Journeys with Open Eyes is not a travel book although it provides a wealth of information about places far-away and sometimes very close to home, both locationally and psychologically.Nor is it a history book, although the author, Hugh Roberts, was present in or around many of the world’s trouble spots immediately before or after some of the epoch-making events of the 20th and early 21st centuries.‘Journeys’… is a book about people. As such it is concerned with Hugh’s empathetic approach to members of the human race, be they indigenous residents of the High Andes, Soviet functionaries, Arab princes, white South Africans of the Apartheid era and numerous others. There can be no doubt that empathy helped him in his career as an international Urban Planner but empathy like this is only found in those with a genuine love for humankind. He judges systems of government but rarely the people operating or imposing them. As a result, he invariably gets the best out of his fellows whether as friends, work colleagues or chance acquaintances.Journeys… will entertain and educate the reader in full measure and should be required reading for all who care for the inhabitants of this planet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars'Journeys' works wonderfully well on so many levels
ByMr. Robert Barneson 26 May 2017
'Journeys' works wonderfully well on so many levels. Firstly, the font and point size choices make it an easy read on the eyes. Secondly, it's a genuinely well-written and interesting 300+ pages of one man's experiences out in the big wide world. It's hugely readable, from the author's description of his formative years, and how these influenced his attitudes, to his living in, and many expeditions to, parts known and relatively unknown. He never gets bogged down in unnecessary detail, but the pictures he paints of national character traits from Africa to South America, the Middle East and to the South Seas could not be more incisive. I was left laughing on many occasions at the absurdities he encountered along the way. Businessmen would do well to tuck this into their suitcases on their continental travels, and I have the distinct feeling that the world would be a happier and safer place if politicians took leaves out of it, and sought their own empathy with strangers. I thoroughly enjoyed the style of writing - it's approachable, never flowery, always down-to-earth and informative, and never academic. Excellent!
Ian Paul Lomax regards himself as an ordinary man but in truth, he is an extraordinary man.
His first book, FOR THE LOVE OF CHRISTOPHER, required him to bare his soul to write about the heart-breaking consequences of having his child kidnapped while on holiday in Greece. This book, THE HOUSE ON THE HILL, requires an even greater degree of bravery. He tells of a childhood in 20th century England where poverty and deprivation were the norm and far worse, he tells us of the violence he experienced from a drunken, gambler father, from being a toddler right up to his mid-teens. This upbringing made him, against his own nature, into a violent troubled youth and but for the one shining star in his life, his mother, there can be no doubt that his adult life would have been a series of catastrophes, culminating in a life of crime.
This book does not make comfortable reading but the amazing strength of his mother and her love for him made Ian’s story into one of which he can be justifiably proud.
For most 21 year olds, being sent to work as a rep in Ibiza for the summer would be a dream job. I, however, was devastated by the news. I was a teetotal virgin recovering from an eating disorder, with an active dislike for socialising. I didn’t want to go to Ibiza, but I needed to go to Ibiza. I needed to escape the monotony of life back home: my recent illness, my tedious job, the mundane routine. I took the plunge, accepted my new role, embraced the challenge and moved there. Living in a quiet village away from the notorious bright lights of San Antonio, I saw a different side to the island, and I fell in love with its serenity and air of acceptance almost immediately. In return, it loved me back, and from day one, the beautiful island cast its spell on me, and I rediscovered the confident, happy girl I used to be. My four months spent living in Ibiza were the best, the worst, the most testing, rewarding, heart-warming, eye opening and liberating of my life.The only way I could fathom the craziness going on around me on a daily basis was to keep a journal...
I never imagined I would be sharing it with the world, but here it is: an insight into my thoughts, feelings and all of the weird and wonderful occurrences that went on during a season on the party island.
It is all here, from the time I went on a date and was given a watermelon as a ‘present,’ to the day a guest ‘broke wind’ in the face of our receptionist...
Doug Roberts, has lived through one of the most tumultuous periods of our history. Born (1919) and raised in the early 20th century in a country that now bears little resemblance to the land and the world in which we now live, his story gives insights into life in those far-off days. As a young man he spent more than six years in the air-force and in Venice, in 1945 he met Margaret serving in the ATS, with whom he was to share so many years of his life.
This book is about hardship and conflict but it is also about love and the reader will be privileged to share many of Doug’s precious moments with Margaret until her death in 2012. It
was then that he decided that his memories should be shared and the idea of this book was born.
Beautifully honest and wickedly funny, 'Lucy on Leave' is not your typical journal about illness and recovery. It is certainly not for the faint hearted, either, but not for the reasons that the reader might expect. For those who are going through, or have been through, similar experiences with cancer, this book might be cathartic and even helpful, but mostly delightfully funny. For those who are not, this book, which can be read as a whole or enjoyed as a series of short essays, goes far beyond the subject of Lucy's illness to muse on the ups and downs of motherhood, marriage, childhood and Yorkshire life. If you want to know what the game 'butt waves' entails or how to play 'I demand the Di-mond!' Or why Wakefield, West Yorkshire, beats Paris for culture, hands down, or even what happened when Lucy forgot to wear any underwear to school, you will have to buy this book to find out.
The Life of Little Jack. This true and moving story provides an insight into how Little Jack was found as a desperate kitten on the streets of Manchester, requiring emergency surgery to his eye.
Alone and abandoned, his fate suddenly changed once he was accepted by a small Rescue Charity. However, concern for Little Jack’s vision was growing. Would he regain full sight or would he be destined to a life of darkness?
What unfolds is Little Jack’s journey to recovery following the loss of his eye and his integration into his new home with twelve other furry friends. Cats are notoriously territorial; would they accept or reject Little Jack being in their midst?
Little Jack has already stolen the hearts of hundreds in his tiny life. Read on to discover what exactly is so special about this amazing little kitten.
Most holiday romances have no conclusion good or bad. Just a few lead to fairy-tale weddings and ‘happy ever after.’ Ian Lomax went to Corfu and fell in love with a Greek girl called Helen. They married in England and had a lovely little boy called Christopher. Blissfully unaware that his mother-in-law had plotted with his wife to abduct his son while on a trip to Greece, Ian found himself alone and broken-hearted in a strange country. This book tells the true story of Ian’s struggle through the Greek courts to recover his father’s rights to be part of the life of his son.
Ian Lomax has shared the story of his personal struggle discussing the pains of parental alienation and international child abduction.
FOR THE LOVE OF CHRISTOPHER shows the depth of a father’s love and his uphill fight to simply be in his son’s life where international borders add to the complexity of family court litigation.
Attorney Joseph Sparacino, Law Offices of Jeffery M. Leving Ltd. Chicago Fathers’ Rights Attorneys
Were you an abused child?
Did you ever think of running away and joining the French Foreign legion?
Were you ever a gang member and a football hooligan?
Did you ever have your child abducted and your marriage in ruins?
Did you ever contemplate suicide?
All of these things happened to author Ian Paul Lomax and they are related in painful detail within this, his autobiography RETURN FROM THE ABYSS (sequel to his first book FOR THE LOVE OF CHRISTOPHER.)
His story is also the story of a tortured child and young man growing up in a large industrial town in Greater Manchester in the second half of the twentieth century. This is a story not to be missed.
Over four million people in the UK have been made redundant since the onset of the Global Financial Crisis. Brian Keith did not expect to be one of them - he had recently been promoted to an executive role in a fast expanding international bank, receiving glowing performance reviews and increased responsibility. Things were looking up - until the day his boss suddenly announced he was retiring. One week later Brian was made redundant.
With six children to support, a mortgage to pay and a self-image and dog to worry about, Brian sets out trying to make psychological and spiritual sense of his situation. What follows is the searingly honest account of his personal journey as he comes to realise that more important than finding a job, Brian must find himself.
Prompted by what he learns from his remarkable wife and a fascinating cast of friends, guides, memories and characters, Brian looks deeply inwards, challenging many of his own beliefs and assumptions about his career, leading to a profoundly new understanding of himself and the implications of being made redundant. Ultimately, Brian’s story teaches us that rather than being something to fear, redundancy can provide the catalyst for immense personal growth and development.
Infused with humour and self-insight, this book contains inspirational and universal lessons, not just for those navigating the harrowing journey through redundancy, but for anyone who has ever felt as if they have somehow lost their way.
Janine Allen’s book AWAY WITH THE FAIRIES, is far more than just the autobiography of a girl born just as the final three decades of the twentieth century were unfolding. Of course it is amusing (she has a great sense of humour) and quite personal but behind all this, she is living through a period of great social change. This gave her a life-style that her grandparents and even her parents could never even have dreamed of.
If you want to be entertained and enjoy Janine’s insights and comments, this is the book for you.