Bishop's widow pens memoire

The front cover of Jo Cundy's book

The front cover of Jo Cundy's book

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THE widow of a bishop who died of cancer has written a book about her experiences.

Jo Cundy’s husband Ian died in post as Bishop of Peterborough in May 2009, aged 64.

Bishop Cundy was warden of the Anglican training college Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, in Durham City, from 1983 to 1992.

Mrs Cundy now lives in Durham and launched her book, Letting Go of Ian: a faith journey through grief, in the city.

“This book is a story of life, love and loss, of journeying with God, and of sharing the thing we learn as we walk through the tough times in life,” she said.

Born in Dorset, Bishop Cundy worked in London and East Sussex before being made 37th Bishop of Peterborough in 1996.

His funeral in Peterborough Cathedral was attended by 1,300 mourners, including 26 bishops.

He had planned to retire to live in a cottage in Weardale, County Durham, which he and his wife bought in 1984.

A lecture series was established in his name at Cranmer Hall after his death.

The foreword to Letting Go of Ian was written by the Most Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

He writes: “The degree to which the book moved me is a reflection of Jo’s skill in drawing us into the journey she is travelling and the way in which the reality of God’s presence is demonstrated.”

Letting Go of Ian, published in paperback by Monarch, is available now priced £7.99. Copies can be ordered online from or bought at the Durham Cathedral bookshop.

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