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What's New

on Tom East's BENYBONT Site as at February 2024?

What's New on the Benybont Site?

FREE offer  begins on 26th February, 2024 for a few days only. This will be a copy of Lyrics, Polemics and Poetics. You can hear performances of some of the lyrics in the book performed on this website.  Brendan Barker leads the way with a fine rendition of the Apple-Apple Pie Song, but there are others in  Song Lyrics and The Pinko Songbook.  While we're at it, may I add that there's no such thing as 'American as apple pie'.  Various forms of apple pie were made in Europe centuries before Columbus was born. There's no truth in the rumour that Erik the Red, Native Americans, or Madoc, were fans of apple pie.

This page, new for February, 2024, gives the true story of the impact of the early Industrial Revolution on the life of one woman and her family.

Well, who was he? This new page says a bit more about him.

THE KA OF STEPHEN CHARLES is Tom East's ELDRITCH novel, the third volume in the ELDRITCH SERIES. This was available in July 2023. There were two earlier volumes in the ELDRITCH COLLECTIONS. These are both available as paperbacks and eBooks.

Ihe 'spring cleaning' of the site is proceeding apace. The LITERARY  section, the largest, has now been in the main tidied up. Although there is a now a smaller number of pages, I've added a few new ones like RANDOM ARROWS and POLITICAL PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THE MILLENNIUM. There are some new additions to TOMMY'S WAR, JULY 1914, especially for these who know Greenford, in the London Borough of Ealing, or to whom Rememberance Sunday is not just another day.

This is an unsparinging first-person account of my endeavours to rebuild a life over a period of 23 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 be useful 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.

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 a few facts about historic and factual matters. This is extensive and includes a number of features not directly connected with the novel, like an eclectic selection of war poetry.  There are some new additions to that part of website for this book, especially for those who are interested in the real people in the book, and for those who know  Greenford.

Tom East Benybont Site: What's New at September, 2023
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