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.
Both a personal memoir and a unique historical document, in which the author traces his life from its humble beginnings in Swansea to his appointment as British Ambassador to Kuwait and to Norway, with many rare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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.