Michele Guinness


Brought up in a practising Jewish family, and married to a retired Church of England minister, writer, regular broadcaster and speaker Michele Guinness worked in the UK media for many years. She retired to concentrate on writing and speaking and regularly contributes to local radio, and a number of magazines.

She has also written thirteen books. Her only novel, Archbishop, a thriller, set in 2024 tells the story of Vicky Burnham-Woods, the UK’s first female Archbishop of Canterbury. Her latest book, Grace, The Remarkable Life of Grace Grattan Guinness published in 2016, tells the story of her husband’s grandmother through her diaries, journals and letters.


Over the years Michele has written a number of books, looking at life from her uniquely Jewish perspective, with a large dollop of Jewish humour.

Her well-received debut novel, Archbishop became available in paperback in 2015.

Her latest book released in April 2021, The Contemporary Woman is an all-embracing, honest reflection on womanhood. Michele uses her own upbringing in the Jewish community to re-examine the views and counterviews on the role of women throughout the Christian tradition and culture, drawing inspiration from scripture, history and personal experience.


Peter’s retirement has meant the fulfilment of a lifelong ambition – to spend a great deal more time in France. Her book, Autumn Leave, was a diary of a three month sabbatical in 2006, spent setting up a new home there.

Many people asked for a sequel. Here it is in the form of a blog or spiritual journal, where Michele explores life torn between two cultures, managing five acres and the French, grandparenting, revamping a marriage with a man about the house all day, loves and losses, creaking joints, and moving slowly but inexorably from autumn towards winter.