The Book of the People

A. N. Wilson

RRP: £9.99

3 March 2016

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848879614

RRP: £17.99

7 May 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848879591

RRP: £9.49

7 May 2015

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781782396376

From one of our leading social and cultural historians comes a dazzling and original exploration of how, and why, we should still be reading the Bible, even if we no longer believe.

In The Book of the People, A. N. Wilson explores how readers and thinkers have approached the Bible over the centuries, and how it might be read today.

Charting his own relationship with the Bible over a lifetime of writing, this is a deeply personal look at the author’s faith and how it has shaped his life. Wilson believes that the Bible remains relevant even in a largely secular society, as a philosophical work, a work of literature and a cultural touchstone.

Erudite, witty and accessible, The Book of the People seeks to recast the Good Book as a vital work for our collective imagination.


Believe it or not, this is a work of genius
The Times

[Wilson's] voyage is a personal one, and it's well worth following because, apart from anything else, he has studied his subject with dedication and scholarship.
The Oldie

The Book of the People is a wide-ranging and richly stimulating enquiry into what the Bible is, what it means, how it works, and how hopelessly wrong the plodding fundamentalists of both atheist and religious persuasions are about it.
Sunday Times

Wilson's delightful and unexpectedly moving book is characterised by intellectual humility
New Statesman

Richly stimulating
The Sunday Times

It's rare to want a book to be longer....thought-provoking and never less than entertaining
Sunday Telegraph

An elegant and insightful book
The Independent

[A] fascinating and superbly researched biography
Mail on Sunday

An accessible guide to reading the Bible ... [A.N. Wilson] says difficult and challenging things in a light and easy way, and makes the reader feel that the Bible will be a delight rather than a burden to read.
Times Literary Supplement