Britain's Holiest Places Paperback – 27 May 2011
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"handsomely produced... a celebration of 2,000 years of Christian belief that is at times shocking, but always engrossing and richly entertaining" --The Times, July 23, 2011
"A really, really lovely book" --Aled Jones, BBC Radio 2 'Good Morning', July 10, 2011
"This is an outstanding new book... authoritative but not pedantic, enthusiastic, gently humorous, but never intrusive."
--The Bridge, July 7, 2011
"You can tell when a book is a labour of love, and this is just such a book. Every car should carry a copy"
--BBC Countryfile Magazine, July 2011
About the Author
A guidebook writer and former journalist on the Financial Times, Nick Mayhew-Smith spent five years researching Britain's Holiest Places. He was nominated as Writer of the Year in 2012 by BBC Countryfile.
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The reader can appreciate from a real person who has (as Mr Mayhew states) sat in the churches and holy places and prayed. Perhaps that part alone makes this book unique, exciting and inspirational! To be fair we loved it so much we bought three copies of the books, one to keep and two that we have given away. The recipients of the other books have also said 'what a fun book the detail in the indexes of how to rate a holy place inspires me to visit, read and then make my own mind up!' The other who lives abroad has simply enjoyed reading about some of Britain's finest churches and cathedrals and is now planning to visit to see some in 2012! They have been inspired and have changed their holiday plans because of this book!
Well done Mr Mayhew,your an author that we will definitely keep an eye out for future plublications!
Jenny and John Challis
This is more than a simple guide book; Nick's style draws the reader in. The descriptions of each location weave together the historical and numinous preparing the visitor not so much for an interesting architectural diversion, but an experience of the spiritual essence of the place:
"The hard black walls of the nave, worn smooth by the passing of centuries, have echoed with the voices of a Christian community each Sunday for the past 1,000 years. And the huge oaks themselves would have been around 1,000 years old when they were felled. They might have been acorns and saplings at the time Jesus was born ... Much has been added and modified at Greensted's church during a millennium of worship - but the heart of oak continues to beat."
St. Andrew's church in Greensted (9 Stars), resting place of St. Edmund, and now an irresistible pilgrimage destination. 'There is no sanitisation of Christianity's troubled history. Oxford's Martyrs' monument is here (5 Stars), but Hugh Latimer's own complicity in the death of John Forrest is acknowledged. It is the puritan bullet holes in the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary which are described as `her wounds, the most eloquent monument of all in Oxford'.
A respectful realism that permeates the text; origin and authenticity are both carefully weighed, especially of the relics of saints.Read more ›
One of the reviews says "no car should be without this" and they are right, this is just the most perfect book for exploring the hidden (and not so hidden) realms of Great Britain.
While predominantly (and I suppose quite rightly) Judeo Christian in its discoveries, there are still a lot of Pagan and Celtic / Celtic Christian sites as well
Everything from ruins to islands are covered in this book and I have so many days out planned.
This is simply a fascinating book worthy of every car and traveller
However, you cannot and should not ignore the social and cultural influences of Christianity on this country. It's an integral part of our history. From my secular perspective, this book provides an excellent and comprehensive guide to sites that are of interest to anyone with a love of art, architecture and history. It's well written and beautifully photographed. Any book that convinces me that Barking is worth a visit is impressive indeed.
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Excellent - was inspired to buy it from watching the TV series based on this book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A really interesting book which has taken me to some beautiful places.Published 4 months ago by Funkstar
I bought this book because we plan to visit Northumberland in the next few months, and have already booked a three night stay on Holy Island (Lindisfarne). Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Robinson
This book is not quite what I expected when I ordered it, but I have enjoyed browsing it and will keep it for reference purposes. Read morePublished 16 months ago by he132305