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Just a Bit Touched  -  Roy Holland
 

 

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Just A Bit Touched: Tales of  Perspective.      

Tales by ROY HOLLAND                                                                   

Publisher: Writers Club Press      ISBN: 0-595-15874-9    
UK Price: £6.84                       US Price: $9.95

                                        
                                                          

What is peculiar to Roy Holland's vision as a literary artist is that so many of the characters or the people he portrays in his short stories seem to be a bit touched.

The title for this volume was suggested by a remark of the narrator in the opening paragraph of the first story, ‘The Arcadian’: “They’re just a bit touched, bonkers-like.”

In a sense, what is peculiar to Roy Holland’s vision as an artist is that so many of the characters or the people he portrays seem to be a bit touched. That’s why, of course, his tales are so colourful and absorbing, if not amusing.

Furthermore, each tale is touched by its own perspective, since each reflects the point of view of its unique narrator. So often the England of the Thirties or Forties are seen through the eyes of a child so that, Dickens-like, the foibles and characteristics of the adult world seem larger than life. These early stories are interesting, too, for the historical perspective they give us — of an Andy Capp industrial society long since gone. There are other stories written from the perspective of the Fifties: the two stories dealing with motor cars (‘The Efelant’ and ‘Egging-on’) add a more amusing perspective — of a time when petrol was dear and neighbours more than a bit touched by curiosity! The stories written in Africa with its latent social change — ‘Victims,’ for instance — add a more violent perspective, though hilarity is introduced by the expatriot (in ‘It Was A Very Sad Case’) who seems more than a bit touched by his paranoia.

A dimension of fantasy is introduced by the imaginative perspective of ‘Cyber Island’ — an anti-utopian tale that uncomfortably reminds us of the illusionary implications of our modern technological world with its ready substitution of real values with virtual reality.

Whatever their perspective, these tales provide excellent reading and thoughtful reflection.

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Other short story collections by Roy Holland:

                          

Novel in THE JONATHAN THREE trilogy:

THE NOWHERE MAN
by Roy Holland      
UK price: £8.99     US price: $17.95
Publisher: DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 262
ISBN: 978-0-9559741-0-6
Published: July-2008
A young man in Birmingham, in the sixties, escapes the humdrum mundanity of life through fantasies, tries to find himself, and finally escapes his dead-end lifestyle by gaining a place at a university.

JOURNEY TOWARDS HIMSELF            
by Roy Holland
UK price: £8.99     US price: $17.95
Publisher: DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 262
ISBN: 978-0-9559741-1-3
Published: July-2008

A hilarious evocation of life as a student at Cambridge University in the sixties, shortly after the time of such notable figures as F. R. Leavis, C.S. Lewis and E.M. Forster.


NOW LEAD ME HOME
by Roy Holland        
UK price: £10.99     US price: $21.95
Publisher: DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 262
ISBN: 978-0-9559741-2-0
Published: July-2008

In this third book of the ‘Jonathan Three’, the experiences conveyed by the protagonist’s stream-of-consciousness place the reader in the mind of the young man who eventually finds real love and meaning in a fulfilling relationship. 


THE WAKING & MAKING OF PAUL GAUGUIN        
A Play for Voices

by Roy Holland
UK price: £6.99     US price: $15.02
Publisher: DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 98
ISBN: 978-0-9559741-3-7
Published: July-2008

It was during his illness, in 1887, when Gauguin was 39 years old, that the battle dramatised in this play – a battle imagined in his body, and in his mind, and in his moral nature – could have taken place


ALAN PATON SPEAKING   
The Lintrose Conversations:
Interview with Alan Paton  

by Roy Holland
edited by Charles Muller
UK price: £14.60     US price: $28.95
Publisher: DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 114
ISBN: 978-0-9559741-4-4
Published: August-2008

This interview with Alan Paton by Roy Holland has never, until now, been published. The interview took place on June 19 and June 20, 1973, when Holland was a guest in Paton’s home, Lintrose, at Bothas Hill, Kloof, Natal. It provides many insights into Paton’s life, his political involvement as the founder of the Liberal party in South Africa, and his writings


Contact the author by email:  roy@royholland.fsnet.co.uk

Roy Holland