Were you surprised? It’s an old trick a few practical jokers used to evacuate our school library in fifth form. Hollowed books containing tiny bottles of carefully measured quantities of iron filings and hydrochloric acid, placed among books in the library, released the rotten egg gas, well after our period ended. Sure caused a stink! The cover, image, size, texture are critical in publishing a novel. However, the cover may promise the earth, but end delivering a hole … into
‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of Hope, it was the winter of Despair.’ Charles Dickens’ opening to his classic novel, The Tale of Two Cities’ in 1859, describing London and Paris in the time of the French Revolution could describe the current state of our world.
I accompanied Michael Davey on his 14,000 km cycle ride around Australia. As I turned the pages of his book, ‘Journey of Charity,’ I could feel the heat of the tropics, the dry of the desert, the smell of the outdoors and hear the blast of air horns. His inspiring, legendary ride for children suffering from cancer amazed me as he experienced the challenges of climate, the joy of generosity, and disappointment with those whose poverty of spirit gave little value to his mission