Clouds Are Not Spheres
A Portrait of Benoît Mandelbrot, The Founding Father of Fractal Geometry
By: Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon (BECTU, The Media and Entertainment Union, UK)
“The book is well-illustrated, earlier chapters with monochrome portraits of Mandelbrot, his family and those who influenced him, and later ones with striking colour pictures not only of the Mandelbrot set and other computer generated fractals, but also of ‘real’ fractals including cloud formations and rural and mountain scenes … This celebration of Mandelbrot’s scientific life is largely based on interviews that the author had with him when making films on his work … A challenge for historians of mathematics and science in coming years will be to produce a more broadly contextual and rounded account of the advent of fractals.”
London Math Society
The e-book version of this novel is still available on Amazon at the starter price of just 99 pence or 99 cents, euros etc… Can’t really go wrong with that, can you?
Nigel has written a tragedy but at heart it’s a comedy. Despite its dark bleakness the author manages to leave the reader feeling hopeful of finding love and an end to suffering. Is Maitland destined to fall on his sword? I fully recommend reading Courage and Love. It will shock and amaze you in equal proportions. I only hope that I never meet people like Maitland in my life and that they remain figments of the author’s imagination. Paul Sinclair. Author of Fatal Consequences and Bay of Killers
J D Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye has thus far sold 65 million copies After taking part in the Normandy Landing and being at the liberation of Auschwitz he was lost until he found Vedanta. His guru was Nikhilananda. Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge was a big influence on Salinger. Larry Darrell the hero becomes a follower of Ramana Maharshi. Maugham had visited this guru himself. The experience deeply inspired him. Salinger retired from public life in the early 60s. After he died some letters were discovered. In one of them he had written that his books belonged to God and not to him. I feel the same about my novels.
When I am writing I am transported to some creative source or muse. It’s something like a trance state. I feel, like Salinger, that I’m a conduit. The story drives the writing and the characters take over and write themselves. I believe that these books come down to me from another realm. Many people might maintain that they come from my sub-conscious or that I draw on my memories and simply re-work them into stories. I don’t know where they come from of course, but there is something strange and magical about the process.
I found this book very funny. Nigel’s prose has a way of gliding over cruel acts to make them bearable to read and in the end I actually liked his hero, Maitland Fairweather, which came as a surprise to me. Deborah Shorrocks. Psychotherapist.
Karma Lawyer magnificently transcends literary genres. Raymond Chandler meets Albert Einstein, Robert Johnson riffs with Elvis. The pairings of the popular and the arcane are many and echo throughout the book, both in the chapter headings, and eclectic references to such as fractals and electro-magnetic energy within the work itself. But always in the foreground are the triumphs and very real dilemmas of our anti-hero, Maitland Fairweather. This balancing act between fact and fiction succeeds by the skin of its teeth because it ultimately provides a rich and rewarding read. On one level it is a novel but on the other it is a vehicle of ideas. Big, life changing ideas. A book that involves us not only in the karma of its anti-hero, but also the karma of our planet. The consequences of the narrative are alternatively personal and geopolitical. We neglect both at our peril. Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon cannot be accused of hiding his light under a bushel. So be illuminated. Read this book. It’s available now as an e-book on Amazon.
Alistair Findlay. Actor.
1st August – available on Smashwords, Kobo, Baker & Taylor and other online avenues – for two months
1st October – available for pre-ordering as a hardback
1st November – available for ordering as a hardback
30th November – run for a week, a Christmas competition to win signed hardback – if you have any ideas to give for competition and other (non-cash) prizes, let me know
15th December – make book as widely available as possible to all independent bookstores – for Christmas stocks
From January onwards we’ll be promoting the hardback and digital versions for about three months, then we’ll release in paperback in around the Spring 2020.
We had a small launch party this evening to celebrate Bewley Book’s publication of my fifth novel. Everyone had a jolly good time!
Ingrid Maclean has written my biography. It’s called BEHIND OPEN DOORS and it was published in December ‘18. The book is well researched and beautifully written. It features interviews with the many people I have known or know in my life – from family and friends to the rock and movie stars I have worked in my career as a film and TV director. It recalls the time I spent in the 60s hanging out and tripping with the likes of Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Paul McCartney, Allen Ginsberg, Prince Stash de Rola, Sir Mark Palmer, Christopher Gibbs and Donovan. There are photographs from my birth in 1943 to the present day. You will find the book on Amazon throughout the world. This is the link to the short promo of the book on Vimeo:
One month to go to publication…