Talking Myself Home" is a portrait of an unregarded place. And a love story between Lt Cdr J. McMillan, a Scottish sailor and Olive Wood, a young lass in Yorkshire. The unregarded place is Darfield, near Barnsley, a place mentioned (briefly) in the Domesday book and now trying to reinvent itself after the wholesale closure of the mining industry. The life story is that of John and Olives son, the Bard of Barnsley, from Low Valley Junior School and Wath Grammar School to Oscar the Frog (Barnsleys first folk-rock band) and Jaws (Barnsleys First folk-poetry duo) and beyond. A life lived with words at its core. In some ways its a tiny life; a few ripples in a pond far from the centre of things, a few lines written in celebration and commemoration of places and times that deserve better. In another way its a shout of hope, that we can find the centre anywhere and celebrate it.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group