T. R. Robinson
T. R. Robinson is an independent author of memoir, autobiography and fiction. Her author career commenced upon the realisation that her own and the lives of her ancestors were anything but ‘normal’. Readers will find her books inspiring and relevant often showing the strength of the human spirit and how previously considered insurmountable obstacles and difficulties may be overcome and survived.
Throughout, no matter into which genre a book may fall, T.R. draws upon her life experiences, some of which are truly shocking, frightening and surprising. She has had varied employments ranging from managing small electrical components, laboratory assistant, hospital orderly, waitress and much more between, all of which are drawn upon in her writing whether memoir or fiction.
Further information, and explanations, may be found at her website: http://www.trrobinsonpublications.com
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by T. R. Robinson
Is a hurtful past justification for a lustful present?
What happens when licentiousness is allowed to take control?
A tale based upon actual events.
Her Next Door
by T. R. Robinson
Excited at the prospect of her own home this naïve innocent looked forward to enjoying the good company of neighbours she could share with. But …………
A short story.
by T. R. Robinson
Naivety and Innocence under siege. - The on-going saga of an inspirational life. Will the abuse, inconsideration and manipulation continue? Shock, surprise, tears and laughter will all be yours as this innocent woman seeks to re-align and reorganise her life. You will be amazed at how strong our human spirits may be.
by T. R. Robinson
Having gained her freedom from an abusive violent husband this naive woman looked forward to a peaceful and successful life. But this was not to be. Violent behaviour had not been left behind as she hoped with her, amongst many other situations, having to face a gunman, pimps, aggressive lesbians and lascivious men.
Tears of Innocence
by T. R. Robinson
From a loving family this five year old girl is thrown into a world of abuse and torture leading to attempted suicide, near insanity and the contemplation of murder.
by T. R. Robinson
How chance encounters may impact upon our lives. Whether with romance, love and fulfilment or with fear, sorrow and loss. All are encountered in this tale.
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- Angel with Drumsticks
on March 14, 2015
I was surprised by how interesting I found this memoir. The synopsis (I have set it out at the end to assist readers of this review) clearly states it is about the results of an ‘experiment’ authorised by the Vatican.
The tale is basically about how some Italian young people responded to an enterprise resulting from the Vatican II council. As the book explains the aim of the council was to ‘make the Church more relevant to the young people, to modernise the Church and to be more welcoming to entice them to follow its spiritual path, rather than exhort them to do so.’ The memoir shows how a young band’s countrymen acclaimed them a success and how their ‘professional’ lives changed as a result. However, as tends to occur with each new generation, there was some conflict, well at least friction, between traditionalists and the up and coming generation of young people. I should point out these young men where in fact not out to be contradictory or to undermine the Roman Catholic Church but wished to help and support the fulfilment of Vatican II aims. In truth they were grateful to have been asked to be part of the project ‘La Messa Dei Giovani’.
As a rule, when reviewing, I try and avoid including spoilers. However, in this case the synopsis, or blurb as some like to call it, sets out clearly what the memoir is about and indicates the consequences for the protagonists of their willing participation in a new venture.
In all honesty I have to say that on the surface this memoir would only appeal to a limited audience:
• Those interested in the decisions etc. of the Vatican II council.
• People who would like to know how the conclusions of Vatican II were or were not implemented.
• Critics of the Roman Catholic Church.
• Vatican conspiracy enthusiasts.
• Conspiracy theorists.
• Historians with a particular interest in The Catholic Church.
Nevertheless, having said the above, I would still strongly encourage others to read this memoir. I confess it is not something that would normally catch my attention but, if I had ignored it, I would have missed out on an interesting and informative read.
Clearly a lot of research has gone into the writing of this book. And the historical photographs and media add a fuller comprehension and understanding to the well-presented facts and information. The book would benefit from further proof-reading; there are numerous minor errors. These however, are mostly typographical or wrong word order and do not detract from the tale.#
Cover: Because so many readers appear to be put undue emphasis on covers when selecting their next read I feel obliged to comment on covers when writing a review. In this case there can be no doubt the Vatican is involved. Therefore it would immediately appeal to anyone interested in Vatican or Roman Catholic Church history and activity. The inclusion of the angel above should raise some curiosity in other readers. So to that end I think the cover does its job.
Rating: I frequently mention how I consider most books realistically fall within the three star rating. Anyone who has followed my blogs or read my book reviews over a period of time will understand my opinion of the rating systems used by such sites as Amazon and Goodreads. I do not propose to reiterate here. Consequently my starting point for this book was three stars; it definitely does not warrant anything less. However, a lot of research has gone into this book and the historical details are presented in a readable and clear manner. The book merits more than three stars and therefore I am very happy to rate it at four (4) stars.
My copy: Though this has not influenced me in the least I should mention the author Pamela King had kindly agreed to review one of my books long before asking if I would review Angel with Drumsticks. Her acceptance of my book was unconditional. She did subsequently ask if I would consider hers and I was more than happy to do so; I enjoy reading other people’s memoirs. Pamela then kindly provided me with a free copy. I must emphasis this did not influence me in the least; I firmly believe, if the rating system is to have any value, we need to be honest in our reviews. To be otherwise does no favours to readers or the authors.
Conclusion: I reiterate how I unexpectedly found this memoir to be an interesting and informative read. Also how I feel I would have missed out by not reading it. In addition the author has presented all the facts and information in a concise and clear manner and avoided making the book unduly long; the length varies depending upon the devise or means you use to read it but on average it only comprises 97 pages, including photograph’s and media extracts. I would recommend this to anyone interested in; a different type of memoir; modern history; music history; Vatican/Roman Catholic history.
Synopsis: ‘A scathing indictment of how the Vatican handled the aftermath of the La Messa Dei Giovani in April 1966, this emotive book chronicles the story from a formerly silent perspective; the founder of the Italian Beat band Angel and the Brains.
It recounts the band formation and its music ambitions and relates the true story of what happened in the 12 months after “La Messa” was conceived to fulfil the desires of Vatican II to make the Catholic Church appealing to young people. Then, because of resulting bitter and vicious arguments within the church and the media, the Vatican took a course of action that was inconsiderate, hurtful and cold hearted.
It explains how the young musicians, responded to an invitation from the church only to have their fledgling careers destroyed.
The reader will discover that many articles in recent years are wrong in their descriptions of what happened following La Messa and falsely acclaim it as being a successful innovation of the Catholic Church at the time.’
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- Sail Away
on July 25, 2017
This memoir is primarily the tale of a young girl’s thoughts upon being taken upon a lengthy journey to a foreign land and away from her father. The observations are realistic and are clearly based upon actual experience.
This is not, in any way, a dramatic or unusual tale and indeed is short; thirteen pages (2,970 words). Nevertheless, it is a pleasant account that will temporarily occupy a reader. It is nicely written and conveys a child’s thoughts and emotions effectively.
No more may really be said without spoiling it for the potential reader.
- Square Peg in a Round Hole
on July 25, 2017
This short memoir is a counterpart to another of the author’a memoirs, ‘Sail Away’.
Though it is short (960 words) this memoir provides a nice insight into 1950’s British life. Perhaps even more so because matters are seen from the viewpoint of someone, who up to this point, had only lived in the United States of America, a very different culture, especially back then.
The descriptions of homes and school certainly bring to light how life really was in those days. Something, those who lived in that era will probably have forgotten and certainly those born more recently will have little or no conception of. Even television period dramas do not really convey how life was. However, with this memoir the reader will gain a real sense of the times.
The whole tale is enhanced by the author mixing objective observations and personal experiences in the telling.
- Confused Memories
on July 25, 2017
This short story is described as being fiction within the fantasy genre. The reference to ‘memories’ is what first attracted attention.
This is not only a fun story but also provides realistic insights. It shows how many people like to recall past events and occurrences. Some may remember the old expression ‘Rose coloured spectacles’ (How things may appear to look better in hind site). The tale also exposes how memories can sometimes be incomplete and less accurate than the truth.
What if someone could reconstruct something from the past - would it be as they remember? Would it comfort? With such a short story (2,040 words) it is not possible to say more without spoiling it for potential readers.
Readers: With time between appointments; While commuting; Just looking for a quick fun read; etc. would enjoy this tale.
- The Rozar Park Mystery
on July 25, 2017
As stated in the description, this is a short story (9,830 words) that makes it suitable for all readers no matter where they happen to be: commuting; waiting for appointment; between appointments; relaxing; etc. Also, as implied in the title, it would appeal to any reader who enjoys a mystery.
A US Marshal is called in when a body is found in Rozar Park, hence the title. With him is his friend Chris who, the reader is ultimately informed, is in the witness protection program. Very little is known about Chris but he quickly proves his value; initially by noticing anomalies regarding the body’s position and subsequently in the ongoing investigation. Besides the body’s position, there are other unusual elements, including some odd newspaper adverts, which intrigue and eventually lead to the truth. The story certainly does not end up where expected.
This is an enjoyable book though some readers may not always like the style. It is often clumsy, particularly in places where the author is attempting to establish the physical scene and scenery. Nevertheless, and in total fairness to the author, those passages do not detract from the tale: it remains enjoyable.
With such a short story, it would be unfair, to author and potential reader alike, to outline any further details.
Readers of my reviews will know I consider most books realistically fall within the three stars rating. That does not mean they are not good.
- The True Tale of Castaway Ann Saunders: A Short Story
on March 19, 2018
This is a fictional account of a true event and consequently, falls into the Fiction/Biographical genre. Nonetheless, despite the fictional tag, it carries the weight of authenticity.
The synopsis provides a background to the tale.
WARNING: For the more squeamish reader. Ultimately, this is a gruesomely realistic tale.
As with any short story (4,190 words - 13 pages) it is difficult to go into too much detail without spoiling it for potential readers. The protagonist, Ann Saunders, experiences sadness and undergoes, along with others, difficult circumstances. Though, naturally, the tale focuses on Ann Saunders, it remains an account, even if partly fictitious, of the participants combined experiences. It would be unfair to both reader and author to say more.
In the beginning ‘tell’ and ‘show’ writing styles are intermixed which some may find annoying. However, the style subsequently settles providing the reader with a tale that has a real ‘feel’ to it.
As a short story this is a quick and easy read that may be enjoyed wherever and whenever. It would suite commuters, patients in waiting rooms, those with little time, those who prefer to read on a smartphone, etc.
- The Gorge
on March 19, 2018
As stated in the synopsis this is the true story of some young men and their leader who venture out on an outward bound experience for a few days. It does have the feel of an accurate and detailed account.
The reader’s enjoyment of this book will more than likely be impacted by personal experience. Those without any outward bound experience may well find it of interest and amusing. However, those who have participated in any such venture may find it a little boring in places.
The author has been honest about his own feelings and abilities and portrays the young participant’s attitudes very well. They do undergo some difficult and uncomfortable situations with some suffering further because of their own naïve and perhaps foolish ideas. But it would be wrong to be judgmental; everyone was young once.
There is the occasional, very occasional, attempt to impart a moral lesson. No doubt resulting from the author’s own background and the fact this particular outing was undertaken with the blessing of their bishop. As said these are occasional and therefore readers who do not relish such matters need not be over concerned.
For anyone contemplating such an adventure this book does provide a realistic and practical warning. Namely, the need to invest proper time into the preparations for such an undertaking.
Depending upon the reader’s own life experience the rating for this book may well waver between two or three stars. In this reviewer’s opinion it, overall, merits three stars (3*).
- Catching the Light
on March 19, 2018
Principally, as stated in the sub-title, the book comprises four short stories about different women however, it also includes an introduction to the author’s novel ‘Free to Be Tegan’.
It is difficult to do justice to this series of short stories without including spoilers which, would be a real shame for prospective readers. Each story is based upon the emotional and psychological experiences of the four different women each story is based upon. Though, fictional, it must be said many women would be able to identify with the protagonists and their plights.
The writing style is deceptively simple because it quickly draws the reader into the tale and engages their emotions without them really noticing until pass the first page or two. These stories could easily be biographical and draw out many experiences some readers will be able to identify with, regrettably not all positive. One story contains an element of what appears to be fantasy but in such a realistic manner as to produce a satisfactory end (the writer of this review, through their own experience, was able to particularly identify with this, one of the more disturbing tales).
This is an enjoyable collection written in an easy style that carries the reader along without effort. Anyone interested in women’s emotions and how they view their, sometimes unenviable, situations will enjoy this book. The extract from the beginning of the author’s novel ‘Free to Be Tegan’, that follows the four short stories, does not disappoint as it shows a different perspective to one young woman’s challenges and certainly wets the readers appetite to read the complete story.
It is a shame more cannot be said without the danger of including spoilers but then these are short stories that may be read easily within one sitting.