The poet of Richard III and Lost World now recounts his early memories with a linking narrative and many original photographs. Read of a magical trip to Cowdray Park; of life in an east Manchester manse; a schoolboy’s view of Jim Laker’s cricket Test; of his great uncle lost in no man’s land; and of other family members who died too young.
Rocks and local people form a romantic backdrop to Martin's poems set in various remote parts of the world. Read of schoolboy inspiration in "Coffee Smoke"; being alone in Scotland with "That Russian Spy"; the discovery of "The Earliest Animal". Go around the world in "Places I know best" and hear of his near-death encounters in "Nine Lives" before he returns home to meet the Queen in "OBE Poem".
Three short stories about life-changing moments in the lives of three fairly flawed, unheroic characters: Steve, who lacks self-esteem but finds Atahualpa’s Treasure in the Andes of Ecuador; sex-bomb Freda with her Damascene moment in York Minster; and finally, self-centred Mike who meets his destiny at the Millennium Hour in the Bear at Bisley. Read how these moments changed their lives for ever.
The black Eve is the real Eve: the mitochondrial Eve: she who is the mother of us all, no matter our race or creed. Apart from paying homage to her, these poems manifest other paradoxes of religion, evolution and humanity. They reflect the modern thinking person who, whilst having read all the evidence against traditional religion, would still ‘like to see his Mum again.’
The legend of lost treasure of the last Inca king, Atahualpa, is guarded by remote, mist-veiled mountains in central Ecuador. Martin Litherland was summoned to explore this region and these poems, linking narrative and photos tell the story, as he and his companions tackle this essentially unexplored and uninhabited mountain range. Read about the treasure, gold fever, and the man with one hand.
Did you know that Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World, really exists? Would you have liked to explore and map this legendary plateau? In 1980–81, Martin Litherland did just that. He tells his story in poems, a linking narrative and stunning photographs, manifesting the emotions as he and his indigenous companions tackle this unexplored and uninhabited tableland.
What would Richard III feel about his resting place beneath a car park and his subsequent exhumation? What actually happened to the Princes in the Tower? Was Richard really the dastardly character portrayed by Shakespeare? These issues and more are discussed in these intriguing poems about the life, death and exhumation of King Richard III. Not to be missed by poetry- and history-lovers alike.