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Daydreams, Moonbeams and Wings Over The Common
by Louisa A Middleton-Blake   

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Publisher:  PublishAmerica ISBN-10:  1413749828 Type: 


Copyright:  June 26, 2005

Although this book may be classed as non-fiction (it is in part an author's autobiography of childhood memories starting from the early 1950's and up to the present day), it is also part fantasy (each chapter is divided into 2 sections - the first is my own narrative, and the second is a fictional "fantasy" narrative by the bird Maggie). This is a family book which can be enjoyed for any member of the family, especially those who love animals and wildlife.

Daydreams, Moonbeams and Wings Over The Common

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Newspaper Review (“Teifi Valley & CAMBRIAN NEWS”), January 2006
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Review published in the "Teifi Valley & CAMBRIAN NEWS" newspaper
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Thursday 5th January 2006, page 12 ("Newyddion Bro / Community News" section):

“A little help from her feathered friend.”

“A LLANDYSUL author has teamed up with her pet magpie to pen their memoirs. Louisa Middleton-Blake, who has lived in the area for the past 17 years tells two tales in her new book, “Daydreams, Moonbeams and Wings over the Common”, telling her own tale and also telling the tale of Maggie, a magpie who she rescued from the clutches of two hungry crows. Louisa rescued Maggie and brought him back to her farm in Bwlch-y-Groes and did not expect Maggie to live. Slowly he did and the little bird influenced Louisa, who is passionate about nature, to write her first book. Originally from East Sussex, Louisa moved to West Wales 17 years ago and is still inspired by the beauty of the area. She said: “I never tire of visiting Wales's wonderful treasures of historic castles and old country houses with their colourful gardens. I enjoy the natural land-scape, with its winding rivers and streams, not to mention the beautiful coves and bays. What writer or poet wouldn't be inspired.” Louisa lives in the Teifi Valley with her 90-year-old mother, 35-year-old son, her older brother and her two dogs and two cats. The story tells a fantastical tale and charts real-life events for the pair but in a surreal way, with the reader on the edge of their seat, never quite sure what will happen next. Louisa is not set to rest after releasing her first book, however, she plans to write many more children's fantasy stories and poems, maybe with a little help from her feathered friend.”

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Reviewed by Jean Sheldon 7/25/2007
We meet Maggie in Sussex, in the South of England, and follow him to Wales where he takes us on adventures to the farthest reaches of the Otherworld. Maggie is a Magpie and the tale told by his ‘Pinky’ is extraordinary. “Pinkies is wot I calls you humans,” he answered crossly.

Maggie’s ‘Pinky’ found him on the ground as a baby, about to become fodder for two food seeking crows. She rescued the little Magpie and nursed him back to health, unaware of what a large amount of mischief one tiny bird would wreak.

‘Daydreams’ is not simply a book about a mischievous bird. It contains some rich history, both personal and of the area. It describes the sights, sounds, and smells of places I have never had an opportunity to see, but now feel I know a little at least. It contains mythological stories related by some of Maggie’s various feathered acquaintances and by Maggie himself. (Although, he often seemed to make things up as he went along).

Daydreams, Moonbeams and Wings over the Common (From the Tail of a Magpie), like its title, is a long read, and I loved every page. I found myself nearing the end of my workday and looking forward to the fact that soon I would be comfortable in my chair with my cat in my lap, and Maggie filling my mind with his wit and wisdom. Maggie and his pinky split the chapters so that half of the voice is his own.

Louisa Middleton-Blake wrote a delightful book and her imagination is amazing. Visit this refreshing look at life. I suggest you make it a point to meet Maggie, an uncommon Magpie born on the Common.

Jean Sheldon

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