Poem of the Lonely Man

Alone in his room, the man does sit

No sound to be heard, no light to be lit

He thinks of the past, the joys he once knew

But now he’s alone, with nothing to do

The world outside moves on without him

His loneliness is like a feeling so grim

He remembers the laughter, the love he once shared

But now he’s alone, his heart feeling bared

The nights are the hardest, no one to hold

The silence so loud, his heart feeling cold

He longs for companionship, someone to care

But now he’s alone, with no one to share

The man tries to keep busy, to fill the void

But the loneliness persists, like a constant annoyed

He yearns for a friend, a lover, a mate

But now he’s alone, his heart feeling weight

Alone in his room, the man does sit

Wondering if anyone cares a bit

He hopes for a time when he’s not so alone

Until then he’ll wait, in his room on his own.

Apple Never Fall

Apple never Fall” by Liane Moriarty is a gripping novel that delves deep into the dynamics of a family and their secrets. The book is set in Sydney, Australia, and follows the lives of four adult siblings – Stan, Amy, Brooke, and Trent – and their parents, Joy and Stan Sr. The story begins with the disappearance of Joy, a retired figure skater, and how her absence affects the entire family.

Moriarty is a master at creating complex and flawed characters, and “Apple Never Fall” is no exception. Each of the siblings has their own secrets and issues, and the book explores how these secrets affect their relationships with one another and their parents. The author expertly weaves together the past and present, slowly revealing the family’s secrets and how they have impacted their lives.

One of the standout features of the book is the author’s ability to portray the intricacies of family relationships. The interactions between the siblings, their parents, and their significant others are incredibly realistic, and the tensions that arise feel raw and authentic. The novel highlights the idea that even those closest to us can keep secrets, and how those secrets can impact our lives in unexpected ways.

The pacing of the novel is slow but steady, with the tension building gradually as the story unfolds. Moriarty expertly drops hints and red herrings throughout the book, keeping the reader guessing until the very end. The writing style is engaging and descriptive, and the characters are well-rounded and relatable.

Overall, “Apple Never Fall” is a well-crafted family drama that explores the complexities of relationships and the secrets that can tear them apart. Moriarty’s writing style is engaging and descriptive, and the characters are well-developed and realistic. The slow and steady pacing may not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy a character-driven drama, this book is a must-read.

Its a family

Being in a family where you are loved by one parent but disliked by your siblings can be a deeply emotional experience. On one hand, the love and support from your mother can feel like a beacon of hope and a safe haven in an otherwise tumultuous situation. It can be a source of strength and comfort that helps you navigate the difficult relationships with your siblings.

But at the same time, the pain of being rejected or disliked by your siblings can be almost unbearable. It can feel like you’re constantly walking on eggshells, never quite sure what will set them off or why they seem to hold such animosity towards you. It’s a lonely feeling, knowing that you don’t have the support of the people who should be closest to you.

It’s easy to internalize this rejection, to wonder what you did wrong or why your siblings can’t see the person you truly are. You might feel like an outsider, like you don’t quite belong in your own family. It’s a feeling that can be hard to shake, even as you grow older and start to build your own life and relationships.

But it’s important to remember that you are not defined by the opinions or actions of others, even your siblings. You are worthy of love and respect, no matter what anyone else thinks. It may take time, but it’s possible to find a sense of peace and acceptance within yourself, even if your family dynamic remains complicated.

And while it’s painful to be at odds with your siblings, it’s also important to remember that relationships can change and evolve over time. It may be worth seeking out therapy or mediation to try and work through any underlying issues that are contributing to the tension between you and your siblings. With time, effort, and patience, it’s possible to build stronger, healthier relationships with the people you love.

The 2022 International Booker Prize winning book has been announced!

The winner of the 2022 International Booker Prize is Tomb of Sand, written by Geetanjali Shree and translated by Daisy Rockwell. 

Tomb of Sand is Geetanjali’s first novel to be published in the UK. It is also the first book originally written in any Indian language to win the prize, and the first novel translated from Hindi to be recognised by the Booker Prizes.

The novel is published by Tilted Axis Press, which was founded by Deborah Smith with her prize money from when she won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her translation of The Vegetarian by Korean author Han Kang.

Captivated by the power, the poignancy and the playfulness of ‘Tomb of Sand’, Geetanjali Shree’s polyphonic novel of identity and belonging, in Daisy Rockwell’s exuberant, coruscating translation. This is a luminous novel of India and partition, but one whose spellbinding brio and fierce compassion weaves youth and age, male and female, family and nation into a kaleidoscopic whole.

Geetanjali Shree is the author of three novels and several story collections, and her work has been translated into English, French, German, Serbian and Korean.

Shree was born in Mainpuri, India, in 1957. Tomb of Sand is the first of her books to be published in the UK. She has received and been shortlisted for a number of awards and fellowships, and currently lives in New Delhi.


Written by Geetanjali Shree and translated by Daisy Rockwell from Hindi. In northern India, an 80-year-old woman slips into a deep depression at the death of her husband, then resurfaces to gain a new, highly unconventional, lease of life. Original, engaging and funny, Tomb of Sand is also an urgent and timely protest against the destructive impact of borders.

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