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A History of Religious Affairs Through 50 Years of Conversations and Controversies

by Amanda Hancox, Edward Stourton

Discover religion's impact on history and society with "Sunday" - a journey through Radio's landmark programme and its lasting significance.

  • For fans of Radio 4's Sunday

  • This book tells the history of the flagship religious show

  • You'll find thoughtful and insightful conversation throughout

  • Author

    Edward Stourton

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    SPCK Publishing

  • Published

    October 2023

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Sunday is Radio 4's flagship religious affairs programme, providing on-the-spot reporting, in-depth interviews and informed analysis of the major issues and their far-reaching developments, both in Britain and throughout the world.

Marking half a century of the programme, here are eyewitness accounts of landmark events, accompanied by astute critical reflection on their significance by Edward Stourton.

Set against an international backdrop of political, social and cultural upheavals, Sunday charts the events and their repercussions as they happened, and considers how they have changed the world as we see it today.

From popes and archbishops to the many ordinary Christians who have made a difference, from the rise of Islam to the decline in active church membership and the onslaught of the New Atheists, from internal battles between conservatives and liberals to engagement with issues of justice, peace and identity affecting people all over the world, Sunday will take you back to what it was like as these things emerged and evolved.

Sunday will enable you to see the role of religion in clearer and sharper focus, and to better appreciate its implications for our world, both now and in the future.

"Not much can get a humanist out of bed early on a Sunday morning but Radio 4's Sunday programme does the job. In this book some of the most revealing and compelling of its ever-insightful reports remind us of how lucky we are to have it still on air."

- Andrew Copson, Chief Executive, Humanists UK

"Essential reading for anyone attempting to grasp fully the historical and social complexities of the last few decades in which, despite the advance of secularism, faith still plays such a vital role."

- Ruth Gledhill, Assistant Editor, The Tablet and former religion editor for The Times

"Full of fascinating interviews and perceptive reportage, it’s nothing short of a social history of modern Britain, seen through the lens of religion, ethics and belief."

- Dilwar Hussain, Chair, New Horizons in British Islam

"Stimulating and refreshing. The BBC at its most fearless in covering the key issues of faith in Britain."

- Sir Simon Jenkins FSA, FRSL, author and journalist

"Powerfully illustrates the changing landscape of religion and demonstrates faith’s vital past and continuing relevance to some of the most important issues of the day."

- Chine McDonald, writer, broadcaster and director of Theos, the religion and society think tank

"Compelling insight and astute commentary on the politics, the commitment, and the hopes and the fears of people of faith and beyond over a fifty-year period."

- Baroness Neuberger DBE, Rabbi Emerita West London Synagogue

Edward Stourton has been the main presenter of Sunday since 2010. He has worked in broadcasting for more than forty years, and has been a foreign correspondent for the BBC, ITN and Channel Four. He was a newscaster on BBC1 for seven years, and one of the main presenters of Radio 4’s Today programme for ten. He regularly presents The World at One, The World this Weekend and Analysis, and has written and presented numerous documentaries for BBC television and radio. He is the author of 12 books and is a regular commentator on religious affairs for a wide range of national and religious newspapers.

Amanda Hancox is an award-winning producer who joined the BBC in the 1980s. She has produced a wide range of factual programmes for Radios 2, 3 and 4, BBC1 and BBC4. In 1999 she became the Executive Producer for the Religious Department at BBC World Service. From 2001 to 2020 she was Series Producer of Factual and Music for the BBC’s Religion and Ethics Radio Department and had editorial responsibility for a wide range of documentaries and programmes such as Good Morning Sunday, Beyond Belief and Sunday.


  • Author

    Edward Stourton

  • Book Format


  • Publisher

    SPCK Publishing

  • Published

    October 2023

  • Weight


  • Page Count


  • Dimensions

    164 x 234 x 15 mm

  • ISBN


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  • Eden Code


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  • Author/Creator: Edward Stourton

  • ISBN: 9780281087730

  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing

  • Release Date: October 2023

  • Weight: 704g

  • Dimensions: 164 x 234 x 15 mm

  • Eden Code: 6210296

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