Book Review

  Jacqueline B Francis:  Walk Quiet Run Quick 

This is my first book and I am so delighted to share it with you.

This is a story of survival. The novella explores themes such as domestic abuse, lack of self-confidence, self-worth, insecurity, shame, and abandonment.

Walk Quiet Run Quick follows the life of Valencia a successful entrepreneur. Her life takes a turn for the worst, after splitting with her long-term boyfriend Liam and meeting a charming charismatic man named Jac Sealer.

She has gone from being a confident, independent, successful woman, to a woman who has become weak, incarcerated in her own home and frightened of her own shadow.

Available at Amazon and Barnes&Noble

Published by Type&Tell

 


Blind Spot Anthology is COMING SOON!

I am a Co-Author of  Blind Spot- The Anthology (Vol 1 ). Sonia Poleon – is a Coach, Speaker, and Author of The Love List. Sonia was kind enough to invite me to be part of this amazing Anthology. When she asked I jumped at the chance.  I mean who wouldn’t if you’ve got a story to tell and I assure you everyone has. Whether your story is on tip of your tongue waiting to be told or it’s deep-seated within your spirit desperate to get out, you need to tell it.  I can honestly say that writing my chapter has been so cathartic, enlightening and has been a spiritual process for me.

Meeting my fellow co-authors for the first time, was an honour, knowing that we all have something in common, we have a story to tell and we want to share our stories with you. We hope that by reading the Blind Spot, that you will be able to take something from it, helping you to make a conscious decision about any issues that you are currently facing in your life.

I cannot wait to see the final product. I know that there has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes. You can Pre-order your copy now!

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Maya Angelou:  ‘I Know Why A Caged Bird Sings’

This book needs no introductions. Maya Angelou is one of my heroes. I know that I had read this book years ago, but I couldn’t find it in my book collection. After watching a BBC 1 documentary on her life, I just had to buy another copy. When it arrived I wanted to get stuck in, but I thought no, I’ll start it when I have a quiet moment so that I can enjoy it without interruption.  Now for those who know me, I read fairly quickly and can finish a book within two days, especially if it’s a page turner. With this book, I Know Why A Cage Bird Sings, I wanted to be able to recollect the documentary whilst reading the book. It was a Sunday night when I tucked myself comfortably in the nook of the sofa. I knew that this book was not to be rushed, I wanted to savour how Maya wrote, I could hear her voice as I read each word. I salivated over each chapter anxious to hear her/read how her life unfolded. Maya was born in the same year as my mother. Maya’s mother, Vivian Baxter was a career woman, so I was also trying to envisage how my mother may have been brought up during those times. What if I had been brought up during those times, with my mother putting me on a train with my siblings sending us off to live with my grandmother? It seems hard for me to know I would be growing up without my parents with me. Maya had been sent to live with Momma, Annie Henderson in Stamps, in Arkansas, she ran a general store.

Of course, we all know the most poignant part of the book, where she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend when she was 8 years old. He was arrested, convicted but was released because Maya struggled to testify against Mr. Freeman in court. Soon after, Maya heard that Mr. Freeman her abuser had been murdered. As a child she was scared, she believed it was her fault that a man was dead. Subsequently, she did not speak for five years. During those years she memorised poetry, Shakespearian sonnets, and American literature.

I’m not going to tell you any more about this book, other than this is one that you should have in your collection. Suffice to say, I finished reading this book on Thursday, because I purposefully wanted to get under the words on the pages, to understand Maya’s style of writing.


Robyn Travis: Mama Can’t Raise No Man

I want to share with you the book. Mama Can’t Raise No Man by Robyn Travis. I met Robyn before I even read the book. I happen to be on holiday in Gambia. I thought I’d give myself a holiday treat. I met up with my cousin and some of his friends casually chatting about their love for Gambian and its beautiful people. I must admit that curiosity got the better of me when my young nephew told me about his visit to Gambia. At that time, he had been back for about four weeks. When we sat on the sofa at my home, he casually said that he was flying out again in a couple days time for three weeks on his own. I then saw my nephew again on Christmas Day 2016. I remember us chatting endlessly of his adventures, while the rest of the family were already sitting around the dining room table, ready for prayers before tucking into the meal before us. When I came home, I decided to book a flight for January 2017 for my birthday. Anyway, when I sat chatting with my cousin in his apartment in Gambia. I recall telling him that I was a co-author on the book called Blind Spot – The Anthology. As I described to him what my chapter was about, a guy walks in. I remember looking at him from head to toe, don’t ask me why he was introduced to me as Duane. Then my cousin said he was an Author. Well, my ears pricked up. Really. . . I was now intrigued. He told me that he had written two books, the other book is called Prisoner Of The Streets. We sat and spoke for most of the evening about his life, which the books are based on. So, of course, I came home and bought Mama Can’t Raise No Man. 
This book was brilliant. It predominately highlighted the crumbling relationship with his mother and the fact that he doesn’t know who his father is. And the fact that the mother of his own children has stopped him from seeing his twins. The book illustrates his struggles to leave his ‘road life.‘ (Robyn is from Hackney in East London).

I am not going to say any more than that because I don’t want to spoil it for you. Although I will mention, however, I was intrigued by the way it has been written . . . bibliophile’s seal of approval!


Zadie Smith & Maya Angelou

Hi guys, I wanted to share with you these two books I received as gifts for Mothers Day. ‘White Teeth by Zadie Smith’ & ‘Gather Together In My Name.’ I am familiar with Zadie Smith because I remember her book NW (north-west) was made into a ‘standalone drama’  as part of the BBC’s Black & British season last year. I am looking forward to reading this book, or should I say one of the reasons are because Zadie Smith lives and grew up in the same part of London as myself. Anyone that knows NW London back in the day may understand where I’m coming from.

My other book ‘Gather Together In My Name’ is the sequel to Maya’s, ‘I Know Why A Caged Bird Sings.’ (these are autobiographies). I know that this book will illustrate her teenage years.

So, of course, I will be back on my bibliophile’s blog to let you know my thoughts.

Have a great day!

 

 


Lisa Hilton: Maestra

So I received this book as a freebie. I thought I’d place it on the shelf and leave it for a much later date, but I guess curiosity got the better of me as I turned to the first page after several pages of reviews and prologue. “if I ask you how it began, I could truthfully say that was the first time….” I felt the book was a little slow at first especially as the story has to deal with ART. (I know nothing about the art world) but there are moments of where vicious murders were taking place as if it were the norm, and theft of a painting from a billionaire’s yacht. It was interesting how casual Judy was when she starting killing people off along with her insatiable appetite for sex. I guess you could call her a narcissist. Overall once I got started it was a great read. I can see why it had such great reviews.

 


Ava Brown: Bamboo & Fern

I heard so much about this book I had to purchase my own copy, especially now that her new book The Mango Girl will be coming out soon. (I happy to say that I have been invited to the launch at Waterstones.)

This book is an autobiography and shares Ava’s journey as a child growing up in the poor rural part of Jamaica. This book describes as a courageous story, of survival and perseverance against adversity such as lack of food, sexual abuse, incest at such a young age.

I must say it is a fantastic read, so much so it took me 24 hours to read it. If you are looking for a good read then I would recommend, especially since her new book is soon to be released. The Mango Girl will also be turned into a movie!!!

I can’t wait. . .

 

 

 


Ava Brown – The Mango Girl

The Mango Girl is an updated version of Ava’s first book, Bamboo & Fern.  So If you haven’t read Bamboo & Fern there’s no need to worry. This book continues to recapture the brutal and intimate accounts of  Ava’s life, as a child and teenager. 

But also goes on to tell an unbelievable story of a woman dealing with the trials and tribulations of life, showcases a series of issues which led her to fall into a deep depression and suffer a series of mental breakdowns.

This is a great autobiography of Ava’s life in Jamaica and her life as she tries to build it in the UK.

Ava’s story has touched the hearts of many. I must also add that I was fortunate enough to attend the Book Launch of The Mango Girl in London’s Waterstones in Piccadilly, where it was announced that this book will be turned into a Movie!

How incredible is that?

Well Done Ava….