As a line goes in one of my books, "I am a main-line denominational seminary drop-out" (40 years ago). That means I like to write and talki, mostly the former. My first lay ministry assignment in 1968 was at a church for the deaf in Columbus, OH, where I assisted a deaf pastor and deaf ongregation for 51⁄2 years. Today at the retirement home where we live I teach a sign language class to a half dozen residents who want to be able to converse with a new deaf resident that recently moved here. We have a gay son and I have been active in trying to help people understand that there is more than one sexual orientation. We also have two daughters who married fundamentalist husbands. Although the girls love their brother, they do not want him to discuss his "lifestyle" with them or their children. My goal in all my writing is to someday influence them to be more understanding and tolerant. We've lived at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, VA, for a little over two years. Only about 30% of the residents are Mennonite. We aren't but we have attended their churches and find them to be among the most encouraging and uplifting people we've ever met. However, even among these new friends, only a minority are like-minded about homonaturality.
'Gritty coming-of-age story . . . plenty of anecdotes to keep us hooked, and his memories of Joy Division's Ian Curtis are poignant' Daily Mirror
Before he was responsible for some of the most iconic drumming in popular music, Stephen Morris grew up in 1960s and '70s industrial Macclesfield, on a quiet road that led seemingly to nowhere. Far removed from the bright lights and manic energy of nearby Manchester, he felt stifled by suburbia and feared he might never escape. Then he joined Joy Division - while they were still known as Warsaw - a pioneer of the rousing post-punk sound that would revolutionise twentieth-century rock.
Following two landmark albums and widespread critical acclaim, Joy Division were at the height of their powers and poised to break the US, when lead singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide.
Part memoir, part scrapbook and part aural history: Stephen Morris's innate sense of rhythm and verve pulses through Record Play Pause. From recollections of growing up in the North West to the founding of New Order, Morris never strays far from the music. And by turns profound and wry, this book subverts the mythology and allows us to understand music's power to define who we are and what we become.
In Fifties Britain, an unmarried, pregnant girl received,not sympathy but censure and contempt. Shunned by most of her family, Sheila ended up in a Church of England home for unmarried mothers, with no apparent alternative than to give up her child for adoption. But when she held her newborn daughter in her arms for the first time, Sheila knew she had to do the unthinkable: bring up her baby on her own in a society that would condemn her for it.
Sheila Tofield is a proud grandmother living in Chichester and The Unmarried Mother is her first book. Her touching story was picked up by Penguin when she entered the hugely successful life story competition with Saga Magazine.