Tales of a Country Parish

From the vicar of Savernake Forest

by Colin Heber-Percy

  • Published: 10 Feb 2022
  • Price: 12.99
  • Format: B Format Hardback
  • ISBN: 9781780724973
  • Short Books territories:
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‘A delightful book from a gentle, generous spirit.’ – SIMON RUSSELL BEALE

During the unprecedented circumstances of Spring 2020, Colin Heber Percy began writing a daily newsletter of reflections and uplifting stories to stay in touch with his parishioners. Word spread, and soon his bulletins were being eagerly consumed by readers around the country and beyond.

In this thought-provoking and invigorating book, Heber-Percy draws upon a kaleidoscopic knowledge of nature, philosophy, poetry and music, as well as religious writings, and interlaces them with amusing and touching vignettes from his Wiltshire parish.

As he follows the changing seasons, Heber-Percy moves from the seemingly small and mundane to ponder big life questions – can you find heaven in a Londis shop, why is the Bible not like the Highway Code, what on earth we are all doing here – while gently offering up wisdom and sustenance for all, regardless of faith and creed.

“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, author of 'The Gardener' and 'Grandmothers'
“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 of 'Labours of Love'

About Colin Heber-Percy

Rev Dr Colin Heber-Percy is the parish priest for Savernake Forest, 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.