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W&N Biography and Autobiography HB October £20.00 288pp 978 0 297 87030 2 eBook: £20.00 / 978 0 297 87031 9

From propitiating the gods of the sea to food fights with the Beastie Boys – it’s all in day’s work for the Reverend Richard Coles.

RICHARD COLES Fathomless Riches

The memoir of popular Radio 4 Saturday Live presenter The Reverend Richard Coles. Musician and journalist, Church of England priest and BBC radio presenter, The Reverend Richard Coles’ life is as varied as his CV suggests. Once best-known for being the multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band The Communards, whose single ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ was the bestselling single of 1986 and remains a rock classic, he has been the regular host of Radio 4’s Saturday Live since 2011. His memoir recounts the diverse life and interests of a nationally popular radio presenter. It takes the Christian calendar with its narrative of birth, death and renewal bound up with the progress from Advent to Christmas, from Lent to Easter, and uses it to illustrate life’s lessons via Richard’s own experiences over the course of his life and unique career. The result is one of the most readable and illuminating autobiographies of the year. The Reverend Richard Coles is the author of Lives of the Improbable Saints, a collection of two hundred colourful, bizarre and sometimes grotesque stories of the saints of Christian legend. Richard Coles was an inspiration for the character of Adam Smallbone (played by Tom Hollander) in BBC2’s sitcom Rev, and is one of the inspirations for Bridget’s gay friend Tom in Bridget Jones’ Diaries.

W&N Non-Fiction • October 2014

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Location: Finedon, Northants Available for interview @RevRichardColes