Opher Goodwin books for sale on Amazon.

Opher Goodwin books for sale on Amazon.

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Being away from home, travelling for two months, focusses the mind on the nature of life.

I am a writer who has had a career in education and a passion for Rock Music, nature, literature, writing, poetry, adventure, photography, love, art, travel and creativity. I’ve lived quite a life. I’ve been very fortunate.

I set up this blog to share my creativity and passions with the world.

One other factor was to advertise my books. The books display my passions more fully.

If you like my writing and sensitivities then please purchase a book and make me happy.

You can find my books on the links below:

In the UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Opher-Goodwin/e/B00MSHUX6Y/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1456917437&sr=1-2-ent

In the USA:

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Opher+Goodwin&i=stripbooks-intl-ship&ref=nb_sb_noss

In India:

https://www.amazon.in/s?k=Opher+Goodwin&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss

Why not have a browse?

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The Universe in Shorts – extract

Maslow’s Stranger

 

The stranger appeared in the centre of the town. He was alone. Dust swirled in the deserted streets, dust-devils danced around the wooden walkways.

The stranger blinked his eyes. Everything looked strangely familiar but his mind refused to function properly. He was devoid of memory. Feeling dazed he looked around but recognised nothing. No matter how hard he strained his mind no understanding would present itself. He did not know how he had got here. He did not know where he had been. He could not even remember who he was.

His mind was a complete blank.

A panic welled up in his stomach but he fought it back. Not a sign of anxiety appeared on his face apart from a slight tic hovering over his temple.

He surveyed the arid town with wary eyes – the bold relaxed manner disguising his uncertainty. The sun shone from an unbroken azure sky. The buildings were old and shabby looking. The paint peeled.

Through slitted lids and screwed up features he nervously squinted trying to piece together where he was and where danger might emanate from. All the while he held himself upright, looking assured and cool, radiating toughness.

From where he stood, in the empty square, he could see that a high stone wall isolated the town from the surrounding land. It provided a marked contrast. The countryside outside was lush. It consisted of green hills that rolled away towards the distant horizon encircling the town. This dried out husk of a place was completely different to its surrounds, incongruously resembling an oasis of dust.

He stood there, holding himself aloof, poised, expecting something to happen. His presence here might precipitate trouble. He remained alert.

He hoped that he would appear calm and assured, radiating an aura of arrogant strength with just the right hint of challenge. If he was being watched he wanted them to know he was in control. Inside he was keyed up and afraid. He fought to keep his bewildered fear from surfacing.

Nothing happened.

Gradually the fear subsided and, despite the inexplicable strangeness of his circumstances, he found himself relaxing. After all, no untoward events had occurred yet. Perhaps nothing would? Besides the town was pervaded with a feeling of comfort and security, a calm familiarity. His senses detected nothing sinister. He felt at home here. Despite his apprehensions and immense confusion he found the tension draining away. He did not feel in any danger.

He had things to find out. He needed to speak to someone.

Still nobody appeared.

Calmer now, he studied the town with greater objectivity, house by house, road by road, turning his head slowly from side to side to take it all in. Nothing moved except the eddying of dust devils in the gentle noon breeze.

The stranger felt the sun beating down on him. He cleared his throat and took a few tentative steps forward. He did not quite know what to do but he knew that he had to do something. But which direction should he go? He stopped and then shuffled from foot to foot in indecision. There had to be someone around, someone to ask. It worried him that he could not remember anything. He had to talk. He had to straighten things out in his head.

Where was he? What was he doing here in this strange town?

Gathering his wits like a protective cloak he set out purposefully to find someone to ask.

The houses all looked alike. They had no signs, no numbers. He knocked at the door of the first house he came to. There was no answer. He knocked again.

At first he was hesitant, full of indecision. He felt like an intruder. He did not feel at home here. Nothing was right. There was a sense of hostility. He might not be welcome in this place. It felt so alien.

He turned away and was about to go elsewhere. Perhaps there would be someone at the next place? There was no one here to ask.

Perhaps he would find out the answers to his questions somewhere else?

Yet he felt a strange compulsion. The fear subsided. An instinct was telling him to go in. Gathering his courage into a ball he discovered a newfound resolve. He had to trust in his instincts at a time like this. There was so little to base his judgements on. Instinct had as much chance of being right as anything else.

He turned back to the door. He was hungry and a tantalising smell was emanating from within that house. The hunger rose in him and was overpowering.

He had to eat.

Perhaps you would like to have a copy to hold and cherish?

In the UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1707573093/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

In the USA:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1707573093/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=A+Universe+in+Shorts&qid=1573569421&s=books&sr=1-2

In India:

Not quite there yet but will be with you shortly!

Thank you all for looking!

The Universe in Shorts – the Cover

This is actually the cover for the ebook. The cover for the paperback is very similar though.

I am moving away from my old style of cover images, using my own photos and paintings.

What do you think?

Perhaps you would like to have a copy to hold and cherish?

In the UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1707573093/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

In the USA:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1707573093/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=A+Universe+in+Shorts&qid=1573569421&s=books&sr=1-2

In India:

Not quite there yet but will be with you shortly!

Thank you all for looking!

 

Celebration Time! The Universe in Shorts is now available in paperback!!

The Universe in Shorts is my new book of short stories. It contains stories that have been gleaned from the last forty years of writing and is my first book of short stories!

Exciting stuff!!

The book is centred on the short story entitled Maslow’s Stranger. This is an allegorical tale based on Maslow’s hierarchy. It has a strange surreal feel to it with elements of Clint Eastwood and one of Murakami’s bewildered heroes.

The book then has a number of Sci-fi short stories followed by other short stories and a few anecdotes.

It makes for a fun, easy read with elements that are thought provoking.

Thank you to those who have already purchased it in digital form. Perhaps you would like to have a copy to hold and cherish?

In the UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1707573093/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

In the USA:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1707573093/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=A+Universe+in+Shorts&qid=1573569421&s=books&sr=1-2

In India:

Not quite there yet but will be with you shortly!

Thank you all for looking!

The Universe in Shorts – A book of short stories

My new book of short stories – The Universe in Shorts – is now available in digital form on Amazon.

This book is a collection of my short stories and anecdotes dating from way back in the 1970s. The first section is Maslow’s Stranger, first written circa 1980 as The Stranger. This is followed by a selection of my Sci-fi short stories, then a range of other short stories and finished off with a few anecdotes. I decided it was time to bring them all together in one collection and put them out.I hope you find them interesting.

In the UK:

In the USA:

In India:

Thank you for looking!

 

The Universe in Shorts

The Universe in Shorts is my new book of short stories.

The main story is Maslow’s Stranger which is an allegorical story I first wrote in the 1980s. It also contains a number of Science Fiction short stories, a number of other short stories and some anecdotes.

It has been nice putting these together into a collection. I hope you will enjoy them.

The collection will be out in both digital form and paperback over the next few days.

Thank you for your interest.

Opher

Opher Goodwin – Books for Sale – Beat the Christmas rush!

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Yes there is still time to buy a loved one or yourself a special Christmas present – an Opher book. Unique and different. Why not take a punt?

They are available on Amazon.

Here is the UK link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Opher-Goodwin/e/B00MSHUX6Y/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1450372128&sr=1-2-ent

Try a good Sci-fi novel :

Or a great book on Rock music:

Or perhaps you are as concerned about the environment as me:

Or you like anecdotes from a life in education:

There’s twenty eight to chose from!

Dark Matters For Dark Ages – my latest compedium of poetry is now available in paperback!

I have great pleasure in announcing that my latest poetry book is now available in paperback.

These are the collected poems from the past year. They were written in a time of great political and social turmoil both in the UK and around the world.  All around us there has been the rise of extreme right-wing fascism and popularism. We have mass extinctions, deforestation, overpopulation and extreme weather conditions. Our huge numbers are greatly damaging the planet and threatening massive climate change.

Out of this has come a number of poems.

I have left them in chronological order. But, lest you should think they might be depressing, I should inform you that they are dollops of humour, poems of love and beauty and spiritual enlightenment.

So why not grab yourself a book – very reasonably priced – to dip into and enjoy.

All the best to you all! Thank you for supporting your local creative spirit!!

Available from Amazon:

In the UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1706631758/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Dark+matters+for+Dark+Ages&qid=1573297494&sr=8-3

In the USA:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1706631758/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Dark+Matters+For+Dark+Ages&qid=1573297583&s=books&sr=1-1

In India still only in digital form but paperback will follow soon:

https://www.amazon.in/s?k=Opher+Goodwin+Dark+Matters+For+Dark+Ages+paperback&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss

Dark Matters For Dark Ages – my new poetry book

My new poetry book is now available digitally from Amazon.

This is my sixteenth book of poetry! I have called it Dark Matters For Dark Ages.

It contains my recent poetry plus commentary. the poems range from humorous, through philosophical, spiritual, social and political. If you’ve been following my blog you will know what to expect.

In the UK:

In the USA:

In India:

 

Thank you for looking. The book will shortly be out in paperback form.

The Blues Muse blurb – retweaked a little – What do you think?

The Blues Muse blurb – retweaked a little – What do you think?

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Blues Muse blurb

I was in conversation with a good friend who, like me, is a Rock Music fanatic. We have both been everywhere, seen everyone and have had our lives hugely affected by music. However it is not who you have seen but what you failed to catch that you focus on.

I said to him that it would be brilliant if we had a time machine and were able to go back and see all the major events in Rock history; Robert Johnson play in the tavern in Greenwood, Elmore James in Chicago, Elvis Presley in the small theatres, The Beatles in Hamburg, Stones in Richmond, Doors in the Whiskey, Roy Harper at St Pancras Town Hall…………….. and a thousand more.

Then I realised that I could. I knew it all, had seen much of it first hand, and had the imagination to fill in the gaps. All I needed was a character who worked his way through it, was witness to it, part of it and lived it; someone to tell the story and paint the picture.

I invented my ‘man with no name’ and made a novel out of the History of Rock Music.

This is that novel. It starts in Tutwiler Mississippi in 1903 and   finishes in Kingston upon Hull in 1980. On this journey you will breathe the air, taste the sweat and join all the major performers as they created the music that rocked the world and changed history.