Books – Michael Angus

INTRODUCTION: All my writing output, to date, is self published. I write, primarily, children’s stories and science fiction, but both have in common, comment I suppose, and reflection upon the world, as I find it, and as it may otherwise be.

My writing is always a ‘work in progress’; even once published I still think of the words, as written, open to interpretation and development, and even though I love the self-indulgence writing brings, I also thoroughly enjoy collaboration with others, especially with other illustrators and writers.

My Books – Michael Angus

There follows a brief outline of current and ongoing publications, and links for purchase:

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THE BEAUTIFUL COAT and Other Assorted Stories for Children

Self-published: January 2014

Available at: Amazon.com or www.createspace.com/4262629

This is the first instalment, from a trilogy of children’s short stories compendiums (thematically, one for faith, one for hope, one for charity, though not necessarily in that order!). I collaborated very closely with my daughter Katie on this one: she produced all the illustrations, bar one, and helped me both create and develop many of the stories, fifteen in all.

They are all, nominally, children’s stories – but masquerading as such perhaps, being suitable for children of all ages, from 6 to 16 to 60! Feel free in the reading, or orating, to add or subtract content as you wish.

“The most wonderful, thought provoking and charming book – a truly beautiful book.”

“I absolutely love reading these stories to my little boy – it is the kind of book that can be used to read to your children, or if they are older, they can get stuck into themselves.”

“One of the most powerful and moving pieces of writing I have read in a  long, long time.”

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THE POINTLESS ROSE and Further Assorted Stories for Children

Self-published: Due February 2017

Available at: Amazon, or from https://www.createspace.com/6571213

This second compendium of short stories is in tribute to my son, Christopher. He he had a small hand in some of the stories for the first, and would have had considerably more input into the second, but for his passing. This was always going to be his book, and even more so now: it was completed in grief, and exists in hope: all author proceeds for the sale of this book go directly to to the Christopher Angus Fund, in support of the Cardiology Unit at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow.

Once again, my daughter Katie produced the illustrations, highlighting her skill as a photographer, as much as she is a natural artist (as evidenced in the first instalment of these compendiums). Like the first, ‘The Beautiful Coat…’, these stories too, are intended for children, of all ages….

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THE GOOD HOOVER and even Further Assorted Stories for Children

Self-published: tbc

Available at: tbc

The third, and likely, final, compendium of children’s short stories is currently underway. The title came from a comment made by my son, on seeing a tornado: that it was like ‘God’s Hoover’. It was inspiration enough, and has set the tone for another fifteen short stories.

Some are written, some are just ideas at present and some are still in the ether – but they will all be finished at some point in the near future!

BEING SAD AINT BAD: A Beginner’s guide to Grief

Self-published: Due Spring 2016

Available at: tbc

Subsequent to my son’s passing, I met an extraordinary group of individuals, all associated with the ‘Brightest Star’, a charity self help group set up in support of bereaved parents.

Each parent has a tale to tell, and yet has little opportunity to do so, certainly not to any who might effectively empathise or are dully empowered to commiserate. The book, currently underway, is an attempt to bridge that gap, to try and present what it is like, to lose a child. It is rough journal of my experience, as a grieving parent: a selection of poems, anecdotes and observations on grief, of the worst kind, and the search for hope in the company of others.

All author proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Brightest Star Charity.

TOMORROW WORLD’S

Self-published: tbc

Available at: tbc

In my capacity as architectural educator, I try to encourage students to see the world transformed, inevitably, and to visualise how it might be in the future. This selection of short stories is drawn in part from a similar premise: looming are technological changes that will impact considerably upon the character and processes that shape our built environment. These fifteen stories therefore present fifteen possible futures. each set within the Scottish context, and the impact such futures, driven by technological change, might have on the people living within them.