The Reverend Richard Coles (born 26 March 1962) is a Church of England priest, broadcaster, writer, and musician. Richard Coles was born in Northampton, England and educated at the independent Wellingborough School (where he was a choirboy) and at the South Warwickshire College of Further Education, Department of Drama, and the Liberal Arts.
He is known for having been the multi-instrumentalist who partnered Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band The Communards, which achieved three Top Ten hits. He later attended King’s College London where he studied theology from 1990. Richard Coles co-presents Saturday Live on BBCR4. In January 2011, The Reverend Richard Coles was appointed as the parish priest of St Mary the Virgin, Finedon in the Diocese of Peterborough.
Books in order of publication:
Lives of the Improbable Saints (illustrated by Ted Harrison, Darton, Longman & Todd, 2012,)
Legends of the Improbable Saints (illustrated by Ted Harrison, Darton, Longman & Todd, 2013,)
Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went from Pop to Pulpit (W&N, 2014,)
Bringing in the Sheaves: Wheat and Chaff from My Years as a Priest (W&N, 2016,)
The Madness of Grief: A Memoir of Love and Loss (W&N, 2021)
Waters of Salvation (W&N, 2021)