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Cliff James

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Born
in Beckenham, The United Kingdom
September 02

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Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, John Fowles.

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Of Bodies Changed is Cliff's debut novel. A Gothic romance about sexually liberated pagans, environmental warriors, fairy barmaids and a smattering of sadistic priests, the novel was inspired by his close encounter with the Church as a teenager. It took 14 years and 14 rejections from publishing houses before finally reaching publication. Cliff's now working on his second novel and compiling an anthology of the political essays, poems and articles that he's published over the past decade.

After surviving a year as an Anglican monk, progressing into paganism and finally evolving into humanism, he's campaigned with the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association a
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Of Bodies Changed is one year old today!

To mark the anniversary, FeedARead is running a competition to give 3 copies of the novel away (including p&p).
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“One way or another, we spend our whole lives being conditioned into accepting some line or order, some position of domination or subjection. It’s hard to unlearn such hierarchy, to undo such control. It’s implicit.”
Cliff James, Of Bodies Changed

“Have you ever wondered why we bury and cremate our dead? Nothing to do with hygiene, it’s just so we don’t have to see the reality of death. You know, the Zoroastrians used to leave their dead in open places for the birds to eat. Now that’s a far more honest way to go, don’t you agree? Everyone can see what happens. It makes us live our lives more potently. That’s how I want to go, at my end: openly. Not ashamed of death, but embracing it.”
Cliff James, Of Bodies Changed

“I will simply die, as you will simply die, when our hearts stop beating. And instead of the fires of Hell or the clouds of Heaven, there will be a chorus of hungry worms or fish, depending on how we go. Isn’t that what really terrifies you most of all, why you force yourself against all reason to believe in such tales? It’s because you’re afraid of the nothingness at the end. You’re ashamed of it.”
Cliff James, Of Bodies Changed

“A metamorphosis had come over us. It was something internal, an electrical pulse in the brain, some slight variation in the aortic rhythm that had forever altered our states, transformed our external structures. We were not who we had been, nor yet what we would become.”
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“One way or another, we spend our whole lives being conditioned into accepting some line or order, some position of domination or subjection. It’s hard to unlearn such hierarchy, to undo such control. It’s implicit.”
Cliff James, Of Bodies Changed

“Olympus is still a patriarchy. Zeus heads his royal household as jealously as Jehovah rules his harem of dull, harp-playing angels. Both are templates for order on earth, don’t you think?”
Cliff James, Of Bodies Changed

“So, at the turn of the third millennium, you have chosen to base your principles on a collection of contradictory texts – written by various men years after the death of your man Jesus – that have been edited and selected out of hundreds of other documents, and bound together into one hotchpotch volume, under the orders of a political primate, Pope Damasus. And, you’re still content to condemn the living love I feel here and now, because of that dusty accident of bad editing? Why?”
Cliff James, Of Bodies Changed

“Have you ever wondered why we bury and cremate our dead? Nothing to do with hygiene, it’s just so we don’t have to see the reality of death. You know, the Zoroastrians used to leave their dead in open places for the birds to eat. Now that’s a far more honest way to go, don’t you agree? Everyone can see what happens. It makes us live our lives more potently. That’s how I want to go, at my end: openly. Not ashamed of death, but embracing it.”
Cliff James, Of Bodies Changed

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