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After a life of sex and drugs and The Communards - brilliantly recounted in his highly acclaimed memoir Fathomless Riches - the Reverend Richard Coles went on to devote himself to God and Christianity. He is now the fifty-eighth Vicar of Finedon, in Northamptonshire, having previously served in parishes in London and Lincolnshire. He is also a much-loved broadcaster, presenting Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4 and giving us a regular reason to Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2. His latest book vividly describes what life is like for the parson in Britain today. From his ordination during Petertide, through the seasons of Advent and Christmas to Lent and Easter, he gives us a unique insight into his daily experience in the ministry, with all the joy, drama, difficulty and humour which life – and indeed death - serves up in varying measures.
‘The Church of England is all the better for having such a priest within its ranks.’ Literary Review
The Reverend Richard Coles is the presenter of Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4. He read Theology at King’s College London, and after ordination worked as a curate in Lincolnshire and subsequently at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge, in London. He is the UK’s only vicar to have had a number-one single (Don’t Leave Me This Way by The Communards, his and Jimmy Sommerville’s 80s pop duo). And as you may have noticed, he is also a competitor in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. Will he rise to Ann Widdecombe’s heights?!