'A golden harvest of fascinating and inspiring places. As always, Peter manages to wear his scholarship lightly [and] walk the tightrope over non-believers on one side and believers on the other ... This book deserves to be read widely'
'A terrific read: I felt I had been to all these places myself'
Lady Antonia Fraser
'A fascinating study which has taken me to places I’ve known, places I’ve known of, and places of which I’ve never heard. Above all I found the central thesis of the distinction and also interdependence of factual and metaphysical truths utterly convincing'
'The book’s best passages give the reader a sense of what makes these places unique … We are reminded that people can be drawn towards pilgrim shrines for reasons which have little to do with trends in the travel industry'