'There are some people you remember for the rest of your life; then there are those who change the rest of your life.' August 2009 marks the fortieth anniversary of one of the greatest cultural events of the twentieth century; the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival. In anticipation of this landmark, comes Woodstock In the Quiet Morning , a modern-day novel with its heart and soul set firmly in the freewheelin innocence of the 1960s. With violins in the sunset, patchouli oil in the air and nothing but a rusty barbed wire fence between you and the hippie highway, this is the most personal story of them all; a poignant journey stretching forty years and covering over four thousand miles, all in the name of love. Woodstock In the Quiet Morning is the story of Irish novelist, Joseph Morrison, as he re-evaluates his own life, when his daughter unexpectedly discloses that she is pregnant and plans to walk away from a promising postgraduate musical career. He recalls his childhood in 1950s Belfast and most importantly, a life changing road trip he took across the USA with a mercurial Texan hippie-chick named Janis in 1969; a journey that sees the two drawn in to a slow burning friendship that neither ever expected.
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Ian Margieson is a 32 year-old Primary School Teacher, living in Byfield, England, married to Jane and father to four young girls, Sophie, Chloe, Harriet and Emmylou. The spirit of Woodstock first caught him many years after and several thousand miles away from the 1969 festival. There was something in the eponymous song by Joni Mitchell that took a gentle hold of him, he was just fourteen at the time, and it pressed him to make his way down that Hippie highway; something both individual and collective at the same time. Initially it was the music, always the music that pulled him in and as his record collection took in stops with The Band, CSN, Janis Joplin and many more, he found that he d had fallen in love with something more than just the music; something authentic, culturally important and imbued with love. To Ian, Woodstock soon embodied more than just a festival; it began to become a state of mind, a whole way of living. And in the case of Patchouli oil, a whole way of smelling! It is that love and authenticity that inspired him to write 'Woodstock - In the Quiet Morning' (that and an old Kris Kristofferson song) and he s delighted to be able to share the most wonderful journey he 'never' took with you. So if you ve ever strummed on an old guitar at sunset or found yourself blowin in the wind of life, kick off those work shoes and lose yourself in the emotional tale of one man s journey to find his heart in the soul of a stranger who will change his life forever. It's the oldest cliché of modern times, but it really is true - All You Need Is Love.Review:
Spring is in the air, and hoping that you are fully rested after the Easter holidays, we have some cracking recommendations for you this month. First up is a new novel by local author Ian Margieson, Woodstock in the Quiet Morning. August 2009 will mark the fortieth anniversary of the Woodstock Festival in New York, and Ian Margieson s new novel brilliantly re-evokes the hippie culture of the 1960s. Woodstock in the Quiet Morning tells the story of a middle-aged novelist forced to re-evaluate his life when his daughter announces that she is pregnant, and his mind travels back to his fated trip to the Woodstock Festival thirty-five years ago. Having arrived three days too late for the Festival itself, Joseph meets the last remaining person there - an unpredictable spaced-out hippie chick who calls herself Janis, and talks him into escorting her home to Texas. Together the two of them travel across the United States on a road trip that neither will ever forget. Powerful and evocative, this is essentially a story about the lasting power of love. Woodstock in the Quiet Morning is published in paperback and available from Books & Ink and all good local bookshops, priced at £5.99 (UK). --May 2009 book review for the Four Shires, compiled by Books & Ink
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Book Description Ian Margieson, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0006849622