05/10/17

The Spirit of Ganesh
Slum kids of Calcutta

9781911175575 Many children have a very hard life in India. They sort through rubbish heaps, work in factories and beg on the streets. This is a story, the first of three, that tells of the lives of Rupa and her little sister Amrita. It tells of the hardships they endure, the adventures they have and the many people they meet. Lonely rich girl Aisha lives in the big house. Rupa and Aisha become friends and defeat the horrible Mr. Biswas. Danva, the dog, saves Amrita and becomes her best friend. Shanti and Hamid appear at the end of the book ready to continue the ‘Slum Kids’ story in Book 2. The ‘Spirit of Ganesh’ is a mixture of fun, drama, sadness and love, all watched over by the benevolent smile of the Elephant God.
Published:May 2017
Paperback:110 pages
Price:£5.99
ISBN:9-781911-175575


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After teaching small children, for many years, I retired and now have six grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren. My early retirement was spent backpacking around India. On returning to England I had many photos but no intention of writing a children’s story. However, Shanti, who we met at a bus station, kept emerging in my memories of the street children in India. Because of this, I became obsessed with the thought that I had to write a story about four of the children, who lived and smiled in the face of horrendous misfortune. The spirit of Garnesh is the first of a trilogy. The other two being A Dance for Rupa and Shanti. I wanted a child with a physical handicap to be central to a story. Shanti and his special friend Ashiq are real children and as such were a special inspiration to me.
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05/9/17

A distinguished mathematician is sent to Northampton to solve a murder
Peter Hall

9781911175568 It is the middle of the nineteenth century. Brothers William and Robert Crossley both seek refuge from the severe discipline of their father in their very different dreams. William wishes to stay in their hometown of Northampton and follow his uncle as the town’s best watch and clock maker. Robert longs to get away and become famous. William defies his father and refuses to take the Cambridge entrance examination. Robert finds a tutor in the Vicar of Upstone, who not only prepares him for the examination, but also leads him in the creation of a seminal mathematical theorem. Robert finds fame and fortune through the work. But Robert’s authorship of the theorem is questioned. The President of the Royal Society sends Edward Pennington, a distinguished mathematician, and Doctor Clara Cox, to investigate. They uncover secrets that not only change themselves, but also have unforeseen consequences for the whole Crossley family.
Published:May 2017
Paperback:378 pages
Price:£12.50
ISBN:9-781911-175568


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04/11/17

Barnes, London

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The London launch of Seagull Hotel by Kirstine Richards, published by YouCaxton, is being held on Saturday 6 May 2017 at 18 Rectory Road, Barnes, London, starting at 4.00 pm. Kirstine’s daughter will give an introduction and there will be a reading.

 

02/7/17

Arts Festival

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YouCaxton Editor, Bob Fowke, will be talking about  the prophet Elijah and biblical history at Bishop’s Castle Town Hall, 2.00pm, Wednesday 22nd February.  His talk is titled Elijah and the Theft of God and looks at Canaanite religion in relation to ancient Israelite religion. He starts with Elijah, a prophet of the cult of Yahweh from the ninth century BC. Elijah’s chosen name meant ‘Yahweh is El’, although El was the senior god of the ancient Canaanites and father of their favourite god, Baal. Since Elijah caused the death of 450 of the priests of Baal, Bob asks, among other things, what Baal’s father would have had to say about it and why Elijah chose it as a name.

02/1/17

Scouse Gothic 3
Ian McKinney

CS Cover.indd This is the third book in the Scouse Gothic series by Ian McKinney.

Life can be difficult – even when you’re dead.
Lathom lies awake. His nights are plagued by nightmares and his days by hallucinations and cravings for blood. Worse still he’s stone cold sober all the time - immortality has its drawbacks. Melville has decided to put his past behind him and live for the future - unfortunately his past has other ideas. Peter is worried that his research might create human vampires - and also that he may already know one. Frank ponders how to make an omelette without breaking your favourite egg. And Sheryl wonders if it’s unnatural for vampires to live together. Perhaps, love isn’t all you need – perhaps all you need is blood.

Other books in the series...
Scouse Gothic 1 - The Pool of Life... and Death
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Scouse Gothic 2 - Blood Brothers... and Sisters
Published:1st Jan 2017
Paperback:224 pages
Price:£9.99
ISBN:9-781911-175445

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01/10/17

Thomas Paine

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Today is the anniversary of the publication of Common Sense by Thomas Paine, printed in Pennsylvania anonymously on 10 January 1776. It was written in clear, every-day language to persuade the colonists in what was to be the United States of America to seek independence. War with Britain had already broken out but the Americans were not yet interested in severing ties with the Mother Country. As Paine wrote later, in 1778 ‘Their attachment to Britain was obstinate, and it was, at that time, a kind of treason to speak against it. Their ideas of grievance operated without resentment, and their single object was reconciliation.’  He perhaps exagerated. Almost 100,000 copies were sold in the the first year.

 

11/30/16

Shrewsbury Library

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The Seagull Hotel by Kirstine Richards, published by YouCaxton, is to be launched at Shrewsbury Library, 10.30 Saturday 10th December. This delightful true story describes how Kirstine and her German friend Gerdy, both recently widowed in Word War II and with young children, started a hotel in Exmouth in 1945. All welcome.

 

11/23/16

Church Times

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New Llanthony Abbey by Hugh Allen, published by YouCaxton, has received an excellent review in the Church Times:

‘In the midst of the burgeoning religious fervour of 19th-century Britain, the tragic-comic figure of Joseph Leycester Lyne [Fr Ignatius] must surely represent the epitome of … the “virtuoso religion” of some of its more enthusiastic and eccentric characters.  As such, a book like Hugh Allen’s has been lacking for a long time…..

The whole work is forensically researched, meticulously referenced, and fluently written – a winning combination that makes it as enjoyable as it is useful – and the footnotes are often as interesting and informative as the main body of the text.

Lyne was either a faithful thwarted prophet or a volatile pious lunatic.  Perhaps he was a heady combination of both; but Allen leaves that judgement to the reader, and does so in a masterly fashion.  This book has been well worth the wait.’