Thursday, 28 April 2016

Writing - Diaries and books

In life sad things happen and today it was announced that Jenny Diski died at the age of 68 from cancer.

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Jenny Diski (1948 - 2016)

The author and essayist Jenny Diski, whose memoir about living with terminal cancer was published last week, has died aged 68.
Her partner, the writer Ian Patterson, known as The Poet in Diski's works, announced her death on Twitter.
"Sad news. My darling Jenny @diski died early this morning," he tweeted on Thursday.
Diski was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer in August 2014 and given "two or three years" to live.

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The following month, she began writing a diary for the London Review of Books, describing her experience of living with the terminal disease.
Her memoir, In Gratitude, was published by Bloomsbury on 21 April. 

People are always impressed, and rightly so, when they are given the privilege of an insight into someone's suffering by way of a memoir or diary. Thinking about why that is, strikes me as startling in that on one hand it seems simple but on the other what we are experiencing is the inner most feelings and thoughts of another person. 
When we read even the most lightweight of novels we are being given glimpses inside the workings of someone's mind. Please read on.

December 2015

 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