Best Books 2019

Family Life – A Bridge Between Harmony and Agony by Gheorghe Virtosu

Born in 1968, Gheorghe Virtosu has lived an intense and eventful life: after enjoying an idyllic childhood in his village, he left his parents’ home at 15 for the middle school in town, which eventually led to a military career. Established in London in 1992, he gained British citizenship a few years later. Simplicity is a guiding principle and solitude is his main source of inspiration.



Synopsis

Family Life – A Bridge Between Harmony and Agony is a novel which skillfully binds together the idyllic and the mundane as two sides of the same coin. The driving force behind this masterful writing is profound sorrow experienced by author Gheorghe Virtosu in his relationship with his older sister, Maria, throughout their childhood. It is the gritty testimony of a child struggling to come to terms with his own feelings and thoughts, with his nearest and dearest, and with the world...

Born in 1968, Gheorghe Virtosu has lived an intense and eventful life: after enjoying an idyllic childhood in his village, he left his parents’ home at 15 for the middle school in town, which eventually led to a military career. Established in London in 1992, he gained British citizenship a few years later. Simplicity is a guiding principle and solitude is his main source of inspiration.



Synopsis

Family Life – A Bridge Between Harmony and Agony is a novel which skillfully binds together the idyllic and the mundane as two sides of the same coin. The driving force behind this masterful writing is profound sorrow experienced by author Gheorghe Virtosu in his relationship with his older sister, Maria, throughout their childhood. It is the gritty testimony of a child struggling to come to terms with his own feelings and thoughts, with his nearest and dearest, and with the world.

The quest becomes a meaningful and empowering statement of self-belief and self-discovery, as in the end, the sworn-enemy siblings turn out to be the best of friends throughout their teenage and, really, for the rest of their lives. The autobiographical recount gently and seamlessly seeps into fantasy, bringing to the forefront the charming story of a duckling and his family. An unmissable must-read!

'A true story of self-discovery.'

TimeOut Best Selling Books

'Be drawn into a wonderful fantasy universe.'

Evening Standard Best Books to Read

'A revelation.'

The Guardian 2019 Best Book
Family Life – A Bridge Between Harmony and Agony best non fiction book award winner

I am sure that a lot of people can relate to these sort of situations: you come across teasing, squabbling, and rough-playing in all families, but I think Maria and I took all of those to extreme and neither of us would give in!

Family Life – A Bridge Between Harmony and Agony

With the girls out of the way and the peace and quiet precariously restored within our household, I went to the gate trying to dislodge the fork from where I had stuck it. It took me a while to do so which gave me a bit of time for reflection. By the end of it, I was secretly thankful for Larisa’s good reflexes which saved her life and saved me from ruining mine. Although of a young age, the realization of what could have happened made me aware of the dangers of bad temper.

With the girls out of the way and the peace and quiet precariously restored within our household, I went to the gate trying to dislodge the fork from where I had stuck it. It took me a while to do so which gave me a bit of time for reflection. By the end of it, I was secretly thankful for Larisa’s good reflexes which saved her life and saved me from ruining mine. Although of a young age, the realization of what could have happened made me aware of the dangers of bad temper.

Family Life – A Bridge Between Harmony and Agony best non fiction book award winner
Family Life – A Bridge Between Harmony and Agony Maria today

Maria and her daughter today

One by one, the older siblings left home and the village for the big schools in the city, each trying to find their path in life. Just like birds of a feather who desert the nest and spread their wings to fly the width and length of the earth. In the same way, all of them picked up and went off on their own personal quest to explore and discover their destiny in waiting. As human beings, we crave exhilaration and cradle the dream of self-fulfillment throughout our entire life, and my older siblings were no different in that respect.

Family Life – A Bridge Between Harmony and Agony Larisa today

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Best Non Fiction Book Award Winner

Gheorghe Virtosu (1986)
Gheorghe Virtosu (1986)
"It is a proud privilege to be a soldier, with discipline, self-respect, a high sense of duty and obligation, and a self confidence born of demonstrated ability.” - G. Virtosu.
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