The Lilly and The Egg, by O'Halloran Ford
Date: 5th August 2013
Publisher: Dynasty Press Ltd
A book about Art, God, War and Sex, but mostly Love. Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci, the author becomes a best-selling writer on Art History. He is led on a path of discovery full of murder and mayhem. Ford finds out why Italian film director Pier-Paulo Pasolini was murdrred. He learns the World War II story of English Red Cross nurse Lilly Duveen - sexually tortured by top Nazis. After months of torture, ostensibly for 120 days in accordance with the famous book by the Marquis de Sade "120 Days of Sodom", she is rescued by Italian aristocrat Egbert di Santo - Egg to his friends. Egg and Lilly marry, and commission one of the world's great collections of erotic art, the Lilly Eggs, to commemorate their love. Lilly's reason for sharing her unique life story with Ford provides the twist at the end of this epic journey through all the avenues of Life.
The Lilly and the Egg….. reviews
"This is a prodigious work. It is not like any other book I have read. It is War and Peace, Les Miserables, Shogun, all rolled into one vast - but BELIEVABLE - epic! This extraordinary work will take off. It will gather momentum as people read it and word gets around, and it will then fly off the shelves. I really believe it is a BESTSELLER! HOWEVER, I also believe that it would make the most wonderful film, which could be as successful as the biggest films in the Ouevre, Titanic, LOTR etc, people would FLOCK to see it. (It might even work brilliantly in 3 parts like LOTR.) Anyway, congratulations, it is extraordinary, a triumph that leaves one with a SENSE OF TRIUMPH!"
"……it's a gripper. Anyone picking it up and starting to read will know at once this is a completely original and important book. You've got to find words to give a flavour of the whole book. Terribly difficult when of course the whole book is its own meaning. You've got to say something like: it's a thriller but it's about the meaning of art. It's essentially a true story. It's the da Vinci Code but without the bollocks (and weird inaccuracies) by someone who really knows about art…I don't know, but that sort of thing."
Reggie Oliver, Award winning gothic author, professional playwright, actor, and theatre director
The Lilly and the Egg….. comments by readers
Great book. If da Vinci Code and Fifty Shades had a baby it would be this book…except the quality of it is so much higher than either of those books. This is real literature, as well as being one of the most exciting things I've ever read! And to think it - most of it anyway - is true definitely adds something to the enormous pleasure. Thanks and congratulations.
Thank you so much for letting me read your book. You said you were interested in feedback. Well I can only say that as you know, I am an avid reader, I will read anything. And I suppose by the law of averages I am bound to come across something good, even very good, from time to time. But your book is more than that, it is something so special. You come away after reading it feeling you will never be the same again, for having all those amazing tales in your head…and all from the life of one person, that art historian. How wonderful that in spite of all the horror in the second part of the book there is still a sense of purity that runs through it, and in the end a sense of triumph. And I feel I know so much more about art than I did before I read it. What a book! I think most people who read it will feel that, and it will sell by word of mouth. A fantastic achievement and thank you so much again for letting me read it.
As a psychic I was really impressed with your book The Lilly And The Egg, thanks for the read. There are very few people who realise or understand the energies that can be contacted by psychics to get messages from the other side. To pin that down to getting them through works of art is simply genius. It is quite true that the energy of the creators of those great works must still hover and radiate, and therefore be contactable by anyone with psychic ability who knows how to channel, but it seems to me you are the first person to have thought of it, and evidently even achieved it. I would love to accompany you one day to a museum, I bet we would have some fun. I don't think many people will believe it, but certainly all psychics will, and those who really know anything about it. Maybe you should get it published in India, they would certainly all believe it there. As for the rest of it, I found the love stories beautiful and as you know, I am familiar enough with WWII to be very impressed by the accuracy of your detail. A truly marvellous work; really brilliant and well done.
J.O'S. San Francisco
We have just read The Lilly and the Egg for the THIRD time! And you know what? It gets better with each reading. There are details I don't think anyone would pick up on in a first read. What a book. As you know we both read a lot, but to come across something so great that you not only can't find anything to compare it with, so totally can nothing follow it you just have to read it again, that is truly an achievement. We feel addicted to the world you have opened up for us in those pages, and we so want to be back with those people, Natasha (bless her) Paul and of course Marie-France and all the others. This MUST be made into a film, I think we would go and see it every day. But you must be careful who makes it and that they stick to your most WONDERFUL book! Thanks, hats off from us both and really heart felt congratulations. A monumental achievement that we believe will affect people's lives for the better, and how many people can do that? It already amazes us how much your art works touch people - and us of course - but to be able to do that with yet another gift is truly awesome.
The writer Reggie Oliver says of "The Lilly and the Egg"....... "It's a gripper. Anyone picking it up and starting to read will know at once this is a completely original and important book. It's a thriller but it's about the meaning of art. It's essentially a true story. It's the da Vinci Code but without the bollocks (and weird inaccuracies) by someone who really knows about art. It is extraordinary, a triumph that leaves one with a SENSE OF TRIUMPH!" love it!
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