Exciting book news! My next cartoon book, to be published by Canterbury Press, is ‘How to avoid the Peace – Tips for advanced churchgoing’. This is the sixth collection of my ‘Guide to the Church’ series of cartoons, originally published in the Church Times newspaper.
Publication date for the book is 30 August. It should be available at the Greenbelt Festival, 25-28 August.
Along with the title cartoon, ‘The Peace* – How to avoid it if it isn’t really your sort of thing’, this volume includes…
- A sacred office: The changing of the OHP bulb
- Worship: How to spot when jollity is being enforced
- Clearing out the church: Deciding what can go in the skip
- Less demanding options for observing Lent
- How to reorder your church without anyone noticing
- Ways to misbehave when visiting clergy are taking the service
- An A to Z of pastoral visiting
- Bishops – promotion and relegation
- What is really going on in the pews during a service?
- A guide to the places you may or may not sit
- Instructions for wedding guests
- How to stop new people joining your home group
- Church noticeboards: The seven deadly sins
- The nativity play: Pedantic / scholarly version
…and many more.
One new development: there’s a new format for my books! For the first time in this series this book is in a horizontal landscape format. This will make for easier browsing, and since ‘The Cycling Cartoonist’ my books aren’t going to line up neatly on a shelf anyway.
Some cartoons from ‘How to avoid the Peace’ will appear on my CartoonChurch.com site in due course, but the book will be the only place to find them all. And in any case, cartoons are, I think, best in print.
You can pre-order ‘How to avoid the Peace’ from your local bookshop, or…
*Explanation: ‘The Peace’ takes place during Anglican and other church services. We shake hands and say ‘Peace be with you’, echoing the words of Christ. Other people have written about sharing the Peace more eloquently than I could do: See Scott Gunn: ‘The Peace and how we fail to pass it’; Kester Brewin ‘Sharing the Peace (Then Being Right Haddocks)’