Stephen Nearey at the Women’s institute meeting for ‘The Nearly Man’
Stephen was never an avid reader of books, and he is to this day ashamed that until he produced his own manuscripts, he had not read a book in well over thirty years. All the more amazing then, that in his mid-sixties, he has now put pen to paper, or at least key to keyboard, and wishes to tell the intriguing tale of his early life against the background of massive social change, new attitudes to religion and life, and its interpretation of the truths.
Stephen ultimately failed to achieve his main life's ambition yet he now holds his memories of those difficult years with some happiness, much sadness, but also a deep and lasting affection for those who helped to shape him into the person that he is today. Stephen's desire to tell his story was born out of a wish to explain to family, friends and anybody who reads it, about his past life, and the reasons why he followed this unusual lifestyle.
The WI is the largest voluntary women’s organization in the UK. It plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.
This autobiographical work brings Stephen's story to life and its moving narrative comes to a truly emotional conclusion.