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Friday, February 17, 2006


Christina Manolescu now lives in Montreal. She once lived in London.

She is superb writing talent, one that deserves wide recognition.

Some years ago she started writing a novel, called Baglady. At that time she was in London, and I was lucky enough to spend some time with her.

We were both helping other writers, she was secretary of the Small Press Group and I had founded (with others) Author Publisher Network, and ran author.co.uk (now in the hands of a mean-minded little man whose only concern is money, who is to be despised by all).

We talked about Baglady, which the flyleaf of the book describes as a 'a dark-humoured romp through the hazardous sixties', which many people now say they missed, but clearly Christina saw enough to make notes. It moves on through the 'austere seventies', and that must mean the latter part when Thatcher's shadow fell across our minds as it leads to the 'bleak eighties' and then the 'leaner meaner nineties'

It's a memoir that bites back at its own history with every carefully crafted word. This is not the place for a comprehensive review, let it suffice that I wish that Braiswick had published this work of genius. It deserves to win prizes, it must be read, carefully and thoughtfully. This is literature. It will stand the test of time. One day it will be regarded as a great work.

I'm immensely proud to have been acknowledged by Christina. I did very little but today I am extremely happy to see this book in print.

ISBN 1-894967-31-3 You can read the first chapter at the Prince Chameleon site

Do so, and the pictures are stunning. A book to treasure.

Friday, February 03, 2006


We plan to publish this book, Birth-2-Bar/Batmitzvah written by Rita Christie and Sue Gordon, in May 2006.

It is reminiscences in verse of a Jewish boy and girl as they travel towards that significant day when by Jewish law they become man and woman.

It is two books inside one cover.

This unique collection of rhymed reminiscing follows the years from Birth-2-Bar and Batmitzvah through the eyes of a Jewish boy and girl, and allows us to enter into their thoughts and feelings as they grow towards this important landmark.

The unfolding story shows the introduction to Judaism by family example, and whilst lighthearted in content, describes clearly the pleasure gained and the importance for a Jewish child to understand his or her heritage.

Although fictitious, it has links to Rita and Sue’s experiences with their own children and grandchildren. It will appeal to all age groups, as the years turn with each page, it will bring back many wonderful memories to grandparents and parents, while connecting with the feelings felt by every child, as they change from child to young adults.

Email advance orders to sales@braiswick.com and we will send you more details as soon as the book is available.