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Anthony McCarten
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The Pope

Anthony McCarten



Biography: religious & spiritual;
Religion & beliefs;
Religion & politics;
Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church;
Christian leaders & leadership


256 pages

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On 28 February 2013, a 600-year-old tradition was shattered- Pope Benedict XVI made a startling announcement. He would resign.

This story begins with the death of John Paul, through Benedict's election and reign - taking in the controversies that blighted the world's largest church - to his subsequent and shocking resignation. We see white smoke from the Sistine Chapel and a reluctant successor who breaks with tradition at once, declaring, I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner. Francis returns inside, invites the cardinals to join him, and serves them ice-cream.

From the prize-winning screenwriter of The Theory of Everything and Darkest Hour, The Pope is a poignant and often funny tale of an odd couple, of two very different men whose destinies converge and profoundly influence each other. What issues occupy the two men as they walk and talk in the Vatican gardens together, or later, when they share a light dinner, accompanied by Benedict's favorite drink, Fanta? This is both a biography of two popes and a story of the grace and extra wisdom that comes if a sinner can put their sins behind them.

By:   Anthony McCarten
Imprint:   Viking
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9780241985489
ISBN 10:   024198548X
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming

Anthony McCarten is a BAFTA-winning writer who divides his time between London, Los Angeles and Munich. His screenplay for The Theory of Everything which he wrote and produced won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar. His previous book, Darkest Hour, was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller.

Provides a compelling look at life and politics in the Vatican today -- Julia Vitale * Vanity Fair, This Winter's Best Nonfiction Reads * I learned things from the script I didn't know. I just thought, Can that be right? Were we that perilously close? And so it just grabbed me. -- Gary Oldman on Darkest Hour

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