Every once in a while I even surprise myself. None more so than when on holiday recently I wrote a whole book (admittedly a short one) that I had absolutely no intention in writing.
This We Know is an exploration into what we know and what we don’t. Furthermore, it explores how we can go about not only gaining new knowledge but how to define our own reality.
It didn’t take long to write; it doesn’t take long to read – the aim though is that it will change your world and the world around you for ever.
I started writing the book on the 3rd September and thanks to CompletelyNovel and Vook, it was published on the 18th September – and available worldwide by the 30th September.
“I downloaded this book yesterday on my iPad and have read it twice. An extraordinary book that takes us on a journey of what as a society we ‘need to know’. The postscript gave me goosebumps of excitement. For me it sets out a vision of what we could be as a society if we as individuals let go of our ego. It is a manifesto for our future. Like any great book it asks big questions, pokes our thoughts and tramples on our preconceived beliefs about humanity. It transported me back to being a child reading Arthur C Clarke and mind expanding possibilities. Tom Evans is a visionary and I hope that everyone jumps on board the party in the sky.” – Dr Linda Mallory, Founder of The Why Parent
“Wow! Tom Evans the wizard has done it again! I am half way through his latest book, and even though I probably could have gone through the whole thing in about 30min, I am stopping, pondering, loving it. It is simple, factual yet provoking. Chapter 10 is soooo spot on! As a scientist myself, it triggers memories of my times in research labs when I use to think to myself what’s the point of this since just imagining the results I want will make them happen. So cool to see a very wise man share that very thinking. Highly highly recommended!” – Dr Claire Gaudry, Author of The Power of True Learning
The book is available from all the usual outlets …
I am so honoured that author and poet Christine Miller invited me, together with a hand picked group of British authors, to take part in this great initiative.
It’s ‘A Very British Blog Tour’ which visits and supports the websites of some authors who are dedicated to turning out some of the finest books available in Britain today.
Each author named at the bottom of the page has asked been asked the same questions, but the answers will obviously all be different. You simply click on the author’s name below to see how they have answered the same question.
By the way, we British have certain conventions, traditions and procedures that are expected. There is a dress code in the reading of this British blog and you are expected to comply with it. For example…
Now then, let us proceed in an orderly fashion. As you know, we are all very boring and staid in Britain, aren’t we?
Well, there’s a myth about the British and your starter for ten is – stuffy, class conscious, boring, staid! But is this still relevant in today’s world? Let’s find out from our wonderful writers what they feel about it.
So, without further ado, here are the questions and answers from:
THE VERY BRITISH WRITER: Tom Evans
A. I was born in Moss Side in Manchester when it resembled the opening titles of Coronation Street. I now live in the Surrey Hills with my life partner and two dogs who take me for a walk whenever they detect I am need of inspiration.
Q. Have you always lived and worked in Britain or are you based elsewhere at the moment?
A. Apart from loads of business travel during my early career in broadcasting, I’ve always been here.
Q. Which is your favourite part of Britain?
A. The south escarpments of the North Downs of Surrey looking towards the South Downs. This is handy as they are a mile or so from my house.
Q. Have you ‘highlighted’ or ‘showcased’ any particular part of Britain in your books? For example, a town or city; a county, a monument or some well-known place or event?
A. As most of my books are non-fiction, geography of anything but the mind doesn’t feature. My first ever book of poetry, 100 Years of Ermintrude, however did include these two stanzas:
“Brian I’ve decided has got to go
I’ll miss his flat & friends in Pimlico”
“I never thought I’d ever live in Tring
A mother of two, now there’s a thing”
p.s. I’ve never lived in either place myself, been a mother of two or had a boyfriend called Brian!
Q. There is an illusion – or myth if you wish – about British people that I would like you to discuss. Many see the ‘Brits’ as ‘stiff upper lip’. Is that correct?
A. I see British people mostly as courageous innovators who are brilliant in both the arts and sciences but who also possess a keen sense of humour and healthy level of self-depreciation. In my opinion, any lack of flexibility in the upper lip is a stereotype which is best confined to history books and films about the various wars.
Q. Do any of the characters in your books carry the ‘stiff upper lip’? Or are they all ‘British Bulldog’ and unique in their own way?
A. Ermintrude was (or is) indomitable.
Q. Tell us about one of your recent books?
A. I wrote and published my latest book, This We Know, in less than three weeks. I didn’t plan to write it, it just happened. It is a meme exploring what we know, what we don’t know and what world we could know. I’m in discussions about making it into a documentary and would love to interview people about the world they would like to know.
Q. What are you currently working on?
A. I have started writing the third in a trilogy which takes esoteric and arcane knowledge and makes it exoteric and contempory. The first two books explored the meanings behind the Major and Minor Arcana of the Tarot. This book with the working title of Leaving Cubeland will explore and explain two glyphs, The Tree of Life and the Cube of Space.
Q. How do you spend your leisure time?
A. As I love the ’work’ I do, I don’t switch between one mode and another. Neither do I ’spend my time’ as such – if anything I bend, shape and morph it into intriguing shapes. I just love riding at 66,000 miles an hour on Spaceship Earth.
Q. Do you write for a local audience or a global audience?
A. Definitely global and any passing aliens who tune in when they are flying past.
Q. Can you provide links to your work?
or another good place to look is my Amazon Author Page
To see how our other authors responded, click on an author’s name below.
The Next Big Thing is a meme initiated by other authors which encourages typically self-effacing writers, like me, to BIG UP their work and share why we wrote it.
If you are an author and want to join in, all you have to do is write a blog with this title answering the questions that I have below. Then tag other authors, like me, who are joining in with the programme.
My tags below …
1) What is the working title of your current/next book?
My current book is entitled This We Know. My next book is completes a trilogy taking the esoteric and making it exoteric. The working title is Leaving Cubeland.
2) Where did the idea come from?
The idea for the current book came from watching my better half snoozing on the sofa and wondering how many other people on the planet were asleep right at that time. This then led me to ponder how many people who were actually awake were in some kind of waking sleep.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Philosophy and futurology.
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
It’s non-fiction (apart from the Postscript 2112), so I would like the documentary version of this book to be narrated by the Lord of the QI Elves himself, the supremely knowledgeable Stephen Fry. It would be an exploration of our amazing knowledge and our amazing lack of knowledge in some fundamental areas. It would also ask people from all walks of life what sort of world they would like to live in.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
There is an infinity of things that we don’t know compared to what we think we know.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I started writing the book on the 3rd September 2012 and had the printed books in my hands on the 21st September. It was available worldwide for ereaders on the 22nd September. Self publishing was the only option. Note I prefer the term indie publishing though. This is one of the beneficial byproducts of being able to Bend Time.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft?
Less than two weeks. Note I teach the different-ability to tap into our future self to get the words we have yet to write. For this reason, the first draft was also pretty much the final draft.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Unashamedly I’d compare it with some of Seth Godin’s disruptive thinking and one reviewer compared the writing style to that of Richard Bach.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
A medium sent me a poem that had been given to her specifically for me. It’s called the Journey of the Secret Man. Two days after I received it, the book just flooded in.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
This short video was specifically put together to pique interest.
Other Next Big Things
Here’s some of the other author’s answers to the same questions …