I’ve been given a subscription to Positive News, a quarterly magazine that describes itself as The Uplifting Current Affairs Magazine, and it certainly does that. If you’ve given up on the news, try Positive News. It tells of all the positive and inspiring things that are happening around the world, and there are many.
As well as an article on how Mark Rylance (cover) deals with the blues, this month’s copy includes amongst others:
- The wildest ponies in Britain. How wild ponies that roam the Carneddau plateau in Wales have been living there for 375 years and are gathered in once a year by members of the local community for a health check.
- Heat or eat. How a plumber from Burnley has set up an organisation to help disabled and elderly people with the plumbing and heating problems for free.
- The man reviving Iraq’s date industry. After 20 years of war and destruction, a farmer has taken it on himself to revive Iraq’s once world-leading date industry. He’s having success, and aiming to ‘become one of the biggest date producers in the world,’ once again.
- Tigers make a roaring comeback. How tigers, once facing extinction, are increasing their numbers. Tigers’ global population is now believed to be nearly 5000, according to a recent census, up 40% from the last census in 2015.
My recent publications
Otto and Frankie, my latest novel, about a dying man’s fight against injustice, his wife’s unusual affair, and the love from his long-lost daughter.
Otto and his daughter Frankie could not be more different. He’s rich, an acclaimed author, human rights activist, and lives in England. She lives in New York, just about survives from one pay cheque to the next and hasn’t seen or spoken to her father for twenty years. Dutifully reunited by his impending death, she’s amazed to find him a kind and noble man who, while grappling with his wife’s bizarre affair, champions for the world’s forgotten and dispossessed to his last. After Otto’s death, Frankie’s admiration for her father leads her into a dangerous and life changing pursuit.
Life in four stories
Four shorts: two about life, love, and death; one a poignant and disturbing memory that dangles a question unanswered; and one a wild fantasy – plus the first chapter of my latest book, Otto and Frankie.Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk