The truth about leo david yelland

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Anselm of Canterbury (Author of The Major Works)

Saint Anselm of Canterbury (c.?1033 - 1109), also called Anselm of Aosta after his birthplace and Anselm of Bec after his monastery, was a Benedictine monk, philosopher, and prelate of the Church, who held the office of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. Called the founder of scholasticism, he has been a major influence in Western theology and is famous as the originator of the ontological argument for the existence of God and the satisfaction theory of atonement.

He entered the Benedictine order at the Abbey of Bec at the age of 27, where he became abbot in 1079. He became Archbishop of Canterbury under William II of England. He was exiled from England from 1097 to 1100, and again from 1105 to 1107 (under Henry I of England), as a result of the investiture controversy, the most significant conflict between Church and state in Medieval Europe. Anselm was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1720 by a Papal Bull of Pope Clement XI. His feast day is April 21.
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The Truth About Leo by David Yelland: review

Editor of The Sun from to , during which time he was drinking up to four bottles of chardonnay a day, David Yelland knows about alcoholism and now wants the rest of the world to know about it too. So he has written a story aimed principally at those children who see their parents drinking themselves to death, but have no idea what they can do about it. Deciding to involve the authorities could mean losing a home; staying around, hoping that things might improve, runs the risk of physical injury. For Leo, the year-old hero of this novel, there is an additional hazard after his house catches fire one night when his father Dr Tom Rake, a local GP, is in one of his drunken fits. There is an uncertainty of tone, with an infantile visiting prime minister seeming to come from a story aimed at much younger readers. But Yelland is not trying to write a classic. Like the drunken father in the story, he too has had a wife who died of cancer leaving a young son behind.

D avid Yelland is a former editor of the Sun; he is a recovering alcoholic; his wife died of cancer when their son was eight. These bare facts about which Yelland is publicly candid elicit conflicting responses, as does this, his first book for children, which is quasi-autobiographical, heartfelt and expiatory. Ten-year-old Leo Rake lives with his father, a doctor who monsters himself with vodka every night and spends the days in hygienic denial. The room symbolically at the top of the house was the sanctuary of Leo's artistic, loving and now deceased mother. Inside it, Leo knows, is the Memory Box, his mother's bequest to him.

Dad had shouted and yelled, thrown things and smashed things up. And then he had quietly cleaned everything away. Leo's dad has changed. Since Mum died, his drinking is worse and now he's a different person, someone Leo doesn't recognize. The truth is that Leo is covering up for him and when things get bad Leo escapes into his own head, pretending everything's OK.

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Share on:. Leo lives inside his own head for much of the time. You can't really blame him. He's always tired for a start. That's because he's often up early, tidying up the house after one of his father's rampages. His father drinks too much, you see, and sometimes he smashes up the house. Leo can't risk this being discovered because his father's the only person he's got since his mother died of cancer.

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