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Richard Coles narrates this witty account of life as a parish priest and Radio 4 broadcaster.

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.

Told 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.

©2016 Richard Coles (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Shetland gal
  • 27-01-2018

Not nearly as good as his first book

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Anything, it was long and boring and i stopped listening about a quarter of the way in. Richard comes across very pompous.

What was most disappointing about Richard Coles’s story?

It was just boring.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Coles?

no one. I like listening to The Rev Richard, he just came across badly in this boo.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

none that I can think of.

Any additional comments?

Buy something else.

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  • Lee Grant
  • 12-09-2017

The difficult second volume...

I'm a Richard Coles fan and the high-bar set by his first volume meant it's successor needed to be brilliant. It's very good but it's knocked the bar off on its way over.

Richard is breathtakingly honest and one feels that if the Church listened to him, it may not die out by the end of the century.

Only three stars for performance as the first half of the book seems to have been recorded during a bout of cold.

Worth a listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-2016

Bringing in the sheaves by the Revd Richard Coles

A day to day description of the life of a country Vicar.. He describes his calling,,his life with his partner, who is also a Priest. The seasons of the Church are chronologically written about like a daily diary-very amusing in parts.
A good read.

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  • o. Hodgkinson
  • 19-04-2021

Wonderful narration

I could listen to Rev Coles read anything, it is a meditation in its own right. The stories are well researched and interesting although it does jump around a little which makes it flow less like an autobiography than his first book. It is more church stories than a personal journey at times. But still a really enjoyable piece.

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  • Ellen Ley
  • 10-11-2018

Wonderful!

I loved this book so much i am giving copies as Christmas presents to my friends!

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  • Tree Elf Girl
  • 28-01-2018

Entertaining!

Where does Bringing in the Sheaves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Entertaining book

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bringing in the Sheaves?

Listening to Richard's recount of Parish life.

Have you listened to any of Richard Coles’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Not hear any others

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh

Any additional comments?

Interesting book full of funny moments

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