This is an utterly engrossing read. Funny and touching in turns, full of engaging characters and beautifully written. Norman Collins was an excellent story-teller who took his time to tell his tale and entertains from page one to the end. "Children of the Archbishop" actually comes pretty close to his master work "London Belongs To Me" in quality and sheer enjoyment. It would not be too much of a stretch to compare Collins to Dickens, simply for his mastery at telling the story of ordinary folk living their extraordinary (and at the same time mundane) lives. Highly recommended.