John Chambers - Author

About the Author

John Chambers is a cartoonist and screenwriter who has developed concepts and written scripts for many animated series over the past ten years, including Jasper the Penguin, The School for Little Vampires, Oscar the Balloonist, The Little Knight Trenk and Molly the Little Monster.

He also writes and draws the long-running comic strip The Adventures of Festy O'Semtex for Phoenix magazine, and has contributed many cartoons to other publications. John lives in Berlin, Germany.

 

As a child

I was born and raised in Ireland. I had a nice childhood. Every summer we used to go to the West. Now I have a family of my own and live in Berlin. But I still go back to the West of Ireland every year in the summer. My summer holidays were three months long. My children only get six weeks. We didn’t have mobiles or Nintendo or ipods back then. Once my Grandmother went to America and brought me back a handheld computer game with a black and white screen. I left it in the back window of our car and the sun fried it. I was upset for a week.

As an adult

My first teacher was called Mrs O’Flaherty and she said I was a very nice child but a bit of a peata, which means soft. When my mother brought me to school in the pram I used to insist that she pushed me all the way to the door of the classroom. She told me to get out of the pram or all the other children would laugh at me. But I said I didn’t care. And I didn’t. I don’t think that was soft. I think that was hard. That was primary school. When I went to secondary school I used to draw the teachers and make comics about them. Some of the teachers liked this and asked me to do other things for the school, like rugby posters, but some didn’t like it as much and didn’t much like me either. One of those second kind of teachers can be now be seen in the Granny Samurai book. I enjoyed school. When I left school I went to university but only briefly. One day the dean of the faculty told me that I would have to leave if I didn’t start showing up for lectures and tutorials. The next day I went to a tutorial and when I walked into the room the professor said, can I help you? I said no, and left. That was a good decision. The next one was even better. I went to New York and stayed for years. That was fun. Now I live in Berlin with my partner and our three children. Our children are aged 9, 7 and 5. I write a lot for TV animated series and last year I taught animation at the Academy for Children’s Media in Erfurt. One day one of my group didn’t have his homework done and I got very annoyed with him. I thought my teachers would have had a good laugh at that.

As a writer/illustrator

When I write I like to sit in the kitchen. Or in a hut on our allotment. When I am writing shorter things I like to sit in cafés and work there. When I draw I have a big room at the front of the apartment overlooking the street outside. Every twenty minutes the train rushes past and I like the sound. When I draw I like to stand but when I write I prefer to sit. I have written lots of things for children’s TV and two plays for adults, and three films. I also like making things. I have a friend who is puppeteer and every two years he comes up with a new idea for a play and I make the puppets for him. .

Things you didn't know about John Chambers

  1. I don’t think I am allergic to anything. I had a canary when I was a boy so I know I’m not allergic to birds. And I had a cat for many years because a friend gave me his when he got married. That was because his wife was allergic. The cat’s name was Heaven and she was a street cat when he found her. That was in New York. When I moved to Berlin I took her with me, and one day she jumped from the balcony and ran off. She became a street cat again and went to live in the weeds near the train tracks on our street. She must have liked it there because she never came back to me, though I would see her from time to time.
  2. Once I nearly fell off a roof in slow motion. I was fixing a window and I slipped. I landed on my back and started sliding very slowly towards the edge. The roof wasn’t at all steep but I just couldn’t stop. I slid the whole way to the edge and only finally stopped when the heel of my foot pushed against the gutter. Then a friend rescued me.
  3. I used to love reading books about magic. But I was horrible at practising so I couldn’t do very many tricks. It was the same with homework.
  4. When I was 20 I did a drawing for my cousin who was 6 and he entered it into a competition and came first. Then his brother told on him and he got into trouble.
  5. I like looking at art, all kinds of art. Except for video installations. I find them mostly annoying.
  6. In school I studied biology, chemistry and physics. The only thing I can remember from biology is a drawing from the textbook of what a human body would look like without a skeleton. Think jelly.
  7. On the Summer holidays when I was young we used to drive for hours and hours from one side of Ireland to the other. The roads back then were much smaller than they are now. I used to wonder how exactly my father knew the way, especially when there were no signs.
  8. I used to earn money by selling books on the street in New York City. Sometimes I stayed out all night doing it. You see a lot of interesting things happening when you stay out all night on the street, especially in New York.
  9. I like cooking and I even like cooking things that I don’t like to eat, such as periwinkles or innards. I even like reading recipes. Some cooks are brilliant at writing recipes. It is an art.
  10. In school I used to sell fire crackers that I brought home from holidays in France. You weren’t allowed buy them in Ireland at the time, and possibly still can’t. I sold them in the secondary school and my brother sold them in the primary school. We had the market cornered, until we got caught. Then we were cornered. Maybe if that hadn’t happened, I would have been a fire cracker millionaire today.

 

Featured books by John Chambers

Other books by John Chambers

Connecting the Dots Leadership Lessons in a Start-Up World

Connecting the Dots Leadership Lessons in a Start-Up World

Author: John Chambers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Legendary Silicon Valley visionary and one of the world's greatest business leaders, John Chambers shares the playbook and philosophy that transformed Cisco into a global tech titan and now inspire a new generation of leaders. With numerous start-ups moving from zero to a billion to bankruptcy in a matter of years, it's clear that sustaining a business in the digital age is no walk in the park. Over 20 years, John Chambers transformed a company with 400 employees and one toaster-sized product (a router) into a tech giant that's the backbone of the Internet. Along the way, he's outlasted and outmaneuvered practically every rival that ever tried to take Cisco on-Nortel, Lucent, Alcatel, IBM, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard, to name a few-and turned more than 10,000 employees into millionaires, more than any company in history. When Chambers stepped down as executive chairman in December of 2017, he left a company that didn't just shape the first Internet era but is leading the next wave of innovation in areas from cyber-security to self-driving cars. Now, in collaboration with award-winning journalist Diane Brady, Chambers shares the stories and strategies that helped his company win again and again through multiple market shifts. Posing a unique mode of thought proven to attain success, the message of this book is clear; it is not the biggest or the richest players who win, but the ones who are able to stay ahead of the trend by connecting the dots. Both enlightening and practical, this is essential reading to inspire a new generation of leaders.

Connecting the Dots Leadership Lessons in a Start-Up World

Connecting the Dots Leadership Lessons in a Start-Up World

Author: John Chambers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Legendary Silicon Valley visionary and one of the world's greatest business leaders, John Chambers shares the playbook and philosophy that transformed Cisco into a global tech titan and now inspire a new generation of leaders. With numerous start-ups moving from zero to a billion to bankruptcy in a matter of years, it's clear that sustaining a business in the digital age is no walk in the park. Over 20 years, John Chambers transformed a company with 400 employees and one toaster-sized product (a router) into a tech giant that's the backbone of the Internet. Along the way, he's outlasted and outmaneuvered practically every rival that ever tried to take Cisco on-Nortel, Lucent, Alcatel, IBM, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard, to name a few-and turned more than 10,000 employees into millionaires, more than any company in history. When Chambers stepped down as executive chairman in December of 2017, he left a company that didn't just shape the first Internet era but is leading the next wave of innovation in areas from cyber-security to self-driving cars. Now, in collaboration with award-winning journalist Diane Brady, Chambers shares the stories and strategies that helped his company win again and again through multiple market shifts. Posing a unique mode of thought proven to attain success, the message of this book is clear; it is not the biggest or the richest players who win, but the ones who are able to stay ahead of the trend by connecting the dots. Both enlightening and practical, this is essential reading to inspire a new generation of leaders.

Connecting the Dots Leadership Lessons in a Start-Up World

Connecting the Dots Leadership Lessons in a Start-Up World

Author: John Chambers Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2018

Legendary Silicon Valley visionary and one of the world's greatest business leaders, John Chambers shares the playbook and philosophy that transformed Cisco into a global tech titan and now inspire a new generation of leaders. With numerous start-ups moving from zero to a billion to bankruptcy in a matter of years, it's clear that sustaining a business in the digital age is no walk in the park. Over 20 years, John Chambers transformed a company with 400 employees and one toaster-sized product (a router) into a tech giant that's the backbone of the Internet. Along the way, he's outlasted and outmaneuvered practically every rival that ever tried to take Cisco on-Nortel, Lucent, Alcatel, IBM, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard, to name a few-and turned more than 10,000 employees into millionaires, more than any company in history. When Chambers stepped down as executive chairman in December of 2017, he left a company that didn't just shape the first Internet era but is leading the next wave of innovation in areas from cyber-security to self-driving cars. Now, in collaboration with award-winning journalist Diane Brady, Chambers shares the stories and strategies that helped his company win again and again through multiple market shifts. Posing a unique mode of thought proven to attain success, the message of this book is clear; it is not the biggest or the richest players who win, but the ones who are able to stay ahead of the trend by connecting the dots. Both enlightening and practical, this is essential reading to inspire a new generation of leaders.

The Metaphysical World of Isaac Newton Alchemy, Prophecy, and the Search for Lost Knowledge

The Metaphysical World of Isaac Newton Alchemy, Prophecy, and the Search for Lost Knowledge

Author: John Chambers Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2018

Newton's heretical writings on theology, spirituality, alchemy, and prophecy, uncovered and analyzed. Isaac Newton (1643-1727) is still regarded by the world as the greatest scientist who ever lived. He invented calculus, discovered the binomial theorem, explained the rainbow, built the first reflecting telescope, and explained the force of gravity. In his famous masterpiece, Principia Mathematica, he described the mechanics of the physical universe with unimagined precision, proving the cosmos was put together according to laws. The perfection of these laws implied a perfect legislator. To Newton, they were proof that God existed. At the same time Newton was writing Principia Mathematica, he was writing a twin volume that he might have called, had it been completed, Principia Theologia--Principles of Theology. This other masterpiece of Newton, kept secret because of the heresies it contained, consists of thousands of essays providing equation-incisive answers to the spiritual questions that have plagued mankind through the ages. Examining Newton's secret writings, John Chambers shows how his brilliance extended into alchemy, spirituality, the search for lost continents such as Atlantis, and a quest to uncover the corrupted texts that were rife in the Bibles of his time. Although he was a devout Christian, Newton's work on the Bible was focused not on restoring the original Jewish and Christian texts but on rediscovering the one true religion that existed prior to the Flood of Noah, when science and spirituality were one. The author shows that a single thread runs through Newton's metaphysical explorations: He is attempting to chart the descent of man's soul from perfection to the present day. The author also examines Newton's alternate timeline of ancient history and his study of prophecy through the Book of Revelations, including his prediction of an Apocalypse in the year 2060 followed by a radically transformed world. He shows that Newton's great hope was that these writings would provide a moral compass for humanity as it embarked upon the great enterprise that became our technological world.

From Dust to Life The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System

From Dust to Life The Origin and Evolution of Our Solar System

Author: John Chambers, Jacqueline Mitton, John Chambers, Jacqueline Mitton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2017

The birth and evolution of our solar system is a tantalizing mystery that may one day provide answers to the question of human origins. From Dust to Life tells the remarkable story of how the celestial objects that make up the solar system arose from common beginnings billions of years ago, and how scientists and philosophers have sought to unravel this mystery down through the centuries, piecing together the clues that enabled them to deduce the solar system's layout, its age, and the most likely way it formed. Drawing on the history of astronomy and the latest findings in astrophysics and the planetary sciences, John Chambers and Jacqueline Mitton offer the most up-to-date and authoritative treatment of the subject available. They examine how the evolving universe set the stage for the appearance of our Sun, and how the nebulous cloud of gas and dust that accompanied the young Sun eventually became the planets, comets, moons, and asteroids that exist today. They explore how each of the planets acquired its unique characteristics, why some are rocky and others gaseous, and why one planet in particular--our Earth--provided an almost perfect haven for the emergence of life. From Dust to Life is a must-read for anyone who desires to know more about how the solar system came to be. This enticing book takes readers to the very frontiers of modern research, engaging with the latest controversies and debates. It reveals how ongoing discoveries of far-distant extrasolar planets and planetary systems are transforming our understanding of our own solar system's astonishing history and its possible fate.

The Seven Deadly Finns

The Seven Deadly Finns

Author: John Chambers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

A slapstick, riotous, deadpan, raucous, highly illustrated cacophony of madcap Irish shenanigans for boys and girls of seven years upwards. A deadpan, riotous, highly illustrated cacophony of madcap Irish shenanigans for boys and girls of seven years and up. One moment in time. One larger-than-life family. Each chapter follows a different Finn during the same ten minutes, building to a candid camera Finnale with a hilarious twist. Mickey Finn gets catapulted (literally) into trouble after a mishap with a snowman. Ma Finn's exuberant hoovering wakes up her lie-abed middle son, Lazy Finn, with disastrous consequences. Baby Dervla humiliates Weasel Finn, the family ferret (who, legend has it, is actually Grandpa Finn reincarnated) with some devilish fancy dress and Mister Finn skulks around busily ignoring his brood and the trail of disaster that follows his eldest son, Big Finn. Welcome to the not-so-everyday life of the seven deadly Finns!

Software for Data Analysis Programming with R

Software for Data Analysis Programming with R

Author: John Chambers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2010

John Chambers turns his attention to R, the enormously successful open-source system based on the S language. His book guides the reader through programming with R, beginning with simple interactive use and progressing by gradual stages, starting with simple functions. More advanced programming techniques can be added as needed, allowing users to grow into software contributors, benefiting their careers and the community. R packages provide a powerful mechanism for contributions to be organized and communicated. This is the only advanced programming book on R, written by the author of the S language from which R evolved.

My Holidays

My Holidays

Author: John Chambers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2009

Software for Data Analysis Programming with R

Software for Data Analysis Programming with R

Author: John Chambers Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/08/2009

John Chambers turns his attention to R, the enormously successful open-source system based on the S language. His book guides the reader through programming with R, beginning with simple interactive use and progressing by gradual stages, starting with simple functions. More advanced programming techniques can be added as needed, allowing users to grow into software contributors, benefiting their careers and the community. R packages provide a powerful mechanism for contributions to be organized and communicated. This is the only advanced programming book on R, written by the author of the S language from which R evolved.

Seven Figure Logarithms Up to 100,000

Seven Figure Logarithms Up to 100,000

Author: John Chambers Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/05/2008

The Oxford Companion to American Military History

The Oxford Companion to American Military History

Author: John Chambers Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2000

With more than 1,100 entries written by some 500 distinguished contributors, The Oxford Companion to American Military History is the most comprehensive treatment of American military history ever compiled (Parameters: U.S. Army War College Quarterly) and an easy-to-browse, well-organized work (The Washington Post). Here is a gold mine of information on American military history, exploring battles and soldiers, ships and weapons, services and doctrines-as well as the social and cultural impact of the U.S. military at home and around the world. The Oxford Companion to American Military History boasts over 1,100 entries written by some 500 distinguished contributors. Readers will find Stephen E. Ambrose writing on the D-Day landing, James M. McPherson on the battle of Antietam, John Keegan on the changing experience of combat, Jean Bethke Elshtain on Jane Addams, Mark A. Noll on religion and war, and Robert M. Utley on Sitting Bull. Ranging from brief factual pieces to extensive essays, the entries examine every major war from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf; important battles from Bunker Hill, to the Alamo, Gettysburg, Little Bighorn, Normandy, and Khe Sanh; and military leaders from Washington to Grant, Lee, Eisenhower, MacArthur, Westmoreland, and Schwarzkopf. Moreover, the Companion goes well beyond the usual drum and trumpet coverage to examine a wide range of subjects you might not expect to find. There are entries on relevant acts of Congress and on diplomatic policies such as the Monroe Doctrine and the Marshall Plan; on peace and antiwar movements; on war in film, literature, music, and photography; and on war viewed through the disciplinary lenses of anthropology, economics, gender studies, and psychology. The result is the widest ranging account compiled in one volume of war, peace, and the U.S. military. With over a thousand authoritative and vividly written entries, maps of several major wars, extensive cross-referencing, lists of further readings, and an index, this volume is the first place to turn for information on our nation's military history.

Tales of King Arthur

Tales of King Arthur

Author: John Chambers Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/1996

Tracing Arthur's life from his boyhood, through his magical accession to the throne by means of the sword in the stone, his romance with Guinevere and his search for the Holy Grail, to his death at the hands of the wicked Mordred, Tales of King Arthur tells its story clearly and economically, provides good acting opportunities for a large cast and can be staged as simply or as lavishly as circumstances allow.

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