Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Memoirs of a 20th Century Gentleman (+ Special)

It is with great pleasure, I tell you about author James B. Hansom’s newly released book, MEMOIRS OF A 20TH CENTURY GENTLEMEN, published by Valdivia Books.

If 'On the Road' was entertaining (okay, so you have to be a certain age to understand that reference), then I think you’re going to enjoy MEMOIRS OF A 20TH CENTURY GENTLEMEN. In celebration, James is offering his book in a FREE eBook download promotion that will run only through Friday, June 19th. Just follow this link to download the FREE eBook. You can also add MEMOIRS OF A 20TH CENTURY GENTLEMEN to your Goodreads shelf HERE.

According to James, “Our aim is to do some real good in this World with every copy sold, assisting those touched by Mental Illness issues and using writing as a tool to help.”

Now that I have piqued your interest, here a brief synopsis of James’ amazing story.

Memoirs of a 20th Century Gentleman

Recounting his journey over the years, from a little village in England to the deserts of the Middle East, private boarding schools to children’s care homes, world-wide trade oil tankers to a 19th Century tall ship, working as an escort to setting up an accountancy firm, James’ story is honest and compelling.

Explaining how each chapter of his life shaped him, James discusses in a frank and open manner his struggle with bipolar disorder, and how he was able to survive an early childhood of neglect, deciding at the age of nine to take some semblance of control, to his search for a family to love.

Taking a philosophical approach to life’s twists and turns, James retells of his experience of travel, love, family, business, and adventure.  Explaining how his childhood experiences affected his approach to life in later years, his struggle with mental health issues of bipolar mania and depression and how over the years, society’s own views on the subject changed to include a more open and honest acceptance for people to begin to try to better understand.

Analyzing how an understanding of history can help see the present through clearer eyes in order to better prepare for the future; James shares his own take on humanity’s long journey through time and space to give those who have an interest in the next generations a warning of what to expect if the opportunity to make immediate changes is not taken.

Memoirs of a 20th Century Gentleman is not only a tale of adventure, family, childhood and travel but a thesis on humanity and how lessons forgotten through the distraction of social media may lead to the repetition of failures of the last fifty years in the dawn of this new 21st Century.

Conversing directly with the reader, James takes you on a journey of a lifetime, initially titled ‘Extracts from a Hell of a Life’, using humour and charm, James is able to give an experience of joy, sorrow, heartache and hope, unique in its style and delivery.

Now for a bit of background on the author.

James B. Hansom, born in 1976, lives with his wife and daughter in Warwickshire, England.  Written under a pseudonym, Memoirs of a 20th Century Gentleman is the first published work under that name.

James champions the use of creative writing as a therapeutic way for people struggling with their past to find peace, helping first-time Authors to publish and turn their experiences into a useful tool for the future.

For more information or to contact James visit: memoirsofa20thcenturygentleman.com (no need for the ‘www.’).

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Doesn’t this sound like a fascinating read and a wonderful special? What part of the journey mentioned grabbed your attention?


  1. Thank you both.
    And loud applause for moves to assist people living with mental illness.

  2. He certainly took himself on an adventure in his quest.

    1. The best is yet to come, once I get through the childhood part anyway!?

  3. Oh, that's so interesting - a memoir! And it sounds like plenty of adventure, too, Mason. And what a great cause. Thanks for supporting the cause, and for sharing the book.

    1. Mason, yes, I would like to say thank you for supporting our work x

  4. He went through the wringer. Childhood trauma does indeed have a huge impact on adult behaviors and thought patterns.

    1. Part Two - Innocence Lost really is a interesting Psychologists' picnic!?!

  5. I'd just like to extend my thanks again to Mason, and invite anyone to ask me any questions via our website:
    (Also please feel free to leave a review on Amazon)
    James B. Hansom


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