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Tales of a Country Parish


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Rev Dr Colin Heber Percy is the parish priest for Pewsey, Wiltshire, as well as a screenwriter and author. His screenwriting work has won many awards and been shown all over the world. He has a PhD in medieval metaphysics and has lectured on spirituality, faith, film, and fiction. He lives in Wiltshire with his wife and three children.


'A delightful book from a gentle, generous spirit.' * SIMON RUSSELL BEALE *
'Philosophical speculation, country lore, rock music, spiritual exploration, erudite and beautifully written, this collection of reflections and meditations is a surprise and a delight. The kind of shot in the arm the Church of England badly needs - and is so rarely to be found.' * SALLEY VICKERS *
'Priests can make excellent chroniclers, having privileged access as they do to the minds and lives of others... Tales of a Country Parish is in this brave tradition. Immensely knowledgeable and curious, Colin Heber-Percy wears his deep learning lightly and his reflections are moving, compelling and insightful.' * Peter J. Conradi, author of Iris Murdoch: A Life, At the Bright Hem of God, Going Buddhist. *
'This hymn to a holy land has a Wordsworthian appreciation of nature and is full of humanity and wisdom.' * Sarah Sands, journalist and author of 'The Interior Silence' *
'Self-willed, eccentric, intimate... this book takes you into the mind of a man of intellect, deep tenderness, and above all, a passionate, life-sustaining Christian faith.' * Madeleine Bunting, journalist and author *
'A luminous, lyrical book, brimming with soul and the spirit of place.' * Bishop Andrew Rumsey, author of 'English Grounds' *
'Colin Heber-Percy's prose is flowing and he writes amusingly, perceptively and beautifully, especially about the countryside and human frailty.' -- Kate Green * Country Life *
'Best kept on the bedside table for a nightly dose of inspiration. But beware lest these apparently beguiling writings provoke you to sleeplessness.' -- Ysenda Maxtone Graham * The Oldie *
'Insightful... at times immensely funny... well larded, and serves as a reminder of the importance of a good parish priest.' -- Robert Leigh-Pemberton * Telegraph *
'An immersive experience of rural life... A book which shines with a sense of exploration and generosity towards others, drawing sustenance from myriad sources while remaining firmly in touch with chalk-encrusted feet searching lost downland tracks.' -- Richard Greatrex * Church Times *

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