Anthony McCarten

The Pope
  • The Pope

  • Anthony McCarten

    On 28 February 2013, a 600-year-old tradition was shattered: the conservative Pope Benedict XVI made a startling announcement. He would resign. And his replacement: Francis, the first non- European pope in 1,200 years, with the human touch.

    From the prize-winning screenwriter of The Theory of Everything and Darkest Hour, The Pope is a fascinating, revealing and often funny tale of two very different men whose destinies converge with each other - they both live in the Vatican - and the wider world.

    How did these two men become two of the most powerful people on Earth?
    What's it like to be the Pope?
    What does the future hold for the Catholic Church?

    The Pope is a dual biography that masterfully combines these two popes' lives into one gripping narrative. From Benedict and Francis' experiences of war in their homelands - when they were still Joseph and Jorge - and the sexual abuse scandal that shocked the world, to the intrigue and the occasional comedy of the conclaves, The Pope glitters with the darker and the lighter details of life inside one of the world's most opaque but significant institutions.

    These two men lead more than 1 billion followers. This is their story.

Anthony McCarten is a BAFTA-winning writer who divides his time between London, Los Angeles and Munich. His screenplay for The Theory of Everything which he wrote and produced won a BAFTA and was nominated for an Oscar. His previous book, Darkest Hour, was a Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller.