Sinners and Saints

Michael Seed, Noel Botham

Sinners and Saints

Father Michael Seed has been at the privileged centre of events for a quarter of a century, and has played a uniquely influential role. In this memoir Britain's 'priest to the stars' covers his encounters with some of the most prominent political and public figures of a generation, and gives a rare glimpse of behind-the-scenes events in the corridors of power. His remarkable disclosures of life at the top, in parliament, palace and church, are revealed through a series of hilarious anecdotes that will have you laughing out loud. For years he secretly gave Mass to the Blairs in Dowing Street, initially slipping in through a rear, ground floor window, before it was leaked to the press in 2006. His has been a turbulent ride through life, denounced and envied by those who dislike his champagne style of Catholicism, loved by those who declare him a saint, and so admired by The Times that it demanded he be instantly made a bishop. His friendship with people like best chum Ann Widdecombe, Alan Clark, the Dutchess of Argyll, Lord Longford, George Carman QC, John Paul Getty, the Duke of Norfolk, a host of royals and half a dozen prime ministers, has left little room for dullness. His insights into life in Westminster Cathedral and with Cardinal Basil Hume make all religion based television sitcoms seem deadly boring by comparison with the real thing. 1.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Sinners and Saints

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Biography, Religion & Spirituality
Format Hardback
Pages 288
RRP £16.99
Date of Publication July 2009
ISBN 978-1844547708
Publisher Metro Publishing
 

Father Michael Seed has been at the privileged centre of events for a quarter of a century, and has played a uniquely influential role. In this memoir Britain's 'priest to the stars' covers his encounters with some of the most prominent political and public figures of a generation, and gives a rare glimpse of behind-the-scenes events in the corridors of power. His remarkable disclosures of life at the top, in parliament, palace and church, are revealed through a series of hilarious anecdotes that will have you laughing out loud. For years he secretly gave Mass to the Blairs in Dowing Street, initially slipping in through a rear, ground floor window, before it was leaked to the press in 2006. His has been a turbulent ride through life, denounced and envied by those who dislike his champagne style of Catholicism, loved by those who declare him a saint, and so admired by The Times that it demanded he be instantly made a bishop. His friendship with people like best chum Ann Widdecombe, Alan Clark, the Dutchess of Argyll, Lord Longford, George Carman QC, John Paul Getty, the Duke of Norfolk, a host of royals and half a dozen prime ministers, has left little room for dullness. His insights into life in Westminster Cathedral and with Cardinal Basil Hume make all religion based television sitcoms seem deadly boring by comparison with the real thing.

Reviews

The Daily Telegraph

Christopher Howse

Which is the ventriloquist and which the dummy? Botham, the journalist who revealed that Hughie Green was the father of Paula Yates, numbers among his books The Murder of Princess Diana (non-fiction). Does the lingering fascination of Sinners and Saints with awful people reflect his preferences or Fr Seed’s vocation to befriend celebrities in anguish?

14/08/2009

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The Observer

AN Wilson

One of the fascinations of this book, which manages to be repulsive and ridiculous, is the question it poses about the author himself. What impression does he think he is creating, for example, by the cringe-making cheekiness of the chapter headings – "Mother Teresa Comes A-Callin'", "When the President Patted the Queen's Rump" and so on.

02/08/2009

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