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Journey Towards Himself  -   Roy Holland
 

 

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JOURNEY TOWARDS HIMSELF
by Roy Holland
UK price: £10.44     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.

Book Description

On a bursary, at Cambridge, Jonty loses the girl he had found, continues his search for himself amongst academics and students, and finding them less admirable and more comical than expected, he learns to discern their qualities, while, without finding his niche, also learns to see virtues in his own roots.

“Some of the scenes are quite hilarious. This is a graphic and entertaining evocation of university life at Cambridge following the years when the author was a student there, with the august presence of notable figures like F.R. Leavis, C.S. Lewis, and E. M Forster; at the same time the protagonist’s stream of consciousness enhances the experience. The book is every bit as entertaining as Kingsley Amis’s ‘Lucky Jim’.” – Charles Muller, Diadem Books.

This is the second part of a trilogy where the main themes are the frailty of love (and of loyalty), and the durability of betrayal. Or to express it differently – the mortality of love and the immortality of betrayal. In the face of the gigantic and intricate mystery of the Universe, the last great act of celebration is to believe, and the last great act of belief is to celebrate.

About the author

Roy Holland was born in Birmingham. He went to Africa in 1966 to teach in the universities of the Boleswa countries. In 1971 he went to Greece for three years. He and his family lived on the island of Levkas for six months, the Gulf of Corinth for a similar period, and in Corfu for a little over two years. He wrote full-time until 1974, when he returned to the U.K. and worked on a research project until returning to Africa in 1977. Thereafter he lived in Southern Africa and worked in universities in Zimbabwe, Lebowa and Venda. He was Professor of English at the University of the North, the University of Venda, as well as Dean of the Faculty of Arts in the later 80's. He retired early to write full-time, and now lives in Ledbury, Herefordshire.

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Other works by Roy Holland:

                                     

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.
 

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