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Product details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Lifestyle Press (27 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954476743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954476748
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book is an excellent book for both the arm chair reader and the explorer on foot. In fact there is something for everyone. The detail and study that the author has clearly spent time researching pays off the moment you start to read it. The book has drawn me to explore some local churches that I had not been to but better still I have been able to read about places that I am unlikely to get to for many years and learn about them not from traditional guide book that lacks the human touch and inability to express the sheer sense of God. This guide book does just that, it expresses the sense of God and in a increasing secular world I say AMEN to that!
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
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At over 500 full colour pages, a labour of love over a five year journey, Britain's Holiest Places covers a huge range of sites from inspiring cathedrals, through Quaker meeting houses to hidden holy wells. Each holy place is described, photographed and rated from both a practical and ecumenical spiritual perspective. Clear directions are provided as well as useful details like GPS coordinates, very handy for the more obscure spots.

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.
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I heard the author talking on Radio 4 about his journey in writing this book and was completely captivated. I ordered it as a gift for my mum, who has Faith and is interested in different perspectives on religion. She absolutely loves it. That's good enough for me and I hope to take a peek for myself before too long.
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By JamesW TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 April 2013
I was given this by my partner and when my dad visited he saw it and wanted it.. Next day I bought it for him for his birthday so we both have a copy
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
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As someone who considers Richard Dawkins to be a bit too soft on religion I might not be seen as the typical reader of a book on Britain's holiest places.

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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I am interested in holy sites, not as a scholar but as some one who is interested in the history as well as the religious significance of places. It is therefore lovely that someone has done all the hard work identifying them all for me! I know how to find them and the practical issues also of how to access. So thank you!
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