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Father Joe - The Man Who Saved My Soul

Tony Hendra

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A key comic writer of the past three decades has created his most heartfelt and hard-hitting book. Father Joe is Tony Hendra's inspiring true story of finding faith, friendship, and family through the decades-long influence of a surpassingly wise Benedictine monk named Father Joseph Warrillow. Like everything human, it started with sex. In 1955, fourteen-year-old Tony found himself entangled with a married Catholic woman. In Cold War England, where Catholicism was the subject of news stories and Graham Greene bestsellers, Tony was whisked off by the woman's husband to see a priest and be saved. Yet what he found was a far cry from the priests he'd known at Catholic school, where boys were beaten with belts or set upon by dogs. Instead, he met Father Joe, a gentle, stammering, ungainly Benedictine who never used the words "wrong" or "guilt," who believed that God was in everyone and that "the only sin was selfishness." During the next forty years, as his life and career drastically ebbed and flowed, Tony discovered that his visits to Father Joe remained the one constant in his life-the relationship that, in the most serious sense, saved it. From the fifties and his adolescent desire to join an abbey himself; to the sixties, when attending Cambridge and seeing the satire of Beyond the Fringe convinced him to change the world with laughter, not prayer; to the seventies and successful stints as an original editor of National Lampoon and a writer of Lemmings, the off-Broadway smash that introduced John Belushi and Chevy Chase; to professional disaster after co-creating the legendary English series Spitting Image; from drinking to drugs, from a failed first marriage to a successful second and the miracle of parenthood-the years only deepened Tony's need for the wisdom of his other and more real father, creating a bond that could not be broken, even by death. A startling departure for this acclaimed satirist, Father Joe is a sincere account of how Tony Hendra learned to love. It's the story of a whole generation looking

Language:

English

Length:

10h 33m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

32:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

38:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

28:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:52


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

46:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:01


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

48:01


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

37:15


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

34:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

39:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

39:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

27:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:23


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

20:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

41:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

23:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

23:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:36