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Jon Magee can be met on facebook at http://www.facebook.com He is married to Joan, and is the father of 3 daughters and 2 sons, not forgetting 2 wonderful grandaughters. This is the first book that he has published, with a second book also in the process of being prepared, though he comes with a wealth of experience writing smaller items for magazines and local newspapers. Jon was born into a nomadic existence, the son of a serving member of the British Royal Air Force and later to serve with the same air force as an electronic technician working with aircraft radio communications and radio navigational equipment. Much of his writings reflect that broad experience lived through out the world. Currently he is based in Fife, Scotland, as a minister with the Baptist Church. In September 2008 Jon was honoured as an author to be given a reception in the Scottish Parliament. The following links give an indicator of the current impact of the Scottish media:http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/herald http://www.centralfifetimes.com/articles/1/29035 Why not visit his blog at http://open.salon.com The latest news! The international appeal of this first book has resulted in the negotiation of the book being translated into Urdu for the Pakistan market. Other ventures are expected to follow soon.
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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (July 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434381498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434381491
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,123,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jon Magee was born in 1951 at RAF Cosford, in Shropshire, England into a nomadic family. His father served in the British Royal Air Force as a Medical Secretary, and so did he for 10 years as an Electronic Technician working on Aircraft communictations. Consequently, by the time he reached the age of 30 he had never lived anywhere more than 3 years maximum, and was in 14 schools by the time he had completed his secondary education.

The result is that he has lived through many of the milestones of late 20th Century history: in the 1950's he was in Singapore during the Chinese riots, 1960/62 was in Germany at the height of the cold war, 1966/67 was in Aden (Yemen)as a teenager in the midst of the conflict and terrorism of the time and the British evacuation. As an adult, Jon Magee arrived in Malta as the Maltese Prime Minister decided he did not like the British, and then he went to Cyprus with his new wife, Joan, 1973 - 1975, in time for the Military coup and Turkish invasions of 1974.

He is married to Joan and have 3 daughters, 2 sons, and 5 grandchildren, and now serves as Baptist minister in Scotland, as well as serving as a Chaplain in various schools and industrial establishments.

As an author, his writings reflect that nomadic early life, and brings out the realism of what it is like to live at the heart of the conflicts in the world in a way that is only possible having personal experience of the situations. In addition to writing for magazines and local newspapers, Jon is the author of "From Barren Rocks ... to Living Stones" and "Paradise Island, Heavenly Journey".


What was it that brought Jon Magee on the road of writing? Here in this link is some of the inspiration


http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150727057140541.712362.283465875540&type=1#!/note.php?note_id=215446527004

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By silver elves on May 4, 2013
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"From Barren Rocks...to Living Stones" was so well written that I did not want it to end! This memoir is such a wonderful and personal way to learn history! I really could not put it down and I don't usually read history books of any kind. It was not written in the first person like most memoirs, rather Jon refers to himself as the character "Jon" in story form, which makes for me the book all the more readable and entertaining.

This book truly expanded my global awareness! I was a teen during the 60s as was author Jon Magee and am thankful to have his account of life at that time in the Middle East from a Westerner's point of view. Also, anyone who has moved about as a child would identify with his journey and struggles adapting to new environments and learn from the wealth of lessons he shares on his journey. Definitely going to give this one 5 stars and recommend it highly!

Martha Love
Author of What's Behind Your Belly Button?: A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 24, 2013
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From Barren Rocks . . . to Living Stones
By Jon Magee

Author Jon Magee writes a personal journey describing `Life's Rich
Tapestry' not only of the diverse places he traveled to and lived, but
in the `richness' of the various blends of the people he meets along
the way. This narrative teems with events, good and bad, as he covers
the history and politics of the times; beginning in the UK, so very
different from the hot sands and humidity of Aden and Africa. Growing
up in strange places, nothing like his homeland, enduring both
wonderful and harsh experiences, mold the boy into a man of
intelligence, empathy and compassion toward people of all lands.

His story begins in the 60's, an exciting time to be a teenager, with
new music and singers forging a legacy never forgotten. Thrilling
movies like the James Bond series and the unlikely rise of the Beatles
mean little to the people of Aden who cannot grasp the concepts of more than their barren lands. Yet Aden has its own history, often hard and violent, but no less interesting. Oddly the song, `The Barren Rocks of Aden' was immortalized by the bagpipe playing of Scottish Highlanders.

In 1968 the Aden Protectorate is given its independence and all British
troops are withdrawn, however plans changed and total independence was brought forward to November, 1967 with the troops leaving at the same time. Despite that, the age of terrorism had just begun to spread its evil tentacles throughout the Arab nations and eventually the world at
large. Jon, still a teenager, is destined to observe all its horrors;
which he preferred not to know about or remember.
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