Richard Coles - Author

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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 author of Lives of the Improbable Saints and lives in his parish of Finedon, Northamptonshire.

Featured books by Richard Coles

Fathomless Riches

Fathomless Riches

Author: Richard Coles Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/10/2014

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.

Other books by Richard Coles

Bringing in the Sheaves Wheat and Chaff from My Years as a Priest

Bringing in the Sheaves Wheat and Chaff from My Years as a Priest

Author: Richard Coles Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

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.

Fathomless Riches Or How I Went From Pop to Pulpit

Fathomless Riches Or How I Went From Pop to Pulpit

Author: Richard Coles Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/09/2015

The memoir of popular BBC Radio 4 SATURDAY LIVE presenter and former member of the Communards, the Reverend Richard Coles. 'I love @RevRichardColes SO MUCH' Caitlin Moran FATHOMLESS RICHES is the Reverend Richard Coles's warm, witty and wise memoir in which he divulges with searing honesty and intimacy his pilgrimage from a rock-and-roll life of sex and drugs in the Communards to one devoted to God and Christianity. The result is one of the most unusual and readable life stories of recent times, and has the power to shock as well as to console.

Landscape, Well-Being and Environment

Landscape, Well-Being and Environment

Author: Richard Coles Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2013

Well-being is now firmly established as an overarching theme of key concern to all professionals that work, manage or design the environment. However, well-being is a complex multi-dimensional issue rooted in the ways that we encounter, perceive and interpret the environment. No single discipline can claim to have sufficient knowledge to fully explain the types of interactions that occur, therefore there is a need to draw together a wide range of professions who are exploring the consequences of their actions upon the well-being of individuals and communities. This edited work addresses the above, consisting of a collection of studies which embrace different aspects of environment, landscape and well-being to consider current approaches to well-being research and practice that fall outside the traditional concepts of well-being as part of medical research, making links with architecture, landscape design, environmental perception, social interaction and environmental sustainability. The contributors originally presented at the international conference, `Well-Being 2011' jointly hosted by Birmingham City University and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); the chapters have been developed to present a coherent series of themes reviewing a wide range of literature, presenting case studies appropriate to diverse audiences.

Landscape, Well-Being and Environment

Landscape, Well-Being and Environment

Author: Richard Coles Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/10/2013

Well-being is now firmly established as an overarching theme of key concern to all professionals that work, manage or design the environment. However, well-being is a complex multi-dimensional issue rooted in the ways that we encounter, perceive and interpret the environment. No single discipline can claim to have sufficient knowledge to fully explain the types of interactions that occur, therefore there is a need to draw together a wide range of professions who are exploring the consequences of their actions upon the well-being of individuals and communities. This edited work addresses the above, consisting of a collection of studies which embrace different aspects of environment, landscape and well-being to consider current approaches to well-being research and practice that fall outside the traditional concepts of well-being as part of medical research, making links with architecture, landscape design, environmental perception, social interaction and environmental sustainability. The contributors originally presented at the international conference, `Well-Being 2011' jointly hosted by Birmingham City University and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); the chapters have been developed to present a coherent series of themes reviewing a wide range of literature, presenting case studies appropriate to diverse audiences.

Legends of the Improbable Saints

Legends of the Improbable Saints

Author: Richard Coles Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/08/2013

`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, here are 180 more astonishing stories of the saints of Christian legend.

Lives of the Improbable Saints

Lives of the Improbable Saints

Author: Richard Coles Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/10/2012

From St Fillan of Munster, patron saint of the mentally ill, who read by the light of his miraculously glowing arm, to Santa Lucia, who tore out her eyes to dismiss the lascivious attentions of her would-be husband, here are nearly two hundred classic stories of the saints of Christian legend. Richard Coles, former half of 80s pop duo The Communards, now a Church of England priest and presenter of Radio 4's Saturday Live, has collected these wonderful tales from around the world. Despite their bizarre, colourful and sometimes grotesque stories, many of these saints are still celebrated and prayed to today. Every page illustrated by cartoonist Ted Harrison, giving the book a saintly Horrible Histories feel.

Food and Beverage Packaging Technology

Food and Beverage Packaging Technology

Author: Richard Coles, Mark J. Kirwan Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/04/2011

Now in a fully revised and updated second edition, this volume provides a contemporary overview of food processing/packaging technologies. It acquaints the reader with food preservation processes, shelf life and logistical considerations, as well as packaging materials, machines and processes necessary for a wide range of packaging presentations. The new edition addresses environmental and sustainability concerns, and also examines applications of emerging technologies such as RFID and nanotechnology. It is directed at packaging technologists, those involved in the design and development of packaging, users of packaging in food companies and those who specify or purchase packaging. Key Features:* An up-to-date and comprehensive handbook on the most important sector of packaging technology* Links methods of food preservation to the packaging requirements of the common types of food and the available food packages* Covers all the key packaging materials - glass, plastics and paperboard* Fully revised second edition now covers sustainability, nanotechnology and RFID

Ship Registration: Law and Practice

Ship Registration: Law and Practice

Author: Richard Coles, Edward Watt Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2009

The expanded and fully updated second edition include detailed coverage of additional flag states; an examination of the implications of the ISM and ISPS Codes and the requirements of the Large Yacht Code as they relate to ship registration; a new introductory chapter describing the legal and practical requirements of ship registration; and a fresh analysis of the status and usage of national and open registries in current practice.

Out in the World: A Global Gay History (Radio 3)

Out in the World: A Global Gay History (Radio 3)

Author: Richard Coles Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Richard Coles examines same sex desire through the ages, in a journey reaching from the UK to India, Egypt, Greece and Native America. In episode one, his quest takes him to Saqqara, Egypt and the contested tomb of two men, Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum. Were the men lovers or brothers? He explores the ideas of the 'sexologists' and tells the story of Anne Lister, a 19th century Yorkshirewoman who had same sex relationships. In episode two, Richard explores the homosexuality of the ancients, tracing the transition from classical celebration to religious repression. Part three focuses on the complex relationship between sexuality and gender as Richard surveys the so-called 'third sex' in places such as India, Indonesia and Thailand. He concludes the series by looking at the globalisation of gay identity. Is the West attempting to promote ideas of gay liberation which are alien to the developing world? Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Out in the World: A Global Gay History: Episode 1 (Radio 3)

Out in the World: A Global Gay History: Episode 1 (Radio 3)

Author: Richard Coles Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Episode one of Richard Coles' landmark series examining same sex desire through the ages, in which he discovers a far more complex and nuanced story than one of darkness into light. In this first programme, Richard confronts the challenges of uncovering such a history given that the idea of 'being gay' is a very modern phenomenon. Richard's quest takes him to Saqqara in Egypt and the contested tomb of two men, Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum. Some claim the two men were lovers - others say they were twin brothers. He explores the ideas of the 'sexologists' so crucial to the formation of modern gay identity. And he tells the story of Anne Lister, a 19th century Yorkshirewoman who had same sex relationships - but can we actually label her a lesbian? Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Out in the World: A Global Gay History: Episode 2 (Radio 3)

Out in the World: A Global Gay History: Episode 2 (Radio 3)

Author: Richard Coles Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

In episode two of BBC Radio 3's landmark series telling the global story of gay identity, Richard Coles travels to Greece to rediscover the ancient culture in which homoerotic love was part of a social code. He visits the plain of Chaeronea where the Sacred Band of Thebes, a military unit made up of same sex lovers, was wiped out in combat against the Macedonian forces of Philip and his son Alexander. The Lion monument overlooking the site speaks of an attitude towards the Sacred Band at odds with our modern feminised view of homosexuality. Richard then explores the impact of the Abrahamic religions. The prohibition 'thou shalt not sleep with a man as with a woman', and the story of Lot's rejection by the people of Sodom, appear unequivocal. But how did early Islamic, Judaic and Christian societies react to these texts and what are we to make of the Hebrew and Arabic homoerotic poetry of the early medieval period? Producer: Tom Alban.

Out in the World: A Global Gay History: Episode 3 (Radio 3)

Out in the World: A Global Gay History: Episode 3 (Radio 3)

Author: Richard Coles Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

In episode three of BBC Radio 3's landmark series telling the global story of gay identity, Richard Coles focuses on those societies where gender identity rather than sexuality is key. Thailand's Ladyboys or Kathoeys are perhaps the most well-known examples of people who identify themselves according to gender variance rather than sexual preference. But, as Richard discovers, there are many other similar societies - such as India's transgendered Hijras and the Native Americans' 'Two Spirit' tradition. As a western model of gay identity spreads across the world, Richard explores the future for these ancient identities. Producer: Laurence Grissell.

Out in the World: A Global Gay History: Episode 4 (Radio 3)

Out in the World: A Global Gay History: Episode 4 (Radio 3)

Author: Richard Coles Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

In this final episode of BBC Radio 3's landmark series telling the global story of gay identity, Richard Coles focuses on the recent history which has seen western societies change dramatically in their attitudes to same sex relationships. This self-proclaimed enlightenment is however now being used as a measure of human rights across the globe. That creates enormous tension, given that some countries, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa and with a predominantly Muslim culture, see this attitude as neo-colonial. Richard talks to gay rights activists in Egypt, Greece, China, India and the United States about their interpretation of these changing attitudes. He also hears from those debating whether or not gay identity is really an effective way of moving forward in the face of the apparent impasse between human rights and religious and cultural beliefs. Producer: Tom Alban.

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