In 2011, the Occupy movement set up camp around St Paul's Cathedral. Giles Fraser, who was Canon Chancellor of the Cathedral at the time, gave them his support. It ended in disaster.  

This remarkable book is the story of the personal crisis that followed, and its surprising consequences. As Fraser found himself crushed between the forces of protest, the needs of the church and the implacable City of London, he resigned and was plunged into depression.  As his life fell apart and he battled with ideas of suicide, he found himself by chance one day in Liverpool, outside the great Victorian synagogue once presided over by a distant ancestor. Suddenly he realized that there was a great deal he did not know about himself, about his relatives and about his Jewish roots.

Giles Fraser is a parish priest at St Mary, Newington in South London. He has been a Lecturer in Philosophy and chaplain at Wadham College, Oxford, and Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral.  For some years he wrote the 'Loose Canon' column in the Guardian and is a regular broadcaster on The Moral Maze and Thought for the Day on Radio 4. 

Chaired by Will Pym

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