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Joss Sheldon

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Joss Sheldon is a scruffy nomad, unchained free-thinker, and post-modernist radical. Born in 1982, he was brought up in one of the anonymous suburbs which wrap themselves around London's beating heart. Then he escaped!

With a degree from the London School of Economics to his name, Sheldon had spells selling falafel at music festivals, being a ski-bum, and failing to turn the English Midlands into a haven of rugby league.

Then, in 2013, he ran off to McLeod Ganj; an Indian village which plays home to thousands of angry monkeys, hundreds of Tibetan refugees, and the Dalai Lama himself. It was there that Sheldon wrote his debut novel, 'Involution & Evolution'.

With several positive reviews to his name, Sheldon had caught the writing bug. He t
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Joss Sheldon Don't just aspire - do!

When I decided to write a novel, I quit my day-job with a few grand in the bank, and went to live in India. You can live out…more
Don't just aspire - do!

When I decided to write a novel, I quit my day-job with a few grand in the bank, and went to live in India. You can live out there for about £5 a day, so my money lasted well over a year, and I was able to write full time without being distracted by work.

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Joss Sheldon A Premier League footballer, James McClean, refused to wear a red poppy on his Sunderland jersey in November 2012. His decision led to a flurry of…moreA Premier League footballer, James McClean, refused to wear a red poppy on his Sunderland jersey in November 2012. His decision led to a flurry of criticism across the mainstream press.

The red poppy is a tribute to soldiers who have fought in wars for Britain, and the money raised from their sale goes to war veterans. Some people think it is a great thing, others do not. Because not everyone in Britain likes British soldiers, or the wars they fight in. That two million people marched against the war in Iraq shows this.

Yet critics of James McClean seemed to imply that such opinions were not valid. They stated that every single person in Britain should honour soldiers, and be grateful for their contribution to society.

I found this discussion biased, and so I went in search of balance. Eventually I found the Peace Pledge Union's website.

The PPU are behind the white poppy, which is an alternative to the red poppy. Whilst the red poppy celebrates soldiers, the white poppy celebrates anti-war activists and conscientious objectors. Whilst the red poppy pays tribute to fallen soldiers, the white poppy remembers the innocent victims of war.

On the PPU's website there is a section about the WW1 conscientious objectors. Reading through it, I was inspired by their brave stand for peace, and so I decided to bring their story to life in the form of a novel.

I'd recommend that you check out the PPU's website once you've read 'Involution & Evolution', but not before. It does contain spoilers!(less)
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3. ALL INDIVIDUALITY MUST CONFORM

Blog 3 of 3 in the INDIVIDUTOPIA series.

Margaret Thatcher once said, “There is no such things as society”.

The second half of this statement is not so well known. Thatcher would go on to claim that instead of there being a society, there were only “Individual men and women”.

This ideological belief has dominated the political mainstream ever since…

On the one hand, we’ve seen a deliberate attack o...

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“My parents, you see, were a little square. They cared more about being good parents in the general sense than being good parents for me. They wanted to appear normal; respectable and responsible. But they weren’t prepared to acknowledge my individual needs.”
Joss Sheldon, The Little Voice

“No thanky-you; you can't overcome hatred with more hatred. Force can kill the liar but not the lie, the hater but not the hate, and the violent but not the violence. Hate begets hate, violence begets violence, and war begets war.”
Joss Sheldon, 'Involution & Evolution': A rhyming anti-war novel

“The creature who lives inside my brain suggested I do it,” I offered tentatively. “It was very convincing.”
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“But this anti-war protest, is far from a success; it is just a placebo for the people. These peacemakers feel so satisfied, gratified; gay-gallant-and-gleeful. But they do not achieve anything acceptable, perceptible; or peaceful.”
Joss Sheldon, 'Involution & Evolution': A rhyming anti-war novel

“God is British to the bone, and every fellow here knows it. You can't exploit him to save yourself, you blaspheming cadaverous-prig; you disgusting shambles of porcelain-skin, unwholesome-fat and puny-bones. Your blatant disregard for God's word shan't earn you any favours here!”
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“This is a story about understanding overcoming compulsion, love overcoming revulsion; and oneness overcoming abuse. About the rare sort of kind-geniality, and brave-morality; which we all possess but seldom use.

A story about detractors who will be defeated, challenges which will be completed; and principles which will be proclaimed. About acts of persecution, and threats of execution; which will all be constrained.

This is the beginning of Alfred Freeman's story, the beginning of a life full of glory; and the beginning of Alfred himself. Because Alfred is being born, in his human form; with peaceful-eyes and perfect-health.”
Joss Sheldon, 'Involution & Evolution': A rhyming anti-war novel

“Alfred is taken past this broom, and enters this room; which can only be described as 'piecemeal'. It is full of pieces of fish-market paraphernalia, pieces of military-regalia; and pieces of rusted-steel.
It is full of these spiky-hooks, fishmongery-books; and saline-scalers. These bayonet-blades, grenades; and dusty loud-halers.”
Joss Sheldon, 'Involution & Evolution': A rhyming anti-war novel

“No thanky-you; you can't overcome hatred with more hatred. Force can kill the liar but not the lie, the hater but not the hate, and the violent but not the violence. Hate begets hate, violence begets violence, and war begets war.”
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