94: Signed copy of THE CHANGE AGENT – HOW TO CREATE A WONDERFUL WORLD by Andrew CroftsPosted: March 13, 2011
DETAILS: The author receives an urgent invitation to a mysterious private island in Bermuda from a man who has just donated £100-million to Oxford University, making him the biggest private donor in history (bigger even than Sir Thomas Bodley).
As the island gradually reveals its labyrinthine secrets the host, futurist James Martin, explains the choice that now faces us all in this century of transition: to use technology to create the greatest Utopia ever, or to plunge ourselves back into the Dark Ages, maybe even destroying Homo sapiens completely.
At the same time he tells the story of how a shy boy from a poor family in the Midlands has come to be Oxford University’s biggest ever donor and the founder of the extraordinary Oxford Martin School, the aim of which is to “foster innovative thinking, deep scholarship and collaborative activity to address the pressing risks and create new opportunities for the 21st Century”.
Along the way Jim has encountered people as varied as Bertrand Russell, and David Bowie, Bill Gates and Lee Kuan Yew. From prime ministers and presidents to cold war spies and business leaders, he has been called in to advise them all and his books have been read by millions.
“The Change Agent” also reveals the extraordinary secret history of Agar’s Island that he uncovered beneath the rocks and rampant vegetation and tells the story of how he has restored the underground labyrinth to its former glory and turned the entire island into his own eccentric, ecological paradise.
Above all, however, it is a gripping conversation about the man’s ideas, which are the reason so many millions of people read his books and attend his lectures.
BIO: Andrew Crofts has been a full time writer, (fiction and non-fiction), and ghostwriter for 40 years. He is the author of The Freelance Writer’s Handbook and Ghostwriting, (extensively quoted by Robert Harris in his thriller, The Ghost, now a film starring Ewan McGregor), and has published over 80 titles, many of which have been international best sellers and spent many weeks at number one in the Sunday Times lists.
His recent publications include The Overnight Fame of Steffi McBride, the fictional memoir of a young soap star and The Change Agent – How to Create a Wonderful World, a biography of James Martin, the futurologist who recently became Oxford University’s biggest ever private donor with a gift of £100-million for the foundation of the Oxford Martin School to study all the important issues effecting mankind’s future on this planet.