Rapture Launched


Last Thursday Jeremy Stanford’s debut novel, Rapture, was launched at Readings Bookshop in St Kilda. Rapture tells the tale of an atheist couple who give birth to a child with a halo. Over 70 people were entertained by the banter of Jeremy and the inimitable Brain Nankervis who hosted the evening. Jeremy spoke about the difficulties he experienced writing the novel and the ideas that were abandoned and added along the way. Several guests commented that it was the best book launch they’d been to. Jeremy kindly signed some extra copies for Readings, so if you hurry in you may still be able to pick up an autographed copy. Rapture is available from all Readings stores. The theme of the novel makes it perfect reading for the Easter break, so head in store or order your copy now.

Here is Jeremy introducing the story:


Experience Rapture

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Jeremy Stanford will be launching his debut novel Rapture on Thursday the 1st of March at Readings Bookshop in St Kilda. The event will be hosted by Brian Nankervis. To be one of the first people to get your hands on this book that Eddie Perfect describes as “gripping and real,” be at Readings at 6.30pm.

About Rapture

First time parents Tim and Nicole give birth to a baby with a halo.

For a couple of atheists, it’s a bit of a shock.

In what should be the most auspicious moment of their lives, the couple find themselves scrambling for what to do next. When the child performs his first miracle, they realise they may well have the second coming on their hands.

As they go to ground to hatch a plan, their cover is blown, and the church is brought into the frame. But not before the leader of a fanatical religious sect catches wind of their story and vows to have the child for his own.

With the church, the fanatical fringe, and even their own family wanting a piece of the new messiah, can Tim and Nicole find a way to bring God to the world without turning the exercise into a circus?

In his gripping and darkly comic debut novel, Stanford explores the fight for the ownership of God, and tries to imagine what the world would do if there really were a second coming.