Reaching for the Stars, Melvyn Earle
What do you say when, at five or six years of age, on hearing someone had died at the age of 40, your child turns to you and says, I won’t live that long? How do you react when she describes a First World War soldier in great detail and asks if you know who he is – because he’s stood at the end of the bed just behind you?
Reaching for the Stars is the autobiography of Melvyn Earle, a self-confessed ordinary guy - but his story is far from ordinary. Told through easy-to-read and often humorous anecdotes, this book will take you from tears of laughter to tears of sorrow as he recounts the fun of his growing up years, his transition from musician and teacher to businessman, the ups and downs of running his own company, his passion for photography and along the way, the adventures he had with his girls, diving wrecks, flying aeroplanes, travelling to far flung shores and meeting extraordinary people.
He opens his heart on his divorce from his wife of 33 years, the anguish of visa applications before he could marry his Ukrainian fiancée, the pain he felt at losing his father, his mother and then his psychic daughter - and how it shaped how he thinks about what awaits us all.
Reaching for the Stars is a very compelling and hopeful read, full of Yorkshire wit and humour: 256 pages, 115 pictures and available in hard-bound (UK only) and eBook versions, once opened you won’t want to put it down.
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