What Empty Things Are These

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Description :

In 1860's Britain there is nothing unusual in a man beating his wife or impregnating the servant girls. When George Hadley's aggression triggers a stroke and coma, his wife discovers all she thinks of as hers is to pass to her ten-year-old son Toby. Facing impoverishment, Adelaide seems as powerless as her ladies' maid Sobriety.         

Beyond the petit-point work of the parlour and the strictures of religion and social expectation, these two women of entirely different class remake the rules and go out to discover what lies beneath the drapes and tassels of Victorian Britain. They learn that life is urgent, exciting … but cheap. Each undergoes a loss of innocence, as well as a few unexpected adventures into alleyways, a tunnel and a séance, while becoming aware of the dark and heart-rendingly abusive underside of respectable English society.

What Empty Things Are These is about what happens to women who look into the face of this newly industrialised and technological, and still patriarchal, age. Change is everywhere. Some, such as Adelaide and Sobriety, walk toward it, while others, such as the Hadley's housekeeper Mrs Staynes, are terrified by it. Contradiction, fraud and farce abound. Spiritualists prey on those left behind by these strident times; women are encased in clothing that imply both modesty and sexuality; wealth flows to the powerful who prey upon the weak. Adelaide and Sobriety, in their way, show us that every era has secrets that must be uncovered for real social progress.

But the truth of the age is perhaps encapsulated for them, and us, in the symbolic tale of the vulnerable urchin girl.

Author Details

About : I am the author of the recently released What Empty Things Are These, as well as a number of awarded and published short stories. An Australia, I grew up until the age of 10 in various countries in SE Asia, where my father was firstly a mining engineer and then an advisor on aid at the Australian Embassy. Back home in Australia, I was not only a writer but a singer, a singing teacher, a writing teacher, a community worker, a political activist, and editor, journalist, and proof reader. In between raising kids and endlessly renovating my house. The housing boom in Melbourne happened, I sold up and escaped to France, where I now live. A very typical writer's story! A how-to book (Write as If You Mean It) should be out soon, and then more novels eventually, via my publisher - Regal House.


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About: Rodney is currently the author of four books - "The Book of Nicknames"; "The Millipede Effect My Quest to Understand the Homeless, Standed and Down & Out"; "What IF? Just A.S.K. How Our Youth Can Change,Improve or Become an Influence in Those Things they Desire" and "What IF I want to be a Christian? Just A.S.K." His book inspirations lie within the work he does that involves helping others improve on aspects of their lives. Rodney leads two significant non-profit actions he created "We Care" (Designed educate to bring to be a bridge for the homeless and the agencies that care for them) and "A Life Saved is a Future Gained" (Program designed to educate and Bing awareness to issues of Missing and Eploited Children,Runaway Youth and Human Trafficking of our Youth). Brooks has also Colo barred with his youngest daughter to create the What IF? Just A.S.K. program designed to improve and empower our youth. Rodney is an active Church Leader and a 30 plus year Human Resources professional in several fortune 100 and 500 companies.
Rodney Darrel Brooks
About: Julie Stafford changed a generation's eating habits in the 80's and 90's. She became Australia's biggest and fastest selling cookbook author, selling more than 2.2million copies globally. When in 2006, she lost the love of her life, her life changed infinitely. She changed her writing genre to deliver a love story born of synchronicities that were just too powerful to ignore. Based on her real life events, her story will touch your heart and have you searching for your own synchronicities to give your life greater meaning and fulfillment.
About: Steve Catto is an old man, or at least that's what it says on his birth certificate. He was born in Yorkshire, but his parents took him to Australia when he was six years old and he grew up there, sometimes racing cars across the desert.

He was never very good at school, but the one thing he did learn was how to learn, and he started writing programs for the computer at the local university, much to the disdain of his teachers who told him that he would ‘never make a living out of that rubbish'. In his late teens he returned to the UK, and his parents followed him – which wasn't what he wanted because he was hoping to get away from them. His first proper job was in the computer department of an infamous Oxford publishing company, and he subsequently went on to write software for electricity control systems, and simulators for the military. He started to fly gliders and wrote programs to analyse the data from aircraft flight recorders, where he also learned to fly, and crash, lots of other types of aircraft as well – which was the best part of the job. At various times in his career he has also lived and worked in France, Switzerland, and Canada, and he now lives in Scotland. Since appearing in school plays as a child he has performed almost continuously on the amateur stage, and spent a few years scuba diving. These two things have nothing to do with each other. In terms of his pedigree as an author he has written many technical manuals and filled in countless timesheets, so is well versed in the art of conjuring up works of fiction, however he has never written a novel before, especially not one that involves a blonde girl and a man with a bow and arrow, but he did once spend three weeks working in a factory that made handles for buckets.

Steve Catto