Peter Stanford Biography

Peter Stanford is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. His books include biographies of the Labour Cabinet minister and penal reformer, Lord Longford; the Poet Laureate, C Day-Lewis; Bronwen Astor; and Cardinal Basil Hume. His writings on the history, theology and cultural significance of religious ideas range from Martin Luther: Catholic DissidentThe Devil: A Biography, Heaven: A Traveller's Guide and The She-Pope: The Legend of Pope Joan to Catholics and Sex, The Extra Mile, a look at pilgrimage in the 21st century, How To Read a Graveyard and Judas: The Troubling History of the Renegade Apostle. His books have been translated into eleven languages. His latest book, published by Hodder & Stoughton on March 7, 2019, is Angels: A Visible and Invisible History.

A former editor of the Catholic Herald (1988-1992), he writes features for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph titles and is a columnist in the Tablet and Third Sector magazines. Click here and here for links to his recent journalism. 

He has presented television and radio documentaries including the award-winning Channel 4 series, Catholics and Sex, BBC 1's The She Pope, Channel 5's The Mission and has appeared as a regular panelist on the BBC's The Moral Maze, Vice or Virtue£ and FutureWatch. He was one of the BBC commentary team for the papal visit to Britain in 2010. His biography of Lord Longford was the basis for Channel 4's 2006 multi-award winning drama, Longford

Born in 1961 and raised in Birkenhead, he was chair of the spinal injuries charity, Aspire, for 20 years until September 2011. He is director of the Longford Trust for penal reform, and a patron of Ways With Words and CandoCo Dance Company.  In 2015 he was a member of the government-commissioned review panel headed by Dame Sally Coates into prison education. 

He lives in London with his wife, and their two children. 

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