What's New

on Tom East's BENYBONT Site as at May, 2022?

What's New on the Benybont Site?

THE LOWELL LETTERS is Tom East's latest novel. PERCIVAL LOWELL discovered the CANALS OF MARS in the late 19c, but his interpretation was hushed up. Why should this be of deadly importance to us today?

Besides information on the book's availability, reviews etc, some intriguing factual information has now been added on Lowell's life, the Planet Mars itself, and so on. 

The ELDRITCH BLOG has been dormant recently, but it is now stirring back into life. The latest relates to something that actually happened in the Smalls Lighthouse 220 years ago. The story appeared in THE EVE OF ST ELIGIUS and was used as part of the libretto for the opera, FOR THOSE IN PERIL. You can hear a scene from the opera and see the full score of this scene. Invitees (not all of whom I have to know personally) can contribute to the ELDRITCH BLOG and anyone (moderated) can comment on an existing blog.

This is an unsparing first-person account of my endeavours to rebuild a life over a period of 22 years (and counting, I hope). The only promise I can make is that it's not a 'poor me' piece of writing, but I hope there is something in the book that will at least be of interest to those who have suffered any kind of stroke themselves and those close to them.

LP Hartley, in The Go Between said ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’ The key word here is differently. In the nineteen-fifties, the time when most of the events in A Fifties' Childhood took place, things were certainly different. Not worse and not better, simply different. We should not to look back through rose-coloured glasses, nor yet though darkly tinted shades.

 

The book is an attempt to take a detailed and honest look back at a world now gone. It is now AVAILABLE from WATERSTONE'S, WH SMITH and elsewhere. Click HERE for details of availability.

Like a bit of controversy? Judas Iscariot is hardly mentioned in the Bible. There are even two versions of his death. Essentially, he is a cipher for all things bad rather than a person.

But what if his real role was altogether more significant? What if he was nothing less than the writer of the earliest gospel? And what if fragments of the manuscript were found in what is now Iraq, on the eve of the Western invasion in 2003?

Tommy's War: July, 1914, has many strands. Some may see it as primarily a speculative fiction story, others as a romance across the rigid social divisions of the early Twentieth Century. Still others will see it as a family story crossing the generations or as a historical novel (characters include real people as diverse as Queen Victoria and Charlie Chaplin). It can be read as an adventure story. In fact, it is all of those things. Like The Greenland Party, this has a separate part of the website devoted to it. This is extensive and includes a number of features not directly connected with the novel, like an eclectic selection of war poetry. The volume is available as both a paperback and an e-book.