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In a recent poll of 2000 people in Britain, one in ten reported they had experienced the presence of an angel. And one in three believed they had a guardian angel (including one in six atheists). These are significant numbers and shouldn't be shrugged off. They mean that, on some counts, angels are actually faring better than God. Only 23 per cent of those in Britain describe themselves as very or fairly religious. While belief in God is on the wane, then, belief in angels is flying high. We are, in the words of the Robbie Williams' song, loving angels instead. Why£

That is the question my new book, Angels: A Visible and Invisible History, published in March 2019 by Hodder, with the paperback out in October 2020, tries to answer. What is the appeal of angels over and above institutional religion£ What is it about guardian angels that gives so many so much comfort when God doesn't or can't£ And what does our continuing dependence on them tell us about ourselves in an otherwise secular, sceptical world£

To understand why, I look back through millennia, in all the major faith, to angels and angel-like figures who have been there at moments of crisis to answer the specific needs of that moment. And to the angels that are so present in the speculations of the medieval Christian angelologists, or in the pages of the Qu'ran, or in the Jewish mystical tradition, the Kabbalah, as well as in the art of the Renaissance, the writings of Milton, John Dee and Swedenborg, and in the parallel universe created by the genius that is William Blake, who image of them features on the cover of the book.

To order your copy of Angels, follow this link.  Or you can hear a sample of the audiobook version, with me reading, here.

Or for events where I will be talking about the book, look here.


If you can't make any of the events where I will talk about Angels, or if you are thinking about getting a copy but aren't sure, why not listen to a 20-minute chat I had on the subject with Ed Thornton for the Church Times podcast.

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