Tuesday, 4 November 2008

A Year on a Brecon Farm

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You're as old as you feel.


Don’t ever let age put you off doing what you want.

At the age of 69, a d├ębut writer has published a book about life in the early 1950s after his grandchildren persuaded him to tell his story.

Haydn Llewellyn Davies, originally from Dukestown, Tredegar, decided to write about his recollections after years of retelling the stories to his 13 grandchildren.

Always asking questions

Mr Davies spent the past five years compiling his stories into a book, ‘A Year on a Brecon Farm’, which he has published himself. Mr Davies said: “It only came about because I put things down for the grandchildren. They are always asking me questions about my youth.”

The resulting book is a collection of Mr Davies’s memories of life on the farm

Well done, Haydn. Let there be more. I wish you every success.

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John Howard Reid and Solomon

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Manoeuvres the bible.


In his newly released book, "Prophet, Priest and King", John Howard Reid tries to offer a balanced picture of the legendary king of Ancient Israel.

He manoeuvres the avenue between the opposing points of view of the Old Testament. In the Bible, Solomon was portrayed as both wise and irrational, esteemed and reviled, God-fearing and Godless.

Tyrant.

Investigating the Bible's allegations, John Howard Reid pursues a middle course, concluding that even excluding the fact the king supplemented his riches by methodically selling his own people into slavery, Solomon was a typical tyrant of his times.

What we have to remember though, is that in essence this is a work of fiction - a novel. Maybe he’s hoping for the Dan Brown effect?

I wish him well.