Dean of Salisbury, the Very Reverend Nick Papadopulos, has become one of Salisbury’s newest authors with the publication of his book The Infernal Word: Notes from a Rebel Angel.

Around 250 gathered after Evensong on Tuesday, December 5 to join the Dean in his launch of the book, which retells a collection of 12 Bible stories from the perspective of an angel who joined Lucifer in his rebellion against God.

Salisbury Journal: The Dean and his new bookThe Dean and his new book (Image: Finnbarr Webster)

Historian, author and podcaster Tom Holland of Broad Chalke, known for the radio series Making History and The Rest is History podcast, said the book was “witty and learned” while the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby called it “deceptively simple; profoundly insightful; immensely entertaining”.

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Salisbury Journal: The Dean signs copies of his new bookThe Dean signs copies of his new book (Image: Finnbarr Webster)

The event began with a 40-minute talk and 10-minute Q&A session with Revd Papadopulos presented by Canon Tim Daykin, a former broadcaster and member of the Salisbury Cathedral Chapter, followed by a book signing for which 130 people queued.

Revd Papadopulos said: “The evening was everything I could have wished for: relaxed, fun, and yet purposeful. Just like the book - I hope. I was very touched by the number of people who turned out on a chilly December evening to join us.”