Cathedrals of the Church of England - Directors Choice
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Cathedrals of the Church of England - Directors Choice

'England has no finer treasure than its cathedrals', writes the Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge, in his introduction to Cathedrals of the Church of England by Janet Gough, former Director of ChurchCare.

The book, which was officially launched on 23 June 2015 at St Paul’s Cathedral, is part of Scala Publisher's successful Director’s Choice series, in which the directors of leading arts or heritage bodies present their personal take on the treasures in their collections. Janet visited all 42 Church of England cathedrals in a year and the book presents a selection of her favourite memories and reflections from her journey. This light and portable art-quality paperback features short descriptions of each cathedral, and is illustrated with photographs including some specially commissioned images by Paul Barker, best known for his photographs over many years for Country Life.

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The text includes stories highlighting both the history and the contemporary life of each cathedral, from the murder of Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral to the recent interment of Richard III at Leicester Cathedral. It has been produced to celebrate the funding for cathedral building repairs provided over the last few years by the Wolfson Foundation and the Pilgrim Trust, and the Government’s award of £40 million to the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund. It is a celebration of the magnificence of cathedral buildings, and of their continuing importance to the social, economic and cultural life of the nation.

Cathedrals of the Church of England makes an ideal gift and can be bought in most cathedral shops across England, from all good bookshops and online from the Church House bookshop.  

Latest reviews include:

I stole this book from my wife thinking it may be a dusty little tome. It turned out to be the opposite. The cathedrals are amazing - the pictures beautiful - and the one page description per cathedral actually leaves you wanting more. Who knew Derby Cathedral was so beautiful? And why is the window in the Baptistry of Coventry Cathedral not a national monument? There is real art here - made accessible in this lovely little book. I think the author has cleverly majored on the photographs and minored on the text and thereby left us wanting more of both.