When I am asked the most memorable thing that I can remember
from my childhood days, I am always in no doubt as to what this
actually is. I was ten years of age-I can still remember it so clearly –
and we were on holiday in Ireland, out walking, taking a stroll on a
wonderful stretch of deserted coastline. As I walked along, ahead
of my parents and brother and sister, the view beneath my feet
absolutely enthralled me. I marveled at the rocks, the pools, the
seaweed, in fact everything.
Suddenly, my attention was drawn away from this natural wonder,
to something decidedly man-made, reflecting the suns rays back up
to me. I bent down, wondering what it could possibly be, and was
astonished to find an exquisite golden-coloured locket and chain,
half hidden in the beach debris. I picked it up, studying its detail.
I was enthralled by what I had found, and I was amazed at how
heavy, highly detailed and exquisitely crafted it was. I inspected it
further. On one side of the locket there were five small glass domes
surrounding a larger one. Beneath each of the smaller domes a lock
of human hair had been carefully inserted, while under the central,
larger dome two locks of hair had been carefully positioned.
Turning the locket over, I saw seven names carefully engraved onto
the golden coloured surface. And believe me, at ten years of age
something like that really gets your imagination going!
Was it an amulet? I wondered. Well, in my mind at that tender age
it most certainly was. Some people have even asked was it an
inspiration for The Amulet of Oxmosis that I featured in
my children’s novel Wot, Nott, Kakuri and the HU BA HOU. The
only thing I can say to that is, “Read the story and decide for