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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Check out--O MAN OF CLAY by Eliza Mood -- A debut climate change novel set in near future Hartlepool, UK

“O Man of Clay’ is to be published on December 1st this year by Stairwell Books. It's founder, Rose Drew, is from Connecticut

O Man of Clay

In a fable about climate change set in Hartlepool, most of the world’s major cities have been inundated by rising seas, with a tsunami wiping out the houses, shops and school along Hartlepool shoreline. Seventeen-year-old Zoe, knocked unconscious during the sudden flood, cannot recall her actual name and can only summon flashes of her immediate past. She meets Alma, another young female with a mysterious link to global entrepreneur and opportunist Volk Volkov, himself a refugee: from his past and from a Soviet prison colony. The story, set over only a handful of days, flashes between Volk and Alma’s past and the near-future present. A clever, lighting-fast read about past actions coming back to haunt, and humanity’s imperative to listen to those closest to the earth and the ancestors. (Words by Rose Drew of Stairwell Books)

Info:
 A debut climate change novel set in near future Hartlepool, UK. Available from Stairwell Books online or order via bookshops from 1st of December  2019. An accessible and quirky literary/speculative read on the issue impacting all of us.

Dr. Eliza Mood was my PhD supervisor at University of Cumbria-Lancaster and a wonderful writer in her own right. Congratulations Eliza. Well done!!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Check out
Books Change Direction, a new initiative of the campaign, educates about the importance of responsibly representing mental health and illness in stories, identifies and promotes books and authors that contribute to the culture of mental health, and helps people in need access these books.

Purpose

The Change Direction initiative is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together to change the culture about mental health, mental illness, and wellness. This initiative was inspired by the discussion at the White House National Conference on Mental Health in 2013, which came on the heels of the Newtown, Conn. tragedy.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

RIP Dr. Henry Oster-author The Kindness of the Hangman

RIP   Dr. Henry Oster author of The Kindness of the Hangman (w/co-author Dexter Ford).

Dear beloved Henry Oster,
your life and your journey has meant the world to so many in your fight for a just world in the future!
May we never forget and because of your memoir we shan't.

"Henry hid his mother from the SS in an attic in the Lodz, Poland Ghetto. He escaped a firing squad in Auschwitz. Endured a death march through the Polish winter. Formed a life-long friendship in the nightmare barracks of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Saw his friends killed by a British fighter-bomber. And came within hours of starving to death before his liberation by General Patton's 3rd Army."

"Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!"