Family and More is a beautifully lyrical collection of verse, in which Helena Harper recalls the people who have touched her life and taught her precious life lessons. As the daughter of a German mother and English father, who met in Hamburg at the end of World War II, she explores notions of national and emotional boundaries, the horrors of war, self-discovery and love, returning time and again to that oldest and most emotive of themes: the infinite power of the human spirit. At the end, we are left knowing that every encounter in life can be a force for good and, if we see with the heart, our man-made divisions will seem both absurd and insignificant. A moving celebration of our common humanity.
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Helena Harper's love of writing and storytelling started at an early age. Even before she went to school, she loved to fill blank pieces of paper with line after unreadable line, and when she did go to school, she soon discovered a talent for modern languages and a fascination for the sound and rhythm of words. After graduating from university in German and International Relations, Helena spent two years in banking before deciding to train as a teacher.
Family and More is Helena's second collection of poetic stories, drawn from her personal life and combining her love of storytelling with her love of sound and rhythm. Her first such collection, It's a Teacher's Life...!, based on her professional life as a language teacher, is now republished under the imprint Harper Books. Helena also enjoys writing stories for young children, reading, walking, tennis, Pilates, dancing and spending time with her niece and nephew. She lives in Surrey in England. To find out more about Helena, go to her website helenaharper.com.
Family and More, a book of poetry by Helena Harper, is like a poetic synopsis of a wartime saga, the life of a family with a backdrop of history, a memoir told in poetic blurbs. The author encapsulates characters and events breathtakingly. There is so much here to think about once one turns the last page. I was left wanting more! More!..." Carolyn Howard-Johnson, multi award-winning writer of fiction and poet
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