Richard Coles is an English musician, journalist and Church of England priest. 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 known for having been the multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band the Communards, which achieved three Top Ten hits, including the Number 1 record and best-selling single of 1986, a club/dance version of “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. He is the author of Fathomless Riches and Lives of the Improbable Saints. He lives in his parish of Finedon, Northamptonshire.
The hardback of Richard’s memoir entitled Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went From Pop to Pulpit was published in October 2014 and the paperback was published in September 2015. His second memoir Bringing in the Sheaves was published in October 2016.
LEGENDS OF THE IMPROBABLE SAINTS – buy it HERE.
Following the mass conversions sweeping Britain after the publication of Lives of the Improbable Saints, Dr Harrison and I thought it wise and expedient to retell yet more stories of the great ‘cloud of witnesses’ preserved in Christian tradition these two thousand years.’ Richard Coles Martyrs and miracle-workers, monks, mystics and murderers; each of these legendary saints – respectfully introduced by Richard Coles and affectionately illustrated by Ted Harrison – can, however improbable, prompt us to reflect on faith and devotion today. From St Edith of Wilton, who beat up the Devil, to St Eutychius of Phrygia, who fell asleep and dropped from a window ledge while listening to a sermon of the Apostle Paul, only to be raised from the dead, Revd Coles explores the Church’s most astonishing stories.
PUBLISHER: Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd
PUBLICATION DATE: 28th August 2013
BRINGING IN THE SHEAVES – Buy here
After a life of sex and drugs and the Communards – brilliantly recounted in the highly acclaimed first volume of his memoirs FATHOMLESS RICHES – the Reverend Richard Coles went on to devote his life to God and Christianity. He is also a much-loved broadcaster, presenting SATURDAY LIVE on Radio 4 and giving us regular reason to PAUSE FOR THOUGHT on Radio 2.
What is life like for the parson in Britain today? For centuries the Church calendar – and the Church minister – gave character and personality to British life. Today, however, as the shape of the year has become less distinct and faith no longer as privileged or persuasive, that figure has become far more marginal.
In BRINGING IN THE SHEAVES, Reverend Coles answers this question. From his ordination during the season of Petertide, through 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.
Written with extraordinary charm and erudition, BRINGING IN THE SHEAVES features a multitude of characters and events from parish life against a backdrop of the Christian calendar.
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publication Date: 6th October 2016
Publication date: 16th October 2014