Just before I left for Walsingham I treated myself to the trilogy of books known as the Lindchester Chronicles, by Catherine Fox, author and wife of the new Bishop of Sheffield. The trilogy is set in the fictional diocese of Lindchester and we meet, amongst others, the Bishop of Lindchester (Conservative Evangelical with a secret), Archdeacon Matt with his gingham clergy shirt and the former-chorister-gone-naughty-boy Freddie May.
All three books are extremely well written, and it is very obvious that the author is someone who knows quite a bit about the Church of England. The books cover everything from meetings with the Dean and Chapter of the Cathedral to the issues of homosexuality and clergy. As the books are all fairly recently written, Mrs Fox even manages to address the issues that arose after the CofE voted to allow women to the Episcopate a few years ago. The author’s descriptions of the Cathedral City of Lindchester and its surroundings are vivd enough that you can close your eyes and picture yourself standing there, looking at the Cathedral.
As someone who, until yesterday, had a rather lengthy commute, I managed to finish all three books (you have to love the Kindle!) in less than a week, which probably says all about how much I recommend them. They are by far the best books set in a Church environment I have read since Fr Greeley’s White Smoke.
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