Author Archive | Mark Haysom

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+ FAVOURITE QUOTES MARK HAYSOM is the author of the critically acclaimed ‘Love, Love Me Do’ and ‘Imagine’. From time to time, he publishes favourite quotes from great writers, leaders and thinkers. + H William Hazlitt ‘Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater’ William Hazlitt (10 April 1778 – 18 September 1830) was an English writer, remembered for his humanistic essays and literary criticism, as the greatest art critic of his age, and as a drama critic, social commentator, and philosopher. He was also a painter. He is now considered one of the great critics and essayists of the English language, placed in the company of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell. Yet his work is currently little read and mostly out of print. (Source: Wikipedia) + Ernest Hemingway ‘The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places’ ‘The best way to find out if […]

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+ FAVOURITE QUOTES MARK HAYSOM is the author of the critically acclaimed ‘Love, Love Me Do’ and ‘Imagine’. From time to time, he publishes favourite quotes from great writers, leaders and thinkers. + E Albert Einstein ‘Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools’ ‘Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized’ ‘Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new’ ‘It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer’ ‘Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value’ ‘Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving’ Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist and philosopher of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). He is best known in popular culture […]

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+ FAVOURITE QUOTES MARK HAYSOM is the author of the critically acclaimed ‘Love, Love Me Do’ and ‘Imagine’. From time to time, he publishes favourite quotes from great writers, leaders and thinkers. + C James Branch Cabell ‘The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true’ James Branch Cabell (April 14, 1879  – May 5, 1958) was an American author of fantasy fiction and belles lettres. Cabell was well regarded by his contemporaries, including H. L. Mencken, Edmund Wilson, and Sinclair Lewis. His works were considered escapist and fit well in the culture of the 1920s, when they were most popular. (Source: Wikipedia) + Albert Camus ‘Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower’ Albert Camus (7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960) was a French Nobel Prize–winning author, journalist, and philosopher. His views contributed to […]

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FAVOURITE QUOTES MARK HAYSOM is the author of the critically acclaimed ‘Love, Love Me Do’ and ‘Imagine’. From time to time, he publishes favourite quotes from great writers, leaders and thinkers.   A Douglas Adams ‘Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so’ ‘I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be’ Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English writer, humorist, and dramatist. Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a “trilogy” of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime and generated a television series, several stage plays, comics, […]

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+ FAVOURITE QUOTES MARK HAYSOM is the author of the critically acclaimed ‘Love, Love Me Do’ and ‘Imagine’. From time to time, he publishes favourite quotes from great writers, leaders and thinkers. + L Charles Lamb ‘The privilege of friendship: to talk nonsense, and to have that nonsense respected’ Charles Lamb (10 February 1775 – 27 December 1834) was an English writer and essayist, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children’s book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced with his sister, Mary Lamb (1764–1847). He also wrote a number of poems, and was part of a literary circle in England, along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, whom he befriended. He has been referred to by E. V. Lucas, his principal biographer, as “the most lovable figure in English literature”. (Source: Wikipedia) + Lao-Tzu ‘Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.’ ‘When you […]

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A True Story

A note from the author, MARK HAYSOM: I am indebted to a former colleague for the story at the heart of THE GIFT – a remarkable and true story. After my Christmas story in 2014 (OCAR OLIVER’S CHRISTMAS), she wrote to tell me that the first Christmas gift her father ever received was at the age of twenty-two, on the day before his marriage. Every year until then, he had been told by his grandfather who raised him that he hadn’t been good enough to deserve a present. Geoffrey George Horscroft was born illegitimately in 1911 in a poverty-stricken area of Kentish Town, London: he never knew who his father was. At the age of two he was abandoned by his laundry-maid mother and left with his grandfather. His grandfather took him with him to his place of work – he was a zinc worker – and left in the […]

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The Test

YOUR CHOICE I’m MARK HAYSOM, author of LOVE, LOVE ME DO and IMAGINE, and this short story is a gift for my readers. It can be read below – or you can click here now for a FREE download to your Kindle. 1 Spring, 1964: South London At the end of the school day, they emerge like cannon fire: exploding through the school’s double doors with a running, tumbling, scuffling roar. Teasing, laughing, pinching, shoving – eleven years old and set free – they burst chaotically across the wide tarmac of the sun-filled playground and out through the gates before the bell has stopped sounding and while the laggards are still clearing their desks. On they run. Clattering their wooden rulers along the chain-link fence, they race ricocheting down School Lane: Tim Harden, Henry Phippard, Chris Bonfield, George Riggs, Tom Pushman, Lucy Kennison, Charlie Clark. At the end of the lane, they are brought to an unwelcome […]

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The Gift

YOUR CHOICE I’m MARK HAYSOM, author of LOVE, LOVE ME DO and IMAGINE, and this short story is a gift for my readers. It can be read below – or you can click here now for a FREE download to your Kindle. Christmas morning, 1963 Nanna Bird has been on her knees so long, they hurt. It’s been worth it though for the look on Baxter’s face every time his car slaloms through the Scalextric chicane and flashes past the finishing line while hers goes careering off at the first bend. It’s been worth it too for a morning of rare smiles from Megan as she’s played her records on her new Dansette record player. She can’t remember her looking so happy. Nanna didn’t have a clue which records to buy to go with the player. Her choice would have been Glenn Miller or Joe Loss; proper music you can dance all night to. But she’d […]

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My Writing Day

Writing is novelist MARK HAYSOM’S fourth, and favourite, career he tells LYNNE HACKLES for Writing Magazine Writing is Mark Haysom’s fourth career. ‘I come to this writing business late,’ he told me. ‘Despite all the highs I’ve had in my other careers, this is the most enjoyable and is the fulfilment of a long-held dream. ‘I spent a few years trying to get published and building a dispiriting stack of rejection letters but I stuck with it and got there in the end. That’s something you need as a writer – perseverance. It was only at the age of 60 that I finally achieved my dream of being a published author. ‘I spent thirty years in newspapers, starting as a trainee journalist and ending up as MD of Mirror Group Newspapers. ‘After that, wanting something in the public sector, I became CEO of a large Government education agency. I had six […]

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18. Why life’s too short for sun loungers

MARK HAYSOM is the author of two novels – LOVE, LOVE ME DO and IMAGINE. His monthly Blog attempts to make sense of the world for his grandson, Theo – and for himself. Theo is  now fifteen months old. +++ Ican hear it now: falling relentlessly, coming in a lashing deluge, tap dancing demonically on the caravan roof. It’s the one constant of all my family holidays as a small boy: rain. They say that the past is another country and all our summers were better there. Childhood memories should by rights then be bathed in golden sunshine. And there were sunny days, of course: there must surely have been. But it’s the rain I remember most. Sometimes it would start slowly, catching us unawares on the beach, drops falling like dark heavy tears, staining the sand. Sometimes it would come as a sudden downpour, sending us rushing, shivering to the car. […]

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