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Sierra Leone born author Winston Forde (in photo) recently announced the publication of his 7th book, “From Aden to Bliss.”
From Aden to Bliss shares a love story expressed between two lovers, through their letters – On February 27, 1963, author Winston Forde wrote to his then girlfriend, Gloria, words that have proved her lasting and favourite quote. Later that year, they were to have a serious row that threw them apart for the next two years until he decided to renew contact by writing her an amazing letter on December 3, 1965. And as they say, the rest is history. In this newly published book, readers get to experience the roller coaster of sentiments these two lovers shared as expressed in this collection of letters. Everyone is invited to feel the love that exudes in From Aden to Bliss.
The letters written by the author are so raw, real, and honest that readers will find themselves feeling like the recipients. Not only did he pen down his love, longing, waiting, and thoughts, but also the events that transpired at that time. This compilation of love letters offers readers a glimpse of history through the eyes of the author. From the most mundane of activities to the exciting to the emotive to the description of the place and happenings in Aden, readers are taken back to this not-so-long ago era to experience or reminisce life as it was for the author.
The author and Gloria’s communication and relationship were re-ignited in a few lines but those lines brought them a future of love, marriage, and family. And everyone becomes witness to their love through these letters.
For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to www.XlibrisPublishing.co.uk
Winston Forde’s books will also soon be available from Balamaya at Congo Cross, Freetown.
Squadron Leader Winston Forde RAF Ret’d was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He attended the Prince of Wales School, Kingtom, Freetown from 1951 to 1958 and was a school prefect and Head Boy. He has always been interested in young people and in education and has served as a Governor of Bedstone College, Shropshire since 1984.
He was educated at, and later trained as a Flight Cadet at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, UK and was commissioned on 18 Dec 1962 as a pilot officer in the Admin (Sec) Branch. He retired from regular service in 1994, and as a Squadron Leader in the RAF Reserve worked with cadets of the Air Training Corps as the Wing Executive Officer Headquarters Surrey Wing ATC until February 2010.
He is the Author of six other books, Air Force Cadet, The Runaway, Reflections of Our Independence – (written while Winston was ADC to the 1st Governor General at the time and includes photographs), Lailya – Kakatua Wan bi Lida! ( a small play), The Story of Mining in Sierra Leone, and Airborne Soldiers.
(Photo: Winston Forde being presented with copies of “Layila” by Dr Osman Sankoh (Mallam O) who is the founder of Sierra Leone Writers Series, and lives in Ghana. Mallam O has been in town recently and he delivered copies of this play, written in Krio, which it is hoped will take hold of local readership. In turn, Forde presented Mallam O with copies of his latest book
During a week’s visit to Freetown in July 2000, Winston Forde visited the Hillside Day Care and was immediately struck by the dedication and commitment of all those concerned in the care and education of those children under such adverse circumstances. He concluded that their efforts, both in teaching, caring and learning were a valuable service, which will contribute greatly to the future well being of Sierra Leone. He became equally determined to support the Hillside spirit in whatever way he could.
To read more about Winston Forde’s book and his involvement with Hillside Day Care, visit www.winstonforde.t83.net
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