Wonderment: A Love Affair with Adventure, Writing, Travel, Philosophy, and Family Life

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Book Description Publication Date: October 1, 2012
Wonderment: A Love Affair with Adventure, Writing, Travel, Philosophy, and Family Life keeps the action going from the author's innocent childhood introduction to sex to the danger and suspense of driving a waterlogged tunnel in the Greek mountains. This is the first-person story of a lifelong writer who was born with an insatiable curiosity and a lust for adventure. In Wonderment he explores a giant-sized slice of life through a story of human relationships and romance, a career in science and media, and world travel, seasoned with humor and reinforced with spirituality. This is his sixth book.
 
Here's a synopsis in one single sentence: After spending most of his early years in World War II England, an asthmatic boy arrives by chance in the middle of Utah, spends his first US years as a student and printer's devil in a small Mormon town, develops his life goals in college, and flees to Bermuda, starting a roller-coaster life in which he becomes a science writer and world traveler, a philosopher with a deep respect for American Indians, a top-secret-cleared government executive, and a twice-divorced father of three who, after surviving multiple near-death experiences, becomes a "citizen of the world" with residences in New Mexico and London, content with most of his life goals realized.

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From the Author:

I designed Wonderment to captivate you, make you smile, and perhaps bring more spirit to your life. Amazon.com customer reviewers have all given it their top rating -- five stars! See the readers' full-length comments in the section named "Wonderment" on this site. Read their opinions for yourself and see why my autobiography belongs on your bookshelf or on your screen.

I wrote the book as a fast-moving blend of thought and action, from my childhood nightmares to the suspense of a brush with death in the neurology unit of a London hospital. When it was finished I knew in my gut that it was a good book, and was naturally delighted that others seemed to agree. Amazon greeted Wonderment with that royal flush of five-star reviews and it was nominated for the biography prize in a 2013 regional book contest. Gradually I put together a collection of press clippings from the United States and United Kingdom.

Wonderment became a different kind of story because I've had a different kind of life. After I read the complete, printed text I realized that sometimes it is funny or mildly quirky; sometimes it is thoughtful - it is after all the life history of a writer born to travel and invested with a love of adventure, people, new experiences, and the mystery of who we are and why. One reviewer remarked that it is laced "with the humor, romance, family lore and drama that anchors a life well lived."

I had also shoved the problem of ill health into the back shelves of my mind and one day I realized that I had discovered my personal spirituality. I wanted to share my story with my children; I also wanted to share it with the world.

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Nigel Hey's sixth book, Wonderment, a Love Affair with Adventure, Writing, Travel, Philosophy, and Family Life, is more than an autobiography about an English-American science writer. It is a trip around the world and the mind.

The heart of this story lies in its varied, thoughtful, and sometimes hilarious collection of memoirs about writing, printing, publishing, media, Native Americans, the American mountain states, world travel, and amateur theatre. These are linked with the author's philosophical thoughts and observations on the trials and triumphs of a family life shared between London and New Mexico.

The story is laced with real-life anecdotes as Nigel Hey explores his personal philosophy and tackles the biggest question of all -- where does he really belong?

It is a book that can be enjoyed by all who value life's unending variety, in both its serious and humorous aspects, and above all by those who are interested in the reflections of a journalist who has devoted his career to giving wider currency to scientific thinking about the cosmos, and to new discoveries and their importance in our everyday lives.
--Patrick McGinley, publisher and novelist

I enjoyed this book immensely. How Nigel Hey has crammed so many life experiences into a life fraught with occasional dread, illnesses and difficult living conditions I'll ever understand.
--John Gardner, communications consultant

For those wanting to find out how a world-class thinker comes to terms with problems that impact most people, for those with an appreciation for humour and adventure, or for those simply looking for an interesting and a stimulating escape, this book is a must read.
--R Samuel Baty, author

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