty and - for anyone who has ever tried to love the C of E - profoundly melancholy ... Well informed and stylish * Prospect *