Publisher: Veritas Publications
Publication Date: 21 March 2021
In ‘Stolen Moments’ former RTE broadcaster and prolific author John Quinn has followed on from the success of his collection ‘Moments’ (2011) with a second volume of brief memories, thoughts and reflections from the contemplation of a spider’s web on the wing mirror of his car which survived a fierce overnight storm to the potential for embarrassment or pride of a child in the presence of a slurry trailer outside a village school as parents collected their children at the end of the school day. The all too short ‘moments’ – nearly a hundred altogether – provide a vivid and as with the slurry trailer, a sometimes-pungent sense of life’s daily insights and revelations which so frequently arise from seemingly mundane and everyday experiences. One poignant encounter the author relates concerns the hug he received from a homeless man whom the author had told of his beloved wife’s Olive’s death six weeks earlier; ‘The seed in your heart shall blossom,’ the man whispered to him and so it has proved to be. The present fine volume is evidence of the continuing fecundity and resilience of the author’s heart.
Reviewer: Paul Clayton-Lea, Intercom, February 2022
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Following the success of his collection Moments (2011), John Quinn has assembled this second volume, Stolen Moments. The moments collected range from major – the loss of a loved one – to minor – the nuisance of dandelions – and in between embrace an unlikely variety of ‘triggers’ – a spider’s web, the lost art of whistling, a chance remark, a page from a diary, a honeymoon bill. They can all help to nurture and heal, to console and delight. Each retains, in the words of William Wordsworth, a virtue ‘whence … our minds are nourished and invisibly repaired’. Stolen Moments offers its readers a deep well of nourishment and repair.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Quinn is a former RTÉ broadcaster who has published several titles with Veritas, including Walking on the Pastures of Wonder, A Little Book of Ledwidge and, most recently, Daily Wisdom (Léann an Lae): Irish Proverbs and Sayings for Each Day of the Year (2020), A Book of Beginnings (2019) and Gratias: A Little Book of Gratitude (2018)