THAT WAS THE CHURCH THAT WAS
How the Church of England Lost the English People

ANDREW BROWN and LINDA WOODHEAD
288pp 2017 LIST PRICE: £12.99 (P) P715

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The Church of England still seemed an essential part of Englishness, and even of the British state, when Mrs Thatcher was elected in 1979. The decades which followed saw a seismic shift in the foundations of the C of E, leading to the loss of more than half its members and much of its influence. In England today ‘religion’ has become a toxic brand, and Anglicanism something done by other people. Is there any way back? This ‘relentlessly honest’ book tells the contentious story of the disappearance of the Church of England from the centre of public life.

Devastating, witty and . . . profoundly melancholy. PROSPECT