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Cockney Bible published in Britain

The first copies of the Bible in Cockney went on sale this week.

The author is Mike Coles, head of Religious Education at Sir John Cass Church of England secondary school in Stepney, East London, fell in love with Cockney rhyming slang when he moved to the area 15 years ago, and started using it in his lessons. His pupils responded so well that he began writing down his stories.

He said: "I hope my book will enable people of all ages to enjoy reading Bible stories in a very down-to-earth way. I also hope it will help God's word reach out to those who wouldn't normally read the Bible at all because they see it as out-of-date or dull."

The stories which come from the Gospel of St Mark and the Old Testament include:
- Jesus making a Jim Skinner (dinner) for 5000 geezers with just five loaves of Uncle Fred (bread) and two Lillian Gish (fish).
- Noah building a bloomin' massive nanny goat (boat)
- David and that massive geezer Goliath