Irish author Leanne Waters does a reading from her non-fiction title ‘My Secret Life: A Memoir of Bulimia’. (January 2012)
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Can one boy be guided by knowledge alone on a path of discovery?
‘The Memory of Trees’ is the story of Carlos, a shepherd boy, who travels from his beautiful home of Cyprus, following in the footsteps of Saint Paul, into the Middle East and along the road to Damascus. Carlos is a young island boy, bright, thoughtful and passionate, brought up on the traditions of his village elders. Experiencing unbearable loss and exile, he sets out on a journey of knowledge and adventure, embracing the spiritual wisdom of the trees and a quest to explore the path his mysterious uncle once took into the Middle East.
This is a parable about listening to the voices in our hearts, seeking our truths, no matter how lost we are. It is about daring to allow ourselves to be guided along a path filled with pain, loss, love and passion and the inevitable choices we must all face.
"Overnight the sky fell down. From the US and across the Atlantic the shockwaves travelled to the tiny island that for so many years had been letting the good times roll without ever wondering when the wheels would come off and burn."
"My big toenails sometimes lift right off the toe, except for a small area at the base, which is still attached to the skin. In order to dance I have to create a barrier between the nail and the toe, so it won’t irritate the skin. My foot gets swollen like a ball but I’ve learned to live with the throbbing pain; although I never fully got used to it. By the end of the first year in the theatre, layers of skin would come off the back of my feet. Parts of my heel would wear down to the flesh underneath, and I would put layers of plaster over them. It was unbearable walking, never mind dancing.
At times I thought I was going to pass out with the pressure on my feet because there was raw flesh rubbing against my ballet shoes. If I didn’t bind them enough, the blood would come through my pointe shoes.
I have since learned a few tricks to look after my feet. I fasten my toes tight with plaster, but there are still sometimes red sores on my feet. I often cut holes in my ballet shoes to alleviate the pressure. I’m quite blessed, really. Compared to some dancers, my feet aren’t that bad."
"I absolutely love this book. Definitely no. 1 on my list of books I read. It reminded me a bit of Paulo Coelho’s books and it had the same effect on me. I was grasped by it and it kept me thinking about the story for a long time after I finished reading the book. It is beautifully written and very visual, I felt like watching Carlos from the side with every step he took on his path to wisdom."
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