BRENDAN LEHANE has lived in Dorset for over 35 years, with long interludes in Ireland, the subject of much of his writing. He has contributed innumerable articles to the Telegraph Magazine, Cornhill Magaazine, Harper’s, Country Life, The Sunday Times and other publications.His books include Early Celtic Christianity, The Companion Guide to Ireland, Dublin. History of Ireland, Wild Ireland, The North-West Passage, The Compleat Flea, The Power of Plants. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Churches have been a lifelong interest.