Monday, 9 January 2012

Authonomy Imprint Acquisition

In October we announced that HarperCollins is launching a new imprint, dedicated to authonomy authors. Our first title, THE QUALITIES OF WOOD by Mary Vensel White - a former editor's desk winner - will be published as a digital original on January 31st.

I'm now thrilled to be able to announce the second title acquired for the list: MORE TEA, JESUS? by James Lark. What a great start to 2012! 

MORE TEA, JESUS? is a contemporary comedy, written with literary flair. It investigates the possibility of the second coming, in which Jesus appears in a small rural English village. 



Whilst it has never made the desk, MORE TEA, JESUS? is a fantastic story, and brilliantly original. We're kicking off the editing process now, so watch this space for details.

For those who don't know the book, here is a brief description:

The end of the world is nigh. It just happens to have come at a rather inconvenient time. 

For the church of St Barnabas in the unremarkable village of Little Collyweston it has been an eventful time: Reverend Andy Biddle, still trying to regain his dignity after an ill-advised sermon involving an omelette, is teetering on the brink of a scandal, which might be exactly the excuse that his terrifyingly opinionated parishioner Sathan Petty-Saphon needs to seize control of the church. Bernard Lomas is plotting the theft of a harpsichord belonging to long-suffering director of music Ted Sloper after a disagreement caused by his largely tone-deaf choir. And young parishioner Gerard Feehan has, in no small part due to the Vicar, embarked on a journey of self-discovery that will quite possibly lead his Mother to commit an act of homicide.

It is hardly surprising that nobody seems to have noticed that Jesus has been turning up to their church services. None of them would believe that God had chosen their village for the second coming when the most apocalyptic thing to have happened there was the installation of a new bus stop in 1987.

But he has, and it looks like it might clash awkwardly with the annual parish entertainment…

20 comments:

Sandie said...

Good news - and love the title & premise of the new acquisition. Nice to see you finding things which have been less visible on the forums too... never came across this one and can't even have a sneaky preview as he's taken it down - but it sounds my kind of thing.

Silentnovelist said...

This is great news. I don't remember reading it either but I love the title and the cover and if 'Lark' really is the writer's name I can't think of anything more perfect for what sounds like a lark of a story. Just my kind of thing too.

Sandie said...

Ha ha, it sounds great!

"ungoing some edits"... right.

;)

authonomy said...

MORE TEA, JESUS? is undergoing some edits, and is no longer available on authonomy, but I've edited the blog to feature the pitch.

@Sandie - good spot (I blame Monday)

Ashen said...

Would have loved to have a peek before the undoing of edits :)

Anonymous said...

really? If Scott found this gem, why didn't he ever say "this is something I found interesting...you might want to give it a look." He does that for other books...why not for this one?

Jo said...

Congrats on the acquisition! :)

Anonymous said...

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/KungFuJesus

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/KungFuJesus said...

Nothing 'brilliantly original' about the premise. Making a mockery of Christianity is hardly my idea of the sort of thing Authonomy should be promoting.

When they promised that Authonomy would be opened up to a wider range of writing, I never imagined that blashphemy was included.

Sandie said...

Really?

Did you complain to Channel 4 about Father Ted? The BBC about Vicar of Dibley?

Wow.

Scott Pack said...

I can't see anything in the blurb that is blasphemous. Anyone else?

Anonymous, I don't comment on every single book I read on here but do try to do so as and when I can.

Sandie said...

No blasphemy... but I do detect the sort of grapes even Jesus would struggle to turn into wine.

Anonymous said...

Sorry you think I am out of line, but I find comedy about Christianity, or any other religion, to be disrespectful and even blasphemous. If it were a Muslim setting, you'd be looking over your shoulder for an assassin. Christians are more tolerant, but there is a limit.

By the way, what is the truth about when and for how long the book was on Authonomy?

Anonymous said...

I still don't comprehend why, if this Jesus book is so good, you kept it a secret from the time you first saw it until you publicized your choice of it.

I think there are any number of users here who still think you were improperly influenced to select this particular book.

Anonymous said...

And, you overrate the significance of being 'socially active' on the board. Some books, yes, but most reaching the ED have very large numbers of backers who never post on the forums. One might consider your attitude about the members of this board to be a bit offputting. You could be our leader, but you insist on being our boss.

Scott Pack said...

I have no idea if all the Anonymous comments are from the same person but I have to confess I really haven't a clue what you are going on about.

If you don't like humour related to religion then a hell of a lot of great comedy will pass you by. Jesus appeared to have a sense of humour so I see no reason why his followers shouldn't. Also, best not take a view on a book without reading it first.

As for the provenance of the book, I saw it on Authonomy late last year. As would anyone else who looked for it.

I am baffled sometimes by the things people decide to moan about.

Anonymous said...

Jesus had a sense of humor?

Anonymous said...

the 'Bible', as compiled by the early Catholic church, tries to show that he had just a tinge of humor by quoting him with an analogy about camels and gnats being swallowed by the Pharisees.

Other than that, he was a pretty serious guy, unless you decide he wasn't an actual Son of God, or part of a Trinity, or whatever other blather they came up with.

Organized religion has a lot of blood on its hands. I wouldn't think joking about it would wash much of it off.

Floxy said...

Jesus was, by all accounts, a sweet and humble man who expressed a philosophy anyone could embrace. Too bad that 'Man' had to come along and turn it all upside down.

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