Frank is a retired Engineer. He spent most of his working life in England where he was employed by UK based multi-national companies. He always wanted to write but has only found the freedom to do so since retiring to Ireland in October 2006. Formerly resident in Portlaoise, he now lives with Freda, his wife since 1963, in Stradbally, Co. Laois, Ireland.
To date he has 5 e-books available on Smashwords, 3 novels, a collection of poems and short stories and a non-fiction work that describes the discoveries that lead to the establishment of the theory of man-made climate change.
His latest work, a historical novel entitled "Strongbow's Wife" was released on June 1st. 2014. It relates events surrounding the Norman occupation of Ireland as seen through the eyes of the wife of one of the leaders of that occupation.
He is currently working on a novel dealing with contemporary issues and set in a small provincial town somewhere in the British Isles.
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She was 14 when her father gave her in marriage to a foreign warrior in return for the restoration of his kingdom. Her daughter would marry a man who served three English kings and ended his life as Regent. What was it like to be Strongbow's wife and, later, his widow? Could she forgive her father or his arch-enemy O'Rourke? What became of her after Strongbow's death?
A Way With Words
A collection of short stories and poems, some funny some tragic; some topical some nostalgic; all exploring aspects of the human condition.
July 1947. The day begins full of promise. Feel the tension rise with the heat and humidity as clouds gather. Meet the members of an isolated farming community: a young woman soon to be married; her aunts: one misses her friend in an asylum, the other caring for her disabled son. Suffer with her brother as he tries to evade his pursuers. The events of this Summer Day will change them all for ever.
An Accidental Discovery: piecing together the history of man-made climate change
The theory of man-made climate change is a recent conspiracy, right? Wrong! It is the result of a series of unrelated facts discovered over a century and a half. It begins in the middle of the nineteenth century with an amateur geologist trying to understand how ice ages came about and ends with the study of oceans and polar ice caps that continues to this day.
When 19 year old Paul is deceived by Maeve in 1890s Brooklyn he joins the rush to seek Klondike gold. Unable to stop dreaming about the red haired girl, when he discovers one of her grief-filled paintings, he is encouraged to go to Chicago to meet her. She is more interested in locating her daughter, now grown up, and the story reaches its climax as the trio meet during the Red Riots of 1919.
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Smashwords book reviews by Frank Parker
- Don't Tell Anyone
on March 11, 2013
In a recent blog post on Indiesunlimited (http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/03/05/nobody-wants-to-talk-about-that/), Laurie Boris expressed concern about the appeal of the subject matter of this excellent novel. I believe her concern is unwarranted. When I started reading “Don’t Tell Anyone” I had not long finished reading Colm Toibin’s 1999 Booker nominated “The Blackwater Lightship” which centres on a young man dying of AIDs. Not many months earlier I had read Lionel Shriver’s “For What it’s Worth”. As you would expect, each of the three writers has a different approach to the subject of the impending death of a close relative suffering from a debilitating and ultimately fatal illness. What each has in common is a thorough analysis of the impact of such an event on those close to the patient. (This is the first paragraph of a longer review on Goodreads.com (http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/03/05/nobody-wants-to-talk-about-that/))
- Fifteen Women Philosophers you should have learned about in school (but probably didn’t)
on Nov. 30, 2014
It's a long time since I was in school but I can barely remember learning about any philosophers of either gender back then. If they entered the curriculum it was more for their contribution to fields other than philosophy – mathematics, science, literature. Partly that is because the words “philosopher” and “philosophy” have broader meanings than that implied by the title of this book. My 60+ year old edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines philosophy as “Love of wisdom or knowledge” and a philosopher as a “Lover of wisdom”. Cameron's book is more specifically concerned with the study of ethics and morals; of our origins and the meaning of life. In Western societies those subjects traditionally fall into the realm of religious education. Indeed it is only comparatively recently that general education has ceased to be principally the responsibility of religious bodies.
The idea of a person devoting him- or herself to the study of such questions outside the auspices of a Church, Synagogue or Mosque is a very modern concept. Little wonder then, that those who did so in the past, of whatever gender, were often shunned or reviled by their contemporaries. When the ideas they formulated and promoted were at odds with the teachings of Rabbis, Priests and Imams we ought not to be surprised that they have been marginalised by the institutions of orthodox education.
Nor ought we to be surprised that only five of the 15 women covered by this volume practiced their art before 1900 for it is only in the twentieth century that religion ceased to dominate every aspect of our lives. And there are, of course, many whose lives are still tragically constrained by the beliefs of followers of fundamentalist branches of all three of the religions born in the Mediteranian region.
Why, then, should we have learned about these women in school? According to Cameron because “Their work has had impact on politics and how we endeavour to live the best lives we can today.” Her book as an attempt to demonstrate the truth of that statement. For me it succeeds in that endeavour. It made me want to read more about each of these extraordinary women and Cameron offers an extensive list of sources for further reading.
If I have one complaint it is that each of the fifteen essays is frustratingly short. At times the book reads like a set of notes for a fifteen week series of lectures. If Cameron ever presents such a series anyone living close to the venue would be well advised to attend. The rest of us must wait for publication of the full set of lecture transcripts which would make a much larger and, in my humble opinion, far better book.