In St Mary the Virgin churchyard in the Birmingham suburb of Acocks Green, lie a number of World War Two graves. These bear testimony to the tale of some young men, from three local families, who joined up during the war. They were spread out among all three of the armed forces. Some were deployed at home, some sent abroad. Their service ranged from the air battle against occupied Europe to the Arctic convoys, from Java in the Far East to battles on the beaches of Dunkirk, in North Africa, Syria/Lebanon, Italy and Greece. Inevitably not all these stories had a happy ending. Some of the men, happily, returned from the war. This is the story of all these men, and also of the families they left behind when they went to war. The course of the war, particularly as it affected Birmingham and Acocks Green in particular, is followed in detail. The book also follows the lives of the survivors and their relatives after the conflict.’
A collection of stories……………… PART ONE: Early stories written by Cecilia Esther Abigail Shodike between 2013 and 2015 comprising mainly very short stories with a wide variety of subjects and themes. The young Writer uses a distinctive style to keep the reader’s interest in the rich range of stories, which compensates for brevity in some of them. PART TWO: In the second part of the book, Esther introduces the reader to her collection of new stories. She is seen to have mastered the asset of story telling and becomes more ambitious and better skilled at developing her plots. There’s little doubt of her potential as a Writer and this book indicates a promising future for this young Writer f rom Sierra Leone.
If you like exciting, dangerous and daring adventures, then read on… In this action-packed historical fantasy, Bala, a brave British boy, and his friend Oliver are transported back to the Mali Kingdom in the 13th century. They are confronted with hate, jealousy and betrayal. But they also discover that these evil forces are no match for kindness, loyalty and courage.
Of this personal Memoire, the author says: When I was young and living with my grandmother as a boy and young man, my grandmother as she grew older, had a sharp mind and could still remember her time as a girl, young woman and then as a married woman. She was fond of telling us stories of her parents, eleven siblings, and particularly about her grandpa Adjai and grandmother Asano. Of course, my siblings and I did not take her seriously and thought it was the ramblings of an old woman. It was not until later that I came to realise that the grandpa Adjai and grandma Asano she used to talk so fondly about were Bishop Samuel Adjai Crowther, the first black bishop in the Anglican communion and his wife Asano. So, using the experience I had gained in my long life as a journalist, I have written this personal memoire of my great great grandfather with whom I am six degrees of separation through my grandmother
The Golden Gloves of Heracles: Hercule is a normal school kid who seems to be good at nothing. He’s a little overweight and is a laughing stock the school. However, his bullied and provoked days are about to change as he found a pair of golden battle gloves that belongs to the demigod Hercules/Heracles. As he wore the gloves, Olympia was sat the brink lot danger as Ares, Heracles’s half-brother arrives to get revenge. Will Hercules be at peace with his ancestral uncle, or will his Herculean strength fail him?
Hercule’s Gauntlets: Titanic Clashes: Hercule, the reincarnate of the demigod Hercules, quickly became a worldwide phenomenon on both Olympia and Olympus. He greatly struggles with his new life of fame and critics and starts too debate whether the golden gauntlets that he wears were a blessing, or a curse. Meanwhile, Hades, god of the underworld, plots to take vengeance on his brother Zeus and makes an allegiance of his own. On Hercule’s birthday, he wishes to know the secret of the golden gauntlets that gave him the powers and attributes of Hercules. As he starts his journey too find his answers, so starts the beginning of an unexpected siege in Olympus. Could Hercule complete his nearly impossible journey for answers in time to help fight this new threat, or will it be too late
Nyamacoro was inspired to start writing poetry and short stories after returning to Sierra Leone. The beauty of her homeland inspired poems such as Tropical Rain and A continent of contrasts. She yearns to return home during the Winter months and has chosen the Title of ‘When the Nightingale Sings’ as an appropriate recognition of her dreams.
In “Foulah Tong 1960 and beyond…” the Author discusses the complex nature of that Community and traces those Family ties and Religious practices that underpinned the attitude and achievements of Foulah Tonians through three distinct Generations. He takes the Reader through memorable National events starting from Independence in 1961, the Rebel War of 1991 to 2002 including the outbreak of the Ebola Plague in 2014. Throughout, top Foulah Tong Academics, Civil Servants, Contractors, Diplomats, Engineers, Entrepreneurs, Legal Practitioners, Military Officers, Medical Personnel, Pharmacists, Politicians, and Scientists have contributed fully to Nation building. However, the momentum of the Cultural and Educational well-being of Foulah Tong appears to be on the wane and raises the question whether this is in fact a Foulah Tong problem, or one affecting every facet of Sierra Leone. Do the Foulah Tong people have youths in their midst that are qualified and ready to perform the roles played by their forefathers? This book is an attempt by the Author not only to inform, inspire and entertain but also to bring these concerns in front of the political mirror for Foulah Tonians to take a good look at themselves and for the Government likewise to take a good look at their heritage and potential as future effective National contributors.
In ‘The Fascinating History of My Liberated Ancestors’, the Author starts with a brief Historical sketch of his direct Ancestors beginning in Scotland in the late fifteenth Century. Thereafter, the reader is treated to a very well researched account of those White and Black men and women that traveled between Nova Scotia, Jamaica, Britain and West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone whilst enduring the horrors of Slavery. Against all odds and the many degrading and prejudicial practices, Charles Harding’s Ancestors developed into a formidable Group of well – educated professionals in Medicine, The Law and members of the Cloth. They married and intermarried and played an immeasurable part in the establishment of the British Colony of Sierra Leone that played such a leading role in West Africa until Independence. His masterful writing has not only produced a ‘Family History,’ but a book that provides a unique account of ‘Colonial History’, and a Fascinating one at that. This remarkable book is a truly good read.
First published as Road to Freedom, this is the story of former African slaves who were persuaded to fight on the side of the British in the American War of Independence and after their defeat migrated to Nova Scotia. Seeking a better life and more meaningful freedom in 1792, over one thousand of them left Nova Scotia to resettle in West Africa, with the support of a company formed by British philanthropists. Freetown, the colony they founded, later became the capital of Sierra Leone. Told from the point of view of one of the settlers, Seeking Freedom is the stirring tale of their return to Africa, and of their struggles to realize their hopes in a trying climate, amid sometimes hostile indigenes, unexpected dangers, and conflicts with officials of the company that sponsored them.
For several years, Arnold’s friends have been urging him to write his memoirs. He resisted in the past, as he did not think his life was that interesting, or that people would want to read about it. But, having put pressure on others to write about their lives, Arnold decided that after attaining age eighty he should do so too. This is that story providing Reflections on various aspects of his colourful life without the aid of diaries. He hopes the reader will have an enjoyable read and would comment afterwards in Amazon Reviews and otherwise.