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If Thom's two previous novels Holy Orders and Free Spirits were in the gentle vein of James Herriot, his latest is definitely from the larger-than-life Tom Sharpe stable ! The future of the Church of England is the 'virtuous circle' of advertising and sponsorship, as dreamt up by Robin Angel, head of advertising agency Angel, Fear and Treadwell. The church has decided that it needs to change: inspired by the example of an Anglican church which benefited from using an advertising agency, the powers that be decide on full-scale privatisation of the church. But as Robin and Marianne -- the vicar whom he is romancing -- discover, the dream of Christian commercialism starts to go sour. In the bid to be relevant and pull people into the church, the money-spinning schemes become ever more bizarre -- the sponsored Eucharist, the church decked out like a casino, the Bible Theme Park, Southwark Cathedral starting to resemble the London Dungeon. There are also mysterious conspiracies at work.

When it is proposed by the Government that disestablishment of the Church of England will be via a flotation on the stock market -- the Church will become an incorporated company -- vast numbers of C of E shares are bought up by the Vatican!

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 09/09/2009 ISBN-13: 9780551031401  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Thom Braun is a vicar with a team ministry in west London and works with the advertising agency The Value Engineers. He has made TV commercials with Birdseye, spent nine years at Unilever, having joined as international affairs manager, and been the first European brand manager at Lever Brothers. Thom is married with two children and lives in Surbiton.

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