Goodnight Moon (Remember Reading podcast)

Goodnight Moon‘s hypnotic rhythm stays with its readers from infancy long into adulthood. HarperCollins recently published The Important Thing about Margaret Wise Brown. It’s written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Sarah Jacoby, both of whom or on this podcast. It is a picture book that celebrates the late author’s legacy. Lindsay, the host, talks with them about why they love Goodnight Moon and how their research connected them to Margaret’s special world. They also talk about one of Margaret Wise Brown’s previously unpublished manuscripts, Good Day, Good Night, that was illustrated by renowned author/illustrator, Loren Long, and published in 2017. He talks about writing for kids, adapting Margaret’s work with admiration, and his unique experience as an artist with colorblindness.

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16th Century Book Machine

The Book Wheel was described in Agostino Ramelli’s book The Various and Ingenious Machines of Captain Agostino Ramelli, published in 1588. He never built it but a version was built in 1986 by architect Daniel Libeskind.

More pre-kindle book machines here.

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An enthralling chronicle of two young men – one white, one black – in apartheid South Africa

About the Book

The destinies of two young men in apartheid South Africa become inexorably intertwined in their pursuit of what is right.

Zak Ginsberg is shaped by his parents’ sad histories. Awareness of the Second World War, his Jewishness and the status of the black population slowly infiltrate his consciousness.

Mpande Gumede has spent an idyllic childhood in rustic Zululand. At high school, he realises for the first time, that he is a second-class citizen.

Zak studies the art of saving lives. Mpande pursues the craft of destroying lives. Both are drawn into the anti-apartheid struggle. The one acts because his ancestors were victims, the other because he himself is a victim.

Newspaper and Amazon reviews: 

The Jerusalem Post

”The novel’s epic proportions, sharp political context and Hoffmann’s keen eye for detail make for an engrossing and enlightening read.”

The Jerusalem Report

”Hoffmann…. is a fine writer….

Be warned: This is the kind of book that might cause to you to smile or even laugh as you read it, but it will ultimately make you cry. Once you start reading it, though, you may not be able to put it down.”

Amazon

”A splendid book which juxtaposes the needs of conscience and one’s place in society.”

”A rare gem fusing literary genres….

(It) does not take us down the beaten path and feed us the same clichés we’ve heard before. Here, novel insights are presented in a beautiful, elegiac language, and a profoundly gripping and genuinely unique ending turns everything on its head.And throughout all of it, heartwarming humor bubbles beneath the surface, making the pain of the characters just a little less terrible to endure…..

I would recommend it to anyone who seeks something more from a novel than just a quick thrill, and who would like to be challenged, emotionally as well as intellectually.”

”A Wonderful Historical Fiction Dealing WithAnti-Apartheid Activism in South Africa”

”Jack Hoffmann has produced a superbly written novel…

This is a subtle, thoughtful work that deserves a wide readership.”

”Riveting….This is a skillfully-written book about two young men in South Africa as their paths cross in pursuit of what is racial equality.”

“He Does Not Die A Death of Shame” is available to purchase in paperback from Amazon UK at:

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An account of a manorial estate in Medieval England

Today, in times of fading borders and challenged national identity, this book celebrates a treasured feature of English Heritage

About the Book

Domestic rebellions and foreign wars, the king’s rule, murder, traitors and execution, crippling debt, arranged marriages of young heirs and heiresses, avoidance of taxes, medieval decrees of inheritance, the black death and famine.  All that and more can be found in a fascinating new book based on the meticulous research of exceptional author Murray Johnston.

While his first book, The Watford Knight’s Fee, will satisfy serious students and enthusiasts of medieval English history, his second opens the door to everyone.  A time machine takes the reader along a fascinating and sometimes wobbly journey with the lords of the manor through 700 years – including, unique in English history, one family for 500 years.

Welcome to the world of manors in medieval England!

For more details about this book, see:  https://www.giveamanor.com

Excerpt

Eustace III: The Rebel

In his later years, King John saw a transition of the Watford manor to Eustace III. His father died well-advanced in years, so Eustace III was no youngster, long since ‘of age’. Although not destined to be lord of Watford for long, Eustace lived through one of the most tumultuous times in English history – the First Baron’s War and the Magna Carta…

John de Ardern, brother of Eustace III, was disappointed to find that the 7 virgates in Watford given to him in his father’s lifetime were mortgaged. His father, Eustace II, had given John’s inheritance as security for a loan from the Jews of Northampton. Eustace II paid 70 shillings annually to the king’s exchequer for the debt, and now the same obligation lay on John’s shoulders. Unfortunately, like his father he was short of cash. Instead, John provided a horse for the king’s use as substitute for his father’s annual payment of 70s, and so the king granted John his lands…

The First Barons War commenced when the barons attacked but failed to take Northampton Castle. Nonetheless, they proceeded to successfully take London. King John was forced to attach his great seal to the Magna Carta in June 1215. But John set aside the Great Charter and the war with the barons continued. Many of the barons, including supporters such as Eustace de Watford, were cast adrift by the king due to their allegiance to the rebel cause.”

About the Author

Murray Johnston is the author of several books on family history venturing as far back as the 16th century. Rediscovering medieval places, events and people became an inseparable part of his life. Exploring connections to an ancient English parish introduced him to the medieval world of manors and the rise and decline of one in particular through seven centuries. Living the adventure of researching more than a thousand documents found in England’s greatest archival institutions gave Murray the basis for his latest book: Give a Manor Take a Manor.

“Give a Manor Take a Manor” is available to purchase in hardback from Amazon UK at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Give-Manor-Take-Decline-Medieval/dp/1789556899

This well-researched book is also available to purchase in paperback at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Give-Manor-Take-Decline-Medieval/dp/1789556880

The e-book and audiobook versions of this book will also be released soon.

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About the Book

International Political & Environmental Folly – Edition 7 [issued in early 2019] was started after a two year stint in USA & Canada was completed in 1959.

This publication shows that political organisations are taking too much money from the public and using it incorrectly. The politicians blame the banks for the same reason but it is thought that both are to blame.

The politicians appear to be taking the global warming threat seriously but do not seem to recognise the full story since the physicists who advise the Government appear to have gotten the issue wrong too.

This is a complex matter which is explained in the book entitled above. It is serious matter because eventually & SOON the central black hole of our galaxy, the Milky Way, which has been taking up space matter for millions of years will explode because the temperature and pressure rise with the take up till the system melts…. followed a few milliseconds later by a nuclear explosion.  This will undo the mechanism that holds our galaxy together and chaos will reign, killing all Earth bound life unless….

The book at Edition 7 goes on to explain how to shift the solar system out of ‘OUR GALAXY’ thereby saving the LIFE STOCK of Mother Earth. Of course, that assumes the task is completed before the predicted event takes place.

The author gave up the impossible task of warning Central Government
of the situation that was being built up by local authorities & Central Government in 2007 and bought a property in the Caribbean.  It was then he decided to carry out the seemingly impossible task of getting enough information to halt the ‘progress’ of local authority & Central Government.

This matter was solved by mentally returning to the UK research station that employed the writer as a scientist in charge of the Physics Electronic Section where coating of plastic bodies with a ‘metal skin’ was discussed. Although the BH termination is somewhat different, the writer solved the case of BH’s behaviour from the result of that recalled investigation, and the book developed from that standpoint. The book warns that a serious matter exists unless action is promptly taken.

About the Author

Born in 1925, the author served in The Royal Navy and was loaned to the Royal Canadian Navy during WW2. He and his wife Joan (who has now passed on) have three daughters.  Following demobilization from the Royal Navy, the author studied mathematics, physics, and electronics which were put to use in the USA and Canada. Returning to England, the author settled in Hertfordshire and was employed in research, military, medical, industrial electronics, nucleonics, and avionics. On retiring, the author relocated to Dorset where he obtained his pilot’s license and later his own Cessna Aircraft for recreational use. He also indulged in another hobby, horology. Later still, an attempt to relocate to his Caribbean retreat ended due to ill health. The author underwent spinal surgery in January 2011 and hopes to renew his recreational flying in due course.

International Political & Environmental Folly by Daniel Tissington is available in paperback from Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/International-Political-Environmental-Folly-7/dp/1789553911

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This book has a timely message as the UK attempts to struggle out of the chaos of Brexit. It asks the question, should the majority carry the vote? If the answer to that question is yes then we have a lot to consider. Do our leaders always serve us well? Have they got our interests before their own? Should we just follow like sheep? The author asks some searching questions and finds some disturbing answers. This is a book that needs to be read – before it is too late.

Excerpt

“When I started to write this, the thought that was the uppermost in my mind is how our leaders are misleading us all. As I said right at the beginning, we have been guilty in the past of trusting blindly the leaders and those in authority over us, just because they are in the position they are in. Now when we see what is happening in the UK, in America and in many other places in the world, perhaps we realise that if we choose a blind man to lead us, then our world will turn into darkness. Do we really know what people are thinking? Do we really know that we’re not being fed poison drip by drip, so that our hearts and minds are changed?

This is not a time for leaders who have selfish ambitions. What we need in our lives are servant leaders, not those who place themselves in power over us as lords. There is only one Lord, and that is the Lord God, and with him caring for us, there is no need for us to follow blindly in ways that may not be good for us. God has a plan for you, and he will be the one who will guide your destiny if you trust in him. You can be very much less certain of what will happen to you if you put your trust in human beings.

Now it is time for us to take back the power to ourselves. I’m not suggesting that we use violence to take over the reins of power. With God as our Guide, we need to find a way to change the world in a peaceful and quiet way, and a way that is validated by goodness, fairness, and the desire to have all people treated equally. A movement has started in the area of climate change, where frequent demonstrations, many including children taking the day off school, to make a difference in the world that they will inherit. This is the kind of change that we need, and we also need to do what we know is good for us, and that is aligned with integrity on Christ-like grounds.”

About the Author

Meverly A. Benjamin is a Dutch national and a seasoned finance analyst, development consultant, speaker and author, with fluent multilingual abilities in English, Dutch, and Twi. My Dream was her debut novel. The inspiration behind this novel was Meverly’s real-life struggles as a single mother against prejudice and various hardships following her divorce. With a strong belief in God, she managed to work hard to make her dream a reality, and it is her Christian faith which informs and shapes her current perspective and motivation for writing Chaos of Brexit.

“Chaos of Brexit:  The Majority Carries the Vote” is available to purchase in paperback from Amazon UK at:

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Eric has a miserable childhood in a violent, drunken family in a tough London housing estate. He compensates by looking for perfection. For him, this means worldly success in a diplomatic career as far away from his childhood as possible. His single-minded ambition comes at a price. It makes him leave his childhood sweetheart Katie behind, since he knows that she can’t keep up with him. Their ways part. Eric marries an upper-class woman and becomes an Ambassador. However, Katie and he never quite lose touch. After his wife’s death Eric and Katie come together again. There is action and pace, fun and sadness, a huge variety of life experiences and a sense of providence and redemption.

Excerpt

“Katie cried herself to sleep. The next morning she woke up with a heavy head and a terrible anguish. The worst had happened to her. Eric did not want her. He was not going to marry her. She felt as if the floor had fallen from under her feet. She could not fathom it. He was not going to marry her because it would make her unhappy. That just wasn’t true. She might not have understood everything, but as she knew she made him happy, of course happiness would have followed in a marriage. She would not have demanded anything; she was content for him to rule the roost. He knew better anyhow.

There had to be some hidden reason for him not to want to marry her. She knew and felt that he loved her. Was it perhaps something connected to those deep, dark moods of which she had the odd glimpse on the occasions when he had got drunk in her company? The depth of those dark feelings had frightened her. She realised that she knew only patches of his character and what drove him on.

To the world he was jolly and superficial. What had he wanted? Now that she thought about it, Katie remembered how at the beginning he had tried to interest her in history, art and music, but seeing that she did not have the same enthusiasm, he had given up on that. He had tried to teach her card games, but she had no card sense, and it had had to be given up.”

About the Author

Ulla Marita Beattie was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1945, which explains why many of her stories have a Nordic flavour. She has travelled widely and has lived in Austria, Russia, Cyprus, Belgium and Switzerland.Since 1997 she has been based in London, with frequent visits to France. She is married and has two daughters, now grown up. She has had a lifelong interest in children’s stories, particularly those read to her own and other people’s children.
You can read more about Ulla and her books at www.ullabeattie.co.uk

“Perfection Comes at a Price” is available to purchase in paperback from Amazon UK at:

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The amazing journey of the rise in human consciousness, initiated at the beginning of the millennium, encompasses humanity, planet Earth and the whole of creation. Light Everlasting continues to describe the process of evolution as we ascend into the higher Fifth Dimensional level of consciousness known as the wonderful Golden Age of Love.

Profound life experiences have enabled Iris to develop her natural healing abilities and these have found expression as a Health Intuitive over the past twenty years, involving hundreds of clients in the UK and all over the world.

About the Author: 

Iris shares the gradual unfolding of what has become a journey of enlightenment beginning with her first book Caterpillar to Butterfly (published in 2009) followed by Over the Rainbow (2012), Awakening to Love (2014), Rising into the Age of Light (2016) and now Light Everlasting (2019).

Excerpt from the book: 

“A very long time ago I had a ground-breaking experience at a ‘feeling’ level when a man crossed my path which I describe in more detail in my previous books. It was the meeting of what we are now coming to learn more about, known as Twin Flame encounters. Up to now very little has been written about this. I explain to clients that probably the ultimate book on this whole experience has been channelled by the Ascended Master St Germain, Twin Souls and Soulmates published in 1998. He explains that when we reach a certain stage of inner growth ‘we attract a person of an identical vibration that can lead us to Divine Sacred Union.’

Everything on planet Earth is now in acceleration mode and more and more clients are contacting me and I have the opportunity to explain this situation to them. As this amazing journey unfolds, we can expect to gain more understanding. Perhaps it is appropriate to end this chapter with the words from an amazing book called The Life Everlasting by Marie Corelli published as far back as 1911.  The book review considers this narrative to be ‘the greatest love story of all time’.

‘Love must be born in the Soul and of the Soul. It must be a duel flame, that is to say it must find its counterpart in another Soul which is its ordained mate before it can fulfil its higher needs. Then, like two wings moved by the same soaring impulse, it assists the will and carries it to the highest heaven. Through its force, life is generated and preserved. Without it, life escapes to other places to find its love again. Nothing is perfect, nothing is lasting without the light and fire of this dual flame.’

What lovely thoughts to ponder!”

“Light Everlasting” is available to buy in paperback from Amazon UK at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Light-Everlasting-Iris-Sparkes/dp/1789556317

This book is also available to purchase from Amazon USA at:

https://www.amazon.com/Light-Everlasting-Iris-Sparkes/dp/1789556317

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This is a self-help book about addiction, not just from the side of the addict suffering… but also from the affected family member.

Lizbeth and Meath, a mother and daughter wrote this insightful biography in the hope of helping people understand addiction and the suffering and possible recovery both sides experience.

They hope to make a non-profit foundation to help addicts from the proceeds of this book.

Book reviews on Amazon: 

SERENA

5.0 out of 5 stars  Just what I needed

6 September 2019

Format: Paperback

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“Compelling… raw, real and relatable. I am ordering some more to give to friends I think it will help. Touching on all forms of self-destructive behaviours and addictions and making it very simple to understand and even better give hope for recovery. One person found this helpful.”

T R Heaton

5.0 out of 5 stars  Brilliant… & So helpful thank you.

6 September 2019

Format: Hardcover

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“Very easy to read and understand. I was hooked! Opened my mind to addiction and the trouble it brings to all parties not just the addict. Relatable. Gave me much hope for someone close to me.”

Excerpt from the book: 

“The addiction was thinking for me and I was a victim to its needs.

I was sitting there not realising what was going on and sometimes it can still happen now. Nine years clean but in a different way. If I don’t go to meetings for a while my peace of mind goes. My brain says I didn’t go last week and I’m okay now, I’ve things to do, then suddenly I’m snapping at my husband and short with my kids and everyone’s the enemy.

If they would just leave me alone and agree with me and do exactly what I need them to then all will be well.

And then I’m back in the madness again! Self, self, self, it’s all about me, me, me!

In the beginning I would have used almost immediately if I hadn’t gone to a meeting, whereas now I go into negative thinking.

The disease always wants to isolate you.

It tells you that you don’t have it. All it wants is for you to be alone, so eventually you can be broken in the dark where things are so bad because you have pushed everyone away. So there is absolutely no other option apart from to use, drink or kill yourself, and that is the bottom line, for me.”

“No More” is available to purchase in hardback from Amazon UK at:

www.amazon.co.uk/No-More-Daughters-Biography-addiction/dp/1789555558

This book is also available to buy in paperback at:

www.amazon.co.uk/No-More-Daughters-Biography-addiction/dp/178955554X

The book can be downloaded in e-book format as well at:

www.amazon.co.uk/No-More-Daughters-Biography-addiction-ebook/dp/B07XLTMPCM

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June 1976 – the year of the great summer heatwave in the UK, and in a small university town in England, a young student had just completed his final exams in architecture. His studies had introduced him to a Finnish architect called Alvar Aalto – a shining light in modern architecture and he was desperate to meet this man and experience some of his outstanding buildings.

Aalto’s best work was in Finland, high up near the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia, sandwiched between the powerful neighbours of Sweden and Russia. The shy and reserved Finns speak a unique language which has helped them keep their cultural identity intact, in a country which has been described as the last great wilderness in Europe.

Searching for Alvar tells the true story of the author’s journey into this remote, mysterious corner of the world, and his quest to understand these remarkable people and the influences that inspired Alvar Aalto to create such stunning, distinctive architecture.

Book review on Amazon: 

 from Wordly Traveller on October 18, 2019

Finland in all its splendor

This is a real-life story of the author’s travels, told in words and through photos, to a distant part of Finland to meet and speak with a specially-talented Finnish architect.

On his journey, the author gets to know the Finnish people, culture and traditions which inspired Aalto to create such outstanding and stunning architecture.

Like all good travelogues, this book provides readers with a unique insight into the country in which he travels, and is definitely worth reading.  The photos in the book tell a story in themselves.

Excerpt from the book:

“I was mesmerised by this wilderness and I wallowed in the scenery and atmosphere. This stark scenery with such extremes of light and emptiness was rugged and harsh and utterly intoxicating. After two weeks, the trip wound its way back to Rovaniemi and I took a train back to Raisio in the south to continue my working life there again.

When I returned to Lapland many years later, I was happy that much of the simple beauty of Finnish Lapland had not been lost, despite the mass tourism that had organised reindeer sledging and Northern Lights trips for the mass tourism market. I had been privileged to experience the unspoilt wilderness in 1978 which was still relatively unknown to people outside Finland and I had been amongst the indigenous Sami people who had accepted my strange western looks and language. It was another adventure which had exceeded my expectations.”

“Searching for Alvar” is available to purchase in paperback from Amazon UK at:

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