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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A paperback in the family

There is much excitement here at Stoneham Towers and hearty congratulations are due to my very clever mother in law Eleanor Stoneham whose first book, Healing this Wounded Earth with Compassion, Spirit and the Power of Hope, has just been published by O Books. A powerful foreword is written by Dr Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World. This is a handbook for the restoration of the earth and society to sustainable health and a brave response to environmental damage, violence and reckless profit seeking. Eleanor examines the strength giving elements of vulnerability and the possibilities of personal responsibility and new ways of living in society, economy, medicine, art and faith.

For those who look at the world and find it wanting but who are not hidebound by cynicism, this may be just the read for you. It can be found on Amazon or at O Books. Eleanor’s website can be found here and her excellent blog is here.


  1. Congrats to your mother-in-law: what a very wonderful thing to have your own book published! Looking forward to reading it.

  2. Oh, how wonderfulñ and congratulations to your mother-in-law. To be published! Is that not every writer's dream? The satisfaction that someone, somewhere will read it.

  3. Congratulations to your mother in law!

  4. Hannah,

    Congratulations to your mother-in-law. I shall keep my eye open for the book.

  5. Thank you to you all, and to Hannah for those kind words! And for any reading this who may feel hidebound by cynicism I would urge you to at least give this book a go. It is now widely available.

  6. Ooh big congrats to Eleanor. A great achievement!

  7. How wonderful! Congrats to your MIL!

  8. Fantastic news. Congratulations to you both.

  9. Congratulations to Eleanor!

  10. How exciting! I'm guessing having a book published is something akin to giving birth to a child. I'm not a doomsdayer and believe when the earth was created, it had all we would need to inhabit it for as long as needed. That doesn't mean we shouldn't be responsible in caring for it. God's creations are so beautiful, and we all have the errand to help those within our sphere of influence.

  11. Dear Kim
    Thankyou for that. I wish I could share your optimism. In fact the profligate West are using resources at a totally unsustainable rate. I don't have the stats quite to hand so won't guess.
    And yes the publishing process is rather like childbirth - with the post natal/publishing blues all part of the process I have discovered!

  12. Dear Kim
    I didn’t want to reply with generalities and now have data in front of me that show why I cannot share your view. The earth would continue to supply all we need if we lived sustainably and ethically but we don't!!
    Combined wealth of world’s billionaires equals the income of half the world’s population – 3 billion poor people, living on less than $2.5 per day.
    The American places twice the environmental load of the Swede on the planet, 280 times that of the Haitian.
    Human consumption is nearing, and in some cases has already surpassed, planetary maxima. Oil, fish, and lumbar production have already peaked. 40% of world coral reefs have vanished.
    The amount of land that can sustainably respond to human requirements, our “earth share”, of every man woman and child on the planet is 4.2 acres. Average world usage is now 8.9 acres per person.
    World population is now 7 billion against 5 billion 22 years ago.
    Water and Land resources are continually being diminished. Both will become big problems – along with food shortages.
    A thousand million go hungry and 6 million children die annually of starvation whilst 155 million are overweight.
    The economy is in crisis.

    And so on: thanks to Ervin Laszlo in A New Renaissance Transforming Science Spirit and Society for this summary.
    And there is no problem? There most certainly is! My book summarises many of the problems and concentrates on solutions!
    We really cannot close our eyes to this – we have to consider not only today but also what we leave to children and grandchildren.
    Sorry to get a bit heavy but this really does matter!
    best regards Eleanor

  13. Congratulations to your mother-in-law!