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Peter Stanford is a British writer, editor, journalist, and presenter. He writes for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and The Independent on Sunday. He was editor of The Catholic Herald, and a regular contributor to the New Statesman. He has written many books, mainly biographies and books about religion.


Early life and education

Stanford attended St Anselm's College, Birkenhead, an Irish Christian Brothers school.

Editor of The Catholic Herald

Peter Stanford was editor of The Catholic Herald, but was forced to resign in 1992 because of a book he co-wrote with Kate Saunders, Catholics and Sex (1992).[1][2] Stanford and Saunders later presented a television series based on the book on Channel 4.[3]




Peter Stanford has written many books since leaving The Catholic Herald.

In the 1990s, Stanford wrote:

  • Cardinal Hume (1993) [4] a biography of Basil Cardinal Hume
  • Lord Longford (1994) [5] a biography of Lord Longford, the British Labour Party politician and penal reform campaigner
  • Co-wrote (with Gerard Noel) The Anatomy of the Catholic Church (1994) [6]
  • Co-wrote (with Leanda de Lisle) The Catholics and their Houses (1995) [7]
  • The Devil (1996)[8], which was later made into a television series[3]
  • The She-Pope (1998)[9], an investigation into the legend of Pope Joan
  • Bronwen Astor (1999)[10] a biography of Bronwen Astor
  • The Legend of Pope Joan (1999) [11]
  • Faith (2000)[12]
  • Lord Longford's Prison Diary (Editor) (2000)[13]
  • Heaven (2002)[14]
  • The Outcasts' Outcast (2003)[15], a new biography of Lord Longford
  • Why I am still a Catholic (Editor) (2005)[16]
  • C Day-Lewis, [17] [3]

Several of Stanford's books have been published in the United States as well as in Great Britain, and some of his books have been translated into German.



  • Peter Stanford is the Director of the "Frank Longford Charitable Trust", and one of the judges of The Longford Prize. He is also chairman of the disability charity, "Aspire".[3]


  1. ^ Hebblethwaite, Peter (1993-02-26). "Lorenzo's sister edits Catholic paper". National Catholic Reporter.  
  2. ^ Saunders, Kate; Stanford, Peter (1992). Catholics and Sex: From Purity to Perdition. London: William Heinemann. ISBN 0-434-67246-7.  
  3. ^ a b c d e "Stanford, Peter". AP Watt. Retrieved 2006-11-27.  
  4. ^ Stanford, Peter (1993). Cardinal Hume: And the Changing Face of English Catholicism. London: Geoffrey Chapman Publishers. ISBN 0-225-66658-8.  
  5. ^ Stanford, Peter (1994). Lord Longford: A Life. London: William Heinemann. ISBN 0-434-73516-7.  
  6. ^ Noel, Gerard; Stanford, Peter (1994). The Anatomy of the Catholic Church: Before and since John Paul II. Norwich: Michael Russell Publishing. ISBN 0-85955-203-9.  
  7. ^ de Lisle, Leanda; Stanford, Peter (1995). The Catholics and their Houses. London: Harper Collins. ISBN 0-00-627924-4.  
  8. ^ Stanford, Peter (1997). The Devil: A Biography. New York: Henry Holt & Co. ISBN 0-8050-3082-4.  
  9. ^ Stanford, Peter (1998). The She-Pope: A Quest for the Truth behind the Mystery of Pope Joan. London: Heineman. ISBN ISBN 0-434-02458-9.  
  10. ^ Stanford, Peter (1999). Bronwen Astor: Her Life and Times. London: Harper Collins. ISBN 0-00-255839-4.  
  11. ^ Stanford, Peter (1999). The Legend of Pope Joan: In Search of the Truth. New York: Henry Holt & Co. ISBN 0-8050-3910-4.  
  12. ^ Stanford, Peter (2000). Faith: A Journey With Those Who Believe. London: Art Books Intl. Ltd. ISBN 0-9536756-2-9.  
  13. ^ Longford, Lord (2000). Lord Longford's Prison Diary. Oxford: Lion Pub. ISBN 0-7459-5001-9.  
  14. ^ Stanford, Peter (2002). Heaven: A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country. London: Harper Collins. ISBN 0-00-257101-3.  
  15. ^ Stanford, Peter (2003). The Outcasts' Outcast: A Biography of Lord Longford. Stroud: Sutton Publishing. ISBN 0-7509-3248-1.  
  16. ^ Stanford, Peter (2005). Why I am still a Catholic: Essays in Faith and Perseverance. London: Continuum Intl. ISBN 0-8264-8577-4.  
  17. ^ Stanford, Peter (2007). C Day-Lewis. London: Continuum Intl. ISBN 0-82-648603-7.  
  18. ^ "NS Library: Peter Stanford". New Statesman. Retrieved 2006-11-25.  

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