England's Thousand Best Churches

England's Thousand Best Churches


By (author) Simon Jenkins, By (photographer) Paul Barker

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 992 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 42mm | 697g
  • Publication date: 2 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141039302
  • ISBN 13: 9780141039305
  • Illustrations note: 16 pp colour inset
  • Sales rank: 188,099

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Simon Jenkins has travelled the length and breadth of England to select its thousand best churches. Organised by county, each church is described - often with delightful asides - and given a star-rating from one to five. All of the county sections are prefaced by a map locating each church, and lavishly illustrated with colour photos from the Country Life archive. Jenkins contends that these churches house a gallery of vernacular art without equal in the world. Here, he brings that museum to public attention.

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Author information

Simon Jenkins is chairman of the National Trust and one of Britain's most prominent journalists. He currently writes for the Sunday Times and the Guardian and has edited both the Evening Standard and The Times. He is the author of many books on politics, history and architecture, including most recently Thatcher and Sons. He was knighted in 2004 and made chairman of the National Trust in July 2008.

Review quote

'Marvellous ! this is a book to be kept by the bed or, better still, in the car. A constant excuse to leave the bold highway and let the imagination, body and soul wander a little' - Anna Ford, Daily Telegraph 'Every house in England should have a copy of this book' - Auberon Waugh, Literary Review 'Just to look at it reawakens an atavistic urge to tread where our ancestors have trod, to seek out the treasures that they have left us ! the perfect guide' - Clive Aslet, Country Life