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Faithful Witness Reviews

Faithful Witness by The Revd Robert Beaken

Faithful Witness: The Confidential Diaries of Alan Don, Chaplain to the King, the Archbishop and the Speaker, 1931-1946, with a foreword by Archbishop Justin Welby

The Revd Robert Beaken

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Imprint: SPCK Publishing
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Publication date: 30 Sep 2020
ISBN: 9780281083985

The fascinating diaries of a perceptive eyewitness to the historic events of the 1930s and 40s - including the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936, the coronation of George VI in 1937, the rise of Hitler and the war with Germany of 1939-45

2 stars out of 5
Simon Heffer
14 Mar 2021

"rather than juicy gossip he gives us accidental laughs"

The bursts of All Gas and Gaiters that pepper its pages sometimes verge on the preposterous, such as when Don’s predecessor as Speaker’s Chaplain forgot which king he was praying for, and was invited to resign. But it also reminds us of a time when the Church of England was the Tory party at prayer, and not the Left-wing gynocracy into which it has been transformed in recent times, before attaining full flaccidity under Archbishop Welby. As such it is a period piece, and should be judged as such. For a quiet chuckle in an armchair by the fire after luncheon on the Lord’s Day, these diaries are just about perfect.