I decided that, if I came across any talented local authors, I would highlight them in this section of my blog.
Justin Stares came to my attention, when I was scanning the Waterstones events pages, and came across an event taking place in the Swindon, Wiltshire branch of the store and was titled ‘Local Author’.
As Swindon is only a relatively short distance from where I live, and as it is also my birthplace and teenage ‘stamping ground’, my interest was aroused.
It was quite a challenge to find out a great deal about the author, Justin Stares and his book ‘The Moon At The Bottom Of The Well’. The official website has been titled after the book and Justin himself, takes a very small section of the site to devote to his own biography. I have since discovered that Justin is a Freelance Lloyd’s List EU correspondent based in Brussels, whose published articles are predominantly about European political matters.
I was enthralled, appalled, but mostly upset, about both the written and photographic content of this compelling work.
‘The Moon At The Bottom Of The Well’, isn’t a work of fiction, more of a Biography, of an Autobiography, of an Autobiography. I know that probably doesn’t make too much sense, but spend some quality time reading the website, and you’ll see what I mean.
Read the synopsis and follow the links to ‘Ennio’s Photos’ and it will become instantly apparent why he was such a talented, yet troubled young man.
“To want the moon at the bottom of the well” is an Italian expression to describe reaching for the impossible.
This is the poignant story of Ennio’s attempt.
I haven’t read ‘The Moon At The Bottom Of The Well’, personally, but if anyone has, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know your views.
Justin will be talking about and signing copies of the book at Rossiter Books, Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire on Wednesday 25th August 2010.