Honey English

A True Adventure

by B. Benson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/16/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 312
ISBN : 9781456769499
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 312
ISBN : 9781456769475
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 312
ISBN : 9781456769468

About the Book

An irresistible odyssey through time, love, fear, betrayal and laughter... this spellbinding true-life adventure introduces you to remarkable people and places... exiled Tibetan Lamas, a forty room castle in the heart of France, midnight Grunion hunts on Malibu Beach, lunch with Saudi Princes in the Bahamas. Meet mystics and Greek gods, Mario Andretti and rocket scientist Werner von Braun. In Africa see a lone giant bull elephant glow in a sienna coat. Surprise lions prowling on a lush golf course, and swim in the crystal waters of the Seychelles with a giant rainbow octopus. Learn that Forgiveness in its Aramaic origins means to cancel, untie or let loose... and has nothing to do with letting others off the hook for their offenses. The author’s rich descriptions are sure to stir your senses...yet chill you with the heartache that mars the beauty of these romantic settings. You will laugh and you will cry... what more can you ask of a book?

About the Author

Growing up in Malibu as the daughter of an English scientist, Bernadette was surrounded by brains, books, inventions and famous people, and has been recording the fanciful adventures of her avant-garde family since childhood. Her father, Bernard Benson, wrote the classics 'Alice in Plunderland,' an economic satire, and 'The Peace Book,' produced as a play at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Pope Paul II reviewed The Peace Book, resulting in a private audience with Bernard. Bernadette's English grandfather, Robert Saville, wrote the definitive handbook on identifying enemy aircraft during world war I. Born in England, raised in California and France, Bernadette now resides between Westport, MA and the Bahamas. REVIEW By Anne Loughrey (North Bay, ON Canada) Truth Is Often Wilder Than Fiction, April 26, 2012 I had to keep reminding myself that this story of B. Benson's life was not fiction. Her father was an original, accomplished and dominant man. He lived life with huge dramatic gestures that precipitated wonderland opportunities, humorous events and painful traumas for his wife and seven children. Bernadette's childhood was spent in a Malibu beach house among famous family friends, antique luxury cars, horses and riding stables. Her innocent involvement in her parents infidelities has her sent away to a Dickensonian boarding school. When her father becomes enamored of a hilltop castle in France, he moves the family there. The move to this exotic setting is the catalyst for the mother's banishment from the family. At one point, father goes to Tibet and returns with a community of Buddhist lamas whom he invites to settle on the castle grounds. Some of Bernadette's siblings find relief in the serenity of Buddhist wisdom, but not Bernadette. The child raised in high drama goes on to recreate it in her adult life, in her travels, her work, and in her marriage in the Bahamas. When she has a daughter of her own, she struggles to avoid the mistakes of her parents. The humor, resourcefulness and humanity Bernadette shows in dealing with her roller-coaster ride of a life make a fascinating story, which she tells with imaginative word-play. Her descriptions are full of superlatives, an understandable outcome of her upbringing. I found this true story is particularly captivating. I hope she writes a sequel.