Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Announcing official release of "Family & More - Enemies or Friends?"

I am delighted to announce the official release of the paperback edition of my memoir in verse Family & More - Enemies or Friends? Please find the blurb below.

Family and More is a beautifully lyrical collection of verse, in which Helena Harper recalls the people who have touched her life and taught her precious life lessons. As the daughter of a German mother and English father, who met in Hamburg at the end of World War II, she explores notions of national and emotional boundaries, the horrors of war, self-discovery and love, returning time and again to that oldest and most emotive of themes: the infinite power of the human spirit.

Besides heartwarming tributes to both parents, she describes the exploits and personalities of various German and English relatives, from her gifted, energetic maternal grandmother and heroic maternal grandfather whom she never met, to her two uncles, 'human and fallible both' – the hard-working, sun-loving German one, who nearly died at Stalingrad, and the charismatic, conservative English one. A much loved colleague, a devoted physiotherapist and difficult boss are also amongst the people described.
Many of the people she writes about are now dead, but as you read this collection you will notice that what stands out above all is a sense of life-affirming love and optimism. You are left at the end knowing that every encounter we have in life can be a force for good and, if we see with the heart, our man-made divisions will seem both absurd and insignificant. A moving celebration of our common humanity.
 
Title: Family and More: Enemies or Friends?
ISBN-13: 978-1907172649
Publisher: Pen Press, www.penpress.co.uk
Pages: 95
Price: £6.99, $10.99
Availability: Can be ordered from all good bookshops and available online:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/doduYA
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/9PgNyk
Amazon CAN: http://amzn.to/bMh0uh
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/ak9koL
 
Please click on the BookBuzzr widget on the left to read extracts from the book or go to my website http://www.helenaharper.com/family-and-more.php
 
I believe that the people we encounter in our lives all have something to teach us and that, ultimately, everything we learn can be a force for good. What have you learnt from the people in your life?
 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Endorsement of "Family & More - Enemies or Friends?"

My niece showing her own
happiness (one of the
photos in my book)

I was so happy the other day to receive this endorsement of my poetic memoir Family & More - Enemies or Friends? and I just wanted to share it.

Incisive observation of the impact families have on our conditioning (5 stars)
"Helena captures the impact family members (and friends) have on our lives and our conditioning. The flow of her words draws you in and before long, you begin to feel a part of the family, experiencing what it was like for her being a daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece and an aunt. There are family 'leadership' lessons to be had on many levels in the wonderful verses. Helena has brought back forgotten leadership wisdom - so apt and so much needed in the 21st Century."  Kwai Yu, CEO, Leaders Cafe 2020 Ltd
 
Read the review yourself here.