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.

 

03/28/17

Funny Quotes about Marriage
Aubrey Malone

9781911175537
For brides-to-be, bridesmaids, brides
and ex-brides, this book is for you.

Marriage begins when you sink in his arms and ends with your arms in his sink.
It begins with a knight in shining armour kissing a princess and ends with a bald fat man sitting across the table from a dishwasher.
Put another way, marriage has three rings attached to it: engagement ring, wedding ring, suffering.
If you’re thinking of going up the aisle anytime soon, this rib-tickling collection of quotes will make you think again. From the dangers of pre-nups to the horrors of stag (and hen) parties to the dating scene to the perils of s-e-x to the Big Day itself, this is a must-have book for the marriage-shy among you to have by your side.
Just to remind you that it’s not all happyeveraftering when Mr Right – or Mr Always in the Right – slips the wedding band around the fourth finger of your left hand and swears undying troth.

Published:1st April 2017
Paperback:138 pages
Price:£6.99
ISBN:9-781911-175537

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Sample, these bite-sized chunks of wit and wisdom from the Walking Wounded, those turbulent souls who’ve ventured through the tunnel of love and lived to tell the tale. You may never want to meet a member of the opposite gender afterwards but at least you’ll have fun getting put off the hairy so-and-soes - or not.

Aubrey Malone has written a number of humour books - despite being married.
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03/28/17

Memoirs of a diplomat and teacher
Selby Martin

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Selby Martin was born into a middle-class family in Broadstairs. His father, owner of a successful building company, married a widow who had asked him to build a house for her and they went on to have three children, Selby being the youngest. At the outbreak of war, the family moved to a shooting lodge at Rannoch in Scotland and Selby went to Wellesley House, a Broadstairs preparatory school which had been evacuated there. A chance incident led him to study German and, on gaining a scholarship to Marlborough, he specialised in modem languages. After National Service in the RAF he went to Cambridge University where he became interested in Scandinavia, in particular Finland.

Published:1st April 2017
Paperback:324 pages
Price:£10
ISBN:9-781911-175315


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Selby joined the Foreign Office after unsuccessfully applying to join MI6. His postings included Moscow as Private Secretary to the Ambassador and La Paz as Commercial Secretary. After marriage on home-posting in London, he was sent to Rawalpindi but left early on transfer to Sofia. He and his wife Rachel then decided to leave the Diplomatic Service and after a PGCE course at Leeds University he was appointed to Shrewsbury School where he taught for twenty-four years, as well as campaigning on environmental issues.
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Sir Derek Thomas (Foreign Office)

Reading this book has convinced me that few chose a route as challenging, as fulfilling or as rewarding for others as Selby Martin, and we owe him a considerable debt for being willing to share the whole story with us.

03/13/17

The story of a married couple entangled in a life of secrets
Reinhard Tenberg

9781909644984
What are we all looking for? The illusion of a South Pacific paradise? Love, happiness, understanding – distraction from the fact that we are getting older, reliving forgotten dreams … Who knows?

What provokes Ruth to go off the rails after 25 years of apparent family harmony? Can she keep her affair secret? Can her husband, Tom, deal with her taking some time out from their marriage?
When he seeks solace from a female friend, can the couple overcome the marriage crisis that ensues?
Published:1st Nov 2015
Paperback:286 pages
Price:£7.99
ISBN:9-781909-644984

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Reinhard studied English Literature, Linguistics and Politics and taught at the universities of Bristol, Palmerston North (NZ), Middlesex and Cambridge before joining the Foreign & Commonwealth Office where he spent the latter half of his career. Reinhard writes full-time now. He also writes short stories and poetry and has now embarked on his second novel. He continues to live in Cambridge.
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Caroline Gilfillan - Poet and Creative Writing tutor at the Open University

This is an unusual, subtle book. I strongly recommend it.

Taking Time Out is a compelling novel that takes a long, hard look at a couple whose marriage is in crisis. Ruth and Tom have been married for twenty-five years, and have it all: good jobs, a comfortable lifestyle, and two healthy children almost fledged from the nest. But there are seismic shifts beneath the shiny surface. Sharp, clever Ruth misses the passion that was present in their early years. Tom, working for a government department on matters he can't discuss with Ruth, longs for a more creative element to his life and embarks on a novel. But just before they're due to return to the South Pacific island paradise where they spent their honeymoon, Ruth vanishes. What will Tom do without her acerbic presence? Suzanne, a friend and editor, is everything Ruth is not, and Tom is tempted by her warm, sensual presence. The reader knows that Ruth plans to return, but will her marriage to Tom survive? The book slowly unravels the answers to these and other questions, in fresh, vivid prose that draws the reader into the lives of these characters.


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My Parents’ Darkroom - Developing the Past


When his mother moves into a care home, Jonas, an expatriate German history teacher, inherits an old cigar box containing relics from his childhood. However, on closer inspection, it also contains more sinister items. Will the page torn out of his mother’s 1944 diary and his father’s undeveloped negatives and his old cine film of 1938 reveal any clues about his parents’ role in the Nazi party? And where is the rest of the diary? Who has hidden it all these years and why? Jonas finds himself at the start of a journey which will lead him to discover some unsettling secrets. Should he have opened Pandora’s box?



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
and
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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01/19/17

Impact of natural factors on vegetation dynamics
Open University

9781911175353 Long-term monitoring of vegetation on Zalidovskie Luga meadow situated alongside the Ugra river in Kaluga Oblast, Russia, has been carried out from 1965 to 2012. Since 1997 the meadow has been part of the “Ugra” National Park, which was assigned the status of a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 2002. During the forty-eight years of monitoring, annual surveys on permanent plots were combined with surveys of haystack locations and adjacent control plots, with detailed observations of populations of particular plant species. A large amount of data has been collated allowing the impact of environmental factors to be assessed.
Published:Jan 2017
Paperback:204 pages
Price:£15.00
ISBN:9781911175353




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Over the observation period, agricultural management altered more than once, ranging from single hay cut, hay cut followed by aftermath grazing, double hay cut, extensive grazing, and no management at all in recent years. The data illustrate the reaction of plant communities to these changes. The appendix contains data from 504 relevés recorded on twenty-two permanent observation plots over forty-eight years.

This book will be of interest of vegetation ecologists, conservationists and anyone involved in the management of European floodplain meadows.


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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.