Simon Heffer

This House of Worship

A Little History of the English Country Church

By

Jonathan Cape 320pp £16.99 order from our bookshop

The title of this riveting book is mildly misleading. Sir Roy Strong certainly does give us a history – little only in size – of the English country church, but in doing so he gives us far more besides. He tells the story of the church in England and, when the time comes, of the Church of England too. Strong writes as a believer and, given his conservative take on the past in so much of the rest of his writing, surprises with his pronounced lack of conservatism regarding the development of the Anglican rite. It is all too often left to atheists like your reviewer to seek to uphold the beauty of the 1662 Prayer Book and the King James Bible, while believers like Strong argue for progress.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • What a charming, candid blogpost from one of our dear contributing editors. ,
    • RT : The first guess from one of my 1st graders was “death” and such an awed, somber, reflective hush fell over the clas… ,
    • Merry Christmas from Literary Review! Hope your stockings were laden with books, and the tree bending under the weight of further books....,
    • Last minute Christmas gift required? We're offering discounts on all our subscriptions (20% no less!) with the cod… ,
    • In this issue's 'Silenced Voices', Lucy Popescu writes of Thailand's restrictive lese-majesty laws and their latest… ,
    • "Gunn was a disciple of the American formalist Yvor Winters, but Winters’s poetry could never give off such a scent… ,
    • Christmas gift hunting? Why not give the gift of being even better read? We're offering discounts on all our subscr… ,