What would you do with forty days to spare? With time on his hands, a rucksack and a Bible, a disgruntles, middle-aged guy takes up residence in an old cabin in the grounds of an ancient, moorland monastery. While he is there he meets rock stars, wanderers, world-changers, and of course – monks. This book by Dave Hopwood, author of the bestselling Bloke’s Bible, takes a sideways look at time spent in the wilderness. It is honest, gritty and entertaining.
ABOUT – Dave Hopwood
Dave Hopwood has been performing, speaking and writing for 30 years. For 10 years he was the creative arts director at the Lee Abbey Conference Centre in North Devon. These days he spends much of his time writing and speaking, using films, stories and modern media to communicate the Bible in a friendly, accessibly style. He draws on film, TV, adverts, news, humour and the internet.
I have always loved stories with a twist, stories that take you somewhere unexpected. I blame this on seeing two movies when I was in my teens. One, a short called Incident at Owl Creek, the other a Cary Grant movie, Charade. Both were full of the unexpected.
I’ve been writing stories since I was about seven and I’ve always loved adventures. My favourite kids book is The Otterbury Incident by C. Day Lewis, a thrilling yarn full of derring do, heroes and villains. In the late 80’s I discovered Henri Charrière’s Papillion, and I love that because it’s an epic story full of lots of small stories, as Charrière details the accounts of those he met in prison, whilst plotting his escape. Favourite adult books also include The 39 Steps by John Buchan and Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes. I’m also a huge Tony Parsons fan. I love My Favourite Wife and Stories We Could Tell in Particular.
I’ve always loved pop music too and Nick Hornby’s 31 Songs is a book I’ve revisited time and again, he always cheers me up and he writes with great wit and insight and makes you wish you loved those songs even if you’ve never heard them. The other book that has stayed with me is Run Baby Run by Jamie Buckingham. The tale of a New York gang member who escapes the violence of his culture when his life gets turned around. I first read it when I was about twelve and have always found it moving and stirring.I hope you enjoy my books and they take you to other worlds, as these books have for me. Thanks for reading. For a pithy thought about books you can’t do better than Groucho Marx. ‘Outside of a dog a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read anyway.’