The Cubic Pea is a debut novel about the developing relationships between a group of five friends (Alice, Robert, William, Simon and Jake) as they try to rescue a brewery from a cyber-attack.
It intentionally presents a fictitious, rose-tinted and, at times, humorous view of Asperger’s Syndrome. Bonds are forged as a result of traumatic childhood experiences and a shared love of roast
dinners. Are these bonds strong enough to survive the conflicts which arise between logic and emotion? Can the exceptional skills of
Robert and Jake, both of whom have Asperger’s Syndrome, be released whilst they struggle to cope with the chaos of everyday life? What is the secret William is hiding and will Alice be able to find the answer she craves without addressing her own demons?
Flying Officer Ernest Russell Lyon, aged just 21, was shot down in his Spitfire near Plœmeur in France in July 1944 and buried by the Germans in an unidentified grave in Guidel Communal Cemetery.
This is the story of research by his nephew, Richard Lyon, sixty years later, aided by the sterling work of a number of French civilians, to establish that the grave was indeed that of F/O Lyon, in the process changing the burden of proof required by the authorities before a grave could formally be recognised. It is also evidence of the esteem in which such pilots are held, even today, that so many dignitaries attended the ceremonies marking the unveiling of a stele, and the placing of a new headstone on the grave.
The poems in this book were written over a period of about 50 years.
They are not in chronological order but in sections under various headings. Some have appeared previously in Poetry Space.
Seriously wounded in Vietnam, Captain John Henry Tyler is recovering in Hawaii. An old Japanese man, Master Suro Tanaka, an authentic master Ninja, offers to teach him the skills of a Ninja, in gratitude to the captain for saving his grandson’s life.
Ten years pass before John Henry Tyler returns home to Chicago, where he decides to become a Baptist preacher. He begins his ministry in the partly burned-out ruins of a church in a run-down, drug-ridden neighborhood. After a 10-year-old drug addict takes a knife to his mother, Reverend Tyler has the sad duty of burying the mother and son at the same time. He then decides to use his Ninja powers to remove the cruel yoke of the drug pushers from the souls of his poor downtrodden people.
So he covers his head with the black hood of a Ninja warrior and arms himself with a Ninja’s weapons. Then under the cloak of darkness, the Reverend brings down the neighborhood drug house. After destroying all of the illegal drugs he escapes across the roofs, at the same time throwing money down to the streets into the waiting hands of the poor people.
And the people rejoice in the miracles brought on by their new hero-savior: Preacher John.more
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