Published: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 11, 2003 at 10:12 p.m.

'Beyond Nab End' previewed on BBC

Fans of author William Woodruff can get a sneak preview of the sequel "Beyond Nab End" by tuning in to the BBC via the Internet.
Woodruff, a retired history and economics professor from the University of Florida, lives in Gainesville and earned celebrity status with "Road to Nab End," his story of growing up in poverty in the mill town of Blackburn, England. The book became a best seller in Great Britain.
The sequel follows his life after leaving Blackburn through the end of World War II. "Road to Nab End" is scheduled to be read over five consecutive days beginning Jan. 20 on the program "Book of the Week" on BBC Radio 4. Listeners can tune in without a radio via the Internet at
The program airs live at 4:45 a.m. Gainesville time and is repeated at 7:30 p.m. Daily installments are available at other times during the day on the site. Go to to download Real Player software, which you'll need to get the audio.
The new book is not yet available in U.S. bookstores. For those who just can't wait, the book can be purchased online at
Woodruff's books are also getting a boost back in his old home of Blackburn, where a "heritage tour" will lead readers to many of the sites mentioned in "The Road to Nab End." The first ceremonial tour for city VIPs will be conducted the same day as the initial reading on BBC.
"It's very exciting, but I am puzzled," Woodruff said of the hoopla surrounding the issue of his new book.

Poet holds reading

Glyn Maxwell, a major rising poet in the world of letters, will read from his work at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in the second floor Research Room of the Smathers Library (formerly Library East) on the University of Florida Campus.
Maxwell is the author of poetry collections, verse plays and novels, including "The Nerve" (2002), "Time's Fool: A Tale in Verse" (2001), "Boys at Twilight: Poems 1990-1995" (2000), "The Breakage" (1998), "The World They Mean: A New Poem" (1997), "The Wolfpit: The Tale of Green Children of Suffolk" (1996) and "Rest for the Wicked" (1995).
Maxwell, who joined the faculty at the New School in New York as a professor in the graduate writing program last year, has received the Somerset Maugham Award, the Eric Gregory Award, and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
The reading is sponsored by MFA@FLA, the Creative Writing Program of the English Department at the University of Florida. For program information see http://web.english

Author writes about a soldier's sacrifices

Jacksonville author Wayne Bryant knows the frustrations and humiliation of homeless Vietnam veterans. He has shared both their addictive, destructive lifestyles and heart-breaking stories as he traveled across the United States with many of them.
Bryant's debut novel, "The Last Train Home" (Publish America, $19.95) is a heart-gripping recount of the life sacrifices one soldier makes both during war and when he returns home from active duty. In his book, Bryant illustrates how unseen forces can guide and enrich our lives even though it may appear all hope and purpose for living has gone.

Authors on Sundays

Barbara Purdy will be autographing her new book "West of the Papal Line" (Infinity, $19.95) from 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Goerings Book Store, 3433 W. University Ave.
"West of the Papal Line" is the story of the Spanish destruction of France's colonizing efforts in Florida. In the book, Purdy, professor emerita in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida and curator everita of the Florida Museum of Natural History, examines the events leading up to the slaughter of the Huguenot settlers by Pedor MenÚndez in 1565.
Purdy, who is a well-known archeologist, has written numerous books on Florida Indians.

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