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BE THE CHANGE by Trenna Cormack

It was Gandhi who said, ‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world’ and his words have been an inspiration to many.

Trenna Cormack in her book ‘Be The Change’ brings together a collection of interviews with people who have begun to be the change they wish to see, people who fight against the current regardless of the risk, people with creative solutions to problems and people who are working – often behind the scenes – to ensure a better world for all of us. From Boo Armstrong and her determination to see complementary medicine available on the NHS (www.getwelluk.com), to guerrilla gardeners bringing sudden colour to urban wastelands, to a company with an effective solution to lethal plastic carrier bags who offer bags made from recycled materials (www.morsbags.com) or the pioneering work of teacher James Dakin who is using creative visualisation, story-telling and imagination to not only inspire pupils, but also to re-ignite a passion for teaching in the teachers themselves, (www.teachingfreedom.com) or Maude Barlow, fighting to safeguard water despite the efforts of commerce to prevent this – recognising water as our “collective heritage” (www.canadians.org) – this book is filled with hope, courage and triumph in the face of adversity, tragedy and overwhelming odds.

Buying this book won’t on it’s own, enable to you to be the change you wish to see, but it will move you nearer. It is an encouraging book that reminds us that sometimes commerce, industry and the sledgehammer power of money do not win, do not have the answers. These are the individuals and organisations that ARE making a change, gradually and greatly, and like the sapling that can push through concrete, the fledgling tree that can reclaim a building, it is these people that offer us with a safer, brighter and more capable future we can all appreciate.

Edition: 1st ISBN: 9780955521300 Format: Paperback Publisher: Love Books

Available from: http://greenbooks.co.uk

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MD-chaos-cover-preview210The World Behind it, Chaos by Michael Dickel

An anthology of poetry that weaves a collection of wonderful photographs is seldom in the poetry collections of the 21st century. Flicking through pages upon pages of text can, for some, become a tiresome task but Michael’s approach to the introduction of pictures has indeed created a wonderful juxtaposition of words and imagery; equally complimenting each other. Revealing the chaos and darkness of life, Michael’s poetry shows a clear inspiration from nature. From the first poem “Leaping Deer” to my personal favourite “The House of Poets”, his observational skills of life, surroundings and nature leap from the pages. Michael’s added images help the reader to enjoy the poem that little bit more. Michael’s poetry is not brought to life by the added photography but it adds to what already is a stunning collection of words, textures, thoughts and feelings. It is refreshing to see something different out there and if you feel like you need to be inspired or you just love poetry then check out this e-book for yourself.

Review by: Katie Deee

http://whyvandalism.com

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The Long Road

The Long Road by Mary Challenger

“The Long Road” is a beautiful collection of drawings and other artwork that charts Mary’s progress and incredible journey through mourning.

Mary lost her husband Cliff and unable to cope, she started to draw and discovered that she was a talented artist. Each picture tells a story and is steeped in unbelieveable emotion; each picture is a window into the mind of a woman who dearly loved her husband of 47 years. This devastating loss found Mary unable to understand her feelings; drawings of craggy and never-ending paths and grief stricken portraits not only confirms what a wonderful artist she is but also the emotion poured into every pencil stroke.

Her exploration of bereavement through her drawings proved to help her along the path that always seemed to have no end. Her art is dark and truly filled with every piece of her being and anyone who has mourned for someone they love will truly connect with this book, as mourning is very personal to each of us the sense of loss is the vein that runs through every human being when confronted by death. This book is a beautiful piece of work; something I will go back to again and again.

Review by Katie Deee

Hardcover: 80 pages

Publisher: Book Guild Publishing http://bookguild.co.uk

Publication Date 27/8/2009

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Suicide in Mind by Sir Arthur Lawrence

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Writers are more likely to contemplate suicide than any other profession.’

So was the conclusion of Professor Arnold Ludwig, Professor of Psychiatry at University of Kentucky Medical Centre after a decade of study.

Arthur G Lawrence’s fascinating book looks at eight acclaimed authors who took their own life. With Ernest Hemingway and Sylvia Plath as the heavyweights – in reputation at least – this intriguing book also includes Sarah Kane, Hunter S. Thompson, Anne Sexton, Cesare Pavese, Virginia Woolf and Thomas Lovell Beddoes. (Notable by his absence is the immense, unique and quixotic talent of Richard Brautigan, who personally I would have loved to have seen included in this volume).

Reading the book it becomes quickly apparent that although each of the writers had their own reasons that led them to make that final, irreversible decision, there were also threads of similarity woven through their experiences.

Each of these artists displayed a passion for their art that drove them to almost impossible levels of perfection, riddled with sustained periods of self-criticism and fragile faith in their own efforts.

With a number of these artists, it is the public – with their transient support – and the so-called professional critics – with their brutal assaults of spite and jealousy – that are left with considerable blood on their hands.

For some of the authors featured, there is a certain amount of inevitability in their end. Certainly the way in which Hunter S. Thompson lived, a consistently raw, explosive existence, it is difficult to imagine him passing on quietly. For Hemingway, a giant of a figure in life, it is no surprise that his death arrived with an equally impacting force.

It is the consideration of the female authors that leaves more of a lasting impression. These were significant talents cut short far sooner than their male counterparts, and it is this that seems to make it all the more tragic.

In the end there is no one reason for these writers to commit suicide. Perhaps they stopped when they had no more inspiration left to mine. Perhaps they knew that their best work had been done.

Ultimately, their final curtain may just be an inescapable conclusion, the result of that same devotion and temperament that fuelled their efforts, enabling them to become the formidable talents that they were, and always will be.

ISBN 9781846243028
Cover Type Hardback

http://www.bookguild.co.uk/

The Beat Generation in San Francisco: A Literary Tour by Bill Morgan

Published by City Lights Books
A neat, travel sized book that includes thirteen walking and driving tour guides around San Francisco’s Beat bars, cafes and other places frequented by the likes of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and others.
This book is packed full of great black and white photographs of the apartments, the people and the streets of San Francisco. A fascinating read that combines background on various locations together with in-depth instructions on how to get there. Discover where the Beats hung out and of course if you visit yourself you can see what came of these various establishments.
For travellers who wish to drive and walk the paths of the Beats and Bohemians; San Francisco is your destination and your luggage is this book… and the obligatory packet of cigarettes of course as every Beat loves a good smoke or two.

The Beat Generation in San Francisco: A Literary Tour by Bill Morgan
Published by City Lights Books
A neat, travel sized book that includes thirteen walking and driving tour guides around San Francisco’s Beat bars, cafes and other places frequented by the likes of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and others.
This book is packed full of great black and white photographs of the apartments, the people and the streets of San Francisco. A fascinating read that combines background on various locations together with in-depth instructions on how to get there. Discover where the Beats hung out and of course if you visit yourself you can see what came of these various establishments.
For travellers who wish to drive and walk the paths of the Beats and Bohemians; San Francisco is your destination and your luggage is this book… and the obligatory packet of cigarettes of course as every Beat loves a good smoke or two.

Buy it here

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