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Epic Times, Past and Present: Reflections in Prose and Poetry

  Beth Richards

 

 

 

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Epic Times, Past and Present: Reflections in Prose and Poetry
by Beth Richards

UK price: £9.99    US price: $11.89
Publisher:
DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback
Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 246
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1908026095
Published: March-2011

My main aim in Epic Times, Past and Present is to magnify the difference between life in the 20th Century and today's faster pace of living. To do this I began with 'Comradeship at its Best', a true story of my childhood memories of war-torn Britain back in the 4th decade of the last century. The theme of the very last poem, 'The Day I Trembled with Fear' occurred recently in January 2011, reflecting upon a mini-earthquake in Ripon, also Leeds...just a few miles from where I live in Derbyshire. I remarked in this poem, 'we don't do Earthquakes in Britain', but it appears now....anything goes! The book literally goes from past to present times. Are we any better off with today's way of living? I don't think so! Do you? Read this book before you answer! - Beth Richards.
 

About the author

Beth Richards began writing poetry about forty years ago, but only seriously after retirement. What some people describe as inspiration is to her something like a telephone call into the mind. Living in a beautiful corner of Derbyshire, it is not surprising that her poems and stories reflect the warm-hearted Derbyshire folk as well as the inspiring beauty of the nearby Peak District. Food for Thought is her eighth book.

The Plymouth Herald - Tues 26 July 2011


 

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For LOVE of Poetry
by Beth Richards

UK price: £4.99     US price: $6.36
Kindle £1.99
Format: Paperback
Size : 5" x 8
ISBN-10: 1326205870
ISBN-13: 978-1326205874
Pages: 106

As our dreams are full of images that entrance us, so Beth Richards' poems are full of images, visual pictures and metaphors, that keep us spellbound and enchant us. Through the images perceived by the poet we are drawn into her world and see through her eyes; for example, through the central image of a mirror in which the ageing poet observes her own image in 'A Lifetime', the reader feels himself or herself in the place of the observer, sharing her feelings and sensations. The poems in this new collection are bound together by the theme of love, and are full of the wisdom of life; it is the wisdom of a poet once described as 'the wise owl', who has experienced a range of feelings and difficulties that increase with the ageing process - for with age comes wisdom! - Charles Muller, Diadem Books


Life
by Beth Richards

UK price: £10.50   US price: $12.00
Format: Paperback
Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 172
ISBN-10: 1909304786
ISBN-13: 978-1909304789
Published: Nov 2012

About the author

Beth Richards has long enjoyed the reputation, in her writings, as a ‘wise owl’. She has the perspicacity of seeing ‘deep down things’, right into the heart of things and has the ability to speak for many of us who are growing older, approaching retirement, and combining the wisdom of our years with the frustrations of age, when we become disillusioned with money spent on material gain instead of alleviating poverty, and become fed up with tailgaters driving too close to us! She is not afraid to speak out and provide a voice for us golden oldies who often suffer the indignity of being invisible to the younger generation who live at a different pace. Most touching is Beth’s evocation, on behalf of many of us, of memories and longings from days gone by - the longings for lost intimacies, of treasured moments no longer there, of being held and comforted; yet through her prose and poems we can share the reevocation of such moments, even ‘Reliving that tingling sensation before the explosion’! Beth has the soul of a poet and she is not afraid to bare her soul, however sensitive, and it’s this sincere and honest quality that will make the reader feel like a close friend.


For the Love of Maria
by Beth Richards

UK price: £7.99        US price: $10.65
Kindle USA $3.12  Kindle UK £2.00
Format: Paperback
Pages: 244
ISBN-10: 1326339427
ISBN-13: 978-1326339425
Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.4 x 21 cm


In a sense the novel is about two worlds that are worlds apart, and which are bridged together. Not only is there a bridge between different geographical regions, but between people of different age groups and experiences. At the end of the day it's love that is the main bridge that brings these different worlds and people together. And as the author also says, 'There is more than one type of love, though not always of the sexual nature!' It's very appropriate that the cover of this novel depicts bridges! There are twists and turns in the plot that take the story into some surprising routes - the main one being from Marlow in Buckinghamshire to Derbyshire in the north. In fact, you might say that in many ways the novel is a dramatized travelogue, and one that especially highlights the scenic and rural appeal of the Peak District.


Turn the Page
by Beth Richards

UK price: £8.99   US price: $12.79
Publisher:
DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback
Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 148
ISBN-10: 1908026502
ISBN-13: 978-1908026507 
Published: May 2012

My whole concept with Turn the Page is for it to be different this time-not a collection of poems but a collection of short stories. As I've already mentioned in my Preface, I love writing short stories and pray that you'll love reading them. Sometimes one has to venture out of one's comfort zone, into a new sphere. The Proverb 'Nothing ventured, nothing gained' is all too true! I pray that you'll enjoy delving into my new venture as you read these stories. In Proverbs 16:31 we are told, 'The grey head is a crown of glory, if it is seen in the way of righteousness!' I have acquired that status. My photo portrays this. Bring on the righteousness in the form of more writing! There has to be some advantages to ageing, after all.


Pause for Thought: With Versastyle Poetry
by Beth Richards

UK price:    US price:
Publisher:
DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback
Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 164
ISBN-13: 978-1908026361
ISBN-10: 1908026367
Published: November-2011

The most significant contribution of this versatile and inspired author in this volume is her use of a new form of poetry that she has aptly dubbed 'Versastyle Poetry' - for which she deserves to find a permanent place in the history of literary criticism or literary style. This is the intermingling of, or alternating use of, free verse and rhyming stanzas... where the repeated rhyming stanza picks up the thematic strands in the free verse component as an echo, refrain or leitmotif, serving, in effect, as a thematic chorus. This works very effectively, for example, in her poems 'Delicate Rosebuds', and 'Magic Mirror', where each repetition of the rhyming stanza uncovers deeper levels of insight.


Epic Times, Past and Present: Reflections in Prose and Poetry
by Beth Richards

UK price: £9.99    US price: $11.89
Publisher:
DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback
Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 246
ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1908026095
Published: March-2011

My main aim in Epic Times, Past and Present is to magnify the difference between life in the 20th Century and today's faster pace of living. To do this I began with 'Comradeship at its Best', a true story of my childhood memories of war-torn Britain back in the 4th decade of the last century. The theme of the very last poem, 'The Day I Trembled with Fear' occurred recently in January 2011, reflecting upon a mini-earthquake in Ripon, also Leeds...just a few miles from where I live in Derbyshire. I remarked in this poem, 'we don't do Earthquakes in Britain', but it appears now....anything goes! The book literally goes from past to present times. Are we any better off with today's way of living? I don't think so! Do you? Read this book before you answer! - Beth Richards.


Food For Thought:   
Savouring the Delights of Poetry & Prose - by Beth Richards

UK price: £6.99  US price: $10.50
Publisher:
DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback
Size : 5" x 8"
Pages: 158

ISBN: 978-1907294440
Published: March-2010

FOOD FOR THOUGHT is a well known phrase, often used - and this time Beth Richards hopes her latest title will give some readers just that - Food for Thought! In our present generation of the 21st Century folk are living their lives as though on a treadmill. They may be going faster and faster - but, like a treadmill, they are going nowhere fast. Time and money seem to be of the essence in everything. Primary Care Trusts are only interested in their target figures!

The short stories also included in this volume will delight and entertain the reader, as they touch on human nature and, again, some of the dilemmas of modern life, with insight and humour.


Reflections in Verse : 
by Beth Richards

UK price: £3.99     US price: $7.95
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0-7223 3578-4
Published: June 2005

For this slim volume of poetry, Beth Richards has drawn inspiration from her own experiences to produce a thoughtful collection of verse. Although the topics vary, the over­riding message is be positive and don’t overlook, or take for granted, the many wondrous gifts in your life as you struggle over the obstacles that fate places in your path.


Chill Out With Beth : 
Gems for Young and Old!
by Beth Richards           

UK price: £5.63      US price: $9.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 50
ISBN: 0-595-37203-1
Published: Sep-2005

Chill Out With Beth combines an enchanting fairy story for children with poems that are gems of wisdom and insight relevant to both young and old in the journey of life. Writing of friendship, dreams, love and destiny, her overall message in is to be positive and to appreciate the wondrous gifts in our lives.


W O W: Words of Wisdom
by Beth Richards

UK price: £6.63    US price: $10.95
Format: Paperback
Size : 6 x 9
Pages: 84
ISBN: 0-595-40724-2
Published: Jul-2006

In this intriguing collection of sincere and heartfelt poems, Beth Richards, the “Wise Owl”, brings us more gems of wisdom that become beacons for guidance through the everyday problems and joys of life. Writing of friendship, dreams, love and destiny, her overall message in is to be positive and to appreciate the wondrous gifts in our lives.


Journey Towards a Dream 
A Novel                    
 
by Beth Richards

UK price: £5.10    US price: $9.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 96
ISBN: 0-595-42834-7
Published: Feb-2007

This story is based on what a lot of us feel when our children flee the nest! Life is a journey. At the beginning Carol has a dream, which is something many of us have and fulfil, depending upon circumstances. The big question is—will we achieve, in the end, what starts out as a dream?


Worlds Apart                    
Poems of Contrast

by Beth Richards & Charles Muller

Our price: £7.00     US price: $13.95
Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 134
ISBN: 0-595-50302-0
Published: Apr-2008

Two poets - two worlds: poems of deep and humorous reflections (set in England) contrasted with poems of stark reality (set in South Africa and elsewhere).


LIGHT READING      
Reflections in Poetry and Prose

by Beth Richards

UK price: £8.96    US price: $16.95
Publisher: DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback:
Perfect binding , cream interior
Size : 6 x 9 (US trade)
Pages: 140
ISBN:
978-0-9559852-9-4
Published: December-2008

Beth Richards writes: ‘I’ve always maintained that writing poetry (and other forms of creative writing) is a gift from God.’ Here, again, the creative muse continues to inspire Beth—hence this latest book of short stories and poetry entitled Light Reading.  (Discerning readers will, of course, appreciate the pun on the word Light, hopefully made clearer by Beth’s oil painting of the Baccaro Lighthouse, in Nova Scotia, on the front cover!)


Darkness to Light   
Further Enlightening Poetry & Prose
by Beth Richards

UK price: £6.99      US price: $10.40
Publisher:
DIADEM BOOKS
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Diadem Books
Size : 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.8 cm
Pages: 138
ISBN: 978-1907294075
Published: Sep-2009

A new collection of Beth Richards' inspiring poems and prose pieces.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

My aim in this book of poems and prose is to reach out to a number of readers – therefore I’ve written about many different subjects, which will almost certainly touch the hearts of many.  Maybe some of the subjects will even help someone with a similar problem in his or her life to find a solution – a form of self-help!