Sunday, 3 May 2015

Writing - Books are legion

Everyday books are published, traditionally, online and self-published. Some are ebooks, some only printed and others in all formats but the point is books are not dying out, if anything the number of stories being published is probably on the increase.

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So which are the oldest books?

As an author/writer I have wondered about books of written information and stories and the fact seems to be that we humans have an almost biological need to produce books.

Etruscan Gold Book

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Believed to have been produced around 660BC this is believed to be the oldest, but there are several interesting examples.

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The Nag Hamadi codices were produced around 1400-1500 years ago.

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The St Cuthbert Gospel is Europe's oldest surviving intact book. The book was buried with St Cuthbert on the island of Lindisfarne off the Northumberland coast in 698AD.

Then there is the Book of Kells.

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Believed to have been created by Celtic monks around 800AD and written in Latin. It contains the four books of the New Testament.

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Finally, the Siddur a Jewish Prayer book was discovered in 2013 and was dated back to the mid- 9th century.

There are many other ancient texts, frequently religious from across many denominations, and very old. Humans needed to produce them.

So we are still writing and below are my pathetic efforts to the wealth of literary knowledge and experience.

My 10 books as of December 2014

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.

God Bless