De­but novel is a tale of cler­i­cal dou­ble stan­dards

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Shedding The Pounds - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­ A man who grew up in Ash­ford has re­leased his first novel about his ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing for the Church of Eng­land in the 1990s.

Un­holy Or­ders is the first book by for­mer Ash­for­dian Roger Bishop, who worked in the ad­min­is­tra­tive head­quar­ters of Church House, West­min­ster, as a tech­ni­cal ser­vices man­ager for around seven years.

The book fol­lows pro­tag­o­nist Richard Walker who lands him­self a job within the church only to dis­cover hypocrisy and dou­ble stan­dards within.

Mr Bishop said: “Al­though a novel, Un­holy Or­ders is based upon real peo­ple and events that ac­tu­ally oc­curred, and re­veals some very in­ter­est­ing in­sights into the work­ings of the es­tab­lished church.

“To pro­tect the in­no­cent as well as the guilty, I de­cided to make it a novel in­stead of a mem­oir.”

Mr Bishop, 64, grew up in the Ash­ford area, mov­ing from South Ash­ford to Willes­bor­ough be­fore set­tling in Wood­church.

He at­tended Stan­hope Pri­mary School and the Dun­can Bowen Sec­ondary school, now The John Wal­lis Academy.

Al­though the novel is based around the head­quar­ters in Lon­don, many lo­cal vil­lages as well as Ash­ford it­self are men­tioned in the story.

Mr Bishop, who has three daugh­ters, moved to Ire­land in 2002 and now lives in the county of Wex­ford with his par­rot Frankie, and his Ger­man pointer Frodo, where he likes to write.

Ash­ford still holds a soft spot in Mr Bishop’s heart how­ever, as his sis­ter and two nieces still live in the area.

The au­thor is al­ready work­ing on his next project, en­ti­tled Un­ortho­dox Art, a novel based on how the Nazis looted art­work dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Un­holy Or­ders, which has been re­leased with Thames River Press of Lon­don, is avail­able to buy on Ama­zon.

Roger Bishop has writ­ten his de­but novel, Un­holy Or­ders

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