Available in most countries on Kindle and in a large number of places in Paperback “Sea Sores – A Brightonian book” is 128 pages, eight chapters and around a hundred individual pieces that together add up to a single work. It went in at number #1 in the Amazon.com new releases, in the British and Irish contemporary literature category (to my great pleasure and gratitude for all who have supported it).
This volume set out to explore a multitude of angles, my aim was to produce a poetic biography, but one like a sculpture sketched from every side, until the three dimensional form takes shape, as a single piece of art. I know that sounds pretentious, but if a single poem or verse stands out and resonates, then I am content that the whole architecture supporting it has done it’s job.
Sea Sores is an examination of life in twenty-first century Britain. I mention the UK now, but it’s themes are not limited to national borders, or even age, and gender. like any poet I set out to write from truths which are not mine alone, nor even solely of this moment, but broader.
I set out to record the elements of interest to myself, in an emotional landscape I cross this day, but others have better charted before, and more will map after I have passed through.
The city of Brighton and the powerful presence of the ever changing sea, are filters through which general ideas are explored. It’s the city of my roots and a sort of spiritual base. If only somewhat begrudgingly, as is so often the case when work, poverty, love, ill heath, family or any combination of those influences keep you in a certain location for year after year.
It’s never quite certain to me if roots either bond you to the earth, or bound you to it. A combination of both perhaps but it’s from those static years on the south coast of England, navigating turbulent currents Sea Sores emerges from, and now remains a record of.
The book can be accessed on the below link:
While below is the blurb from my book landing page on Amazon:
Children are haunted by their nightmares, adults by their dreams and this book is written in the familiar halfway house between the two. Sea sores is a biographical collection by the Brighton born writer, N. J. Wood. Subdivided into eight bite-size chapters on love, work, loss, family, spiritual meaning, the impact of technology, and the psychological friction of twenty-first-century living.
For all this volume’s hard edges, it is underpinned by an empowering truth; that hope and love are the driving agents of change. They are the two meandering banks between which the fortunes of our lives course. Whatever the challenges we face, having hope and giving hope cost very little, it’s living without such things which remains unaffordable, especially through these turbulent times.
This collection comes out after posting shorter pieces online over the last couple of years. For all social media’s clichés, it has the potential to join up writers and readers who never would have crossed paths otherwise. Likewise, it has undoubtedly brought my writing to the attention of many who didn’t read such work to begin with. It is a changing frontier but an exciting one to be a part of.
So if you interested in new challenging reading and want to enjoy a new piece of art, or prefer a unique gift for a person with a curious mind, then please consider taking Sea Sores into your home and I hope into your heart.
If you do go for a copy it’s my plan to try and get the readers to get in touch so I can add them to the “readers” page on this website (soon to be launched), where I create a record of all the incredible places “Sea Sores” has reached on it’s new journey.