The Red Dean

The Red Dean

Local author wins Archbishop’s accolade

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The latest book from Canterbury based author John Butler has been selected by Archbishop Rowan Williams as his Book of the Year in New Statesman magazine.
He says of “The Red Dean of Canterbury: The Public and Private faces of Hewlett Johnson” This is a first class biography of Hewlett Johnson, dean of Canterbury for several decades, champion of Stalin and thorn in the flesh of successive archbishops… Butler gives us a finely nuanced picture of a not wholly sympathetic personality, using lots of hitherto unquarried sources.

I am delighted to hear of Rowan Williams’ choice and I feel honoured that my book has been singled out in this way. I hope many people will now enjoy this candid portrait of an extraordinary man and his career deserves to be seen in a new light.

The author, John Butler

The proceeds from the book are going to the Canterbury Cathedral Trust which raises money for the conservation and development of Canterbury Cathedral. It is published by Scala and signed copies are available from Canterbury Cathedral Shop at 25 Burgate, Canterbury, 01227 865300 or on-line here

New Statesman – Book of the Year 2011 – The Red Dean