The London Freelance Bookshelf
Have you ever felt out of place and confined to a life that does not truly belong to you? Constantly waiting for a change that will be your life’s turning point? If that sounds familiar, let yourself be carried away in this wonderful adventure. Inspired by a true story, this tale follows the hero’s tormented search for meaning, digging into the depths of his soul, whilst travelling to the remotest corners of the planet.Oliver is an ordinary boy, with a passion for writing, who grew up with his father in a monotonous and isolated countryside setting. He leads a largely comfortable life, like everyone else in his village, but senses that something is missing. Rome, London, Kyoto, Bali, Singapore and Sydney are just some of the places that await him in his future destiny, in his desperate search for happiness and finding his true place in the world. This incredible story of travel, passion, misadventure and friendship will make you laugh, cry and move you profoundly. Including tales of drunken nights and other colourful anecdotes, the plot’s twists and turns will take you on a journey of discovery, experiencing authentic moments of pure joy.
Writing is not the glamorous or rich occupation some assume. What Are Words Worth? is Pete May’s wry, humorous look at the life of a jobbing writer. Pete’s house has subsidence and there’s cacophonous drilling from the building work next door. Sacks of wood keep arriving on the doorstep, a rat has appeared in the loo and a feral fox is depositing takeaway containers and colostomy bags in the garden. Agents don’t return emails and commissioning editors reject his ideas... But he has earned £1.73 from a book sale on Kindle and two pence in AdSense revenue today. This is Pete May’s honest and funny take on the non-genteel poverty of the literary world.
Pete May has written many books, including Man About Tarn, Goodbye To Boleyn, Whovian Dad, The Joy of Essex, There’s A Hippo In My Cistern, Hammers in the Heart, Rent Boy and Sunday Muddy Sunday. As a journalist he has contributed to the Guardian, Observer, Independent, Loaded, Time Out and New Statesman. He lives with his wife, two peripatetic daughters and dog Vulcan in Finsbury Park, London.
Imagining Orwell in Three Continents is a photo-book by award-winning photojournalist Julio Etchart. Julio's ten year-long project is a travelogue exploring Orwell's journey of discovery from his time as an imperial policeman in Burma in the 1920s, to his adventures as a fighter against Fascism during the Civil War in Spain in the 1930s, and his sojourn in Morocco, which led him to write two seminal books: Burmese Days and Homage to Catalonia, as well as his poignant essay "Marrakech".
"Like Orwell, he is naturally on the side of the man and woman in the street... As a documentarian, he is fearless. He transcends frontiers, language and class" says Robert McCrum - Writer and former Literary Editor of The Observer.
Julio Etchart grew up in Uruguay and later settled in Britain. He has travelled the world as a photo-journalist covering news, social and environmental issues for the international press and NGOs. His previous photo-books include The Forbidden Rainbow and Toys.
In England's Trump Card and other things that haven't happened yet:
- London in the future: third world poverty, tuc-tucs on the streets and an authoritarian tyrant in Downing Street
- The Prime Minister addresses the nation during the blitz - but it isn't Winston Churchill
- The Ghost of Christmas Past copes with the age of the internet
- The strange premiership of Jeremy Corbyn
These twelve stories are about what might become of us - or what might have become of us, if things had panned out slightly differently.
See also Fascist in the Family, the strange life of the author's father, who was one of Britain's most notorious fascists and anti-Semites, published by Routledge at £27.99 and available for £10 from the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author and journalist Carol Lee was often separated from her parents as a child and brought up by different people in different parts of the world. As an adult, she believes she isn't close to her family until, with news of her father's sudden illness in his eighties, she finds a hidden love for both her parents. On long journeys from her home in London to care for them in West Wales, she has time to revisit the past and to reclaim - and repair it. She discovers who her mother and father are - and comes to treasure the last two years they have together, which she brings to life in Out of Winter.
Carol is a freelance journalist and author of nine books. She is a long-time member of LFB and a Life Member of the Union.
A Sunday Times best seller when it was first published, To Die For is the story of a young woman, Emma's, battle with anorexia and bulimia as captured by her God-mother, author and journalist, Carol Lee as she attempts to help Emma confront her illness and to come to terms with its origins. They have been close since Emma was a toddler, which is why Emma allows Carol into the shadowy, fragile place in her mind where anorexia is her best friend. Interwoven with Carol's words, Emma's diary entries reveal the anger and hurt beneath the surface and show how the power of trust helps bring her back to life. First published by Century (hb 2004) and Arrow (pb 2005), Random House.
A Child Called Freedom commemorates the Soweto Uprising of June 1976 in South Africa, when 15,000 black schoolchildren took to the streets to demand a better education. The police opened fire on unarmed teenagers, and hundreds were killed in what has been described as the apartheid regime's single biggest massacre of black people. The event was a turning point in the world's view of the regime. Years later, staying in Soweto, Lee comes across a boy called Freedom, and a new South African tragedy: this time a black government's woeful neglect of its citizens. While honouring the youth of '76 and Mandela's peerless legacy, in A Child Called Freedom, Lee delivers a searing account of the ANC's betrayal of its own people. First published in hardback by Century (hb 2006) andArrow (pb 2007), Random House. Now from Thistle Publishing.
Like a traveller in search of enlightenment, Elizabeth Ingrams has tracked down a wealth of writers who have turned their attention to these enigmatic islands. From the earliest European reports of Japan's sophisticated court culture, to eyewitness accounts of the explosion of the atom bomb at Nagasaki and of street life in present-day Ginza, she builds a complex picture of the islands and their people, their refined culture and religious beliefs as well as their changing lifestyles. Exploring the country topographically, she begins in Tokyo, returning to the main island and its once inaccessible northern extremity via the distant islands of Okinawa and Hokkaido.
From the same author, you might also be interested in Wasfiri.
Sam Sutcliffe (author)
Phil Sutcliffe (editor)
Foot soldier Sam Sutcliffe enlisted at 16, fought on the front line at Gallipoli 1915, the Somme 1916, and Arras 1918. He starved, he froze, he got shelled and shot at and gassed, and bitten by lice and centipedes. He saw men wounded, dying and driven mad, and to his lifelong regret, he killed. Somehow he stayed lucky, survived - and, in his seventies, he finally unleashed his remarkable near-total-recall memory and wrote it all down, toddlerhood to demob and 1919 Peace Parade. My father had a harsh honesty, strong opinions, a dry-to-sardonic-to-ribald sense of humour and he didn't hold back whether detailing his poverty-stricken childhood in north London, his final fight-to-the-last-man battle on the Western Front, or his view from the trenches of the Poor Bloody Infantry's lead-from-the-rear commanders. He gives the facts as he sees them - and his feelings still deep in his soul down all the decades. Just through one pair of eyes, as he always emphasises; no historian, just a boy who left school at 14 and lived it and, eventually told it.
Also available via the same site: separate "battlefield" e-book excerpts from the Memoir on Gallipoli, the Somme, Arras 1918/Spring Offensive/Sam the POW.
Peter Bechtel (author),
Jenny Vaughan (editor)
Peter Bechtel is the founder of three major conservation areas in Mozambique: the Quirimbas National Park; the Lake Niassa Reserve; and the Ilhas Primeiras and Segundas Marine Reserve. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Biofund, Mozambique's first Trust Fund for the Conservation of Nature, and was the driving force behind the CARE-WWF Alliance, established in 2008 to address the root causes of poverty and environmental degradation. He also battles bipolar disorder and alcoholism.
Disequilibrium tells the story of the creation of the Quirimbas National Park and the author's simultaneous descent into the uncontrolled cycles of mania and depression that characterize bipolar disorder and threaten the lives and wellbeing of those affected. The author's struggles to establish the park in the face of widespread poaching and appalling human poverty parallel his painstaking efforts to regain both ‘a functional approximation of sanity' and then the love and respect of his wife and family. A photo gallery accompanies the text.
Disequilibrium brings hope not just for those facing personal challenges, but for all of us as we look for ways to live in harmony with nature on a rapidly depleting planet. See also www.peterhbechtel.com.
Jenny Vaughan is a former senior editor at Macdonald Educational (now part of Hachette); Deputy editor of Child Education magazine (in the very distant past); back in the 1980s Senior Editor Longman Kenya (Nairobi); Training officer Zimbabwe Publishing House (Harare) (also in the 1980s); and a freelance ever since for a range of publishers, including Macmillan Education (African section).Currently editor of the Journal of the Britain Zimbabwe Society, Zimbabwe Review. She is till trying to be a successful novelist and poet. "Disequilibrium was one of the first memoir projects I took on in this category and remains my favourite."
With Brexit on the front page of every news outlet, this book revisits another point in time on the European continent where political upheaval changed the course of history. During the fall of the Berlin wall and the breakup of the USSR I lived there and covered much of the aftermath of this momentous event. In former Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, (1989-90) the Bosnian civil war (1992), Georgia and Azerbaijan (1993), I documented the upheavals, conflicts, people and power brokers.
Fast-forward two decades and I again photographed two major social-politcal events within the EU: the Catalonian referendum and the UK referendum resulting in Brexit.
This book, Europe in Flux plots how the breakup of the Soviet Union in the 1980s and 90s prompted a resurgence of nationalism, ethnic tensions and territorial ambitions across multiple countries. If the EU were to disintegrate, these same ideological forces could reignite conflicts in Europe that have been held in check by its creation.
Europe in Flux, considers the consequences of the break up of the USSR and, through reflection, the perspectives that can be gleaned and applied to the EU lest should we forget.
Personal narratives accompany the photographs from notes written at the time. There are also texts by Phillip Inman, Economics editor of the Observer and Dr Judi Wakhungu, Kenya's Ambassador to France.
I am a Franco/Nigerian photographer now based in London. I have been publishing my photographs since 1988. The work in this book maps my travels in Europe as an insider and outsider documenting political events as they unfold.