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

A. N. Wilson has been thinking about the Bible, and reading it, since he read theology for a year at university. Martin Luther King was ‘reading the Bible’ when he started the Civil Rights movement. When Michelangelo painted the fresco cycles in the Sistine Chapel, he was ‘reading the Bible’. In The Book of the People A. N. Wilson explores how readers and thinkers have approached the Bible, and how it might be read today. Charting his own relationship with the Bible over a lifetime of writing, Wilson argues that it remains relevant even in a largely secular society, as a philosophical work, a work of literature and a cultural touchstone that the western world has answered to for nearly two thousand years. He challenges the way fundamentalists – whether believers or non-believers – have misused the Bible, either by neglecting and failing to recognize its cultural significance, or by using it as a weapon against those with whom they disagree. Erudite, witty and accessible, The Book of the People seeks to reclaim the Good Book as our seminal work of literature, and a book for the 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