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 They also talk about one of Margaret Wise Brown’s previously unpublished manuscripts, Good Day, Good Night, that was illustrated by renowned author/illustrator, Loren Long, and published in 2017.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.
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.
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.
novel’s epic proportions, sharp political context and Hoffmann’s
keen eye for detail
make for an engrossing and
a fine writer….
This is the kind of book that might cause to you to smile
or even laugh
read it, but it will ultimately make you cry. Once you start reading
it, though, you may not be able to put
”A splendid book which juxtaposes
the needs of conscience and one’s place
gem fusing literary genres….
(It) does not take us down the beaten path and
feed us the same clichés
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…
a subtle, thoughtful work that deserves
a wide readership.”
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
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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
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.
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.
the world of manors in medieval England!
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.
a Manor Take a Manor” is available to
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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.
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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.
“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?
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.
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.
of Brexit: The Majority Carries the Vote”
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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.
“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
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
Comes at a Price” is available to
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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
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:
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.’
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’.
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!”
Everlasting” is available to buy in
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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.”
“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.”
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“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
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
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.”
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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.
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.
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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.”
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