"I thoroughly enjoyed 'Archie's Way', a heartwarming story about a boy and his Dad on their somewhat unique adventures on the London Underground. It's a delightful read, crammed full of facts that will delight history and tube buffs alike. It's a story about connection, humour, and kindness, but what I loved most is the way it embraces the idea that it's absolutely okay to be different. I can't wait for the next instalment!"
Lynne Laverty, Director of Autism Services at Centre for ADHD and Autism Support.
"There are many wonderful children's stories out there today and 'Archie's Way' is certainly one of them. Not only does it entertain and educate the reader, it also reminds us that kindness is one of children's most innate and noble traits, regardless of how they look or think. With all proceeds going to relevant charities, I cannot recommend this book highly enough."
Lady Suzi Digby OBE
“ ‘Archie’s Way’ is a delightful and poignant read, reminding us that not all children think the same way. Funny, moving and historical, with some entertaining references to West Ham! Highly recommended!”
Baroness Karren Brady.
“I really enjoyed ‘Archie’s Way’: it’s a lovely story about why emotions, history and the Tube matter. Most of all, it’s about how to be kind. I’d recommend it to any family, but especially to those whose lives are touched by autism.”
Richard Ashcroft, Professor of Bioethics, Queen Mary, University of London.
" 'Archie's Way' is a delightful story about a child's relationship with the world, his family, his friends and, of course, himself. His sense of difference from other people is revealed as a source of insght and compassion, in spite of how they may behave towards him. Told with humour and genuine affection for the city of London, as well as the host of other characters we meet, 'Archie's Way' entertains and informs with a light touch. Not only a lovely book but all the proceeds to a charitable cause. I recommend this to everyone."
Clare McCaldin, Founder and Artistic Director, McCaldin Arts.
ARCHIE AND THE ICELANDIC MYSTERY
"Stories, the exercise of the imagination, engaging secrets and the mysteries of human experience – each of these is known to be a source of energy as well as enjoyment, nourishment as well as nurture. Archie, and all those who read about and identify with him, enter the mythic – and we are expanded through that entry. We are all like barometers, continually adjusting to the rise and fall of pressures around us – excitements, fears, anxieties and the overcoming of anxieties. This creative readjusting brings about a healing for adults and children alike and none of us are quite the same as we journey to the mysterious island of Viðey. There is something of Ursula LeGuin and Earthsea in this narrative and its effects are magical. We mature."
Regius Professor of Divinity
"How wonderful that Lewis Owens wrote these 'Archie' books with his 9 year old son, Daniil: what a terrific way to encourage a child's communication, imagination, and confidence within the security of a father-son relationship."
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen
Autism Research Centre
"A remote Icelandic island, an important ancient site, mysterious runes, and Christian symbols help establish the setting for a dramatic encounter in which Archie and his dad seek to foil the evil capitalist Trumpslick from desecrating Icelandic traditions. This is a parable of our times that will instruct and entertain, while celebrating the friendship of parents and children. Children will enjoy it, and adults will enjoy reading over their shoulders."
1640 Professor of Divinity
University of Glasgow
" 'Archie and the Icelandic Mystery' is a wonderful sequel to 'Archie's Way'. I am delighted to support both books, knowing that not only are they a fun and educational read, but that all proceeds are going to autism charities."
Captain, West Ham United Football Club
"The inimitable Archie Balde is back, with his endearingly hopeless Dad, in a story of morality and mystery - a parable for our times with a supernatural Icelandic twist."
Professor Thomas Dixon
Director, Centre for the History of Emotions
Queen Mary, University of London.