Chosen - A Talk by Reverend Dr Giles Fraser

  • Venue

    Cathedral Nave

  • Time

    7:00 PM

  • Price


  • Book Tickets

Join us at Southwark Cathedral as Giles Fraser discusses his latest publication 'Chosen - Lost and Found between Christianity and Judaism'.

'A rare and extraordinary book - part autobiography, part religious reflection, part ghost story. It is that most improbable of books - a theological page-turner' Paul Vallely, author of Bad Samaritans.

It was one of the most startling moments in the modern history of the City of London. In 2011, the Occupy movement set up camp around St Paul's Cathedral. Giles Fraser, who was Canon Chancellor of the Cathedral, 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 Giles 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, Fraser 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.

Fraser calls this book 'a ghost story' and it is a book which is indeed filled with many ghosts. His search into his family's Jewish past makes this both a fascinating personal story and a wonderful piece of writing about the healing power of theology, in individual lives and across religious divides. It is a book about the deepest, most ancient elements in our culture, and the most modern and personal. It is throughout alive with the charm and intellectual vigour which have made Fraser such an admired and controversial preacher and broadcaster.

Signed copies of Chosen can be purchased in advance when you book your tickets as well as being available to buy on the evening. Due to current restrictions there will not be a book-signing after this event.

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. He is the author of Redeeming Nietzsche: On the Piety of Unbelief, How to Believe: Investigating Wittgenstein and Christianity with Attitude. 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.

Keeping you safe

Doors will open at 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start.

Social-distancing will be in place and seats will be set-up in a way to keep you safe. Please do not move seating but instead speak to a member of staff.

Please use the hand sanitiser provided when you enter the Cathedral.

It is mandatory that face covering are worn during the event unless you are exempt.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and can not be obtained on the door.


Should this event need to be cancelled due to a change in Covid-19 restrictions we will contact ticket-holders and issue a full refund.