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The Language of Love paperback book, by William Blyghton & Lorna Howarth, published by Panacea Books, Devon, U.K.

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The Language of Love

– a new novel co-written by William Blyghton and Lorna Howarth.

William Blyghton, author, Panacea Books, Devon, U.K.
Lorna Howarth, author, Panacea Books, Devon, U.K.

About the book...

In literature, as in life, things happen that are often so painful it can take a lifetime to recover from them, and we are left reeling and resentful, wondering why it happened to us. In The Language of Love, Jeremiah was so hurt by the breakdown of his relationship with Angela that he retreated into a life of solitude and self-pity. Yet despite his choices, Jeremiah could not prevent what was to happen from happening – as if fate, or destiny would have its way. And so, a series of events unfold for Jeremiah that open a pathway for him towards self- actualisation (though he would not have understood that concept at first); but he is reluctant and fearful and on many occasions he closes rank, preferring the sanctuary of his comfort zone of loneliness. But then, what has to happen, happens, whether Jeremiah likes it or not.

        “Life is like this,” says Lorna. “We can spend our days pre-empting situations, trying to protect ourselves and choosing the safety and security of our limitations – but life constantly offers us the opportunity to grow, both emotionally and spiritually, and often in ways that we least expect or want. The key is to be able to see the gifts and epiphanies that lie within the melodrama of our lives.” Or as William says, “listening to the unexpected is an endless task.”

        When Jeremiah reaches a turning point in his life, he doesn’t see it as such; he rallies against his misfortune and falls easily into self-pity and doubt, but Jeremiah has an ally – Angel – who helps him to piece together the puzzle of his life, and to see everything that befalls him as an opportunity to transcend himself and his past.

Collaborative Fiction: our story

William Blyghton and Lorna Howarth have worked together for many years, Lorna as the publisher (Panacea Books) of William’s fiction and non-fiction. For the last five years or so, they have delved into the history of the suppressed voices of women, especially through the Christian tradition where the ‘solar’ Father God came to dominate the ‘lunar’ Mother Goddess. They are both fascinated and appalled by how thousands of years of patriarchy has caused such damage to Mother Earth and created a dangerous imbalance in our values and cultural expressions.

        William started writing a novel that might begin to unravel some of these tensions, but as an older man, a patriarch, he knew that his perspective needed to be balanced by a female voice; and as his editor, Lorna understood the story that needed to be told and found herself naturally weaving the feminine perspective into the narrative.

        It is not the case that Lorna wrote all the female characters and William all the male ones, not at all; but, like two sculptors, together they carved and chiselled and polished the layers of each protagonist until their stories were revealed, hidden as they were – and as it also is in reality – under layers of social conditioning. As the novel progressed, they pieced together why this is and how we might begin to address such conditioning in ourselves and in our communities. “Writing together in this way was remarkable” says William. “It was liberating, and now we cannot remember who wrote what!”

Reviews

Prescription Reading

Review by Jenny Grist, Homeopath

 

The Language of Love is quite the most enjoyable and refreshing book that I have read in a long time. When I first heard that it was co-written, I couldn’t imagine how such a story could be told, but as soon as I started reading and saw how the two main characters were portrayed separately and then came together it made absolute sense that such a collaboration could work beautifully and that two writers actually add a richness and liveliness.

 

I found there to be something so believable in these seemingly everyday characters, each individually a combination of the ordinary and extraordinary. The authors took me effortlessly and subtly into the deeper realms of the characters’ inner selves – which should be enough in itself to provide a satisfying read – but then there was that underlying message of the sacred nature of love in whatever circumstances it appears. And then, that final dissolving of those preconceived notions that may exist from a Christian upbringing.

 

With so much fear and anxiety about the future of the world; so much sense of powerlessness in the face of the atrocities in Ukraine, this is such a hopeful and comforting book to read. I find I keep recommending it to people who are having a hard time at the moment in seeing the way forward – it’s prescription reading!

 

 

More Than a Love Story

Review by Kathy J. Sotak 2minutelift.com

What is the Language of Love? I wasn't sure how to answer this fairly broad question, so I picked up this book eager for a light-hearted read. I instantly fell in love with the main characters, and how love really showed up differently in each of their lives... like artwork, a different expression based on the individual.

The extra-pleasant surprise was the jaw-dropping truth bombs and new mental constructs that were introduced to me by the authors, particularly around masculine and feminine archetypes. Simply through the characters' dining room conversations, I was given rich new things to ponder and question; for example, how the history of the church has suppressed the feminine voice and the subsequent impacts of this; the role of guardian angels, and new ways of expressing love in my own every day life.

This is a beautiful love journey with dozens of new threads for me to ponder. Now I'm boldly following my own curiosities to help me break down old beliefs and patterns, and widen my aperture of love, in all of its languages.

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