Saturday, 4 January 2020

TALLAWAH BOOK CLUB: The fascinating life of R. Danny Williams / Hugh Martin takes us back / Melanie Schwapp’s golden hour

QUALITY OF LIFE: Any conversation about the legends of enterprise and philanthropy in contemporary Jamaica must include R. Danny Williams who, after making significant strides in his professional life with a commitment to nation-building and humanitarian work, is now heading into the golden years of retirement. His remarkable life story is recounted in I Tried to Make a Difference, a thick hardcover biography penned by Sandy McIntosh. This inspiring book captures the eventful journey of a celebrated businessman and pioneer, whose numerous distinctions include the founding of the country’s first local-owned life insurance firm, Life of Jamaica. “One of the things I admire most about Danny is his love, passion and zeal for helping others,” says longtime colleague Christopher Zacca. “He is a true son of the soil, who has created an indomitable legacy that will live on for generations.” 

REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST: Actor, journalist and broadcaster Hugh Martin takes readers down memory lane in Days of Sunshine, Days of Rage, a 363-page memoir in which he reflects on the Jamaica he came of age in (particularly rural JA of the 50s and 60s), while sharing deeply personal narratives sure to amuse and provoke thought. Martin is also the author of the novels Dancing on the Auction Block and All My Pains

>> Second Act: The buzz about Melanie Schwapp’s Lest We Find Gold 

In Lest We Find Gold (Bala Press), the long-awaited follow-up to her award-winning first novel, Dew Angels, Schwapp introduces us to Millicent ‘Milly’ Pratt, a young woman grappling with social prejudices and internal struggles. We journey with her as she strives to move beyond the chains of her past and embrace a renewed life.

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