Frank William Boreham 1871-1959

Frank William Boreham 1871-1959
A photo F W Boreham took of himself in 1911

Thursday, April 26, 2007

New Book: The Best Stories of F W Boreham

Mike Dalton and I are excited because Laura Zugzda has just sent us the new cover design (pictured) for our forthcoming book, “All the Blessings of Life: The Best Stories of F W Boreham."

We thought you’d like to have a look at this superb cover and click on the photo to get a closer look.

And what’s behind the cover? There are about 250 of the best stories by F W Boreham in this new book and Mike Dalton has helpfully added some indexes for quick and ready finding of that story that you’re after.

I’ve said in the foreword:

“This volume is a compilation of the best stories of F W Boreham. Such a rating is subjective and the compiler of this book could do another marathon Boreham book and come up with a different selection. If you do not find your favorite Boreham story in this book it may be because it has been saved for the forthcoming Best Essays of F W Boreham.”

“While many readers of this new volume will be devoted ‘Borehamaniacs’ or ‘Borehamphiles’, others may be sampling Boreham for the first time. For such readers the biographical essay by Irving Benson has been included as it provides an introduction and the setting for understanding the life and work of this storyteller.”

And if you’re not familiar with that title and its origins, that’s another story. Here is that story from this forthcoming book, in Dr Boreham’s own words:

"It is great to be alive—at any age. As a small boy, following in the Prayer Book the liturgy of the Church, I was always impressed by one phrase in the General Thanksgiving: We bless Thee for our creation, preservation and all the blessings of this life. "

"In those days I only dimly discerned the meaning of the phrases that followed—inestimable love, redemption, the means of grace, the hope of glory, and so on. All this, to me, was enfolded in a golden haze. But I loved that opening expression of gratitude. I felt that it belonged to me. I was glad to be alive, and this particular clause gave me the opportunity of saying so. It is certainly good to be alive today."

F W Boreham, Cliffs of Opal, (London: The Epworth Press, 1948), 172.

Do keep an eye on Michael’s blog site F W Boreham Publishing News to learn more about when this book will roll of the printing press and be available for purchase.

Geoff Pound

Image: Front Cover of All the Blessings of Life.