My Soul Has No Friends
A Childhood Remembered
By Paul C Delrue
 
Published April 2013
 
 "I was a serious, thoughtful and somewhat melancholic boy at St Vincent's
Boys' Home; growing up with hundreds of other boys.
 
I was different from the start"
 
For the first time, Paul C Delrue has put pen to paper to record aspects of his very personal journey from boyhood to manhood, stopping along the way to reflect on some of the key moments in his often unorthodox and remarkable life. This new book is a web of anecdotes, stories and rememberances told roughly in chronological order - but this is no ordinary autobiography, nor does it lead the reader in the direction they might expect. Often moving, poignant and heartfelt but always fascinating, this is the story of how one of our most respected and accomplished hand bookbinders came to his craft. 
'My Soul Has No Friends' begins by exploring Paul's recollections of his early life including his formative years in a boys home in Enfield. Paul introduces us to the characters and events that started to shape this master craftsman's future and perhaps begins to explain the themes and emotions which drive him to this day.

Profusely illustrated, this book will engage readers in the joys, tragedies and discoveries of growing up as well as offering those involved in, or appreciative of, the art of the bookbinder something rather special. The latter part of the book explores the motivation and thinking behind a selection of some of Paul's personal favourites amongst his many bindings.

 
Ordering Information
'My Soul Has No Friends'
Written and published by Paul C Delrue, 2013
282 pages, soft covers, 245x165mm
 
Price: £20 including postage in the UK
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