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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

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

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Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

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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