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Graham Greene complained that Catholicism in Britain produced eccentrics when it should have produced revolutionaries. Sewell shows how there have been both. Courageous Catholics have been changing things slowly and subtly in favour of a more Christian culture. Sewell makes his point well. His section on Chesterton and Belloc is good, as is his coverage of Catholics in politics and journalism. The book is marred however by an unbalanced emphasis and a narrow vision. Sewell spends too much time on individuals and issues, and sometimes misses the big picture. He tries to show the growing cultural influence of Catholics, yet little is said of Catholics in music, the fine arts and academia. There is only passing reference to Catholics in television, film or popular writing. There are entertaining chapters on wonderfully eccentric Catholics, but scarcely a mention of the many Catholic charities and pressure groups, which are staffed by hard-working ordinary people. Like many books by journalists, this is an impressionistic work. It is sparkling and entertaining, very good in parts, but more an interesting overview than a comprehensive study. --Dwight Longenecker
"Sewell scores well in his command of history, better in his turn of phrase, and best of all in his delightful vignettes of prominent Catholics" Peter Stanford in The Independent
"This articulate, challenging and often impassioned book, gives a provocative account of the Catholic church in Britain today" Harpers and Queen
"Sewell is excellent at evoking the cultural life of Catholics and what it feels like to be inside the Catholic ghetto" Literary Review
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