It’s nearly Christmas and what better present can you buy other than a book. Here’s a list of books available from group members — and from where you can buy them.
Sussex Tales by Jan Edwards, Penkhull Press. Runs a witty and thought-provoking gamut of village events and of its more curious characters. From fanged ferrets to bulls in lead masks; ancient hand grenades to exploding ginger beer; cricketing dogs to wassailing orchards, Sussex Tales weaves traditional country wines and recipes, folklore and local dialect, into stories of a farming childhood in the vanished world of 1950’s and 60’s rural life. Buy here.
Fables & Fabrications by Jan Edwards Penkhull Press. From the Arctic wastes of Norway to a fun-laden evening at the fair, Jan Edwards leads us through a world where nothing is as it seems. Shape changers and ancient spirits roam, and cats play their inscrutable parts in stories that unsettle and disturb the reader’s perceptions. Fourteen tales of mystery, mirth and the macabre. Buy here.
Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties by Jan Edwards, The Alchemy Press. Fourteen short stories by Jan Edwards, including the BFS award short-listed ‘Otterburn’, plus a previously unpublished tale. “All adeptly told, often with a sense of locale and time neatly placed within the narratives. Buy here.
Rucksack Tales by J M Moore Stories for lovers of the Lake District – particularly Wainwright fans. Some will make you wistful and yearn for the mountains, sending you into soft slumbers with dreams of crags, corries and deep dark lakes. Others will make you chuckle and long for that cup of tea in the funny little café or remind you of the ice cream you had as you watched the steamers drift by. Quirky, fun and sometimes a little naughty, these short stories with accompanying photographs are set in Cumbria with a bonus selection at the back.Buy here.
Picking Up The Pieces by Misha Herwin Penkhull Press. Liz, Bernie and Elsa have been friends since their days at St. Cecelia’s school. Their lives took very different paths but they all have found happiness in their own fashion. Liz is an independent career woman; Bernie a good Catholic mum with four sons and Elsa is supported by her wealthy ex-husband. Then, in the space of a few short weeks, everything they have taken for granted is swept away. Money, jobs and partners are all gone. Buy here.
House of Shadows.by Misha Herwin Penkhull Press Jo Docherty stood and looked at the wedding ring on the black granite worktop. It would be so easy to leave it there and go. Desperate to have a child of her own, haunted by a girl in a blue dress, her only hope of saving her marriage is to go back to the place where it all began. Buy here.
The Larks by Jem Shaw Andy Palmer is a few days shy of his eighteenth birthday when he joins his squadron in Northern France. It is June 1916 and the great slaughter of the Somme approaches. In the desperate humour and visceral fear of the weeks that follow we see the effect of daily madness on ordinary, civilised people. Buy here
It Never Was Worthwhile by Jem Shaw, Penkhull Press. The Great War saw slaughter on an industrial scale. Millions died, countless more had their lives irrevocably blighted by injury, by mental destruction or by the loss of livelihood. Yet precious little was resolved by the greatest conflict the world had yet seen; perhaps its only measurable effect was to make inevitable the still greater atrocity that followed little more than 20 years later. Co written with Malcolm Havard. Buy here
Breed by K T Davies, Fox Spirit Books. After Breed, a Guild Blade of small renown, is chased by a dragon, tricked by a demon, almost killed by a psychopathic gang boss and hunted by a ferocious spider-like arrachid assassin life really takes a turn for the worst. Sentenced to five years bonded servitude to a one-handed priest magician, Breed must find the hammer of the ancient hero known only as the Hammer of the North within a year and a day… or else. Buy here
Red Knight by K T Davies Anachron Press. A thousand years have passed since the Clan Lords and the Fey commanded dragons and raised mighty citadels. The remnants of their ancient power lie dormant and a new conflict threatens the kingdom of Antia. King Daris rules a peaceful and prosperous land, but his conniving brother Jerim covets the throne and civil war looms. But there are worse threats to Antia than mere human greed. Buy here
Loving Son by Ralph Alcock, Paperbooks Publishing. This is a story of the strong bond between mother and son, whose relationship contrasts starkly with that of William and his proud and arrogant father. Jealous of his son’s musical talent, he is equally jealous of his wife’s success. It is against this background that William’s world crumbles when he is charged and convicted of murder. Buy here
Tired Of London by Richard Ayres, Andrews UK. It is the summer of 2007 and six former friends, five men and one woman are attending a reunion in London organised by one of their number who has a special reason for wishing to see them all again. Some of those present have not seen each other for 40 years. But as they wander from pub to pub in central London, they find they are discomforted and at times feel threatened by the modern metropolitan world. Buy here
A Pennine Incident by Richard Ayres, AuthorHouse UK. This is a tense portrayal of a mystery in Martin’s past, and its affect on his life and relationships – chiefly between him and his wife Jennifer, and another couple, Stephen and Jacqui. The main themes explored in this novel are the impact of a single traumatic event on the life of an individual, the fragility of friendship, the effects of aging and changes in personality on relationships, and the impact of class origin and childhood upbringing on later life, all played out in the seeming tranquility of the Yorkshire Dales. Buy here.
The Further Education of Mike Carter by Richard Ayres Mike has been a Further Education College lecturer for 30 years. He has been the leader of the pack, scourge of college management, seducer of students and colleagues. But the new Principal is an assertive young female. Has Mike met his match? Or will she succumb to the charms of an aging roué? Buy here
Something Remains edited by Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate, Alchemy Press. When Joel Lane died unexpectedly in November 2013, the literary world lost a remarkable talent. He left us too early, with so much unfinished as indicated by the copious notes and outlines of stories and poems he had yet to write. In these pages you will find stories inspired by and based on these notes, completed by many of his friends and colleagues – over thirty writers including Tim Lebbon, Steve Rasnic Tem, Alison Littlewood, John Grant, Simon Bestwick, Lynda E. Rucker, John Llewellyn Probert, Gary McMahon, Thana Niveau, Steven Savile and many others. Buy here
Tea & Blood by Tim Diggles Ten witty short stories that follow Doris on her travels, meet a dog hero, an old man with dreams, another with rather murderous tendencies. Read here
HAPPY CHRISTMAS! SEASON’S GREETINGS!