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Return to the Far Side of Planet Moore! Paperback – 30 Apr 2015
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From the Back Cover
The result of an exhaustive study of Sir Patrick Moore's observations of the Moon and planets for more than 60 years, this book is a fantastic companion to the extremely popular, "It Came From Outer Space Wearing an RAF Blazer!" written by the same author. Moore recorded his telescopic observations in his logbooks, which are reproduced and described here in detail, along with his sketches and notes. In this light, the author discusses the factors that caused Moore to switch from lunar observing to planetary and variable star observing. He has also included personal recollections and humorous anecdotes from Moore's friends and acquaintances, as well as a look at his best loved books. Further chapters describe Moore's foreign travels and correspondence with those back home. Lastly, the author has not neglected a few of Moore's most memorable television and radio appearances, which are examined along with a close up of what it was like to visit Moore's beloved home of Farthings in Selsey. Essentially, this is a book written by popular demand from the readers of the author's original biography, who craved more of Moore!
About the Author
Martin Mobberley holds a BSc in Electronic Engineering from Brunel University and worked as an electronics/software engineer for Marconi for 22 years. He is the author of eight practical astronomy books and one major biography for Springer, as well as three small children's space books with Top That! Publishing. He has authored over 300 articles for Astronomy Now, The Journal of the British Astronomical Association, BBC Sky at Night and various other publications. He is the author of the Comet, Eclipse and Minor Planet sections of Macmillan's `Patrick Moore Yearbook of Astronomy' and the former president of the British Astronomical Association (BAA). Martin was the BAA Goodacre Medal winner of 2000 and appeared as a guest on Patrick Moore's Sky at Night TV program a total of ten times. He was a personal friend of Sir Patrick Moore for 30 years.
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Regular viewers to 'The Sky At Night' will remember a number of Patrick's drawings made at the telescope. Patrick however, never considered himself to be an artist or illustrator. He famously said in 2007 that he inherited "music" from his parents but not "art". Gertrude Moore, his mother, was a fine illustrator and some of her "bogeys" were reproduced for Christmas Cards sent by Moore to friends and acquaintances. In October 1977 during 'The Sky At Night' programme filmed at Paul Doherty's observatory at Stoke-on-Trent, Patrick said that his sketches of Jupiter look like "...a drawing of a flat piece of paper!." Paul incidentally was a fine artist and in the same programme painted a picture of Saturn with Moore declaring "...Saturn floating in Space."
Martin Mobberley knew Moore very well indeed. His two biographies are simply excellent. The writing style is free-flowing and conversational - it is almost as though the reader is in the room with the author and just sitting back in the armchair listening to all the stories and anecdotes.
I'm not sure there is sufficient mileage for a third volume - I sense this is about it. Having lifted the lid on Moore's life personally and professionally in the first volume, and brought together the recollections and observations in the second, it seems the final word on Patrick Moore.
I would say that there are more photos and details in this second book than the first which will no doubt quench the thirst of most avid fans of Sir Patrick.
The Author quite clearly knows his stuff which is understandable as he was a good friend of Patrick's both professionally and personally for over 30 years.
I had the privilege of shaking his hand back in 1998 at the Bournemouth Pavilion and opened up a very brief but delightful conversation with him whilst signing my book for me. It became immediately obvious that it was never about the fame or celebrity at all and he clearly had time for those people that were interested in the things he was too.
I always found a fascination for him and like many others it was he that got me into astronomy and kept me interested even when it wasn't so fashionable to be an amateur astronomer.
The book is not kept far away from me and is one of those books you keep coming back to
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is by far the most engrossing book I have read this year.