Richard Taylor (British writer)

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Richard Taylor giving a talk in Gamalero, Italy.
Italy, August 2011

Richard Taylor (born 1967) is a British author, television presenter and practising lawyer best known for his books and television programmes on Christian imagery and symbolism.

Biography[edit]

Taylor was born in London, where he attended Highgate School. He took degrees in English at St Catherine's College, Oxford and law at the London School of Economics.[1]

Taylor lives in Ranmoor, Sheffield with his wife and daughter (born 2001).[2] He is a partner specialising in technology and intellectual property at law firm DLA Piper in Sheffield,[3] and until 2012 was the IP/IT columnist for the Law Society Gazette.[4]

Taylor is also the Vice-President of the National Churches Trust.[5]

Writings and presenting[edit]

His book How to Read a Church has sold over 100,000 copies and been translated into five languages.[6] He is the writer and presenter of the six-part BBC Four series Churches: How to Read Them broadcast in September and October 2010.[7] Since 2014 he has been a guest presenter for BBC Songs of Praise presenting items on authors and churches including Chaucer, Shakespeare and Austen.[8]

He has presented "Still ringing after all these years: a short history of bells" [9] and "Pugin: God's own architect" (2012) [10] also on BBC Four.

Bibliography[edit]

  • How to Read a Church. A guide to images symbols and meanings in churches and cathedrals, Rider, 2003 ISBN 1-84413-053-3
  • How to Read a Church. Illustrated Edition, Rider, 2004 ISBN 1-84413-238-2
  • How to Read an English Garden, Ebury, 2006 (co-author with Andrew Eburne) ISBN 0-09-190900-7
  • How to Read a Church. Pocket Guide, Rider, 2007 ISBN 1-84604-073-6
  • Secrets of The National Archives: The stories behind the letters and documents of our past, Ebury, 2014 ISBN 978-0091943356

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