"Henry Disney's is, to borrow a phrase, a beautiful mind, and also a tough mind." So wrote Kitty Ferguson in her review of his sixth collection. This seventh collection of poems reinforces this perception. His delight in nature, ideas and humanity is never sentimental. His poems are as challenging as ever as he ranges over his varied experience and encounters with a diversity of people. Topics include being on active service in Cyprus in his youth, his deep commitment to his scientific work and evolution, his hard headed Christian faith, his occasional forensic work, his grandchildren, politics and a variety of situations. Ranging from limericks to a poem of more than 100 lines, all are skilfully crafted and, even when handling specialized notions, are never obscure. The range of topics covered and variety of styles aim to communicate, to challenge on occasions but above all to give pleasure. Book reviews online: PublishedBestsellers website.
About the author
Henry Disney was born in Dorset in 1938. On leaving school in 1957 he did his National Service in the Royal Artillery. He read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. He was then Assistant Warden of the Flatford Mill Field Centre in Suffolk. He married the Centre's secretary, Audrey. He was then the Medical Entomologist at the Dermal Leishmaniasis Research Unit in British Honduras (Belize). His research was mainly on the ecology of sandflies (Phlebotominae) and mammals in relation to a parasitic infection contracted by people working in the rainforest. He returned to Bristol University to study for a Certificate in Education, then joined the MRC as the Medical Entomologist at the Helminthisasis Research Unit in Cameroon. Henry has been writing poetry since he was a teenager at school. He continues his research on the natural history, taxonomy and evolution of world scuttle flies at Cambridge University's Department of Zoology.
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