Non-Fiction

A HAVEN FOR CHILDHOOD

Architect Chris Day has won numerous awards for the unique, grass-roofed Kindergarten that he designed for a small Steiner School in rural Wales. Here he tells of the principles that lie behind its conception and construction, and reveals a stimulating new view of architecture and its relationship to the human being.

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A LONG WAY FROM SWANSEA

Both a personal memoir and a unique historical document, in which the author traces his life from its humble beginnings in Swansea to his appointment as British Ambassador to Kuwait and to Norway, with many rare insights into the world of international relations, particularly with respect to the Middle East.

With a Foreword by the Rt Hon Lord Callaghan of Cardiff KG.

By Sir Archie Lamb KBE CMG DFC

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COUNTRY BOY

COUNTRY BOY Reminiscences 1947-1972

Paul Groves’ account of a journey from the innocence of childhood to the first independent achievements of adulthood, via the hazardous straits of adolescence, will strike a familiar chord with many a reader whose formative years were the sixties and seventies. Yet it is not only this sharing of common experiences which makes this book, once started, so hard to put down, but also the reader’s inevitable delight in the colour and flow of the narrative, and in what Craig Raine has called Groves’ “technical skill, crisp imagery, intelligent irony, and an attractively sour outlook on life”. Such qualities are particularly evident in the later chapters, where religion has to face the wholly unfair competition of sex and, of course, loses.

PAUL GROVES (born 1947) is an established and widely recognised poet, whose work has been acknowledged by his winning of numerous prizes, including theTimes Literary Supplement Prize, the Orbis International Prize, The Charterhouse Award, and the Bournemouth Festival Award. Four collections of his poetry have been published, and a fifth is to appear shortly. Paul Groves has worked for nearly twenty years as a lecturer in creative writing, and has given countless readings of his work, both live and on television and radio.

ISBN 978 1 899530 21 2

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SEARCHING FOR SARMIZEGETUSA

An intimate portrait of rural Romania that brings a beautiful and little known corner of Europe so vividly to life that you have to keep reminding yourself that you're not actually there, yet is at the same time a battle call against the mindless industrial exploitation that threatens to destroy a priceless natural and cultural heritage. With a Foreword by Jessica Douglas-Home.

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THE FORENSIC LOGICIAN

GEOFFREY TØYE’S remarkable new book is a detailed training manual for clear thinking and for the avoidance of all those often unconscious pitfalls and prejudices that lie in the way on the search for truth. The often demanding principles of logic as applied to forensics and criminal investigation are presented clearly and intelligibly, and illuminated by many real-life examples and often amusing anecdotes.

“THIS MOST VALUABLE BOOK should be on the reading list of every lawyer, forensic scientist, pathologist and police officer... A masterly exposition of the subject... Given the surge in recent years of... serious flaws in the legal process, a start in improving the appreciation of what is truth and how may it be obtained would be very welcome, and I commend this important treatise as not just a step, but a long stride along that road...”
PROFESSOR BERNARD KNIGHT CBE

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THE LAST VOYAGE OF S.S. ORONSAY

THE LAST VOYAGE OF S.S. ORONSAY
- A Questionable Venture

by Sir Archie Lamb KBE CMG DFC

The detailed and fascinating account of the sinking of a British ship by an Italian U-boat in the South Atlantic, by one of the survivors.

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THE WORLD MOVES ON

A fascinating and detailed glimpse into the world of international diplomacy by one who dedicated his life to that world. Sir Archie illuminates the vital role the diplomatic service has played, and continues to play, having to adapt itself to the demands and pressures of a rapidly changing and increasingly perilous world.

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REVIEW  (Zeals Village News) :  ”Sir Archie Lamb, author of “A Long Way From Swansea”, has published a second volume of memoirs entitled “ The World Moves On”. Sir Archie described his journey from wales to the Heftyehus, the British Ambassador’s residence in Oslo, in his first book; but it was, as he puts it, a Life without the Times. Now we learn more about the wider situation, including such riddles as to why an Arabic specialist should be sent to Norway. The answer is simple – oil.

Sir Archie joined the Foreign Office as a Clerical Officer in 1938 just after his 17th Birthday. He had “a good war”, as his superiors noted, and was able to put the lessons he had learned in the RAF about leadership, management and administration to good use as the Foreign Office gradually became m ore accessible to talent rather than privilege. He found himself learning Arabic at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies in Lebanon at the time of the disastrous Suez adventure and shortly afterwards became the first Clerical Officer to break through the glass ceiling and become a “First Secretary” in the Political Residency in Bahrain. This was followed later by a puzzling transfer to to the Diplomatic Service Inspectorate, though it soon becomes apparent that the Foreign Office knew what they were doing, as Sir Archie proved to be an Inspector of the highest quality. So to Oslo – and then to Zeals”.
The following letter from Dr Ian Olson in Aberdeen was published in The Spectator of 31 October : “Sir: In his letter of 24 October, the 94 year old Sir Archie Lamb modestly does not mention that he ably describes the evolution of the Diplomatic Service from pure diplomacy to the promotion of “trade” in his latest memoir “The World Moves On”. This is history from the inside as he rises from pre-war filing clerk (with a break as a Hurricane and Typhoon pilot) to Ambassador and the Diplomatic Service Inspectorate”.
Ian Olson is well known in Scotland as medical man, author and academic, well-nigh a polymath, who has published books on Scottish history, culture and traditions.

 

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THROUGH THE EYE OF THE GOLDFISH

As a prisoner in a British prison the author writes to his four-year old son in an attempt to explain how he came to be in the position he’s in and to try to repair somehow the breaches in a father-son relationship that has barely existed up to this point.

With a forward by Erwin James of The Guardian.

This little book has won the NIACE Dysgu Cymru Inspire! Creative Writing Award 2008 and was the BBC RaW Creative Writing Winner 2007.

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