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To read a book is to open a door into another world: you may absorb and assimilate the newness of this strange place and soak up the ambience of the new experiences, the new sights and sounds that are awaiting you within. Entry into this new world is just a step away. All one has to do is to open the first page, concentrate on the written words and forget all that is around one, outside the story unfolding in one's mind. Transportation is immediate, time becomes irrelevant, the experiences one is now subject to are a mile away from the hum drum life that most of us lead. The book is a fountain of feelings, good and bad: one experiences adventure, love, humour, sadness, joy, hate, fear, pain and sorrow, and more besides. And when one is forced by outside influences to close the book, one is left with a feeling of completeness, of gratitude that for a short time one has been in a better place, has experienced something alien to one's normal, run of the mill sameness of daily life, and with a vow that the return will be soon.
The relaxation of reading a good book has sadly become a thing of the past in most households. Children do not need to read books, apart from the ones their teachers insist they read for their examinations. So they do it reluctantly, as a chore that must be done. They can't wait to slam the book shut and get back to their iPads and mobile phones. To read a book for pleasure is something they do not do. Their pleasure comes in other forms today. The good thing is that the knowledge they need is there before them, just a few clicks on the keypad away. The solutions to their problems are almost instant, and can be saved and used later.
Before the age of instant communication, our problems were solved by looking up volumes, taking notes and transposing them into useful knowledge, a laborious but necessary part of the skill of learning.
Time moves on and new pastimes are created. But I still love to read books.
My latest novel is entitled, ' Bid for Freedom.'
Its the story of a young man who travels to Moscow in search of a beautiful wife. He has seen pictures of the Russian girls in a magazine and decides that he will go there to find the love of his life. Unfortunately he gets in a fight with a Russian man in a bar and is arrested. His cousin, Hislop, the overweight private detective is persuaded by the family to travel to Moscow to see if he can help free his young cousin. Kenny is sentenced to a year in prison but he escapes when the prison bus he is in crashes. He involves Hislop in his bid for freedom and they both go on the run, but are soon caught. They are jailed for five years and are determined to escape the harsh conditions.
The story is of their escape, their flight across Russia, their meeting Russian crooks, a tyrannical farmer and Kenny meeting the beautiful girl of his dreams who helps them across the border into Estonia.
‘White Slaves’ is one of the adventure books I've written. The others being ‘The National Heroes,’ a story of National Servicemen in the Royal Navy during the Suez Crisis: ‘Innocent on the Run,’ the fast moving tale of a young lad who misses his ship in an American port and is stranded, going on the run as an illegal immigrant, and:
‘Hislop’s Nigerian Nightmare,’ a story of an overweight, cowardly private detective who is captured for ransom while working in Nigeria for H.M. Revenue and Customs.
All of my books are now available on Amazon Kindle
I have also written a book of Welsh Humour entitled, ‘Mayhem in the Valleys,’ a tale of three Welsh geriatric delinquents who cause havoc in their Valleys’ town.
I've been adding some of my nonsense rhymes to the site. You will find them as individual pages, starting with Evening Serenade, then Ralph and so on.
Click to read more of Deric's nonsense rhymes
101 nonsense Rhymes
My new book of Nonsense Rhymes is now published. It's a volume of one hundred and one rhymes
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Kings, Queens and History in Rhyme
I recently published a book of the British Kings and Queens, from William the Conqueror to our present Queen Elizabeth the Second. It's all in verse. Each Monarch is described with a short insight into their lives, their problems, their wars and the highlights of their reign. For history lovers it's an interesting look at some of the facts about them and, I hope, an easy way to remember them. Read a page or two by clicking on the title in the column on the left on this site. The full book is available here.
here are some to start you off.