Hi friends! Today is my stop on the blog tour for 100 Days of Solitude by Andrew Mossford and I am bringing you a guest post. Enjoy!
100 Days of Solitude by Andrew Mossford
Published by: Clink Street Publishing
Release date: 25/02/2021
Where to find: Amazon
Summary: 100 Days of Solitude explores the emotional, spiritual and literal upheaval brought about by the Covid 19 pandemic, in verse.
Andrew Mossford draws on his own experiences of lockdown to create a collection of poems with universal appeal.
Five Favourite Books at the moment
- Shantaram (Gregory David Roberts)
What a story! Could it really be true? The line between fact and fiction is almost impossible to discern, but Gregory David Roberts paints such a vivid picture of life in Bombay that it’s almost impossible to believe it wasn’t based on personal experience. His portrayal of life in India really took me back to the 4 months that I spent travelling round south-east Asia in the mid-90s: the smells; the colours; the frustrations; the beauty; the craziness; it all came flooding back. Shantaram is one of those books that, when you’re reading it on the train, you happily go past your stop so that you can read a bit more – then alight later on and get the train back when you’re ready!
- A Gentleman in Moscow (Amor Towles)
How on earth did Amor manage to make such a compelling read out of such a relatively simple tale? One man, ordered to live in a hotel for the rest of his life – what could possibly be interesting about that? Well I, for one, simply couldn’t put it down. I think what I liked most about it was how it reminded me of what is really important in life. Holidays and experiences are all well and good, but it’s the people around you, and the relationships you forge with them, that are what really drives us all. I was completely drawn in by this book, I loved it. Dipping its toes into Russian life, I felt privileged to have been transported into this different world, from a different time.
- The Bees (Laline Paull)
A simple tale of a bee’s life in the hive. I started reading The Bees thinking I might be heading back down the old school textbook route, learning a few bits and pieces about bees – how wrong I was! I enjoyed following Flora 717 through her trials and tribulations with other types of bees and predators, but I was astonished by the intricacies of bee behaviour and instincts. Far more than just a story about the life of a bee, I found this book to be a timely reminder of just how incredible the natural world is. There is so much more going on in the animal kingdom than we appreciate, and we, the all-conquering human race, arrogantly stomp blindly all over it.
- The Wasp Factory (Iain Banks)
Continuing on an insect theme, how could I list my favourite books without mentioning my dear old favourite, The Wasp Factory? I was in my late-teens when I first read it, and remember reading the whole book in one sitting – I had never done that before, and I have never done it since. Not for everyone I’m sure, as the main character Frank is a somewhat troubled soul and his exploits are bordering on the depraved, but I continue to find the book almost spellbinding. Like all good books, it literally transcends me into a different world, where the rules are just a bit different. I don’t really like watching films more than once, and I certainly don’t like reading books more than once, but The Wasp Factory is my exception – my guilty pleasure!
- A Squash and a Squeeze (Julia Donaldson)
I am not really sure whether I should be putting a Julia Donaldson book down on my list, but they have meant so much to me as the children grew up that I felt I had to. What truly wonderful memories they created, as every night we travelled through the worlds of the Gruffalo, Stick Man, Highway Rat, et al. – but for me, it was always A Squash and a Squeeze. Such a lovely moralistic story, gorgeous drawings that are still etched in my mind, but also the rhyming verse which made it flow so beautifully as the pages turned. I loved every minute of it. Every night.
Andrew is a simple family man, living in the north-west of England with his wife, 3 daughters, 2 dogs, 2 chickens, and 3-legged tortoise ‘Bernard’. Although he sits at a desk all day doing Financey things, he spends his spare time engulfed in creativity – a beautiful drawer of fine art, and a writer of extremely engaging poetry.
He loves a good adventure, having travelled all round Asia, cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, swam the Channel with his friends – basically, anything he can write a good poem about! And then along came the coronavirus crisis, what better opportunity for him to re-engage with his poetic genes. For 100 consecutive days, he compiled a unique and engaging record of one of the most extraordinary times of our lives…and ‘100 Days of Solitude’ was born.