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Mr Peter James Neary-Chaplin
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7 Nov 2012
A compelling, beautiful and original first collection of poetry about broken relationships and the disillusionments of faith, through to witnessing the declining years of a much-loved mother, and visiting all points in between with zest, depth and humour: these are the psalms of a recovering religionist finding a new way to bring all of the past into a present of reconciliation and tranquillity, and learning to live one breath at a time. This book will resonate with all those who have once been in love with the faith of their fathers, but have had to move outside it to see it more clearly, and so become, or remain, more authentic human beings.

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  • Paperback: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Ministry of Words (7 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957446802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957446809
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,719,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a bit of a mongrel, to tell the truth. At various times throughout a variegated, not to say chequered career, I have been a Cambridge open scholar, warehouseman, cocktail barman, project manager, roadie, copywriter, amateur actor, bus driver, timeshare hawker (fail), publisher, advertising salesman, spiritual counsellor, musician, internet marketer, volunteer hospice chaplain, interfaith minister, worship leader, information developer and IT trainer, pub manager, freelance journalist, husband (fail), kibbutznik and farm labourer, and I remain, in addition to some of these, a proud Dad, a film lover, wine-bibber, initiated man, amateur theologian (fail), free-thinker, wedding and funeral celebrant, author and poet, who takes at face value the biblical example of hanging around with publicans and sinners.

I've been a writer all my life, and now I'm publishing my own books instead of other people's, which feels good. I love the contemplative and creative side of spirituality, as well as wine, films, earthy jokes, journalling, good books, blogging, playing music on licensed premises, the creativity of business, the Celtic soul, the male spiritual journey and the natural world. For many of us, whatever we like to call 'God' is found more easily outside the four walls of any orthodoxy or institution. Just like in the photo...

My Mother is an Old Elephant is my first collection of verse, and I'm currently publishing a collection of short stories the first of which (Michael and the Mustard Tree) is available now on Kindle.

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About the Author

Peter Neary-Chaplin is something of a mongrel. At various times throughout a variegated, not to say chequered career, he has been a Cambridge open scholar, warehouseman, cocktail barman, project manager, roadie, copywriter, amateur actor, bus driver, timeshare hawker (fail), publisher, advertising salesman, spiritual counsellor, musician, internet marketer, volunteer hospice chaplain, interfaith minister, worship leader, information developer and IT trainer, pub manager, freelance journalist, husband (fail), kibbutznik and farm labourer, and he remains, in addition to some of these, a proud Dad, a film-lover, wine-bibber, initiated man, amateur theologian (fail), free-thinker, wedding and funeral celebrant, author and poet, who takes at face value the biblical example of hanging around with publicans and sinners. He lives in Surrey, England, the last place on earth he ever thought he’d end up, and cheers himself up by digging escape tunnels to Lord only knows where.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My Mother is an Old Elephant 10 July 2013
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This small collection teems with humanity and a deep love of all that goes to make life special and particular for the author, while opening up the opportunity for every reader to glean/gain something warm and wonderful from this brief insight into one man's experiences and influences. A tremendous first foray into the consciousness of readers who seek to learn from each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient mapless miles 10 July 2013
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These are poems for grown-ups, not especially easy and they really need to be read, pondered and reread. They're short, so that's fine. TS Eliot may have been an influence; certainly the Biblical quotations and allusions are there. "Keeping the Inn at Emmaus" with its powerful, visual images is my favourite and if anything makes me find the Bookmark function on my Kindle, this will.
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