The Fourth Beginning

By Paul Gee (Paul Georgiou)

Fantasy | Paperback, eBook


This is one for those who like meeting fundamentals head on in their fiction and having fun with it. Think of a real place (Hampshire around Ringwood), a normal couple haunted by a real question (why did their child lose her life in a meaningless accident?) and then expect anything to happen and the oddest people to turn up, some of them not people at all in the normal sense. An ill-assorted party comes together and sets off on trips through time and space in a rickety camper van. Their adventures include a meeting with a domineering and unlikeable Old Testament God, another with Prometheus away in his mountain fastness still rooting for the human cause, a look at the birth of the universe, and then increasingly dangerous and treacherous battles with an agent of the obscure, highly bureaucratised powers set on thwarting their attempts to solve the question of what it all means. For that, no less, is the perilous quest on which they are engaged and which almost brings them to grief, with a gripping climax coming in the final pages in a sinisterly transformed version of their Hampshire home as the elusive fourth beginning of the title eventually takes shape. Throughout adventures tumble one into other, inset with jokes and reflections about language and thought and sharp-edged arguments about the limitations, not to say uselessness, of traditional ways, religious and scientific, of seeing time, the world and human history. None of which slows the pace down. Everything is humorous, serious and exciting at the same time. Like Italo Calvino's fables, this is a novel to enjoy being disconcerted by and one that will simultaneously reinvigorate your imagination and ideas.


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This is one for those who like meeting fundamentals head on in their fiction and having fun with it. Think of a real place (Hampshire around Ringwood), a normal couple haunted by a real question (why did their child lose her life in a meaningless accident?) and then expect anything to happen and the oddest people to turn up, some of them not people at all in the normal sense. An ill-assorted party comes together and sets off on trips through time and space in a rickety camper van. Their adventures include a meeting with a domineering and unlikeable Old Testament God, another with Prometheus away in his mountain fastness still rooting for the human cause, a look at the birth of the universe, and then increasingly dangerous and treacherous battles with an agent of the obscure, highly bureauc...


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After five years studying English at New College, Oxford (M.A., M.Phil) Paul was employed in industry for 15 years. In 1978, he set up his own company, Panarc International (www.panarc.com), to provide media consultancy services. The company pioneered media coverage analysis as a professional business service, working for many years for government departments in the UK and abroad and for major UK organisations including the BBC, BT and many in the financial services sector. Throughout his time in education and business, Paul wrote in his spare time: poems, short stories and novels. It was what he really wanted to do but, as he confesses, evidently not enough to give up the day job. As part of its consultancy work, Panarc was regularly involved in book production for clients. A few years ago, it seemed sensible to add a publishing operation to the company's range of services. So Panarc developed a small, independent publishing house, Panarc Publishing (www.panarcpublishing.com). Paul's first published novel, "The Fourth Beginning", was issued under a pseudonym, Paul Gee. (The first edition of this book was published in 2012 by New Generation Publishing). Under his own name, Panarc has published: - The Tortoise and the Hare, a long, illustrated retelling of one of Aesop's fables in verse, published in 2004 - The Elements of Life, a collection of Paul's poems (now in its second edition, published in 2011) - Adventures in Grammarland, a book co-authored with Chris Prendergast, published in 2014 All four books are available from Amazon. There's more to come. Some of the other writing Paul did while earning a living is in production and he is currently working on a sequel to The Fourth Beginning.


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After five years studying English at New College, Oxford (M.A., M.Phil) Paul was employed in industry for 15 years. In 1978, he set up his own company, Panarc International (www.panarc.com), to provide media consultancy services. The company pioneered media coverage analysis as a professional business service, working for many years for government departments in the UK and abroad and for major UK ...


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