Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went From Pop To Pulpit, by Rev Richard Coles

My Saturday mornings are usually spent in the company of the Rev Richard Coles.

PopToPulpitCoverMy Saturday mornings are usually spent in the company of the Rev Richard Coles. I bet yours are, too.

He is the lovely presenter of Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4; he has crept into our hearts and minds. But what we might forget is that he was part of The Communards, who had a No1 hit with Don’t Leave me This Way.

Pop star turned vicar. Now, that has got to be worth reading about. And I can assure you, it really is.

It starts with his Christmas Day some years ago, when he was part of The Communards and was at home with his family, with a migraine. He goes to bed, depressed and lonely. He decides to drive to a well-known beauty spot where (shock, horror) strangers congregate for sex. He hopes that he can rely on the "love of a stranger" and, sure enough, a naked man gets out of his car with tinsel tied around part of his anatomy where Christmas decorations are not normally to be found.

His travels while searching for an inner life and his journeys with the band are not only hilarious, but also witty, wise, and compassionate. If only there were more autobiographies like this.

This is a man who is fearless with the truth, and with himself, without a hint of pretension or self-justification. He had a riot in the heady days of promiscuity and casual drug-taking - and his congregation, quite rightly, adore him. So will you.