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.
The sewage farm south of Luton Airport Parkway seems unusually lively with insect life this afternoon.
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
FATHOMLESS RICHES: OR HOW I WENT FROM POP TO PULPIT — Buy it here
The memoir of popular BBC Radio 4 SATURDAY LIVE presenter, the Reverend Richard Coles.
The Reverend Richard Coles is a parish priest in Northamptonshire and a regular host of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. He is also the only vicar in Britain to have had a number 1 hit single: the Communards’ ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ topped the charts for four weeks and was the biggest-selling single of its year. Fathomless Riches is his remarkable memoir in which he divulges with searing honesty and intimacy his pilgrimage from a rock-and-roll life of sex and drugs to a life devoted to God and Christianity.
Music is where it began. Richard Coles was head chorister at school, and later discovered a love of saxophone together with the magic of Jimmy Somerville’s voice. Against a backdrop of intense sexual and political awakening, the Communards were formed, and Richard Coles’s life as a rock star began.
Fathomless Riches – a phrase characteristic of St Paul and his followers – is a deeply personal and illuminating account of a transformation from hedonistic self-abandonment to ‘the moment that changed everything’. Funny, warm, witty and wise, it is a memoir which has the power to shock as well as to console. It will be hailed as one of the most unusual and readable life stories of recent times.
PUBLICATION DATE: 16 October 2014