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that-was-the-church-that-wasThat Was the Church that Was by Andrew Brown and Linda Woodhead (Bloomsbury Continuum, £16.99)

One of the most perplexing comedy successes of recent years was Rev, a BBC sitcom about an inner-city Church of England vicar. The puzzling thing about Rev was not that Anglicanism should be satirised—the Church of England itself had been doing that for decades—but that an audience existed that was familiar enough with Anglicanism to get the joke.

In their devastating, witty and—for anyone who has ever tried to love the C of E—profoundly melancholy critique, the…

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