Hug O'War by Janna Spark


Hug O'War by Janna Spark


Childhood is (or should be) a precious period and memories from these years will endure a lifetime. What motivates people (particularly in relation to their chosen profession) is also fascinating to discover, and in Spark's lively and affecting book, these two strands are woven together as part of a fundraising initiative for the children of the Kosovo conflict. Spark is a child psychologist as well as a poet and is clearly intrigued with the early influences that shape our lives. On behalf of those children caught up in the devastation of war, she has conceived this entertaining book that will hopefully have a positive effect on the future of a new generation. Leading celebrities contribute both a favourite poem and either a childhood memory or an explanation of why they opted for a certain career; both offerings are handwritten and then given a brief graphological analysis, which reveals particular reasons for their success. There's an eclectic selection of people canvassed, from writers like Nick Hornby and Joanna Trollope to stars like Hugh Grant and Susan Hampshire and a host of eminent contributors, all distinguished within their respective fields. Some entries are inevitably more illuminating than others and the book encompasses both joyful and poignant memories, the only unifying factor being the impact of the incident recalled. The need for brevity clearly constrains the handwriting analysis but it's a fun experiment nonetheless and there's plenty here to amuse and delight for many happy hours. (Kirkus UK)

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300 pages


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Publication date

1st July 2000



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