Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went From Pop to Pulpit (Hardback)Richard Coles (author)
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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.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 555 g
Dimensions: 241 x 159 x 27 mm
Sex, drugs, death, religion, more sex, many more deaths - it has got it all. Like a sparkling old-style chasuble worn by a Spanish priest, it is difficult to ignore -- Chris Bryant * GUARDIAN *
He writes with charm and erudition and his take on 1980s Britain is fascinating -- Virginia Blackburn * SUNDAY EXPRESS *
Beautifully written, disarmingly frank and utterly charming -- James Delingpole * MAIL ON SUNDAY *
Richard's devastating honesty makes his journey from gay pop-star to celibate parish priest comprehensible even to atheists -- Linda Grant
[O]ne of the most readable memoirs of 2014 -- Helen Davies * SUNDAY TIMES - Books of the Year 2014 *
It is a tale of redemption and of a sinner come to transformation... The Church of England is all the better for having such a priest within its ranks. -- Stephen Bates * LITERARY REVIEW *
Full of wit and humour about finding god, and Jimmy Somerville. -- Katy Guest * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY - Books of the Year 2014 *
Richard Coles has achieved a rare thing in writing an astonishingly honest autobiography, which, alongside the sex and drugs, presents Christian faith in a way that will surely be invitingly intriguing to an audience well beyond the church. ..An immensely enjoyable memoir, whether a reader's primary interest is the music industry, the impact of AIDS, the Church of England, or a wonderfully Anglican combination of all three. -- The Revd Christopher Landau * CHURCH TIMES *
Witty, honest and - no pun intended - irreverent, it is very much a personal and at times hearbreaking account about what it was like ot be day during the period with a bit of pop-world gossip thrown in as well. Readable to say the least. * MORNING STAR *
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