On the Fifth Night

South African Country Life - - Country Escapes -

Michael Howard is both au­thor and pub­lisher of this book that sets out to share what turns out to be in part his own story through the main char­ac­ter Mark Han­son. Like Han­son, Howard loses his first wife to Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease – what he de­scribes as ‘a cruel, ge­netic dis­ease that grad­u­ally robbed her of ev­ery­thing over a pe­riod of twelve years un­til she took her last breath star­ing into the room around me.’ He is also founder of the Hunt­ing­ton’s As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa.

But that’s just where the jour­ney starts.

Later in a ‘mo­ment of mad­ness’ Han­son punches his sec­ond wife in the face – with disastrous con­se­quences. There are chil­dren and re­la­tion­ships in the mix, mys­ti­cism and me­di­a­tion – and a tightrope walk along the fine line be­tween mad­ness and san­ity. It’s worth know­ing that Howard de­scribes him­self as a war­rior and a priest and has stud­ied en­gi­neer­ing, the­ol­ogy and phi­los­o­phy. This book will find res­o­nance in any­one who has ques­tioned their life, fate and des­tiny.

Au­thor: Michael Howard Pub­lisher: Mind­mark ISBN: 978-0-62070-902-6 Price: R225 Re­viewer: Nancy Richards Give­away Code: NIGHT (2 copies)

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