Work by Anna St George

Tuesday 4 September, 2012


Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Mystery of Arnold Hall

The Mystery of Arnold Hall  by Helen M. Persons was first published in 1934.  It is a short fiction novel about Patricia Randall whose Aunt gives her the money to go to College.  She arrives at College but never expects to become girl detective. A Nancy Drew type of tale.   A cute story.  You can read it by following the link and feel free to download for free.  Cheers.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

On Shakespeare

I love the work of Shakespeare and earlier this year in some of my studies I discovered that the work of Shakespeare is no longer a requirement for high school students in New Zealand.  I was appalled to say the least.  He was a brilliant writer and wrote several poems and many plays. 

Shakespeare was born in 1565 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth the I under the Elizabethan era when England flourished in the areas of drama and literature.  Some of his great works are Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet and Macbeth which are among the great tragedies that he wrote.  But he also wrote comedies and my favourites are among these which are The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

The tempest is the story of Prospero and his daughter Miranda marooned on an island after being usurped by his brother. Prospero who is the rightful Duke of Milan who plots to get his position back when he conjures up a storm that shipwrecks his brother Antonio along with the King of Naples and his son, Ferdinand with whom Prospero plans to wed to his daughter, Miranda.  It's a beautiful funny tale with magic and romance, really my favourite of Shakespeare. It was produced as a film in 2010 which was really brilliant and Prospero was changed to Prospera and played by Helen Mirren.  Here is a link to the trailer:  Well worth watching if you love Shakespeare and if even you aren't familiar with Shakespeare. 

Below is a poem called Fairy Land by William Shakespeare:

Over hill, over dale,
   Thorough bush, thorough brier,
   Over park, over pale,
   Thorough flood, thorough fire,
   I do wander everywhere,
   Swifter than the moone's sphere;
   And I serve the fairy queen,
   To dew her orbs upon the green:
   The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
   In their gold coats spots you see;
   Those be rubies, fairy favours,
   In those freckles live their savours:
   I must go seek some dew-drops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip's ear

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Jane Austen

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

  Jane Austen was one of my favourite writers.  She was born in England on the 16th of December, 1775.  Her first novel published was Sense and Sensibility which was published in 1811 however she had written Northanger Abbey prior but the book had not been published until after her death.  Her most memorable novel is of course Pride and Prejudice about the famous Bennet sisters and the romance of Eliza
Bennet and Mr. Darcy.  I love this romantic tale which has several sub stories going on as well with Jane’s romance to Mr. Bingley and the many unforgettable characters such as the handsome and illustrious Mr. Darcy who earns "15000 a year", according to Mrs. Bennet; a nosy drama queen.  My next favourite Jane Austen novel is Mansfield Park about Fanny Price who goes to live with her aunt and Uncle; Lord and Lady Bertram and their four children; Tom, Edmund, Mariah and Julia.  This a lovely warming story of Fanny who is secretly in love with her cousin Edmund but he seems to be

 in love with Miss Crawford and Mariah marries Mr. Rushworth but runs off with Mr. Crawford’s brother.  It’s quite a farce but has a happy ending as Jane Austen novel’s do and another reason I love them. The picture to the left is from the 2007 movie and stars Billie Piper and Blake Ritson.  It's a lovely film.  I highly recommend it.  In 1815 she wrote Persuasion, one that I am not familiar with and will be the next one to watch. And lastly the lovely story of Emma.  Emma Woodhouse is a lively girl with ambitions and sees herself as a matchmaker having made a match between her governess, Miss Taylor and Mr. Weston.  Her matchmaking skills lead her to trouble and she is very fond of Mr. Weston’s son, Frank Churchill.  The story is humorous and has surprising results. 

There are several places online where you can read about Jane Austen or access her books.  Below are some helpful links:  

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Blog Update

I have so missed being on my blog and writing.  And after three months of intense study I'm back and looking forward to diving into writing and reading.  I have re-formatted my blog and made a new page for my own books and kept this blog for reviewing books, literature and film.  I hope to add more soon. Follow the link below to read about my books and my new book, Jade which will be out soon.  Cheers!

Sunday, May 12, 2013


I was hoping to have this story ready for early this year but unexpected plans have delayed this from happening.  Anyway below is another excerpt from the new book which will be ready very soon.  
 Jade is the story of a teenage boy growing up in the 13th century.  He was separated from his real family at a young age and like the Biblical Joseph has step brothers who despise him and sell him to a band of gypsies.  One circumstance after another unfolds the truth of his true identity   He has an incredible faith in God and communes with angels.but will it be enough to restore his rightful family and rid them of the wolves who have overpowered them for years.

Excerpt from Jade::

It was nearly midnight when Jade awoke to a soft voice singing outside and he got up and looked out his window and the young girl was there on the hillside again and this time she was singing in Irish. Even though it was dark she was enveloped in a halo of light and she wore a long white flowing gown that glowed under the starlight.  Jade put on his clothes and peered out his bedroom door and for some strange reason the guard was asleep in the chair snoring.  Jade tiptoed past and raced down the stairs and outside into the dark night.  It was so simple; it was almost as if it had been orchestrated for him, like someone was waiting for him.  

And there was the strange young girl with the magic voice.  “Hey!” Jade yelled out to her.  When she saw Jade she started running and skipping on a path that led out towards the sea and Jade raced after her, calling out to her.  “Wait!”  The girl paused and looked a couple of times smiling and laughing and then as he got closer she would turn and run on ahead as if playing a game with him.  Jade carried on after her but as they reached the plateau near the sea he paused and looked back at the castle.  “Sure hope I don’t get caught. How would I ever explain chasing a girl at midnight.” As they ran along Jade suddenly realized that he was in the strange place that Brendan had pointed out. When he reached the cliff tops overlooking the sea he stopped and looked around; the girl was gone.  He closed his eyes and inhaled deeply.  This place had a spectacular feel about it and it was a place that became a safe haven for him and he knew it would be his new meeting place with God.  There he prayed every day; there he worshipped and praised God in the quiet place, there he poured out his heart in the most beautiful verse of love.  It was there he danced with angels. 

And it was on this evening under a silvery moon, and veil of mist, he danced from midnight until dawn.  His supernatural dance partners suddenly appeared out of the mist and there were twelve of them; male and female dressed in sparkling clothes.  The men wore white vests to match their trousers over white silk shirts and the women wore white and silver dresses that sparkled with flowing sheer fabrics and Jade was astonished to see that their dresses finished above their knees and their skin was pale and it sparkled under the moonlight.  Jade was very impressed and little did Jade know, the dance was a supernatural weapon against the powers of darkness he would soon face.  It started out lighthearted and fun as one angel approached him and held out her hand.  She had long red hair and a vibrant smile and was known as Erin. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Happy St Patrick's Day
 Well, several months ago my daughter gave me a beautiful cross necklace.  It's made up of lots of little green flowers and it sparkles so nicely.  It's my favourite and its green.  Anyway I lost it about a week ago.  I was so upset and my daughter had given it to me making it very special..  I looked everywhere; high and low and turned everything upside down but just could not find it.  So I said a silent prayer to the heavens and believe it or not I found it on St Patrick's Day so now its even more special; my St. Patrick's Day miracle.  So St Patrick's Day to me this year was very special indeed.   So I went downtown and had coffee with friends wearing my beloved cross and there were lots of people about dressed in green and wearing fancy hats with painted faces.  It was neat as we don't normally get that much participation in the small area I live in.  I posted a picture of my cross below. Cheers!  And Happy St Patrick's Day. I hope you have a miracle!!

My cross:

Monday, March 4, 2013

March 5, 2013

The year is moving along so fast.  I can barely breath.  I am busy training to be a teacher and there is barely time to do anything.  I had my first day in class last week and the teacher asked me to help a group of boys with their writing.  So I asked boy #1 if I could see his story.  He smiled, "Sure'.  Then he went to the desktop and whipped out a picture of the male anatomy and zoomed in. I was like. ","   but I just said, "keep working on that story."   This is school in the year 2013.  What else did I expect?

Anyway its March 5th today and nearly St. Patrick's day.Growing up I used to think of St. Patrick as a myth; some fanciful tale about a guy who got rid of snakes.  Cool!.  However he was very real and had an interesting life.  Patrick grew up in England and was the son of a Roman Official of the church.  At the age of 15, the village he lived in was invaded by the Irish and he was taken back to Ireland as a slave where he lived for about 6 years.  He had a vision from God which told him about a ship that was leaving and he was to get on board and go back to England.  He went back to his family and trained in the church.

Then he had a dream in which an angel called Victoricus told him to return to Ireland.  He faithfully returned and his exploits were amazing including raising the two children of the King of Dublin from the dead.  The son had died of an illness and his teenage sister had drowned in the river.  The king told Patrick that if he could raise his children from the dead he would serve his Christian God.  And the whole city was saved that day as Patrick prayed for the two children and they were raised to life.  In his ministry he raised many people from the dead and rid the land of druid priests (thus the snakes).

This is the prayer he prayed everyday:
St Patrick's Prayer

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.
I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.
Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation

This book by Phillip Freeman is very good and can be purchased from Amazon. Click on picture to follow the link to the Amazon store.