#newrelease #books “Eric, the Brick” by Anthony Donnelly

Happy weekend to you all! I am very happy to say that I rediscovered this older work of mine from 1998, back when I still lived in London, and wrote for a younger friend of mine, and felt I should let it see the light of day. I thought it had been lost amongst my travels and crashed computers, but stumbled upon it just recently.

"Eric, the Brick" by Anthony Donnelly
“Eric, the Brick” by Anthony Donnelly


It is a very simple, almost old-fashioned story about a common house brick named Eric, who is ‘brick-napped’ from the building site he’s delivered to. Thankfully, a local ‘Brickologist’ (someone that makes a study of bricks!) is close by to save the day. Cute, charming, and educational, this little work will allow parents to discuss topics of ‘doing the right thing’, ‘good vs bad’, teamwork and unity, amongst other things, all via a very simple and engaging story.


Now for those of you who aren’t Brickologists and don’t know much about the subject, let me just explain a few things about bricks. Bricks come in all different shapes, sizes and colours. There are red bricks, yellow bricks, grey bricks – oh! far too many colours to go into for one story. Bricks also have many uses. There are house bricks, paving bricks, bricks that don’t even look like bricks, all fancifully carved and frightfully pretty.

Now, not many people know this (apart from Brickologists of course, who have spent a great deal of time and effort studying them in depth) but bricks also have some amazing abilities. For example, did you know that bricks can talk and have a language all to themselves? Well they do, it’s called Arabrick. How terribly boring it would be for bricks standing all day long next to each other in a wall without being able to talk! Seeing as only the very highly qualified Brickologists can understand Arabrick, I have taken the liberty of writing their speech in English so that you can better understand what they are saying. You’ll discover more about their talents later on in the story. Well, just so that you know what sort of brick Eric was, he was just your ordinary red house brick.
Now, on with the story…


Available to buy in about two weeks, if you go here: Book Country books

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#Freebooks Reviews

If anybody would like a FREE copy of any of my books in exchange for a review on Amazon, I’d be more than happy to send you a copy via email.

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Here’s a quick overview of the titles I currently have online:

CHARLIE THE MIGRATING SNAIL: a young, curious snail sets off on an  adventure to find answers to all the questions in his head, and is very surprised by what he discovers.

THE COCKROACH CHRONICLES: a cockroach explores the world of The Enemy (humans) to discover why they are hated so much. A reflection on humanity and a mirror to how we, as humans, are not living in balance with the natural world.

MICHAEL AND THE MAGIC HICCUP – The Adventure Begins: a quaint fairytale about a common garden gnome that hiccups his way into a magical kingdom.

MICHAEL AND THE MAGIC HICCIP – The Teapot’s Revenge: part two of the story of a special garden gnome, that rescues the Princess and her friends, and becomes a hero afterall.


I’ll also post the reviews on this blog, and if you have a link to your site, or books, I’ll add them to my resources section.


Many thanks for your help and support.




Spiritual Quotations: “As We Enter…”

Since I was a young lad, I have always enjoyed quotations of all types, but especially those of an inspirational or spiritual nature.

Many I have altered over the years and added a new spin to, as they either didn’t make sense or resonate with me, or I simply felt they just didn’t go far enough. In moments of contemplation and meditation – often while writing – little gems fall into my mind.

This is the case with the quotation below, that appears in one of my ‘children’s stories for adults’, The Cockroach Chronicles.


“As we enter, so shall we exit.

What we leave behind can be

a beach to walk upon, or

footprints in the sand.”


In expansion of this quotation, some of my readers have wondered if there was a hierarchy to this. That is to say was I implying that creating a beach to walk upon was a better pursuit than merely walking upon one. My point doesn’t draw a comparison, as the opening suggests, we arrive with none of the illusionary, physical trappings many of us strive to acquire during our short ‘vacation’ here in this strange, perceived reality, and we cannot take any of that ‘stuff’ with us at the end. What we can do in this preciously short period of experience is create something of pleasure for us (and others) to enjoy, or enjoy all the wonderful things that are already here. It is all transitory and impermanent.

We came here to share and enjoy all the love and beauty that surrounds us.


FREE Wallpaper…?

A dramatic title, perhaps – and I can’t wait for the flood of folks that are going to tell me how I can (potentially) make a million dollars and travel the world selling wallpaper online – but, sadly, no, this is just free wallpaper for whomever would like it. They are fun and interesting (IMO) photos taken from my phone when I was on the beach… I’m all for people making a living, but really… this is rather reminiscent of the foreign chaps charging to take your pic on the beach once upon a time… certain things should be free:

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Isn’t it amazing how Mother Nature is still the greatest artist in the world…