Today I’m delighted to welcome children’s author Pam Golden. Her ‘Porridge & Cream’ read is The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe by CS Lewis.
“I know it seems a strange choice for an adult, but my Porridge and Cream book is ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by CS Lewis. Given as a gift for my ninth birthday, it enchanted me. I couldn’t put down; sitting in my bed, then reading under the covers with a torch when Mum had turned my light off.
“I have read it so many times in my life, both to myself and to children in school, every time it seems fresh and still has the ability to engage me. A few years ago it gave me great comfort when I was coming back from the trauma of cancer. I read it, sitting in my bedroom, warm and cosy, tucked up under the duvet, while the wind rocked the branches of the tree outside and rain lashed the windows. The cancer gave me space in my normally busy life to nurture myself. When I need a bit of ‘me time’ this is the book I turn to.
“I love it on so many levels, it’s hard to choose which aspect pulls me back and back. It’s like an old friend who is very familiar and totally comforting. It links me to my happy, idyllic childhood, with the feeling of safety and being deeply loved. It was the first book I came across that acknowledged the existence of wild and free nature spirits living by their own laws. Being brought up in a very Christian household, this was like a breath of fresh air. I’ve always been deeply connected to nature and the earth. Despite its Christian metaphors the book’s setting is deeply embedded in nature and set me on my path of spiritual discovery to find another way of believing and looking at the world. Truly inspirational!
A happy childhood full of love and books led Pam to study teaching. Once she had finished her education, she found her wings and flew. After many adventures around the world, she finally met her husband and they settled down in Yorkshire, where their son was born. Her philosophy is simple; that love, in the broadest meaning of the word, is the answer. She believes that everything in life happens for a reason. “Someone once asked me to think of the worst thing that happened to me in my life. I instantly thought of something and then paused. Actually, I responded, it was the very best thing that happened to me. It triggered a whole series of events that have led me to the point where I am today.”
Pam’s latest book
“The rich air seems full of bird song and animals are chattering in the trees with some running across the soft, leaf deep carpet beneath us.
“Where am I?” I whisper.’
When Jenni finds herself in the ancient forests of Stone Age Britain; all her worries from the 21st century fade. Through her new friends she learns how to live in harmony with this beautiful, yet strange environment, However, Jenni soon confronts unforeseen danger. Will her newly learnt skills help her to survive? Will she ever return to the future? And what is her peculiar connection with Druantia, the wise Elder?
A magical time travel adventure which explores unusual ways to solve difficult relationships, learn about unconditional love and find respect for all life on our beautiful Earth.
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What is a ‘Porridge & Cream’ book? It’s the book you turn to when you need a familiar read, when you are tired, ill, or out-of-sorts, where you know the story and love it. Where reading it is like slipping on your oldest, scruffiest slippers after walking for miles. Where does the name ‘Porridge & Cream’ come from? Cat Deerborn is a character in Susan Hill’s ‘Simon Serrailler’ detective series. Cat is a hard-worked GP, a widow with two children and she struggles from day-to-day. One night, after a particularly difficult day, she needs something familiar to read. From her bookshelf she selects ‘Love in A Cold Climate’ by Nancy Mitford. Do you have a favourite read which you return to again and again? If so, please send me a message.
Discover the ‘Porridge & Cream’ books of these authors:-
Tracey Sinclair’s choice is ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ by Choderlos de Laclos
Sue Moorcroft chooses ‘A Town Like Alice’ by Nevil Shute
‘Anybody can do Anything’ by Betty Macdonald is chosen by Judith Field
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