Parish priest Nick Flint, an eighth generation Lewesian, has writted and illustrated a new Sussex book.
Cautionary Pilgrim: Walking Backwards With Belloc has been described as “an affectionate travelogue, punctuated with delightful drawings”.
During the course of writing the book Nick discovered he is distantly related to Mad Jack Fuller, the eccentric 19th century squire of Brightling fame.
His home town is strongly featured in Cautionary Pilgrim, though Nick is now Rector of Rusper in West Sussex.
He beleives he is the first literary rector in the village since his predecessor in 1919 caused something of a scandal when he penned Five Years’ Hell in a Country Parish.
Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early 20th century. The ‘Sussex Poet Laureate’ wanted to be remembered for his verse and will always be associated with the poems he wrote expressing his love for his adopted county.
Satirist and comedian John Bird said Cautionary Pilgrim “had an extraordinary atmosphere”, while Malcolm Guite, author of Faith, Hope and Poetry and Sounding The Seasons, said it was “soaked in the lore and animated by the Spirit of Belloc”.
Christopher Winn, author of the I Never Knew That ... books (now a TV series), described it as “a work of engaging wit and style”.
Priced at £8.50, it is being published by Country Books. Call 01629 640670 for further details.
Nick, a parish priest in the Church of England for 25 years, is married with one daughter.