Wednesday, 3 July 2019
It's a Speculative Fiction novel and it tells the incredible story of what happens when the planet Earth comes under bombardment from a Higgs Boson particle storm.
This is the story of two families, that of Bert Leinster and his best friend Sam Murray.
The Central Control of the World Council declares that the only way for humanity to survive is for everyone to start living deep under the surface of the planet, where they will be protected by something called The Envelope.
The CCOW cajoles and persuades humanity to hide deep beneath the ground, but Bert is not so certain about the viability of this idea, but how can one man stand against the CCOW can challenge them? Bert certainly cannot do so, but he also cannot grasp why it is only himself who can see that the idea of the CCOW for everyone to have to love deep underground is a lie. And why lie about something like this?
However, it all changes for Bert when he meets Lily. Who, although a very definite her, is also a very definite real live plant. Who becomes his enemy as he fights to save humanity.
But can he save humanity? And if he can, or even if he can't, who or what is he trying to save it from?
And what happens next?
This is a very thought provoking book and is available in hardback from Matador at a very modest £9.99. A must for the holiday suitcase, I'd think.
Ronnie and Hilda Williams met, completely by chance, in Lancashire in 1945, when they were both just 21 years of age.
This was when Ronnie as on home leave after taking part in some of the most harrowing and difficult campaigns of the Second World War, in Italy.
The romance of Ronnie and Hilda is told by their daughter Wendy Williams who used over 250 of the letters that were passed between the couple as the basis for this most moving love story.
Fully aware that Ronnie would be called upon to return to active service they took the decision to become engaged after knowing each other for less than a fortnight. Ten day, to be exact.
Until Ronnie's demob two years later in 1947, their letters were the main way the young couple used to learn about each other and to get to know one another.
It's filled with wonderful family anecdotes, humorous and serious and it is a warm and very human story.
It's also copiously illustrated with some lovely photographs.
You will also learn what films they watched, what they read, what they listened to and you'll also read the incredible story of Mr Bundle.
The book makes a lively read and is all the better for knowing that the people within its pages were all very real. Well, with the exception of Mr Bundle. And if you pay your £12.99 for the book, you'll learn all about the real people and the very charming story of the fictional Mr Bundle, too!
The book is published by Matador.
There are 15 states that are independent of each other, and the history of Gea has been a long story of warfare between them. And also the nations that surround Gea.
But for the preceding 25 years Troia has brought the independent states into an Empire that is quite formidable.
But the current Emperor is not very good at being an Emperor. He is weak, inept and not very effective. People are becoming dissatisfied with his rule and people jockey for position as the stench of betrayal fills the air of the Empire.
There are plots against the Emperor and Diomedes, who is a swordmaster who is beyond the first blush of youth (to put it kindly) is charged with the task of trying to unpick a viable plot against the Emperor. Diomedes is, however, a complex man and he is struggling with feelings of unrequited love for a woman who is, and things are getting a little complicated, here, the wife of a good friend, the life of whom is at risk.
It's an historical fantasy novel (the first in a series) which is set within a historical fantasy, which owes much to Classical Greek history.
The novel is extremely well-written and it takes you into the action from the first paragraph and will be a good read for people who like their fantasy to be heavy on factual possibilities and doing away with flying dragons and the like.
It's published by Matador at £9.99 and will make a great holiday read.
Friday, 7 June 2019
Dorothy uses not only her training but also her Scouse with to make this a most enjoyable and heart-warming read.
Psychologist Doctor Katherine Moore has spent the best part of four decades living and working in New Zealand.
But her life is set to change, yet again as she has finally bowed to the combined pressures from her sisters to return Liverpool (or more specifically, Bootle in Liverpool) to care for their elderly mother who is dying of terminal cancer.
Katherine moves into the council flat that is her mother's. Yet something does seem right. The "lovely gentle Liverpool mammy" that she knew has been replaced with someone far more negative and curmudgeonly.
Her various attempts to cope with her mother's attitude seems to cause her family no end of amusement.
But Katherine has tools at her disposal that her family member do not have. After all, isn't Katherine a trained and highly experienced Doctor of Psychology? Surely she can put her training an expertise of many long years of practice to the job of getting back into meaningful communication with her mother?
Gradually things between them and within the wider family start to change and suddenly family life is flipped in ways that probably couldn't have been expected.
Eventually mother and daughter get their stuff together and learn to love each other again and to become a formidable team. But who had been the thief amongst them? Surely not one of their own?
If you read this moving, truthful book, here's a fair warning, there will be tears in your eyes before the end.
What makes the book all the more interesting is that it is based on true events that shook the rational, scientific beliefs of Dr Davy to the core.
Its published by The Book Guild at £8.99.
After she took her retirement she decided that she would become a voluntary teacher in India.
She brings to the page her experiences as a volunteer teacher in parts of rural India and also on the streets of Kolkata.
She takes her readers on an amazing journey from a small shop in the town of Jaisalmer in the desert region of north-west India, and where the shopkeeper gave her a philosophical fillip and a new take on the rest of her life. And, incidentally, inspired the title of the book.
She learned why there are so many vegetarian restaurants in Kerela, was moved by the plight of the disabled beggars who live in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, marvelled at the chaos that is rush hour in big Indian cities, visited poor people in not only the cities and towns but also the rural areas, too.
She learned that even the poor were more than willing to work, turning their hands to anything they could do, selling trinkets, postcards or cleaning shoes.
She also noted that amidst the great poverty there also exists great wealth, too, hovels where the poor lived and opulent palatial accommodations for the wealthy and the very rich.
And she met children who were eager to learn to improve themselves.
The book is well-written an illustrated with line drawn maps and some extremely good colour photographs.
It's a wonderful book which I can highly recommend.
It's published by Matador at £12.00.
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
However, that's not all there is to Sidney Rain, for Sidney Rain is, for all his apparently normal traits, a superhero, too. Well, at least he likes to dress up as one and lives out his fantasy life.
However, things aren't going all that well, he is gaining weight, about to lose his job and somehow he isn't feeling too super to be honest.
His son Stanley Rain is aged 12 and he, too, is an ordinary sort of a boy, with ordinary friends who all attend the same, fairly ordinary, school in town.
However, a local business mogul is set to take over the school and it is set to change. And not for the better.
However, Stanley and his schoolmates are not going to allow that to happen, at least not without putting up a bit of a fight!
But then a mystery takes place. There's a theft and Stanley and his friends need to turn detective in order to save their school.
But Sidney is fired from his job and he needs some help, too!
But then a mysterious group of superhero crime fighters turn up and they aren't going to take the situation lying down!
This is a fun read and though it's aimed at children, adults will also enjoy it, too.
It's published by Matador at £8.99.
It takes a refreshing and new look at some old questions that have faced humanity down through the ages. Questions such as Who am I? Why are we here? Where did we come from? Where will we be going?
It's written in a remarkably fluid and readable style from a Christian point of view, though it also gives a nod to all other faiths and to those who hold to no particular faith at all.
He takes his readers through the miracle of our apparently ordinary day-to-day lives and to the spiritual journey that goes beyond this mortal life.
It's published by Matador at £12.99.