Not to be Forgotton
Cynthia Bryan

Cynthia Bryan – Cynthia Duncan, Cynthia Ashley Cooper – born in 1920, lived a remarkable life that spanned most of the twentieth century. Brought up to be a ‘deb’, she nursed badly burnt airmen in the Second World War, then during a holiday to South Africa, married the Governor General’s son. He became an anti-apartheid activist, whom she unquestioningly and courageously supported – having four children in the process. After his escape from South Africa, they lived in a tiny remote village in the mountains of Lesotho (then Basutoland). After the British Government banned him from Basutoland, she followed him to Algeria with the family, where they spent the last few years of his life. Newly widowed, she returned to England with her four children, and some years later married a Conservative Member of Parliament with three daughters. She created family homes in Yorkshire and London for the seven children and their burgeoning families; supported her husband's political work, including through an active social life; and in her spare time volunteered in a family planning clinic. She died in 2017 aged 97.
Publication date: April 15th 2018
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ISBN: 9-781912-419197
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These vignettes of her life – narrated with wit, enjoyment and self-deprecation – tell of a beautiful woman of adventure, courage and great loyalty; of style, common sense and practicality; and of someone who observed with humour the ups and downs of life. We hear her voice through these pages telling her stories, and are reminded of what an exceptional woman she was -- and what an extraordinary life she led.


Home, I Remember Forever
John Adams

9781912419104 Holy Island, 1963. In the aftermath of a powerful winter storm, a damaged chancel reveals a secret, hidden for over 600 years…a testament to a love between a condemned kitchen maid and the soldier that saved her. In turbulent times, Hugh and Agnes embark on a journey across cities, marshes and oceans, but will they ever be able to return to their Northumberland home?
Published: February 2018
Paperback: 276 pages
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A romantic adventure told over different eras. Hugh, a handsome and reluctant young soldier in the English army, travels north on military duties where he has a chance encounter with Agnes, a kitchen hand maiden at the newly constructed Dunstanburgh Castle. In turbulent times their destinies become entwined and as their journey unfolds before them events will test their very own survival.
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The Fireman
Benjamin Walker

cover 2 A novella, inspired by real events; Ben Walker was a man who seemingly had the world at his feet. A Firefighting Officer at one of the UK’s busiest fire stations, he had just commanded one of the largest live rescues of public from an apartments block fire for generations, and had the enduring love of his faithful Golden Retriever Barney.

Within 18 months, following three life-changing tragedies and encountering an adversary more cunning & dangerous than any fire he’d ever attended, he was homeless, unemployed and penniless. Publicly and professionally disgraced, including doing prison time, on remand, in one of Britain’s toughest jails for a crime of which he has always maintained his innocence.
Publication date: April 15th 2018
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ISBN: 9-781912-419227
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This is the story of how a man, once reviled - now revered, rebuilt his personal & professional reputation to become "in terms of kindness & contribution one of the mos influential Fire Service leaders in the world today" (Chief Bobby Halton- USA), create 3 bestselling textbooks and teach Firefighters globally, And how he found love and learned to trust again by following the “Firefighter's Code” of Bravery, Loyalty, Courage & Compassion.

Featuring scenes set in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Buenos Aires, Chicago, London and little Burton-on-Trent, this story has already been subject to film development offers & described as:
“Any Human Heart meets Cool Hand Luke”
“The most uplifting ‘Rocky’ type story in Firefighting history”

With startling real-life evidence documents appended, this book shows how betrayal, injustice & prejudice can be championed by love, integrity and one man’s refusal to give up, desire to do the right thing, to rebuild his honour, to do his duty as:

- The Fireman
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Ian Flintoff

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An excellent review in the Oxford Times, 18 January 2018 by Christopher Gray of Ian Flintoff’s novel, Gatsby at Trinity, production and distribution by YouCaxton Publications:

‘THE television showing over Christmas of the excellent 2013 film version of Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio (and an even better Tobey Maguire) prompted me to take out a book that had languished some months in my ‘waiting to read’ pile. This was Gatsby at Trinity (Pitchfork Production, £9.99) by the Oxford-based actor, writer and director Ian Flintoff – and what a delight it proved. Impeccably researched and elegantly written, the novel traces the mysterious millionaire’s formative years, after First World War service in the US army, as an undergraduate at Oxford University. His student days are, of course, alluded to in The Great Gatsby, though it is never entirely clear whether they were pure invention. Gatsby certainly convinced the sinister character Meyer Wolfsheim. Who can forget his observation: “He’s an Oggsford man. He went to Oggsford College in England. You know Oggsford College?” The college in fact was Trinity, alma mater to Ian Flintoff too. Tom Buchanan, supercilious about Gatsby’s claim in The Great Gatsby, is shown a photograph of Jay in Trinity Quad – “the man on my left is now the Earl of Doncaster”. We get to meet the aristocrat as Lord Cusworth, one of Gatsby’s college companions, in Gatsby at Trinity. It turns out that it was his expression “old sport” that came to be borrowed by Gatsby. “Where’d you pick that up?” Tom asked him in The Great Gatsby, but answer came there none.

In the prequel we learn from Lord Cusworth that he employs the device as a means of disguising the fact that he has forgotten someone’s name. “Nobody’s offended and the old memory gets a decent break for a change.” Highlights of the novel (and Gatsby’s Oxford social life) include a ball at Blenheim where guests include Bernard Shaw, Noel Coward and Edward Elgar.

Great stuff.’

A Dance for Rupa
Slum Kids Of Calcutta

9781912419128 Rupa (fourteen) is an Indian rubbish picker. She lives in a makeshift shelter and is solely responsible for her sister Amrita (seven). When she sees Shanti (ten), a crippled beggar, being set up by a street gang, she rescues him and takes him home. But Shanti, who plays the xylophone won’t stay without Hamid (eleven) a blind flute player and his busking partner. Suddenly Rupa finds herself in charge of two extra children and a stray dog Amrita has befriended.

A Dance for Rupa:
Achieved the long list in the Sunday Times Children’s’ Fiction Competition

'Told with economy and humour, this story tugs at the heart strings whilst remaining totally unsentimental. One of my highlights.' Chicken House/Sunday Times Review
Published:May 2017
Paperback:110 pages
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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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Shantis Story
Slum Kids of Calcutta

9781912419043 Shanti is a disabled Indian boy. He charms snakes, rides underneath a lorry, joins a group of puppeteers and meets a wonderful friend, Ashiq, but because of a terrible tragedy he loses everything. Hope arises when he hears Hamid, a blind boy, playing a flute and the two boys become a musical duo. Shanti and Hamid have the good fortune to be taken into Rupa’s family and so the story goes …
Published:Dec 2017
Paperback:100 pages
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ISBN:9-781912-419043

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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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The 1926 General Strike in the Black Country
David Taylor

9781911175995 In May 1926 Britain experienced a General Strike that lasted nine days. Why it occurred and what happened have been the subject of very polarised accounts, reflecting the different interpretations of the different groups of people involved as well as the differing viewpoints of the observers. Trade unionists, miners, the T.U.C., the Conservative government, Marxists and Communists, moderates, economists and, of course, historians of all shades of opinion, have all highlighted different aspects of this conflict. Wolverhampton and the Black Country have been little involved in this debate, mainly because the most dramatic events took place elsewhere. However, all the issues of the General Strike were reflected in Wolverhampton and the Black Country and in such a way as to allow all the different opinions of the protagonists to be more clearly discerned.
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The general strike is variably interpretable, because it really did mean different things to different people and this book explores these different points of view within the context of Wolverhampton and the Black Country.
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Lady Clive & Friends

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During the eighteenth century some remarkable young women crossed the ocean to India to seek their fortunes. Margaret Maskelyne who married Clive of India and was sister to Nevill Maskelyne, Astronomer Royal, was one of the cleverest – and funniest. YouCaxton Managing Editor Bob Fowke will be exploring her life and the network of her friends, at Bishop’s Castle Town Hall on Wednesday 21st February at 2.00 pm in a talk that relates to his upcoming book.

‘Women were an essential element within the Company from its earliest days. The gravestones and memorials around Saint Mary’s Church in Fort St George, Chennai/Madras, bear ample testimony; around a quarter of them are of women, several dying early in childbirth. But those tragic deaths tell only part of the story. It took courage, ambition and a spirit of adventure to travel to the far side of the world in search of love and fortune and the young women who undertook that journey were exceptional people, setting out of their own accord, sometimes with only the grudging consent of parents or guardians, and confidently accepting the risks. Many of them traded independently and some were of high intellect …’