‘In a 2016 poll, one in 10 Britons claimed to have experienced the presence of an angel, while one in three remain convinced that they have a guardian angel. These are huge numbers and mean that, on some counts, angels are doing better than God.’ Peter Stanford asks what exactly are angels, and why have so many in different times and contexts around the globe believed in them? What is their history and role in the great faiths and beyond their walls? Are angels something real, a manifestation of divine concern? Or part of the poetry of religion? And can they continue to illuminate a deeper truth about human existence and the cosmos?
‘an intriguing exploration of the many roles that angels have played in spiritual life.’ – Sunday Times
‘There is no better navigator through the space in which art, culture and spirituality meet than Peter Stanford’ Independent on Sunday
‘thought-provoking and wise study’ Guardian
‘comprehensive and scholarly and [Peter Stanford] writes like, well, an angel.’ Jewish Chronicle
Peter Stanford former editor of The Catholic Herald, writes for the Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Observer and The Tablet. He is director of the Longford Trust for Prison reform. His biography of Lord Longford was made into the BAFTA and Golden Globe winning film Longford, and he has presented TV versions on his other books including Channel 4’s award winning Catholics and Sex. Other books include What We Talk About When We Talk About Faith, The Devil, Martin Luther and Judas that featured in our 2015 Festival.