The Namesake: truth is freedom

Her community is destroyed.

Her world is brought to its knees.

But her greatest test is about to begin…

The Namesake: truth is freedom.

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ARC Reviews

“From the start the novel grabbed me.”

“Dan Brown meets Margaret Atwood”

“…an odd cultish farming community isolated from wider society – a devastating explosion – I wanted to read more.”

“Bradbury’s storytelling took me by storm. He is compelling and ingenious.”

“The plot was rolling in the first couple of pages.”

“Good visualisation. Perfect.”

“Loved the characters… I had to keep reading to find out what happened to them.”

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The setting for the story

I have included the following as a coda at the end of the book. My intention was to allow the reader to meet the characters without having first seen this, so if you want to experience the story of The Namesake in this way you should not read on…

I am extremely grateful to the estate of Professor Edwin Fuller (1893-1975) for giving me permission to use some of his published work in The Namesake. His painstaking research provided much of the texture and colour for the back-drop to my story.

Fuller was an interesting character who seems to have received only ridicule for his ideas during his lifetime. But his theory that stories and storytelling are and always have been a fundamental trait of the human species makes sense. His idea that the stories we tell form a bridge with our ancestors at one end, our descendants at the other and us in the middle resonates with me.

The following link will take you to a verbatim reproduction of the lecture he gave when he retired in the late 1960’s. The hard copy of the Journal in which it appeared was being thrown out of an academic library I was visiting, I’m glad I spotted it as it gave me the starting point of my novel. The article is here;

British Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 1969 vol2

…it’s a little verbose – that being the style of the time and the man. But it does raise a very interesting question.