When he was little Paul Arnott believed in fairies, Father Christmas and Baby Jesus. But as he got older he found things weren't so simple. Whether recalling encounters with hardcore Christians speaking in tongues or being taught Orthodox paradoxes by a beautiful Greek tour guide, seeking serenity with the Dalai Lama or being stoned by Palestinians in the Holy Land, Arnott is an entertaining guide through the half-beliefs and fully-fledged convictions of himself and others. With one friend vanishing into the Moonies and another emerging from a decade in an ashram to head up the Hari Krishnas' international flapjack corporation, what seems clear to Arnott is that to deny our spiritual side is to deny our history, our humanity and, crucially, a great deal of our humour. IS ANYBODY UP THERE? is an open-minded and insightful look into what we believe and why we believe it.
Paul Arnott is a writer and producer. He lives in Devon with his wife and four children.