Atheists Plan Christmas Book

A strange new salvo in the War on Christmas —

The Friday Project is to publish a charity Christmas book edited by Ariane Sherine, the writer behind the Atheist Bus Campaign, known for the con­troversial “There’s probably no God now stop worrying and enjoy your life” slogan.

Editor Robin Harvie bought world rights from Antony Topping at Greene & Heaton, for what he described as “a very healthy figure”. The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas will be published as a £12.99 cut-down hardback on 1st October.

Sherine, a comedy writer and Guardian journalist, gathered 42 prominent atheist writers, scientists and comedians to contribute to the book, including Richard Dawkins, Charlie Brooker, David Baddiel, Ben Goldacre and Jenny Colgan. It will cover topics from an atheist Christmas miracle to the best Christmas pop hits and is described by the publisher as a funny, thoughtful handbook all about enjoying Christmas.

Harvie said: “Ariane and I talked about it and decided that what would work best as a book would be an atheist’s guide to Christmas. It is the contributors’ own personal take on what Christmas means to them. It’s going to be a humorous book.”

The full book advance and ­royalties will go to a charity, as yet unconfirmed, and the total donation will be announced late this year after ­publication.

Sherine launched the Atheist Bus Campaign last year in response to religious advertising on London buses. She raised £150,000, which was enough to advertise on 800 buses across the UK in January this year.

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