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NOW THAT LIFE IS OVER
Charles Humphrey Muller
What was life like growing up as a baby boomer in Apartheid South Africa? The author looks back with wry humour and ironic touches on his early life in South Africa, and recalls the twists and turns that took him through the rest of his life as a rolling stone, or loose cannon, forever chasing rainbows in many countries, with occupations ranging from Professor of English in South Africa to hotelier in Scotland. “I have had so many different lifetimes compacted into a single lifetime, and each lifetime—in South Africa, England, Scotland, Nova Scotia, New Zealand, and finally Spain—saw a dream come true,” he concludes. “The song ‘Don’t fence me in’ comes to mind—though in a sense I long to be fenced in, to find myself safe and settled in a permanent home with my soul mate.” Still seeking a permanent safe harbour, or sanctuary at the end of the rainbow, he is, by the end of the book, perhaps “running on empty” as his final allotted years, days or moments, peter out in Spain.
WALTER'S WAR AND THE COMPASSIONATE HEART
From a Victorian childhood, through the early part of World War One with a cycling regiment in Devon, to subsequent adventures in India and Mesopotamia, a young soldier's progress through life is recalled by family memories, diaries and letters. The skills he acquires enable him to make his way in the world. However this is a true story, so there is poignancy and disappointment as well as love and happiness. About the Author With her imagination fed by Walter's bedtime stories, Helen became an advertising copywriter in London before Tom, a wild Irishman, whisked her off to Spain where they played bad golf and enjoyed life. Writing and NADFAS (The Arts Society) became a lifeline when Tom died. She now shares her life with a local cat who is no good at fostering her ambition to understand the language well enough to get to the end of all the books she'd love to read in the original Spanish.
LIFE HAPPENS - A MEMOIR
Life Happens: A Memoir is an honest account of a girl growing up in a small seaside town in Yorkshire where everyone made a point of knowing everyone's business, but nevertheless a town which afforded the kind of freedom and simple delights which are not too available today, in spite of so much change and progress. It recounts a more innocent time, but one when young people had to face the reality of and adjust to the 2nd World War years, and during which our girl learnt how to cope and appreciate the value of love. It's also about growing up in a 34-bedroom seasonal hotel in the town, the impact of its being requisitioned by the army at the onset of war, falling in love (and falling out of it), hopes, dreams, and disappointments, and eventually finding love with Mr (Very) Right. About the Author Eleanor Clapham returned to live in Whitby in 2004 after more than 30 years working as a specialist Chemical Dependency Therapist. She now lives near family in Devon and is writing further memoirs of her life.
IF IT HADN’T BEEN FOR GRACE
Esther Harkess lives in Edinburgh with her husband Addie. Esther was 11 when she learned the truth. She had been adopted. She heard this staggering news a few weeks before she departed for boarding school for the first time. No wonder the next three years and one term were calamitous for her. Many years after the death of her adoptive parents and with the help of her husband, son and daughter, she started on the exciting, often frustrating and sometimes downright discouraging journey of discovering her past. Esther's quest to find her birth mother Grace took her by internet searches, telephone calls and letters to the east end of London, Surrey, Hampshire, Suffolk, Australia and Essex. The reader will see how Esther on this journey of discovery with its many twists and turns became increasingly aware of God's guidance resulting in a deepening of her Christian faith.
THE RABKA FOUR: A WARNING FROM HISTORY
The author was motivated to write this account some twenty years ago when several Jewish survivors of the German Security Services Training School at Rabka related their stories to him. At that time he had no idea where this would lead but as his investigations proceeded he was drawn further and further into a black hole, an unbelievable pit of horror and deprivation. It soon became apparent that under the cloak of war-personal vendetta, corruption, robbery and murder-this criminal virus spread out to other places and was now endemic among the SS leadership and their associates. When the war finished the protagonists, for a time, escaped immediate attention, but as the evidence emerged they were, one by one, tracked down and dealt with according to the law.
ZIMBABWE’S MYSTERIOUS MOUNTAIN DISAPPEARANCES
A riveting and profound read. This intriguing book retains its momentum from beginning to end. The mysterious disappearances of people in the mist-enshrouded mountains of the Eastern Highlands are used effectively to lay bare much of a dark past. It contrasts events in the new Zimbabwe of the nineties against Rhodesia and a fractured pre-colonial history. It kept me spellbound. Africa holds a unique fascination amidst its exotic landscape and Cliff McIlwaine captures and brings together an assortment of colourful characters from different cultural backgrounds which enhance the dramatic tensions. A magical combination of the prosaic and the spiritual creates fascinating insights into the social, political and historical ethos of Zimbabwe.
THE PRISONER OF MIGRATION
The Prisoner of Migration is an autobiographical novel, informed by the author's expertise on Mauritian migration. The author's researches have trawled deep into the oasis of the respondents' varied colonial cultural heritages striving to explore the factors that have contributed to their paralysis of indecision. This pursuit has unavoidably led him to find clarification by delving into the history of Mauritius, beginning from the Dutch occupation in 1598 to the French colonisation in 1715 and the surrender of Île de France to Britain in 1810. The analytical approach is eclectic, supported by colonial documents and studies as well as information from books and news media. The exposure of African slaves and Indian indentured labourers and their successors to the crucible of the melting pot of the varied cultural legacies seems to have resulted in a Mauritian population that V.S. Naipaul has defined as a 'manufactured people'.
GO EAST YOUNG WOMAN
A fortune teller in London told the young secretary that she would soon go East and work abroad. Many of her predictions came true... Daphne Jackson was born in Ambleside and her love of nature and her resilience remained strong throughout a turbulent life. Tough, independent yet vulnerable, she gives an intimate account of her life from childhood until she became a prisoner of war in 1942.
The Author Daphne Jackson worked as a secretary in Java until her marriage to Charles (Jack). Their happy life together was beset by difficulties but both came through the war and its aftermath with courage. Later in London she was involved in voluntary work and loved writing, especially plays; she said doing this in her head had kept her alive while imprisoned.
BEYOND SING THE WOODS
BEYOND SING THE WOODS, though set in Canada, moves from the United States, where the author was born, to England, Europe and then to South Africa in pursuit of his work as a student of English literature and then university professor. He has now come to rest in the South Island of New Zealand. He is more than a hunter and angler: he is a poet and a philosopher, sensitively aware not only of the beautiful landscapes, and the splendours of their dusks and dawns, but also of the transience of all he sees. There is in his writing a theme of quickly passing time and the transience of man's brief span. A preoccupation with rapidly passing time and the halcyon memories of youth are a common thread in his writing. What makes his writing so evocative, and so worth returning to, is the combination of nostalgia and the increasing awareness of the closing shadows. Anyone with a passion for fishing and hunting, and with a love of nature will find this book compulsive reading.
1984 proved to be a seminal year in the lives of my family because it triggered my decision to move permanently from the country of my birth—South Africa—to Scotland. There was something magical about the remote Scottish glen where we spent the year, some ten miles south of Oban, in Argyle.
I WILL SURVIVE
This is the autobiography of one ordinary woman who has had an extraordinary life. It is a story of mental, emotional and physical pain, but she has survived all that life has thrown at her. She has become stronger in all respects and has developed spiritual stamina with a strong belief in life after death. It is the story of one woman’s quest for love and happiness, meaning and security. It is also a cautionary tale to all women not to allow themselves to be abused because the damage that is done cannot be overstated.
WE ESCAPED TO THE COUNTRY AND IT RAINED CATS & DOGS – AND DONKEYS
A gift for all animal lovers and for all those who either yearn for that country cottage of their dreams, or have already taken the plunge into the peace and kindliness of country life. And especially a book for all those who have had a beloved pet in their lives and would live again the unique joy of being owned by that very special dog or cat or donkey or horse..
THE TUMULT AND SHOUTING DIES: AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN OLD TIMER
Small town life as seen through the eyes of a schoolboy during World War II when he experienced the German bombing raids first hand and he describes the period and people of the era in great detail. His following mechanical apprenticeship and mandatory National Service in the Royal Air Force led to a four-year period as a Service Engineer covering the Midlands and South Wales before the motorways were constructed. This was followed by a thirty-two year career spent in various parts of Africa and the Middle East where the author was involved in mining and road construction projects involving heavy earthmoving equipment. This expatriate life is interwoven with his experiences during this period and the resultant effect on family life. Early retirement and the experiences of family and relations are covered up to the year 2013 when he attained the age of 82.
SEEKING A NEW VOICE
This is a compelling story about the brave recovery of a man whose early life was full of hopelessness, who nevertheless overcame many barriers so that he could become a normal member of society. The author grew up in Surrey in a large working class family in which problems were an everyday occurrence. From an early age life became increasingly difficult due to a traumatic accident when he was three years old, and later when at the age of twelve he was sexually abused. Before the age of twenty-one he contracted a major neurological illness called Dystonia. For many years thereafter, he became addicted to prescribed medication which isolated him from mainstream society. His problems were further exacerbated by a term in prison. His recovery was arduous and painful and it took many years before he found his way back to normal life through University education, social work training and friendships. The book is an inspiring read that will give hope and courage to many others who have experienced similar setbacks in life
THE 'OTHER' ROUND TABLE
To most people Round Table means only one thing – King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. However, for many other people it has a separate, more important meaning - being part of what is in the opinion of the author the greatest club ever formed for young men, The National Association of Round Tables or as the members know it, RTBI (Round Table Britain and Ireland). For these people, “The Other Round Table” is membership of RTBI. This book is a celebration of the author’s 14 years he had as a member of Round Table and incorporates a potted history of Mendip Round Table, the club where he spent the majority of his Table life and which sadly folded in 2001. Thus it is also a historical document as to what life was like being a member of Mendip Table during its existence from 1959 to 2001
WHEN EVERYTHING ELSE FAILS, SAY NO TO POVERTY
A romantic and inspirational true life adventure, this is the story of an African girl and her culture, who grew up in paucity, started smuggling to earn a living; then flew to London to ransack for the gold which she had heard paved the streets of London. Raised up under the former Rhodesian colonial rule of Zimbabwe, she found herself alone in the large city of London. Before then she had married a serial cheat who had bedded enough women to fill a double decker bus plus standing passengers. Bored of making love in the same old missionary position, she suggested something saucy to her old fashioned husband, who then labelled her a Nymphomaniac! Hurt by his spiteful words, she plotted a vicious revenge and developed the desire to do great things for herself. This fascinating read is about Pain, Suffering, Endurance, Faith and taking Action, which determined the turning point in her life and led to her undreamt of financial success.
TWICE A HERO
A soldier’s story written by a soldier. The true story of hardship and horror in the blood and mud as seen through the eyes of a teenage volunteer and his comrades in the forgotten conflicts of Salonika and Palestine, during the Great War, fighting for the freedom of small nations and in particular, Home Rule for Ireland. Then testing his extraordinary courage in the Irish War of Independence, which ended 700 years of bloody struggle and helped establish a nation.
AN INTERESTING LIFE
I developed coronary heart disease with severe angina at the age of 65 and required daily medication. I was fortunate to be introduced to the work of the American nutritionist, Nathan Pritikin, who had devised a diet and exercise regimen for the treatment and cure of this condition. I adopted the regimen and within five months I was off all medication and free from pain. It is now more than twenty years since then and the pain has not returned.
A MISHMASH OF LIFE
For a child born in 1941, that great time of uncertainty when WWII was in full swing, survival alone was an achievement. A Mishmash of Life encompasses the lives that moulded the experiences of the young child throughout this turbulent time to the early post-war years, when he heads off to join the navy.
THE MAHLER FAMILY: IN THE RISE & FALL OF THE THIRD REICH
‘One does not normally connect Gustav Mahler with the holocaust, which came much later – but the seeds of the persecution were already there, in Vienna, in the ever-present anti-Semitism which Mahler himself had to suffer and deal with; and of course members of his family were caught up in the tidal wave of the holocaust when it came. Robin O’Neil’s book is valuable in that it is the only one that makes this necessary connection. Coming events cast their shadow before. In a sense one is pleased that Mahler was spared this awful development, unlike his friend Arnold Berliner.’
THE CIRCLE BELIEF
A haunting luminous case study. Who is the mysterious 'Presence'? An explicit erotic spiritual book. The theme of Eve's lost search for her beloved Adam ascends out of the chaos of schizophrenia. What emerges is the tantalising foundation of The Circle Belief. In the midst of a mental breakdown tinged with spiritual dimensions, the author goes on a search for peace and safety based on remarkable insights into the wisdom, consolation and sheer physical delight available to us from animal, child and female inspirations. The pain and ecstasy of psychosis are harnessed to bring these discoveries into view, delivered with the author's lyrical, searching and at times heartbreakingly comical genius for self-expression. About the Author The inspiration for The Circle Belief began after the author suffered a mental breakdown and was homeless in Edinburgh
THE CIRCLE BELIEF BOOK 2
A courageous book, this one continues on from book one, The Circle Belief, with the birth of a new belief, The Circle Belief. This book takes the reader on a journey through the landscape of schizophrenia, utilizing core survival instincts to build the new belief. The book is a brave and true account of what it is like to live with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Out of the madness of psychotic mystical encounters the author treads out a path towards freedom.
About the Author
The inspiration for the first book, The Circle Belief, began after the author suffered a mental breakdown and was homeless in Edinburgh. This new book is formed from pieces of writing from the true experiences of the author living with the diagnosis of schizophrenia, and reveals how she broke free of the hurdles that held her back.
IN AND OUT OF TUNE
This book complements Robert Ponsonby's earlier Musical Heroes, essays about some of the musicians - among them Jacqueline du Pré, Yehudi Menuhin and Mstislav Rostropovich - he knew during his career as an administrator in music and the performing arts. In and Out of Tune supplies an autobiographical context for these essays.
THE UNWANTED JEW
Rosa Sacharin escaped the worst of the Holocaust when she left Hitler's Berlin on the 1st December with the first Kindertrasport (Transport of Children) to travel to England, arriving on the 2nd December 1938. She vividly recalls the horrors of the rise of the Nazi Party before she left and the frightening circumstances of living through that time. The book tells the story of her life and deals with the History as she lived through it from 1925, though with understanding from 1928 to the present day. She escaped the horrors of the mindless destruction of so many, but was and still is, deeply affected by their suffering. Her autobiography goes on to reveal her contribution to the society she joined, in Central Scotland, where she has earned acceptance in many hearts. To the question "Why you?" she says, "There is no answer."
THE LIFE AND LOVE OF MOVING ON
This book is about a young girl who dreams of being a nurse and travelling to far flung countries of the world in a time when travelling was done mainly by ship, with no modern amenities such as mobile phones. A wonderful and absorbingly interesting record of times gone by, seen through the eyes of, for the most part, a young woman who became a nurse and midwife, who gives us intriguing glimpses of what it was like nursing the sick and German prisoners of war during the war, and what life was like aboard ship moving to a new life in New Zealand. The diverse tableaux of life in New Zealand and later in Cyprus that she captures constitute a valuable record of recent modern history, in many ways enabling us to experience a way of life now forever gone.
ANOTHER YIN OAN A WAN WAY TICKUT
This is Brian Brown’s personal diary of his rise from Belisha Boy signalman up to the giddy heights of 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Corps of Signals between 1939 until 1945. Brian had a varied career in the Army including 3½ years as a Prisoner of War after being ordered by CIC Percival to surrender to the Japanese at the fall of Singapore on 15th February 1942. The Diary takes Brian from Singapore to PamPong to work on building the new spur of railway which extended to Rangoon to join up with the existing railway. On the journey, in spite of the deprivation of hunger, illness & fatigue which accumulated from being held prisoner in appalling conditions, Brian worked with Indian elephants, herded cattle and ate any stray pigs which crossed his path – these experiences contributed to his decision to become a farmer later in life.
Disorderly Fields is a memoir-based account of the author's experiences of seasonal work from 1980 to 1993 in the UK, Greece, Israel, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand. It is a gritty, funny, sad and absorbingly interesting record of the pleasures and vagaries of a life lived in camps throughout the world, picking fruit and vegetables where such work can be found-and it is often an exposé of the sometimes brutal, crude work and living conditions, recorded as it was observed. The account is void of political correctness because it had yet to be invented-and still doesn't really exist in seasonal circuits. Disorderly Fields is the second work in this genre. The first observations of a seasonal worker was published in 1990 under the same title. It was serialized in the travel journal The Overseas Jobs Express, whose editor also commissioned the author to co-write two relevant books. All in all, about 30,000 readers have read the first work. The author became an authority on seasonal work and has been interviewed on radio and interviewed for The Times, and invited on radio and television.
THE FATTENED LIONS ON THE EDUCATIONAL ODYSSEY
Hope is the first Zimbabwean born Anatomist and Physiotherapist in the new post-apartheid nations of Zimbabwe and South Africa, where Blacks were previously and systematically barred from entering such skilled professions. He survived very competitive high schooling in his fifth language (English) by photocopying his classmates' textbooks, without recourse to private lessons or assistance with homework. The African concept of the extended family saved his predicament, as he almost never lived with his parents from the age of seven years. The recent collapse of the Zimbabwean economy meant that the cost of Hope's Master's degree in South Africa was a hard earned $Zim100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. He made a number of notable scientific contributions to medical journals on both sides of the Atlantic while still in Africa. Hope has had incredibly diverse cultural experiences and toured stunning landscapes in Central and Southern Africa, the Middle East and Europe. He is currently serving a lectureship on Anatomy at the University of East Anglia in England and is passionate about mentoring. The book portrays an unusual and an extremely convoluted educational journey of rare golden opportunities, passionate hard work and hectic long range planning supported by unflagging patience, all under the umbrella of a special Providence. The hurdles that had to be overcome on this odyssey were the 'fattened lions', like the 'victim lion', the 'unskilled work lion' or the 'expect-the-least-out-of-you lion'. This book, which is primarily addressed to high school and university students across the world that are from family backgrounds devoid of professional persons, highlights the need to invest in tomorrow, no matter how serious the odds are. Watching successive generations being ensnared by the same social traps of 'fattened lions' is heartbreaking. May this account of progress through adversity be a story of hope.
GHOSTS OF LITTLE BIGHORN
On June 25th 1876 George Armstrong Custer and his command were wiped out, an incident that shocked America, in its centenary year. Many questions about that day still remain unanswered. Why did Custer lose a battle that he should have won easily? Why did he fail to support his two commanders after making that support an integral part of the plan? Why did the Indians stand and fight for the first time in the war on the Plains, instead of retreating and fighting a rear guard action? Why did the most aggressive cavalry officer in the US army fail to make any significant attack against the Indians? Who killed Custer? Why was Custer's body alone spared mutilation? There were eyewitnesses that can answer the questions, Indians who took part in the battle, Custer's Crow scouts, and soldiers who survived. They answer the questions, with a clarity that no historian could equal, and they answer it here.
SOCIAL & DOMESTIC PLEASURE VOL I
“Spice is the variety of life.”—This is one of the book’s many “Chrissarisms” and just about sums it up. The book brings together, in the words of The Literary Consultancy, “a wealth of material.”
Described as “a sort of autobiography”, it is not just about a boy who, from humble beginnings, created one of the country’s leading car insurance businesses. It is much, much more than that. In a series of mini biographies you will meet characters like Tramlines Taylor and some of the author’s irresponsible drinking companions like Alan the Gallon and Patsy, an eclectic version of several of them.
"I was having a dispute with my wife-she pulled my hair causing me to turn into a lamp standard!" This is but one of the many excuses used by motor accident claimants. Many more of his favourites and quirkiest have been chosen by the author and included in the chapter "We Arnott Amused". From humble and often homeless beginnings the author succeeded in building one of the country's largest car insurance businesses and this, his second book, reveals his inside account of the Lloyds of London scandals, his own failings and of those involved in his business life, including his MD Brooks Mileson who went on to achieve fame-and notoriety-as Chairman of Gretna FC during their fairy-tale adventure into Europe. Many people dream of being their own boss. This book may encourage them to go for it-or maybe forget it. It contains some vital lessons, advice and pitfalls for the would-be entrepreneur and some stark reminders that it is not for the fainthearted.
RUNNING AWAY FROM HOME
David Syme is a keen traveller and runner and has combined the two whenever possible to explore foreign lands "on foot". As a linguist he worked for NATO in China, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, while expeditions and holidays have enabled him to explore Africa and the Americas; running shoes were always first into the suitcase. Not a camera-user, he uses the printed word as a reminder of some of his more memorable runs, many of which were "out of the comfort zone"! Having inspired his son and daughter to run, they too have contributed accounts of "runs away from home", as have two of David's running friends from Harmeny Athletic. This is a light-hearted, entertaining collection of short stories about running. David says "We all hope this book will inspire readers to consider any travel away from home as an opportunity to seek new running challenges". The entire royalties from the sale of this book will go to Tong-Len, a charity for street children in Northern India. It was founded by an Edinburgh family who saw them and decided to do something.
FROM BEAN STREET TO CRUISE LINE CAPTAIN & BEYOND
Charles J Anderson
Charles John Anderson was born in the city of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England in 1932. "From Bean Street to Cruise Line Captain and Beyond", tells of his life from birth, evacuation during world war two, school days and his sea going career, commencing as an apprenticed deck officer and ultimately serving as a Cruise Line Captain on Passenger Vessels. Also the story of his life and service as a "Born Again Christian" after retiring from his sea career. Throughout the book are humorous moments, disastrous incidents and an intriguing insight into "Behind the Scenes" operations in cruising.
This inspiring and uplifting true story shows how a damaged childhood can become an asset, in fighting back and winning against all odds. This compelling story is a tribute to all those brave women who believe in "yes we can". Mary's life was always a miracle of survival. It is a tale of courage and responsibility, as she battles to keep herself and baby sister from starvation and TB, sometimes with fun and laughter, and at other times so desperate that we are drawn to tears. But when her best friend steals a rifle, we listen to her heartbreaking plea to the Samaritans as her life is crushed. It is a story of heartbreak and passion, a blinding love so certain that it comes but once in a lifetime. She finds her freedom to study at university, and doing what she does best, saving damaged children like herself.
TOBACCO SMUGGLING - TAX PAID
Film and TV comedy working-class actor Paul McGoldrick takes us on a roller-coaster ride through his zany, crazy life! The reader will be fascinated and moved to tears and laughter by his many happy mad-glad and sad, courageous, true accounts of his personal battle with bi-polar affective disorder (formerly known as manic depression) in this heartfelt, humorous, straight from the heart, account of his dilemma. He gives us a wonderful insight into the highs and lows of the illness, leaving no stone unturned, describing in layman's terms the excruciating mental torture the affliction can bring.
CIRCLE OF DOLPHINS
Circle of Dolphins is a gritty description of life inside a psychiatric hospital. The vivid account of the trials and tribulations of sharing a small space with other patients is true to life and detailed. Clare tells of her own experiences before being diagnosed as schizophrenic, and the events that followed as she came to terms with the real world.
AN ORDINARY PERSON WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY GOD
Religion was transformed into Relationship for the author following an encounter with God in 1977. The Bible, no longer a dusty book on the shelf, became the Living Word of God to her and God's tool in transforming her life. From the beginning she felt inspired to write things down - jottings, notes on Bible verses, and testimonies to the amazing work of God in her life and the lives of others. She had a dream - one day she would write a book. This book is the fulfilment of that dream, maybe just a beginning. Her motive in telling her story of what God has done is first to give Him all the Glory, but also to give away what she has received, that others too may be blessed, forgiven, healed and transformed by the same Living God, through His Son Jesus Christ.
UP THE BUMPY LANE
The Bumpy Lane' is a metaphor for the twists, turns, bumps and difficulties of growing up that are experienced by most people. The author gives a vivid account of his first twenty years and the 'Bumpy Lane' of life that led to his future in an ever-changing Britain.
SHIP TO SHORE
A remarkable insight in 19th and 20th century social and naval history through the eyes of a self-styled 'ordinary man'.
ANOTHER STORY: A TALE OF A SON AND A DAUGHTER OF TWO VILLAGES
William J. Nicol
This book is the tale of a son and a daughter of two villages in the Kingdom of Fife, in Scotland. Their similarities in background in coal-mining East Fife, and their decidedly different outlooks on life grounded on quite different life-styles, are confronted in the light of our national divided society over the past three hundred years since the time of Alexander Selkirk and Robinson Crusoe. Love thrived on conflicts of mind and ideologies. The book is an inspirational tonic.
WAIPORI REFLECTIONS: CONTEMPLATIONS IN THREE LOCATIONS
The “reflections” in this volume were inspired by the author’s acquisition of a house in the splendid isolation of a remote village surrounded by a scenic reserve. In Waipori Falls Village, about an hour's drive from Dunedin, in South Island, New Zealand, the author and his old friend and colleague Dr Garrett Evans could reflect upon life, on their experiences in different parts of the world where they had lived. This is followed by the author’s reflections back in Clashnessie, his home in the Highlands of Scotland, followed by his reflections during the summer of 2008, which he spent at his home in Nova Scotia. The book, which encompasses the three locales, constitutes, in effect, a “trilocation” portmanteau! All the reflections, wherever they are set, were inspired by his time in Waipori, which began the whole process.
Also included are a number of articles by John Kelly, being memories of the early days in Waipori Falls Village, at the time when the hydro-electric scheme was being constructed in the valley.
ALAN PATON SPEAKING: THE LINTROSE CONVERSATIONS - INTERVIEW WITH ALAN PATON
Roy Holland & Charles Muller
This interview with Alan Paton by Roy Holland has never, until now, been published. The interview took place on June 19 and June 20, 1973, when Holland was a guest in Paton’s home, Lintrose, at Bothas Hill, Kloof, Natal. It provides many insights into Paton’s life, his political involvement as the founder of the Liberal party in South Africa, and his writings.
BOTH SIDES OF THE FENCE
Orphaned at ten, destitute at fourteen — vital ingredients for early maturity.
Set initially in Lancashire in the late twenties, this story follows the early life and Vicissitudes of Tim who, shortly after birth, was fostered out by his mother to a poor, socially deprived family, in Blackpool.
FIGHTING THE BUG: DISEASE, DIET, AND EDUCATION IN EARLY KNIGHTSWOOD
The first part of this book deals with disease, health, and diet mainly in Knightswood prior to, during, and immediately following World War II. The second part is concerned mainly with the education of primary school children in the same area and during the same period, although there are several ventures beyond Knightswood and into Glasgow generally.
OF LAUNDRIES AND RABBITS:
GROWING UP IN ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND
John Waddell & Ellen Waddell
The captivating story of two people who grew up in two very different environments—one in the harsh economical conditions of urban London, the other in the picaresque countryside of rural Scotland.
WINSTON CHURCHILL BY HIS PERSONAL SECRETARY
Elizabeth Nel served as Winston Churchill's personal secretary during World War II. The vivid and human details of her experiences, of her impressions and memories of that great man at the height of the conflict against Hitler, make this compelling reading. An epilogue about the subsequent life of Elizabeth Nel over the past 60 years brings the book up to date.
MEMORIES FROM GOOD HOPE TO GUARDAFUI (1940-2000)
An autobiographical account of the author's life from 1940, when he left England for Southern Rhodesia until his return to England in 1999. A highlight is the entertaining account of his colonial service in the Somaliland Protectorate.
RHINE ARMY SUMMER
The (not too serious) exploits of a young Royal Artillery Officer in Germany in the 1960s, extending through his career from RMAS until after his retirement. The title introduces an enchanting collection of humorous "Kiplingesque" episodes, drawn from the author's real-life experiences in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
TWENTY TO TWENTY
Thomas F. Jacques
Thomas F Jacques has a written a true and vivid life of an English boy born into poverty and has depicted a life without prejudice to persons past and present. He now lives as a state pensioner in his 88th year without wealth and riches, grateful for being mentally sound and in full health.
IF ANYTHING MOVES - SALUTE IT!
A very amusing, at times hilarious, account by a British airman of his involvement in World War II. From the depths of Wiltshire, through the Syrian desert, the siege of Malta into Italy, the author tells us how it really was!
TIGERS UNDER THE TURF
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ROYAL MARINES 1955-1957
R H Lofthouse
This book is dedicated to all of the Royal Marines, be it squaddies, N.C.O.s or officers who were lucky enough to be in 40 commando on the dates November 1955 to November 1957, who cemented a wonderful camaraderie in the Suez Battle and training in Malta and Cyprus.
CRY WITH ME: PART 1
Mable Ann Pike
The book is an asylum seeker's account of courage and perseverance, of how for years she suffered the indignities, humiliations and anguish of racial prejudice and violence in Zimbabwe with its disintegrating economy and law and order, finally seeking refuge in Britain, the home of her grandfather.
AGAINST THE GRAIN
William J. Nicol
Autobiographic journey through the changing patterns of life in Medicine and the Church in many parts of the world over the past 75 years. Conflicting priorities don’t diminish the drive of destiny with a kindred spirit by your side.
IF YOU DON' HAVE A DREAM
An English family’s first visit to the U.S.A. In addition to seeing traditional tourist attractions, they meet everyday Americans and stay in typical American homes.
A ROVING COMMISSION
A retired Group Captain in the RAF, Kel Palmer’s autobiography is a fascinating exploration of his experiences in over 110 countries. He is a pioneer in the development of radar, but most exciting is his heartfelt romance with the love of his life!
DON'T CRY—I COULD SAVE YOU
“There is always a choice in life. One way of life is to follow the word and the will of God. The other is to follow the way of the world. I had chosen to drift further and further away from my home and Christian upbringing to follow a man who was not a Godly man but a follower of his own whims and desires.” The book is a poignant account of a woman’s experience and escape from the hell of domestic abuse.
THE RAPE OF ZIMBABWE
Rhodesia was once a prosperous and thriving country, and the story of the author's enterprising and entrepreneurial spirit in that land, followed by his desperate escape from the country when, as Zimbabwe, it became ruled by a tyrant, imparts a realistic perspective of the present desperate plight of many exiles from a country that was once a paradise and the breadbasket for so much of Africa.
ALICE-BUT NOT THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: MEMORIES OF A SPITFIRE PILOT
The memoirs of a fighter pilot who flew Spitfires and Hurricanes during World War II, with many earlier recollections of Clowne, a Derbyshire village, during the thirties.
Actions and reactions of a ‘cockney kid’ to his imposed life in a rural landscape during his six years of World War Two. His thoughts, fears and imaginings, broken by loss, lust, brutality and learning.
WHAT ARE WE AFTER ON THIS EARTH?
This is a remarkable Christian testimony of faith and endurance by a man who is led by God from Ghana to his new home in Europe . Throughout his journey the writer experiences pitfalls and witnesses many incidents of human greed and tragedy that drive him to seek the reason for man's life on earth.
AN INFANTRYMAN'S WAR : 1937 – 1946
Alexander G Wadde
This is a really a remarkable book about World War 2. So many battlegrounds—first in the Shetlands (a preparation rather than a battle), then the desert in North Africa, then D-Day itself into France, and finally Norway! As a first-hand account by someone directly involved in these battles, especially the D-day invasion, this work is a very valuable record of history.
SILENCE IS GOLDEN: “A DEAF CHILD IS A NORMAL CHILD WHO CANNOT HEAR”
To the readers who have read the author's first book Life and Deaf, this new story will answer their desire to know what happened to her daughter Rosemary, who became deaf at the age of two years due to an overdose of streptomycin, and her progress thereafter despite eminent specialists suggesting her only vocabulary would be "signing" and her speech would be very limited.
A MINORITY OF ONE : A MONKEY'S TALE CONTINUED
This is the second volume in Wally Payne’s entertaining and often hilarious account of the doings (and misdoings!) of a soldier in the Royal Military Police, his postings this time ranging from Germany, Northern Ireland, Colchester, Edinburgh, to Hong Kong.
A LETTER TO MY DYING MOTHER : SURVIVING IN THE WEST
How can words describe the huge difference between life in a little village in a typical developing country in Africa and that of a city in the sophisticated West? Well, that exactly is what the book sets out to achieve.
WALLY BY NAME: A MONKEY'S TALE (VOLUME ONE)
Wally by Name is an entertaining and often hilarious account of the doings (and misdoings!) of a soldier in the Royal Military Police, his postings ranging from Germany to Malta, Northern Island to Cyprus and Hong Kong.
Not just an autobiography, A Life is a historical record of achievement, from pre-war childhood to post-war retirement, taking in school, training ship, the sea, the commercial world, home and family.
BELLBOTTOMS AND BLACKOUTS:MEMORIES OF A WREN
Louisa M Jenkins
This is a delightfully entertaining account of the author’s three-year period during the Second World War as a wren, when she was enlisted in the W.R.N.S., the much coveted service that had been so difficult to enter.
SIX WEEKS LUCKY
One man, three lives—from idyllic village childhood, through war-torn Europe, to a new life in England.
Set in the Lancashire cotton town of Oldham, this moving and gripping autobiography presents a catalogue of events that helped shape the author to be the man he is today.
HEY, MR BIG!
A father’s celebration of the short but busy life of his son who died in a tragic accident, aged eleven.
THE TREE THAT GREW IN ST JAMES SQUARE
Louisa M Jenkins
This is the story, beguiling and often moving, of a young girl brought up in the harsh realities of the 1930's in St. James Square in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Major Roy Edward Bishop MBE
This is a tale of the experiences and opinions of a former army officer (seeking to change his way of life) after thirty years serving in H M Forces. The total change from a regulated and controlled military establishment to that of working in isolation in West Africa, without communication, and with limited support from the outside world, came as a shock—and he had to deal with it.
AN EXPAT'S LIFE, LUXEMBOURG & THE WHITE ROSE: PART OF AN ENGLISHMAN LIVING ABROAD SERIES
Ever thought of visiting, escaping to, or even living in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg? This is your all-inclusive, readable, hands-on and entertaining guide to Luxembourg by an Englishman who exchanged the dingy commuters’ life of London for the exciting and cosmopolitan world of Luxembourg.
THE CALL THAT CHANGED MY LIFE
This inspiring story tells of the courage of a young Ghanaian boy who, having failed to achieve his aim to become a medical doctor by attending a university in Ghana or by virtue of a scholarship to the USSR, raised funds by working on a building site in Nigeria to pay for a daring one-way flight to East Berlin to become an asylum seeker in West Berlin—a route by which he realised his dreams and became a medical doctor in Germany.
THE ALTAR BOYS
The book covers a lifetime of serving in the Catholic Church combined with the renegade lifestyle of seven lads who became men and dealt with the hysterical consequences of being holy and sinful.
LAMPWICK AND CANDLEGREASE OR BELOW THE SALT
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WORKING WITH THE DEAD
Josephine Price Powell
Not only a how-to book on embalming! Jo Powell has seen Death many times, through the eyes of a child, a woman and an embalmer. She understands the needs of those wishing to become embalmers and the difficulties that face them. Her book tells of her encounters with the Dead and how to care for them in a way that can easily be understood by the reader.
LIFE AND DEAF
Life and Deaf, about bringing up a girl who is profoundly deaf, is for anyone who enjoys a true inspirational and uplifting story filled with pathos, hope, dejection, unswerving love, success and romance.
GOD'S GUINEA PIG
The enthralling and courageous story of a woman who became a priest in the Church of England, having survived one of the first open heart operations and persevered against deep-rooted prejudices against women in the clergy.
A STROKE OF GENIUS: LETTERS AND STORIES
Mick Sutton’s letters that recount the experiences and impressions of a world cruise will be an inspiration and help to others who have had to overcome the challenges of a stroke or similar circumstances that have brought unexpected changes to the course of their lives and to the lives of their partners.
This readable book traces the history of an ordinary English family through six generations, complete with anecdotes, photographs and genealogical tables.
TRUE LIFE STORY
This true life story tells of the turbulent life of a woman who suffered abuse and humiliation as a child and young woman, and who later faced insurmountable challenges in providing care for a son inflicted with a bone disorder that required frequent surgery.
REINCARNATION IN SIMPLE, EASY TO UNDERSTAND TERMS: LOVE ETERNAL
Maria T Langridge
Someone living near you can turn out to be your reincarnated loved one—given that we reincarnate into the people around us! The author illustrates her premise with her real-life story.
TELL IT AS IT WAS
This book will make you laugh and cry as the author revisits the Black Country of the thirties and forties.
A CAMERA IN THE DALES
This is a photographic diary in monochrome! With its authentic and picturesque verbal memories, it is a magical evocation of past customs in one of the most romantic dales in Yorkshire.
WHY DADDY, WHY?
Emelia Dion Hardy
The reader will be drawn irresistibly into the world of the author who presents a catalogue of abuse and cruelty suffered by herself as an innocent child, first at the hands of her alcoholic father, then by nuns, and later by a heartless husband who raped and beat her. This is compulsive reading.
TURNING THIRTY, FORTY, FIFTY...
Marcia W Tuttle
Journal entries and short stories recorded over twenty years reveal the poignant struggles and heartfelt triumphs and the joys of a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as she matures from young woman to mother, to teacher and grandmother.
CINDERELLA IN ARABIA: A CROSS-CULTURAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Cinderella in Arabia is a serious critique of Gulf Arab society, revealing the devastating crunches the author has so triumphantly survived in her intercultural marriage.
A BOY FROM THE VALLEYS
Raymond G Hicks
Autobiographical tales of a young boy, growing up in the South Wales mining valley in the 1920's with adventure, tension and humour.
SCHOOLS FOR SLANDER: A TRUE STORY
Teaching is a vocation, not a job. And yet teachers can suffer unbelievable torture. In this book the author gives a vivid account of her years of teaching in England -- years of unmitigating persecution and slander!
This is the story of the author’s personal battle over several years to regain her health. The battle was successful - eventually - but many lessons were learnt the hard way on the journey. This book is written as a warning to all those who value their health. Read on and draw your own conclusions..
A MILD FORM OF INSANITY
The book covers Mike Tuson's experiences in almost all forms of helicopter operations, including military, oil field support, mountain and desert flying in Oman.
This entertaining book presents laughable yet poignant situations in the life of a male nurse travelling through Britain, Ireland and the Continent in a three-wheeler in the company of two rabbits.
A MISHMASH OF LIFE. THE ROYAL NAVY YEARS
A Mishmash of Life: The Royal Navy Years is a sequel to A Mishmash of Life, the author’s first book about his early formative years in Oxford (see below). This new book continues with the life of a sixteen-year-old boy entering into the Royal Navy in the late 1950’s. With humour and touches of sadness, it portrays the reality of life. It will give the reader an insight into the life aboard some of Her Majesty’s ships and establishments, including submarines, through the first-hand experiences of the author - experiences that took place during the uncertain years of the cold war. It was satisfying for the author to be a small cog in a very large wheel that helped to maintain world peace - a role that has now become part of history.
A LIFE'S JOURNEY A WORKING CLASS SAGA
After his intriguing autobiographical narrative Seeking a New Voice. Autobiographical Perspectives (Memoir Books, 2013) Barry Merchant has subsequently published a novel entitled A Life’s Journey. A Working-Class Saga (Diadem Books, 2014). The novel is a first-person narrative, and while most of the plot takes place in Southern England, there are also occasional excursions into other areas of the United Kingdom, in particular Scotland. We follow the individual development of the main character, who definitely belongs to the working-class, but manages to have a career in forestry and in this manner becomes a successful, well-paid skilled labourer, leaving behind his family’s long-standing farming background. The reader notices certain Dickensian plot-elements in this novel, which definitely add an interesting emphasis to its remarkable story-line: when the main character thus runs away with an underage girl (Lucy), the couple hides for a considerable while in faraway Scotland, and thus we are certainly reminded of the noticeable adventures of quite a few of Charles Dickens’ adolescent heroes! Even if we are no longer confronted with a straightforward version of a Horatio Alger-like from-rags-to-riches ideology, we nevertheless recognize in the novel a somewhat modified narrative pattern, where the social conditions are adapted to a more recent modernity, such as we come across these conditions in late twentieth-century and early twenty-first-century Britain.