Simon Parke was a priest in the Church of England for 20 years. He then worked for three years in a supermarket, and is now a freelance author. He has been writing professionally for 25 years, producing scripts for TV and radio, including Spitting Image and Simon Mayo. His most recent books are The Beautiful Life and Another Bloody Retreat. Simon runs and leads retreats, meets with people looking for a new way in their lives, and follows the beautiful game. Visit his website http://simonparke.com.