Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Butterfly Heart

Whanau is a Maori word and concept. It embraces the extended family, outward, back and forward and is elastic. So, I embrace Paula Leyden and congratulate her on her achievement in winning the Children’s Book Ireland award for the 2012 Children’s Book of the Year. She is indeed a worthy winner. The book is filled with entertainment and wisdom, an essential homily without polemics, a story that opens windows between cultures. Above all else, it is a joy to read. Well done, that girl!

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Children of the Cromlech – the social scene

Why did anyone stay? That is the question I am left with on re-reading my book. In the 20th century, it was not hunger that drove the exodus from Ireland. Neither was unemployment the complete answer. Factor in frustration with a universal religious discipline and the subservience of the political and social decision-makers to the religious leaders and the motivation for getting out becomes overpowering. I have learned by writing the book why three young people of my generation left. So they are not real in historical terms but they are true archetypes and I respect them.

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Children of the Cromlech – The Book flies

Well, not in flocks but  in pairs. Two copies of the printed word took off this morning to SF.I have great memories of San Francisco and now hold the San Franciscans in the highest regard. Pillars of wisdom etc. Thanks, guys.

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Success!!

Shipped my first sale of the printed Children today to Lorraine in Ireland. Can’t wait for her verdict (a) as a woman on a rather robust piece of writing, (b) As an Irish woman on subjects I have obviously never experienced personally and (c) perhaps most importantly, as a reader outside the circle of  family and friends. Vanity, of course, but it pleased me to sign it for her. Go, the book.

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The printed book – where to buy

For now Children of the Cromlech is available in print only from Cafe Eutopia in Kaiwaka NZ. If that is a mite too far, email me at  – kiwijohn@xnet.co.nz for an airmail delivery. Price is NZ$ 24.95 plus postage. Or take it as Euro 17.50 delivered.

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The Irish connection

I just received my first extra-familiar contact  and order for Children of the Cromlech from Ireland.  Indeed from the locality – the scene of the crimes.  Caught me hopelessly unprepared with regard to delivery costs etc but luckily she is a patient lady and all is well. I am really chuffed/stoked/elated etc  because  it will be read with interest by those in foreign parts but Ireland is its home patch and there I hope it will resonate – in tune for many, discordantly for some.  If I did my job, it will be absorbing for all.  Go, the book.

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