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Literary vicar gives up parish
Reverend Graham Taylor
GP Taylor is already working on his next book
The Scarborough vicar who became a best selling author is relinquishing his parish after a heart scare.

The Reverend Graham Taylor, the vicar of St Mary's church in Cloughton, North Yorkshire, is going to work as a locum after suffering chest pains.

He hit the headlines in June when a publishing firm signed him up to a lucrative deal for his self-published good-versus-evil children's fantasy novel Shadowmancer.

The book has sold 250,000 copies and features in the top 10 of children's book in the UK, rivalled only by JK Rowling's Harry Potter stories.

His second book, called Wormwood, is almost finished and is due for release next summer.

Mr Taylor says that he has had little time with his family and his church duties coupled with his writing obligations have taken their toll on his health.

Working as a locum in the Scarborough area will ease the pressure, but still allow him to continue his ministry, getting the Christian message across in literary form.

"I am not giving up my ministry, that's a life-long undertaking, but I am going to work as a locum, he told BBC News Online.

"I had the same thing (medical problem) as Tony Blair", he added.

Mr Taylor says he and his wife and three daughters will be moving to the village of Scalby, near Scarborough.

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