The Afterglow of Creation
The Afterglow of Creation by Marcus Chown (published by Faber) was originally published in 1993 and has now been re-released for your reading pleasure. In his easy to understand style, Marcus tells the story of the people involved in the discovery of the afterglow of the Big Bang with added material to reflect the most recent developments. Click here to read the press release.
The forward of this book is filled with the richly textured layers of memories that Marcus has of his father. The anecdotes are guaranteed to bring a lump to your throat and tears to your eyes, so don’t read the foreword in a public place like I did.
If you want to be entered in the draw for a free copy of The Afterglow of Creation all you have to do is describe your best memory of a family member in the comment box below and an entry will be chosen randomly from all the entries on Monday evening and posted here Tuesday. You can also leave any questions that you may have for Marcus in the comment box and he’ll do his best to answer them.
I’ll start you off with a favourite memory about my Grammie Kirkby. Her favourite saying is “Many hands make light work”. For a few years I lived on the street behind her house and I spent many happy hours working alongside her picking veg from the garden or fruit from the tress. She taught me how to make pasty, dill pickles, chutney’s jams and many other home preserves. The days were long and the kitchen was hot but the time passed in happy haze filled with conversation and laughter. I adore my grandmother and treasure every memory I have of her. Not being able to spend time with her is one of the things I miss most about not living in Canada any more.