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Rod Madocks

5 months 1 week ago

Tania Blair was a young mother leading an ordinary life in Peterlee, County Durham until Social Services took a hand. We buried her seven years ago today but it has taken until now for her story to be published. This prescient book captures the bitterness of the English working class as they are tipped down the maw of a globalised world, An anger that has found its expression in the Brexit battles. Its a book that the authorities would not want you to read. Buy now https://www.amazon.co.uk/Our-Tan-Memoir-Destroyed-Life/dp/1910323977/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547638808&sr=8-1&keywords=rod+madocks

Rod Madocks

5 months 2 weeks ago

Et in Arcadia ego. I found this 18 Cent marble relief yesterday while walking in the grounds of Shugborough Hall, Staffs, It's a representation of a famous painting by Poussin which shows a group of shepherds gathered around a tomb upon which is written the enigmatic Latin phrase ' Et in Arcadia ego'. I have long been haunted by these words. Arcadia in classical Greece was an ideal rural Garden of Eden. An optimist would interpret the Latin words as saying ' Even I can be in Arcadia - a sylvan utopia. A hedonist would interpret them as saying ' I was once in Arcadia' ie I once was immersed in life's pleasures. A pessimist sees the words as meaning ' I Death am also in Arcadia' a momento mori message that dissolution lurks within all of life's utopian dreams. For me, the writer, the phrase sums up the essential creativity of the human spirit, I also can create an Arcadia, a lasting work of art that outlives the physical self, that work itself drawing its power from the act of creation that challenges and triumphs over the threat of dissolution. So for me Et in Arcadia ego, means '…

Rod Madocks

6 months 3 weeks ago

On this day 134 years ago, an inquest court in the small Devon town of St Marychurch pronounced that John Henry Lee , a 19 year old butler , was guilty of murdering his elderly mistress Miss Emma Anne Keyse. Lee was sentenced to death but seemed unconcerned and said that God would protect him because he was innocent, The hanging apparatus at his execution mysteriously failed to work and he went on to a career in the music halls as 'the man they could not hang' . He mysteriously disappeared in 1910, My book explores this classic enigma of British crime history and the crime that was committed on that Devon cliffside beach the locals called 'Babbicam'. Buy now https://www.amazon.co.uk/Babbicam-Rod-Madocks-ebook/dp/B00XZ3AXHY/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543658847&sr=1-5&keywords=rod+madocks

Rod Madocks

8 months 2 days ago

Back in the Yorkshire Dales with my back to a stone wall that appears as an illustration in my book 'Our Tan:Memoir of a Destroyed Life' . Tania Blair often passed this wall during her short life. I think of book writing as being like dry stone wall building, After much labour creating a strong and beautiful bridge to pass along.

Rod Madocks

8 months 2 weeks ago

Rod Madocks

10 months 2 weeks ago

The Kindle edition of 'Our Tan: Memoir of a Destroyed Life' is available from today in the Amazon Kindle Store under the Damocles Press imprint, The logo for Damocles Press has been designed by the excellent Valentina Ceraso whose art work also forms the cover of Our Tan, The Ebook is priced at £3.49. Left Lion magazine has described the book as " a crushing account of England's inept social services..a heart-wrenching head-slapping true story of the damage done by misguided meddlers'.

Rod Madocks

1 year 1 month ago

I have bought a lithograph by the well-known English abstract artist Basil Beattie. I've hung it on my study wall to inspire me while I write a memoir of my childhood in Africa. The art work is called 'Breathing Deep' . There is something about the frenetic energy and emotion within these hieroglyphic marks that helps me tap into the snaky tunnels of my past.

Rod Madocks

1 year 2 months ago

The gates to St Senara Church, Zennor, Cornwall - a portal to the mysterious England that lives on in the mind. Zennor - abode of a legion of writers and artists and mermaids, among them: D.H..Lawrence, Patrick Heron, W.S. Graham, John Heath-Stubbs, Helen Dunsmore. The megalithic chambers of Zennor Quoit loom on the cliffs above and speak of a deep time as I, the visiting writer, pay my respects to the spirit of place and depart. taking something elemental away with me

Rod Madocks

1 year 3 months ago

Many thanks to all who turned out to the book launch of Our Tan in Leyburn last night despite horrendous blizzard conditions. Everyone there were truly celebrating World Book Day!

No Way To Say Goodbye

My first novel, shortlisted by The Crime Writers Association John Creasey Dagger Award and featuring on ITV3’s Crime Thriller Awards.
We are all waiting for someone to come back from the past bringing a lost happiness.”

The story follows a search for a vanished lover within the secret world of the maximum security psychiatric institution.
If you go looking for the truth you’d better be ready to live with it afterwards.”

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Our Tan

MEMOIR OF A DESTROYED LIFE 

A lament for the loss of a young woman and a savage critique of the institutions that failed her.
 
 

The Rising Flame

Remembering Sidney Keyes

Remembering Sidney Keyes

A memoir about the short life of Sidney Keyes, a prodigiously talented young poet killed in battle in Tunisia in 1943 at the age of twenty. Keyes served with Madocks’ father during the war. This book remembers a great talent cut short and offers a tribute to all the reluctant heroes of Allied Forces in World War Two.

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Ship of Fools

“They had drawn low cards in the lottery of life to get mental illness in the first place and then they had us to deal with on top of that.”  Here are twenty stories told by an ex-professional that really lift the lid on psychiatry.

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Babbicam

A remarkable historical novel that explores the real life story of Victorian criminal, John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee, convicted for murder of his elderly employer in her seaside residence in Babbacombe, Devon in 1884. Lee faced the hangman in Exeter prison but famously the execution apparatus failed to work. Lee later served a long prison sentence, and became a national sensation after he published a book called “The Man They Could Not Hang”. He disappeared mysteriously in 1911.

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Dyadic Death

A non -fiction piece by Rod Madocks on the “love killers” , the true signature killers of our times. In Crime ed. Ross Bradshaw Five Leaves Press , September 2013.