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New On My Shelf This Week

I am a little late with my link this week, apologies for that, but I am sure that many of you will know the pressures Christmas trading brings to the retail sector!

My choice this week, is going to take me right out of my comfort zone, not because of the reading genre, but because, in order to maintain authenticity, the author has written the first half of the story in his own form of Early English.

As this is quite a short book though, I am hoping to work my way through without too many problems and get to grips with what sounds like an amazing story.

Craig has provided copy of a really interesting guest post about the writing of ‘Tearagh’t‘, so I shall look forward to sharing that with you in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks to Craig’s representative Sue Fuest, for getting all the material together 🙂


Cover Image Of 'Tearagh't' By Craig NewnesAfter the remains of the Armada hobble back to Spain, an extraordinary document – part diary, part love letter – is discovered on a remote island off the coast of Ireland. When it is translated, it reveals – not treachery nor evidence of Spanish military ambition – but something about the human condition. Love, loss, laughter and the madness of war are all in Tearagh’t.

This is an unusual novel. The author has developed a whole new language, which brings the experience of being on a ship in the Armada alive, as it battles its way down the English Channel, interspersed by some strange, incognito runs ashore. The diary is complicated by the Jewish origins of the narrator and his conversation in his head with his lover back home in sixteenth century Spain. But the lover, as it turns out, is also thinking about him – and she sounds remarkably modern…

“Falling in love isn’t in your control. It’s a wonderfully accurate phrase, isn’t it? You fall, with amazing luck, you both fall into it. It’s like a bottomless, heavenly well. You both tumble, then plunge. Down and down. Holding hands … but luck never holds you. One day, one of you hits the side of the well. The other keeps falling, always hurting – knowing your souls are no longer bound, no longer one in this life. That somewhere, far above you, lies the broken body that can only be touched now in dreams.”

Clicking on the book’s title will link you directly with it’s Goodreads listing.

Image of Craig Newnes, Author Of 'Tearagh't'Craig Newnes completed his clinical psychology training in 1981 and later trained at the Institute of Group Analysis and with the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. Until retiring after a near-fatal road accident, he was a Consultant Critical Psychologist and ex-Director of Psychological Therapies for Shropshire’s Mental Health (NHS) Trust.

These days, Craig is an author, editor, musician, dad and gardener.

He has published numerous book chapters and academic articles and is editor of The Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy.

His books include Clinical Psychology: A critical examination from PCCS Books and the edited volumes: Making and Breaking Children’s Lives; Spirituality and Psychotherapy; This is Madness: A critical look at psychiatry and the future of mental health services; This is Madness Too: A further critical look at mental health services.

Craig’s latest books are Children in Society: Politics, policies and interventions. (PCCS Books: 2015), Inscription, Diagnosis and Deception in the Mental Health Industry: How Psy governs us all. (Palgrave Macmillan: 2016) and an edited collection, Teaching Critical Psychology: International perspectives (Routledge: 2017). A book on the Malaysian Emergency and a Critical A-Z of ECT are due in 2018.

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Picture of an English red post boxis a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

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This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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    • Hi Mary,

      Ordinarily I might have considered this a bit too much of a challenge, however it isn’t a long book and I believe that it is only partially written in Olde English, so I am hoping that I can cope with it okay!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I appreciate your comment 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      I guess it won’t be too bad once I have worked out which modern letters have been replaced by ‘olde’, although I am definitely going to have to be on my toes for the important words, or the meaning of the story is going to be lost on me completely!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate the thought 🙂

    • Hi Cath,

      That was my dilemma when deciding to take this book on.

      I generally only agree to feature a book which really shouts out to me to be read.

      However, the premise for this one was so alluring, I liked the writing style of the shared quote and to be honest the challenge of the Olde English, made the whole project one to be conquered!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I hope that you are both well and that hubbie’s knee op was a success 🙂

  • Oh dear, I really don’t know what to think about this one. As we’ve touched on in another place, I’m not sure I could deal with the made-up Early English. But… the plot does sound rather interesting. I guess I’ll just have to wait and read the guest author post and anymore about it that you choose to share here. Perhaps I’ll be swayed to the positive side.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I know that in the past, when you have featured historical fiction, I have quite often not sounded all that enthusiastic about adding the books to my own reading list.

      However, that really is only because of the time limitations in being able to keep my TBR pile under some kind of control and not because the story lines don’t interest me, as World and Social History was one of my favourite lessons at senior school and was an exam that I did very well in.

      As a well respected academic, I am hoping that Craig manages the weaving of fact with fiction more than satisfactorily and with the great cover art reflectng a place which actually exists and has a story of its own, I am hoping to begin the journey of expanding my reading options and genres.

      On a lighter note, it will be interesting to see what you all make of the excerpts I shall be sharing for the ‘Book Beginnings On Friday’ or ‘First Lines’ meme, if these words are indeed written in Olde English!

      Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I was really taken with the quote at the end of the premise, it definitely made me think about things and was what convinced me that this was a book I should try and understand,

      Thanks for visiting. We don’t seem to have spoken so much over the past few months, but I do hope that life is treating you well 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      The quote was one of the factors which made me decide to give this book a chance, although I was a little confused by the reference to the modern sounding lover who lives in sixteenth century Spain – definitely intriguing

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it and enjoy sharing your thoughts 🙂

  • Hmm, an unusual choice for you indeed, I do look forward to reading your thoughts on it.

    Intrigued and a little unsure about the author choosing to write the first half of the story in his own form of Early English. It is really only this and the cover (I love how simple it is and yet it speaks volumes to me) that would make me want to actually read the novel and not just think ‘interesting’ and put it back on the shelf.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I have scanned Craig’s guest post about the writing of the book and I think you will be interested to know that the cover art which you and I both admire so much, is completely authentic, as Tearaght is a real island, the most westernmost point in Europe excluding Iceland and off the westernmost coast of Ireland.

      I’ll leave you this link if you want to check it out ahead of the game, however I shall be including links and pictures as part of Craig’s article.


      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. I hope that all is well with you and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I don’t know whether the book comes with any sort of glossary explaining how to interpret the Olde English spelling, or if the reader is simply left to fend for themselves, which could be quite an interesting experience, not to mention a lengthy read! Luckily the book is quite short so I am assuming that the average reader can cope with it!

      I have to say that those last few lines helped to sway my decision about reading the book, they really are quite emotionally moving and poignant.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate you stopping by 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      ‘Tearaght’ is actually a real place, an uninhabited island off the far westerly close of The Dingle Peninsula in Ireland, so the cover art is really relevant.

      There are pronunciations and Irish alternatives in this Wikipedia link and Craig discusses his reasons for using this particular location for the story, when he stops by to share an excellent guest post in a couple of weeks time …


      I hope that this one piques your interest a little more after you check out the link and thanks for stopping by 🙂

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