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This review is from: Unholy Orders (Paperback) ✩✩✩✩✩

“A story that gives a probing insight into the life of a man who through the reinvention of himself embarks on a life changing journey. Roger Bishop has a remarkable talent for creating real life people you would be interested to know. This books grabs and keeps your attention from the first paragraph all the way to the last. I thoroughly enjoyed Unholy Orders and highly recommend it.”★★★★★

I was not sure what to expect as I began reading this ‘tell all’ book. But I
will tell you that it was not long before I realized it was going to be hard to
put down! You will actually get to know the people quite well as Roger Bishop
has a way to make them come alive to you. This book is truly captivating and I
know you will agree. As I began to near the end, I realized I didn’t want this
book to end, but to just go on for a bit longer! Go ahead buy and read Unholy
Orders, you will be surprised. ★★★★★

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I was pleasantly surprised on receiving my copy of Unholy Orders to find that I
could relate to the characters in the way that they have been portrayed. I feel
that this is a book for all types of people in as much as it is very descriptive
on all accounts. You can easily find at least one aspect of this book to relate
to ones own experience, albeit through the main character or one of the
supporting roles. The believable truth in the storyline makes you want to read
it from start to finish in one go. The way the writer has broken up the
storyline with mini chapters is a bonus in as much as he is presenting the
reader with an insight to the coming story line. I thoroughly enjoyed reading
this book & cannot wait for the Authors next book. ★★★★★

I have just spent the last few days wandering around “Church House” (London
Headquarters of the Church of England). I have sat in on a General Synod, looked
around the dusty vaults, dropped in at Vitello’s Bistro for a Peroni and best of
all had a cheery chat and coffee with Melissa. All this without leaving my
This was down to a brilliant up and coming author Roger Bishop, with
his debut novel. Unholy Orders.
Once you start reading you cannot put it down. You are taken into the book and the characters brought to life.
I love the small chapters, so easy to read. I would definitely recommend this
book. Excellent writing by the author. I look forward to more work from this
author. ★★★★★

5.0 out of 5 stars This, dear readers, is THE BOOK, 4 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Unholy Orders (Kindle Edition)

Not to be confused with others of same/similar names. To pronounce it a book is hardly revelationary. Yet recent history shows it has been regarded as a work of defamation, a piece of pure fiction, a barely-disguised autobiography; as the aptly-named author suggest, it is for one to make up ones own mind. An excellently written book (debut! Hard to believe, as one reads the effortlessly flowing words and engaging character development and plot) it is to be sure. I found myself wanting to know more, more and yet more… and as often or as not as the author (sagely) chose, it came. I am glad that ‘Richard…found the time, and discovered the inclination, to write a book’. Few would. We have hardship. We have strength. We have insight, history, analogy, intrigue, compassion and an interest which continues to surprise me. It is one of the very few books I would choose to re-read – without waiting five years to forget it, because forgetting it ain’t going to happen. This is not an irreligious or sanctimonious book, it is not a bible/church-bashing book, it is a work of what one makes of it; but one enriching, and interesting to the final word, it absolutely is. I recommend it unreservedly, and that’s as rare from me as the author’s talent is among authors.

5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book of the year!, 8 Nov 2013
This review is from: Unholy Orders (Paperback) ★★★★★

This book is a winner and an absolute must read! The characters are believable, real people who came to life before my eyes. I consider myself to be spiritual rather than religious, as I have never approved of the hypocrisy of oragnised religion. Needless to say, Unholy Orders reinforces my beliefs. It is important to stress though, that even if one isn’t interested in the inner workings of the church, Unholy Orders is also a reflection of human beings and what makes people tick.
This isn’t just a good read from a first time novelist. This is a good read, period.

“Just finished reading Unholy Orders. It is so uncanny that I find myself with a tear in my eye as I remember my own experience similar to this story.” (emailed )

Thoroughly enjoyed this unusual story. Nice to see that tension can build without gratuitous anything. Many intriguing grey areas in the developing plots. The book was vey plausible, perhaps it should be labelled in the ‘Faction’ category. I would like to read more from the Roger Bishop mind of justifiable plunder. In spite of the mismanaged Church of England setting some prayers were undoubtedly answered. If my eulogy confuses then I suggest reading Unholy Orders.  ★★★★

When I received this book I was under the impression it was a book completely
about the church, I was so wrong!!

This amazing story of a man and his
family through the tough times straight to the uplifting ending was wonderful to
Roger Bishop does an excellent job of bringing each and every character
in this book to life. You actually feel as though you know them
personally.I especially liked the way the chapters were done into short
reads, if time did not permit a long sit to read.

I do hope there is more to come from Mr Bishop, as I would highly recommend this book!! ★★★★★

4.0 out of 5 stars          Interesting,January 1, 2014

This review is from: Unholy Orders (Kindle Edition)

The story of Richard Walker who sets out on a life changing journey only to stumble into the corruption that goes on within the Church of England. The author takes you into a world that many never see. A satisfying read as I take religious books with a pinch of salt but interesting to see the inner workings of any organisation. Without giving anything away, the great themes of human existence play themselves out as the story unfolds. The author did his homework as this book delivers the full story that hides behind many of the news headlines like “What happens to the money you donate?”

Justine     @justhebean on twitter

Just finished Unholy Orders by @rogertheriter Amazing story!! Loved the format, story line and especially the ending!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT

Anna Alechniewicz  @AnnaMaria1310 on twitter

Just finished reading. Honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read!

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Unholy Orders

Welcome to my blog,

Unholy orders is my latest novel. It is a fact based novel, that was inspired by my years employed at a senior management level, by the Corporation of the Church House Westminster London. It will be published in October 2013, and will be available at all the usual outlets.
The Church House itself, is the London headquarters of the Church of England. It is where twice yearly, the Church holds its General Synod. The Corporation by Royal Charter, are the administrators of the Church House

I can almost hear the yawns of those that have managed to read this far, under the mistaken assumption that this is just another happy clappy Religion themed tome. True, it is based in the headquarters of the Church, but that is merely coincidental.

Unholy Orders

By Roger Bishop

When Richard Walker decides to reinvent himself and improve his position in life, he has no idea just how far his efforts are going to take him. The corridors of Church House and those of Lambeth Palace become his path to eventual fulfilment – material fulfilment. This is a rags-to-riches story about deception, corruption, love and fallibility, centred on the internal machinations of the Church of England, with all its hypocrisy and wasteful practices.

 The novel raises quite a few questions too, especially concerning the inner workings of the Church, and those that hold high office within it. Between now and the books publication in October 2013, I shall be including a few of those questions here on my blog.

Please look back, and see what these questions are, as I am very interested in discovering peoples opinions regarding the workings of the Church of England, and discovering if they equate with the reality, as discovered first hand by myself. Here is my first topic.

Defrocked clergy. Those that for a variety of reasons, have found themselves defrocked by their Bishops, what do you think happens to them afterwards?

Should the Queen or any reigning Monarch, wish to abdicate, he/she must first obtain permission to do so from the Prime Minister of the day, together with the incumbent Archbishop of Canterbury. During the Charles/ Diana marriage breakdown, were John Major and Lord Runcie, ever approached on the subject by Buckingham Palace, even off the record?

Have you ever wondered how the Church makes its money? Do you believe that the Tithe given weekly at services on a Sunday only goes towards the salary and expenses of your local vicar?
Ever wondered why the Church never pays for the new roof, or other renovations to your local Church, but expects you the congregation to stump up the money, by way of an appeal?

There are those that believe, that if they repent on their deathbed and leave everything they have to the Church, that they will be able to buy their way into Heaven. Whether or not this is correct, we will all have to wait to discover. Meanwhile, what exactly happens to everything they donate?

How about the hostage crisis in Beirut. Have you ever wondered how it was really resolved, and would you like to learn about the mistakes, bordering on farce, that led up to their eventual release?

How did the Church of England come to be Landlords of more brothels in London, than any Soho gangster could ever dream about?

How did the Church of England manage to lose over two billion pounds in the eighties, when everyone else was making money?

Did you know that the Church of England own one of the largest, and one of the most valuable art collections in the country, yet few are ever on display to the public? Would you like to discover how this came about? Also, who is responsible for their safe storage, and who decides where they might be displayed? The answer to these questions may well surprise you, as well as make anyone thinking of leaving everything to the Church, think again.

The ordination of women priests into the Church of England, what went on behind the scenes, in order to achieve that YES vote at Synod?

Church of England synod told not to delay over women bishops | World news | The Guardian

Who really runs the Church of England?

What did the Archbishops wife wear to greet her dinner guests?

What hidden secrets, did the cellars of Lambeth Palace finally reveal?

In 1991, the bookmakers were offering odds on who was going to be the next Archbishop of Canterbury. Seen by them, and everyone else as just a novelty bet, just a bit of fun, but it was to cost them dearly. Who was it that masterminded the betting coup utilising inside information? Equally, how did they achieve it without raising the suspicions of both the bookmakers and the Church? Its obviously still going on today, but to a lesser extent. As none of those involved in the 1991 coup are still with the Church…see link below

Unholy row as bookmakers accuse churchmen of clerical betting fix…/Unholy-row-bookmakers-accuse-churchmen…  Nov 8, 2012 – Bookmakers accused clergymen of taking advantage of insider knowledge after a surge of bets backing the Bishop of Durham.

What did the General Secretary to the Corporation like for his daily dessert, and who was it that ensured that he received it?

Did the Church of England very nearly promote the British Nationalist Party? The answer to this is YES, they very nearly did. Find out how.

Do you have to be Gay to get ahead in the established Church? Just how much influence do the Gays have in the modern Church of England? Can anything be passed at Synod that they oppose?

Learn the answer to these, and a whole host of other questions, simply by reading UNHOLY ORDERS by ROGER BISHOP, when it is finally published in October 2013.

Available to pre-order now from and just click on the link below.

Please feel free to email me with any questions (I will always respond)

You can get the new e-digital (Kindle) version here at a far more realistic price than when it was first published.