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  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: JJ Books (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956921280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956921284
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 21 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JJ's Childhood

JJ was born in 1929 in rural Devon. In 1931 he and his younger brother moved with their parents - who were 'flat broke', out of work and in poor health - to a rented cottage in Lyme Regis on Dorset's Jurassic coast. There the family survived on what they could grow and rear on a small allotment and what they could catch in the sea. For cash they took in lodgers. They were not the only family in difficulty. JJ was shocked to discover that the playmates next door were not available on Tuesdays because Tuesday was the family washday. Their parents could only afford one set of clothes for them.

By 1935, the family had progressed from 'lodgers' to 'guests',- in a small private hotel. That enterprise, backed by a local entrepreneur, was not a bonanza for the entrepreneur but generated sufficient resource for the family to leave the West Country in 1937 and look for work in the London area. There JJ's father found a job as a salesman of chemicals used in the making of perfumery some six months before JJ's brother was killed in a road accident.

That death had a traumatic effect on the stability of the family but the man responsible for it offered, by way of compensation, to pay for JJ, who had only been taught at home, to be educated privately at boarding schools until the age of 18. The last of these was The King's School, Canterbury and from there JJ went on to study law at Queens' College, Cambridge with the benefit of a scholarship awarded by the University supplemented by a grant from the Ministry of Education.

JJ's Career

JJ left Cambridge with a law degree in 1952, took a job with the British branch of Philips, the Dutch electronics company and in 1953 took a further Cambridge law degree and qualified as a barrister.

JJ stayed with British Philips full time for 29 years, joining its board in 1966 and leaving it in 1981 to start a new career as a self employed consultant. In that role he joined the boards of a number of companies, both public and private in different industries, becoming chairman of many of them.
In 1981 he organised the rescue of the popular history magazine History Today. That experience intensified his interest in small businesses, particularly those in difficulty, and cemented his belief in the importance of personal freedoms and the dangers in pressures to conform.
In 1992 he became the first non-solicitor chairman of the law firm Mishcon de Reya, a position he holds today.

JJ's Campaigning Work

In the 1990's he helped to create the Countryside Alliance which, under his chairmanship, campaigned vigorously for liberty and livelihood in the countryside. During that period also, he chaired a working party of employers, trade unionists, academics and journalists studying the impact of new technologies, particularly web based technologies, on the work place. Their report was published in 1996 by the Fabian Society as 'Changing Work'. At that time he also became a trustee of One World Action, a charity which campaigns and works for the rights of women, particularly in developing countries.

In 2001 he became one of the first directors of the global web based publication openDemocracy.

In 2011 he founded JJ Books.

Product Description

"Brahma Dreaming" is master storyteller John Jackson s latest collaboration with the acclaimed artist, Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.John s intriguing versions of the tales of the Hindus great gods are graced by Daniela s brilliantly reimagined illustrations of the deities, each a masterpiece of detail and drama, reminiscent of Dulac and Rackham, and the glorious Golden Age. These are the tales of the Trimurti the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and "Brahma Dreaming" is divided into three sections representing their continuous forces of creation, preservation and destruction.The work begins with Lord Brahma dreaming the universe into being and from there unfolds an enthralling collection of interconnected tales that span the entire spectrum of human experience, dark illusions and earthly temptations.Here are brave princes, divine divas and demon kings, family feuds and epic battles, burning loves and lies, tragic deaths and glorious rebirths. There are tales about dancing elephants, peacock warriors and monkey armies, all retold by Jackson with great character, warmth and wit.Jackson's collaborator, artist Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, has been inspired to create what she describes as the best work of her career in "Brahma Dreaming" with over fifty exquisite fonts and illustrations hand-drawn in black ink. These are the Hindu gods and goddesses as they have never been seen before! "Brahma Dreaming" has been crafted using the same methods and attention to detail used to create the earliest illustrated gift books from the turn of the twentieth century and the result is itself a work of art. With a distinctive black dust jacket, "Brahma Dreaming" is finished in black laminate with orange varnish details. Underneath the black cloth cover is a fully illustrated front and back with foil stamping and debossing, also in black and orange. It features elaborate endpapers and is completed with a tangerine ribbon marker."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. D. Brazier on 4 Feb. 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic book, which gave me a good understanding of a subject that. I had very little prior knowledge of. At school I learned about Greek, Roman and Norse mythology, with a pinch of Saxon thrown in, but Hindu mythology was never covered and I have had little exposure since. Until now.
The book is very well written and is pretty un-put downable. I used to read every book to the end, even if I hated it, but the realisation that life is too short and there are so many books to read has made me much less tolerant and I no longer suffer second rate books gladly. This book never even came close to being unfinished. In fact I read it in a couple of days, the first time, and am reading it again to my children, who are enjoying it as much as I did.
The tales are recounted very well by John Jackson, and they are brilliantly complimented by the beautiful illustrations by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini. The drawings are in black and white, which gives a depth and detail that is not possible in coloured illustrations. I understand that Jackson and Terrazzini worked on a previous book 'Tales for Great Grandchildren', which is next on my list. Buy this book, you won't be sorry.
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By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy.

Published by: JJ Books.

Brahma Dreaming” is master storyteller John Jackson s latest collaboration with the acclaimed artist, Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.John s intriguing versions of the tales of the Hindus great gods are graced by Daniela s brilliantly reimagined illustrations of the deities, each a masterpiece of detail and drama.

First of all, this really is a beautiful looking and feeling book – aesthetically speaking it is a wonder and I am extremely happy to have it in my ever growing book collection – it is one I will return to a great deal I imagine to enjoy the wonderful illustrations and, indeed, some of the stories within it. Large hardback with a ribbon bookmarker, absolutely perfect.

I went into this with no expectations at all, I had no idea what to expect considering I had no prior knowledge beyond the extremely peripheral of Hindu Mythology. Not a book I would have immediately put on my reading list it has to be said, and that would have been a shame.

It was VERY easy to immerse myself in these tales and alongside the absolutely stunning illustrations (they stole the show if I’m honest) I found myself dipping in and out of this one alongside all my usual reads and considered it a treat each and every single time. The stories are broken down, after the three Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Each one a little gem and a fabulous way to get a feel for the culture and stunning mythology surrounding each one, yet told in the authors own way and with his own particular twist.
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Fantastic book. Beautifully written and exquisite illustrations. A wonderful personal read but also a great book to have on your coffee table for others to delve into. Another fantastic book by the same author & illustrator is 'Tales for Great Grandchildren' . Stunning colour illustrations in that one! Enjoy
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By Ani on 30 Mar. 2014
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It's nice to read a book that presents the massive volume of Hindu mythology in a concise manner. This book is a fun read, especially if you read in the spirit of reading short stories.
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By Medhavi_Patel on 2 Aug. 2014
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Simply extraordinary!
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