All About Heaven by David Oliver

My review of this book will follow later this month. Meanwhile I would like to share the following excerpt as part of the Love Books Tour.

BOOK DETAILS

Many people understand that, at the end of all things, Christ returns, God will create a new heaven and a new earth where those who have trusted in Christ will live with him forever. But what about those who have ‘passed on’ well before this? Where are they now? What does heaven look like? What will occupy us there?

When David Oliver faced the death of his son Joel, at the age of 38, following a short and brutal fight with cancer, he set about researching and writing this powerful short book on heaven and committed to write whatever he discovered.

Through a thorough examination of the relevant Bible texts, David provides us with a thrilling view of the future and a destiny well worth preparing for, which will enrich our vision and faith.

EXTRACT

Heaven is a Stopover, Not the Final Destination

When I touched my dead son’s body for the very last time, I placed my cheek against his still slightly warm bearded cheek and allowed myself to feel the gentle warmth. In the yawning chasm of loss that was abruptly opening up before me, a question was already forming. Where is Joel now then? Is he unconscious or is he truly in heaven? Why did God take him now? Surely the answer to those questions and more must be found in, where he has gone and what he is doing there? 

We know that life after death, i.e. what happens immediately after we die is not all that there is. We could describe it by saying, there is a final destination and a stopover. I have travelled a good deal, often with my wife Gill, and one or more family members. On long-haul trips we often intentionally build in a stopover. The stopover often gets nearly as much attention – and there really are some great places to stopover – but you never forget that while this might be the best place you have visited so far, there is even better to come. 

Imagine if on a planned vacation you got the stopover and final destination confused. Confused about where exactly you’d be staying, confused about the culture, confused about what there is to do, confused about who would be there and confused about the sights and sounds, and even the precise location of where you were supposed to be. It’s a limited metaphor, I know, but instead of talking with joy, anticipation and thrill about both places, your conversations would be uncertain, muted, confused and lacklustre. It’s another one of those reasons why Christians talk little and think little about heaven.

So if, as we have suggested, the last breath here, the next breath somewhere else. Where exactly is that? There’s no better to starting point than the description of Jesus. On the cross, Jesus turned to one of the two thieves dying with him and said to him, ‘Today you will be with me in Paradise.’

People reporting positive near-death experiences often describe the place they glimpsed as being like a beautiful garden. For the Christian, as soon as the spirit is released from the body by death, it has direct access to the presence of the Lord. It is a beautiful garden-like place, and Paul says it is better by far than the best we have here. Alister McGrath explains:

The idea of a walled garden, enclosing a carefully cultivated area of exquisite plants and animals, was the most powerful symbol of paradise available to the human imagination, mingling the images of the beauty of nature with the orderliness of human construction . . . The whole of human history is thus enfolded in the subtle interplay of sorrow over a lost paradise, and the hope of its final restoration.
 
Just before he died, Roy Castle, described a vision he was having, standing in a most beautiful garden. He said it was indescribable because it was more beautiful than any garden he had seen on earth. He added, ‘I thought I was a gardener, but this gardener’s something else!

BOOK DETAILS

All About Heaven is available to purchase from David Oliver’s website – davidoliverbooks.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Oliver is the founder of Insight Marketing, an international trainer, speaker and author of 13 books in 29 languages, including ‘Work Prison or Place of Destiny?’
He is married to Gill and they live in Hampshire, England. 

A BIT OF A STRETCH by CHRIS ATKINS

The Diaries of a Prisoner

Atlantic Books

ABOUT

WHERE CAN A TIN OF TUNA BUY YOU CLEAN CLOTHES?
WHERE IS IT EASIER TO GET ‘SPICE’ THAN PARACETAMOL?
WHERE DOES SELF-HARM BARELY RAISE AN EYEBROW?

Welcome to Her Majesty’s Prison Service.

Like most people, documentary-maker Chris Atkins didn’t spend much time thinking about prisons. But after becoming embroiled in a dodgy scheme to fund his latest film, he was sent down for five years.

His new home would be HMP Wandsworth, one of the largest and most dysfunctional prisons in Europe.

With a cast of characters ranging from wily drug dealers to senior officials bent on endless reform, this powerful memoir uncovers the horrifying reality behind the locked gates.

Filled with dark humour and shocking stories, A Bit of a Stretch reveals why our creaking prison system is sorely costing us all.

Have you ever wondered… what it’s really like behind bars?

MOMO’S REVIEW

I read this book via Pigeonhole (see bottom of this post for details on Pigeonhole) and I am definitely getting into the way of reading a stave a day. This time I enjoyed the break between staves to consider what I had read each day.

This is a harrowing read in which Chris Atkins tells of his experience inside HMP Wandsworth. As a documentary maker he took to writing a journal as a way of passing the time in his cell.

There are many stories within this book which tell of others he encountered during his sentence. There are dark tales of self-harm and suicide. There are heartbreaking passages where prisoners are thrown in prison with no idea what to do next, how to cope with life inside whilst requiring assistance with their mental health more than anything else. There is humour in the book – more towards the end than the beginning which again shows how Chris had adjusted to his new life.

Many of the diary entries are shocking beyond belief and have changed the way I view life inside. Prisoners locked in their cells for 23 hours because of staff shortages? Drugs easier to obtain than paracetamol? From what I have read here I can now understand why some prisoners may go on to cause riots and I feel the public are never told the truth about what really starts a riot for instance.

I have so much to say on the issues raised in this book that I could type forever but there are many more questions than answers and I am still to work my way through all the footnotes which were very welcome. I have ordered a copy of this book and am awaiting on it arriving where I will be able to read through it again.

Final point, the epilogue lists the changes Chris would wish to introduce if he was given the opportunity to become justice secretary. It is clear from this that the immediate changes required are fundamental, straightforward and make good sense. We know there is no chance of him being appointed justice secretary. However, is there anyone in power who will read this book, take onboard what is being said and act on this information? I’m hopeful, yet doubtful. What is good to see is there has been a lot of talk regarding the release of this book on TV this week so maybe, just maybe….

I feel that this is a book which could change lives. It could be the start of something!

My sincere thanks to THE PIGEONHOLE for the opportunity to read and review ‘A BIT OF A STRETCH’ by CHRIS ATKINS. 

All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. 
All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary.com

BOOK DETAILS

REVIEW PUBLISHED / BUY LINKS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris Atkins

Chris Atkins is best known as a documentary maker. His 2007 debut feature, Taking Liberties, was a Michael Moore inspired documentary castigating the Blair government for undermining civil liberties as part of the war against terror. The film played in dozens of cinemas across the UK, got very strong reviews and was nominated for a film BAFTA in 2008. Chris also wrote an accompanying book, also called Taking Liberties, which was published alongside the film.

His next film, Starsuckers, took aim at the celebrity-obsessed media. The documentary became famous for selling fake celebrity stories to the tabloids, engineering a reverse undercover sting on red top hacks, and secretly filming Max Clifford boasting about covering up his clients’ sexual indiscretions. The film made the front page of The Guardian two days running and faced down legal challenges from the News of The World, Clifford and Bob Geldof. The film premiered at the 2009 London Film Festival, was shown on Channel 4 several times and was screened to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards.

Chris has also made several notorious TV current affairs films. He spent most of 2011 undercover, secretly filming corrupt private detectives who were running a black market in private information, which became a Dispatches special for Channel 4 – Watching the Detectives. He made another Dispatches special in 2013 – Celebs Brands and Fake Fans – and tricked a slew of Coronation Street stars into plugging fake products on social media. This sting made the front of The Sun and The Mirror, leading ITV to threaten to sue Channel 4. Later that year Chris investigated bad practise in big charities for BBC Panorama, and revealed that Comic Relief was secretly investing millions in alcohol, arms and tobacco companies. The film kicked up a huge press storm, forcing Comic Relief to sell its “sin stocks” and got Chris his 3rd BAFTA nomination.

In 2015 Chris wrote and directed a fiction film imagining what would happen if UKIP actually won that year’s general election. “UKIP: The First 100 Days” was broadcast on Channel 4, and led to an incendiary reaction from UKIP supporters who lodged over 6000 complaints with Ofcom, making it one of the most complained-about TV dramas of all time.

In 2016 he was prosecuted for his involvement in an illegal tax scheme, which was used to fund his film Starsuckers. He was convicted in Southwark Crown court, along with several other defendants, and sentenced to five years imprisonment. He spent the first nine months of his sentence at HMP Wandsworth, and kept a detailed diary of his experiences. These have since been written up into a book, A Bit of a Stretch, which was the subject of a seven publisher bidding war when he was released in 2019. The book is due for publication on the 6th February 2020 and has already won praise from The Secret Barrister, Jon Snow, Mark Thomas and John Niven.

He is now back in North London working on a music documentary, and making a podcast series about prison life.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

ABOUT ‘THE PIGEONHOLE’

THE PIGEONHOLE (www.thepigeonhole.com) is a community of readers from around the world. Books are delivered in daily instalments (staves). The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on the IOS or Android app, or on a web reader.

The Pigeonhole is all about shared reading and has a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between readers. Post a comment and fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.

As you read you will see round purple icons at the edge of certain paragraphs – tap on these to reveal behind-the-scenes extra content!

Links are included at the end of the final stave which allow you to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The full book will be available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure.

A BIT OF A STRETCH by CHRIS ATKINS

The Diaries of a Prisoner

Atlantic Books

ABOUT

WHERE CAN A TIN OF TUNA BUY YOU CLEAN CLOTHES?
WHERE IS IT EASIER TO GET ‘SPICE’ THAN PARACETAMOL?
WHERE DOES SELF-HARM BARELY RAISE AN EYEBROW?

Welcome to Her Majesty’s Prison Service.

Like most people, documentary-maker Chris Atkins didn’t spend much time thinking about prisons. But after becoming embroiled in a dodgy scheme to fund his latest film, he was sent down for five years.

His new home would be HMP Wandsworth, one of the largest and most dysfunctional prisons in Europe.

With a cast of characters ranging from wily drug dealers to senior officials bent on endless reform, this powerful memoir uncovers the horrifying reality behind the locked gates.

Filled with dark humour and shocking stories, A Bit of a Stretch reveals why our creaking prison system is sorely costing us all.

Have you ever wondered… what it’s really like behind bars?

MOMO’S REVIEW

I read this book via Pigeonhole (see bottom of this post for details on Pigeonhole) and I am definitely getting into the way of reading a stave a day. This time I enjoyed the break between staves to consider what I had read each day.

This is a harrowing read in which Chris Atkins tells of his experience inside HMP Wandsworth. As a documentary maker he took to writing a journal as a way of passing the time in his cell.

There are many stories within this book which tell of others he encountered during his sentence. There are dark tales of self-harm and suicide. There are heartbreaking passages where prisoners are thrown in prison with no idea what to do next, how to cope with life inside whilst requiring assistance with their mental health more than anything else. There is humour in the book – more towards the end than the beginning which again shows how Chris had adjusted to his new life.

Many of the diary entries are shocking beyond belief and have changed the way I view life inside. Prisoners locked in their cells for 23 hours because of staff shortages? Drugs easier to obtain than paracetamol? From what I have read here I can now understand why some prisoners may go on to cause riots and I feel the public are never told the truth about what really starts a riot for instance.

I have so much to say on the issues raised in this book that I could type forever but there are many more questions than answers and I am still to work my way through all the footnotes which were very welcome. I have ordered a copy of this book and am awaiting on it arriving where I will be able to read through it again.

Final point, the epilogue lists the changes Chris would wish to introduce if he was given the opportunity to become justice secretary. It is clear from this that the immediate changes required are fundamental, straightforward and make good sense. We know there is no chance of him being appointed justice secretary. However, is there anyone in power who will read this book, take onboard what is being said and act on this information? I’m hopeful, yet doubtful. What is good to see is there has been a lot of talk regarding the release of this book on TV this week so maybe, just maybe….

I feel that this is a book which could change lives. It could be the start of something!

My sincere thanks to THE PIGEONHOLE for the opportunity to read and review ‘A BIT OF A STRETCH’ by CHRIS ATKINS. 

All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. 
All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary.com

BOOK DETAILS

REVIEW PUBLISHED / BUY LINKS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chris Atkins

Chris Atkins is best known as a documentary maker. His 2007 debut feature, Taking Liberties, was a Michael Moore inspired documentary castigating the Blair government for undermining civil liberties as part of the war against terror. The film played in dozens of cinemas across the UK, got very strong reviews and was nominated for a film BAFTA in 2008. Chris also wrote an accompanying book, also called Taking Liberties, which was published alongside the film.

His next film, Starsuckers, took aim at the celebrity-obsessed media. The documentary became famous for selling fake celebrity stories to the tabloids, engineering a reverse undercover sting on red top hacks, and secretly filming Max Clifford boasting about covering up his clients’ sexual indiscretions. The film made the front page of The Guardian two days running and faced down legal challenges from the News of The World, Clifford and Bob Geldof. The film premiered at the 2009 London Film Festival, was shown on Channel 4 several times and was screened to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards.

Chris has also made several notorious TV current affairs films. He spent most of 2011 undercover, secretly filming corrupt private detectives who were running a black market in private information, which became a Dispatches special for Channel 4 – Watching the Detectives. He made another Dispatches special in 2013 – Celebs Brands and Fake Fans – and tricked a slew of Coronation Street stars into plugging fake products on social media. This sting made the front of The Sun and The Mirror, leading ITV to threaten to sue Channel 4. Later that year Chris investigated bad practise in big charities for BBC Panorama, and revealed that Comic Relief was secretly investing millions in alcohol, arms and tobacco companies. The film kicked up a huge press storm, forcing Comic Relief to sell its “sin stocks” and got Chris his 3rd BAFTA nomination.

In 2015 Chris wrote and directed a fiction film imagining what would happen if UKIP actually won that year’s general election. “UKIP: The First 100 Days” was broadcast on Channel 4, and led to an incendiary reaction from UKIP supporters who lodged over 6000 complaints with Ofcom, making it one of the most complained-about TV dramas of all time.

In 2016 he was prosecuted for his involvement in an illegal tax scheme, which was used to fund his film Starsuckers. He was convicted in Southwark Crown court, along with several other defendants, and sentenced to five years imprisonment. He spent the first nine months of his sentence at HMP Wandsworth, and kept a detailed diary of his experiences. These have since been written up into a book, A Bit of a Stretch, which was the subject of a seven publisher bidding war when he was released in 2019. The book is due for publication on the 6th February 2020 and has already won praise from The Secret Barrister, Jon Snow, Mark Thomas and John Niven.

He is now back in North London working on a music documentary, and making a podcast series about prison life.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

ABOUT ‘THE PIGEONHOLE’

THE PIGEONHOLE (www.thepigeonhole.com) is a community of readers from around the world. Books are delivered in daily instalments (staves). The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on the IOS or Android app, or on a web reader.

The Pigeonhole is all about shared reading and has a dynamic commenting system which allows in-text discussion between readers. Post a comment and fellow readers will be able to respond. You can also choose to receive notifications when someone responds to your comment, or, additionally, whenever a comment is left in the book.

As you read you will see round purple icons at the edge of certain paragraphs – tap on these to reveal behind-the-scenes extra content!

Links are included at the end of the final stave which allow you to leave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. The full book will be available on your Pigeonhole bookshelf for one month for you to read at your leisure.

Mastering Adulthood by Lara E Fielding

Go Beyond Adulting to Become an Emotional Grown-Up

SYNOPSIS

Whoever said being a grownup was easy? If you’re up to the challenge, Mastering Adulthood offers smart and entertaining strategies for dealing with difficult emotions like anxiety, sadness, and anger, or even just a lack of motivation and uncertainty. More than just “adulting”-this book will give you the real emotional skills you need to thrive!

Whether you’re graduating from college, starting a career, trying to gain financial independence, or creating meaningful relationships-entering into the world of grownups can be more than a little overwhelming. And while there are plenty of fun books out there for young adults offering advice on how to fix a leaky faucet or find the right apartment, none really delve into the deeply emotional aspects of growing up.

In Mastering Adulthood, psychologist Lara Fielding offers evidence-based skills to help you cope with the feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and stress that may be getting in the way of living an independent, fulfilling adult life. Drawing on case examples from young adults she’s worked with in her private practice, Fielding provides empowering strategies and skills for managing difficult emotions using mindfulness, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

When you experience big life changes that cause you stress, you need emotional flexibility to reach your goals and be your best self. Using the skills in this book, you’ll learn to take charge of your emotional habits, stop feeling stuck, and discover what really matters to you.

MOMO’S REVIEW

I was drawn to this book when I saw it on NetGalley as I have been going through a stressful and emotion period in my life and at times just didn’t feel I knew how to deal with whatever was happening.

Dr Fielding reminds the reader of the important of self-reflection. I found it to be an empowering book and I was impressed with the constructive solutions to help the reader through stressful times whilst being an enjoyable read. I personally enjoyed the meditation practices and the positive messages throughout. I would recommend this book to anyone who feels they are open to guidance getting through a difficult period – we all have them!

My sincere thanks to NetGalley and New Harbinger Publications, Inc. for an advanced readers copy of ‘Mastering Adulthood’ by Lara E Fielding. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

BOOK DETAILS

  • FORMAT: digital arc
  • LENGTH: 320 pages
  • PUBLISHER: John Murray
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 18 April 2019
  • ASIN: B07L97JM9M

REVIEW PUBLISHED

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lara E. Fielding, PsyD, is a psychologist who specializes in using mindfulness-based therapies to manage stress and strong emotions. She studied the psychophysiology of stress and emotions at the University of California, Los Angeles; and Harvard; before getting her doctorate at Pepperdine University graduate school of education and psychology, where she is currently adjunct professor.

In her private practice in Beverly Hills, CA, she specializes in treating young adults challenged by the stresses of transitioning roles and responsibilities resulting in difficulties with mood, motivation, and emotion regulation. Her values mission, and aim of her work, is to empower young adults through self-awareness, bridge the gap between research and people, and lowering barriers to availability of science-based mental health interventions. She frequently offers trainings in the community, and freely shares the skills she teaches in her blogs on Thrive Globalwww.psychcentral.com, and www.youtube.com.

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER

Author

Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson by Paul Kimmage

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE CROSS SPORTS BOOK AWARDS BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR

Engage!‘ was the last word Matt Hampson heard before dislocating his neck while in rugby training with other young England hopefuls.

On a cold, grey, overcast day in 2005, the cream of young English rugby gathered at a Northampton training ground. Matt Hampson, ‘Hambo’ to his mates, was one of them. He had dreamt of playing rugby for England ever since he had picked up a rugby ball at school. His skill, conviction and dedication had brought him to the cusp of realising that dream, in an England U21 team that included Olly Morgan, Toby Flood, Ben Foden and James Haskell. But as the two sets of forwards engaged for a scrum on the training field, the scrum collapsed and Matt, who played tight-head prop, took the full force of two opposing sides. In that moment his life changed forever.

Paul Kimmage went to visit Matt as he recuperated, and wrote a piece for the Sunday Times which won him his third successive SJA sports interviewer of the year award. They struck up a friendship and here, Paul tells Matt’s whole story, in all its intimate detail. From the build-up to the dreadful day, to Matt’s recuperation, to his struggle to adjust to normal life again, to his family and friends, to other tragic incidents on the rugby field, to the response of the RFU, this is a story of terrible sadness yet unadorned triumph and joy, of anger yet of reconciliation and peace . . . of a boy who became a man.

MOMOBOOKDIARY REVIEW

This is a remarkably inspirational book.

As someone who enjoys watching rugby I was eager to read the full story of Matt Hampson and the catastrophic injury that changed his life in a second.

Matt and Paul have brought us a book which is brutally honest throughout and extremely well written.  We are given an insight into the struggles Matt, and those around him, have dealt with since that awful day. This book speaks of the human condition, not just the issue of tetraplegia. It puts life into perspective and makes you think twice before moaning about the trivial things in day-to-day living.

Paul Kimmage is an exceptionally gifted writer.  This book will come to mind long after you have finished reading it.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys watching or playing rugby. Although it is important to remember that whist many injuries can occur during a game of rugby it is very rare that such a life-changing injury happens.

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: Engage
  • AUTHOR: Paul Kimmage
  • PUBLISHER: Simon Schuster UK
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 31 July 2011
  • ISBN: 9780857205476
  • FORMAT: paperback
  • LENGTH: 412 pages

ABOUT…

Paul Kimmage is an Irish sports journalist who, until his departure in early 2012, wrote for the Sunday Times newspaper in the United Kingdom. He is a former professional road bicycle racer. Kimmage was born into a cycling family.  (wikipedia)

Paul Kimmage is on Twitter

Matt Hampson Matthew “Hambo” Hampson is a former English rugby union prop who became a C4/5 tetraplegic after a scrummaging practice accident for England under 21 on 15 March 2005. Hampson took up rugby as a 5-year old for Oakham, joining Syston RFC when he was 12. (wikipedia)

Matt Hampson is on Twitter and Facebook and please check out Matt Hampson Foundation website

Embrace Your Greatness by Judith Belmont

Fifty Ways to Build Unshakable Self-Esteem

It’s time to start feeling good about yourself! In this go-to guide, a licensed professional counselor offers 101 quick tips and tools to help you overcome self-doubt, silence your inner critic, be assertive, boost your self-esteem, and embrace your greatness.

In our image-obsessed world, it’s easy to compare yourself to friends, celebrities, and models. Social media has skewed our perception of reality by only offering images of people at their best. But the truth is that most people struggle with self-criticism and self-doubt-at least some of the time. So, how can you stop paying attention to your inner critic and start focusing on what makes you truly great?

In Embrace Your Greatness, you’ll find powerful-yet incredibly simple-tools grounded in mindfulness, acceptance, self-compassion, and positive psychology to help you start feeling good about yourself. The book includes unique and engaging activities and exercises to help you put a stop to that nagging inner critic, overcome perfectionism, and develop lasting self-confidence. You’ll also discover ways to be more assertive, develop healthy relationships that support a healthy you, and cultivate an unshakable sense of optimism about yourself and your life.

If you need a quick confidence boost, this fun guide offers 101 ways to nix your nagging inner critic and start loving who you are.

MOMOBOOKDIARY REVIEW

Embrace Your Greatness is an effective easy-to-read guide to greatness and the step-by-step strategies help you to grow and sustain a strong improved self-stem and reduce the nagativity in your life.

Judith Belmont has put together 50 practical exercises with the recommendation to practice them one by one in various situations with the aim towards feeling better, happier and a more fulfilling life. 

Thank you to NetGalley, New Harbinger Publications, Inc. and Judith Belmont for the opportunity to read and review this self-help book prior to publication.

BOOK DETAILS

  • TITLE: Embrace Your Greatness – Fifty Ways to Build Unshakable Self-Esteem
  • AUTHOR: Judith Belmont
  • PUBLISHER: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 2 January 2019 (ebook) 28 February 2019 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 9781684032204
  • FORMAT: ebook
  • LENGTH: 240 pages

Available to preorder NOW from Amazon: 

REVIEW PUBLISHED

NetGalley, GoodReads

Once published this review will be all be published on these websites: Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iBooks, BookBridgr

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

You can interact with Judy Belmont on her website BelmontWellness and if you Sign up for Judy’s newsletter for wellness updates to help you stay positive you will receive her self-help ebook, Personal Development 101!

Judy Belmont is also on Twitter and Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

Lines of Remembrance by Jack D. Harrison

A Short Series of Verse, for Those Lost in the Great War

Lines of Remembrance was published especially for 2018.

It is perhaps the most significant year to us ever, and rightly so, because it marks the end of five years of centenary events based around the Great War. Siegfried Sassoon’s poem “Aftermath” (published during the 1920s), asks “Have you forgotten yet?” This book helps answer that question (at least from the author’s perspective). It is hoped that we will never forget the sacrifices and hardships of everyone involved during the years 1914–18 and for those left behind at home.

Lines of Remembrance partly serves as a second volume to Jack’s first book (of verse) and is also well suited to fit the sombre and, for many, the bleak season of autumn, with thoughts of the end of long summer days, and the cold, dark winter nights ahead. What better book, then, to curl up with during those long, dark nights? Engendering thoughts of those lost before their time, during 1914–18 and for all wars and conflicts. Thoughts also of ghosts and memories of those no longer alive but still with us, in spirit. But there are some reminders of happy times, of summer and, for some, better times. Let us also remember that for many people today, the approach of autumn and winter brings feelings of dread and (often) loneliness.

It is not a collection of ghost stories, though they’re included, to help remember the dead (friends, loved ones, and others). Nor is it a book about the Great War, though the author hopes we will never forget, keeping faith with them, to ensure they rest.

Lines of Remembrance is meant as the author’s intention to never forget and to keep that faith. Only you, the reader, can determine whether that intention succeeds.

MOMOBOOKDIARY REVIEW

As we celebrate Remembrance Day 2018, the 100th Anniversary this is a truly exceptional piece of work.

The images are so atmospheric and fit perfectly with Jack’s words.

Simply perfect. We will remember!

ABOUT THE BOOK

  • TITLE: Lines of Remembrance
  • AUTHOR: Jack D. Harrison
  • PUBLISHER: AuthorHouse UK
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 23 October 2018

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I have been unable to find anything online regarding this author.  There is a page at the end of this book which I am unable to share but you can read it when you buy the book! Jack is on Facebook at Jacks Scribbling Page and more can be read on the Publisher website (link above).  I will update this page when/if I do find more details about this very talented man.

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Lines of Remembrance: A Short Series of Verse, for Those Lost in the Great War
by Jack D. Harrison
Link: Amazon

 

Other books by Jack D. Harrison:

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Memoirs of a Signalman
by Jack D. Harrison
Link: Amazon

 

 

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Rhyming Lines: The Poems of Jack D. Harrison
by Jack D. Harrison
Link: Amazon

May I Have Your Attention Please? by James Corden

The Autobiography

As far back as he can remember James Corden has only ever wanted to be in one place: in front of you, doing something to make you laugh, cry, shout, or giggle uncontrollably. At the age of 4, he grandstanded throughout his baby sister’s christening, standing on a chair in front of the whole congregation, pulling faces and cracking everyone up. Despite himself, the vicar was impressed. And from then on he couldn’t get enough of the spotlight, even when it always seemed to avoid him.
Throughout his teens, he and his Dad trudged up and down towards London, getting closer and closer to landing a gig, only to be told ‘No’ at the last stage. But he never gave up and soon found his whole life turned upside down and inside out by his experience as one Alan Bennett’s History Boys. From that moment forth, he’s never looked back.
May I Have Your Attention Please? is the warm, cheeky, surprisingly honest and hilarious story of one of our most popular comedy talents. From his antics as one of the founding players of his high-school’s first ever rugby team to gaining recognition in the West End, to nationwide fame as the loveably loud Smithy in the award-winning Gavin and Stacey, this is a tenderly told story of what it’s like to try, try and try again and – happily – get there in the end.

MOMOBOOKDIARY REVIEW

Highly recommended listening!

I loved every minute of this audiobook.  James Corden narrates which makes it feel like he is telling you the story on a one-to-one basis which is amazing!!

Before listening I had only seen James on his game show on Sky TV but since then I have watched every episode of Gavin & Stacey and rate him even higher now.

If you like James, you will love listening to this wonderful story of his life up until 2010…. there is so much more to know now so hopefully there will be a follow up book coming soon!

  • TITLE: May I Have Your Attention Please
  • AUTHOR: James Corden
  • PUBLISHER: Random House AudioBooks
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 29 September 2011
  • FORMAT: Audiobook
  • NARRATOR: James Corden

 

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