Thomas Paine


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.



Freddy’s Flying adventures
Henry G Sampson

Published:Dec 2016
Paperback:30 pages

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Henry G Sampson
Born in 1951, Henry Sampson has been a farmer for most of his life, starting on his Dad’s dairy farm in Staffordshire, where he grew up amongst the animals and learned the skills of farming. Later in life, he acquired his own farm in Cheshire in 1979 with his wife Deidre and they went on to win many awards for the quality of their milk and their prize winning dairy herd.
In recent years, health problems have obliged Henry to sell his prize-winning herd. his emotional creative side became inspired, but he kept his writing a secret from the rest of the family. He had always had a passion for flying and from this passion produced his first book, Freddy’s Flying Adventure. The reveal of Freddy’s Flying Adventure was a great surprise.
Allie Pottinger
Allie is an artist specialising in watercolour paintings depicting her love of nature, cottage gardens, countryside scenes, portraits and her dog. Allie also organizes watercolour workshops and classes. She was born in Cheshire on bonfire night 1965 in the heart of the beautiful rolling countryside which would later become her inspiration for art. Allie graduated with a degree in graphic design, specialising in Illustration. She set up an illustration art-studio in Covent Garden, however, five years later she found herself drawn back to Cheshire.
Allie met Henry through the local commissioning of work for his family but later worked with Henry to bring his text alive through her illustrations.

Reader Reviews...


This is such a magical story with the most beautiful illustrations. My little boy just loves it. An instant classic.


I have just read your dads amazing book to William and Indi. William now wants to go and build his own plane. They loved it.


I bought this book for Christmas for a couple of friend's children. The book is beautifully illustrated and is such a lovely story. It was a perfect gift.


This is a magical story and my Children love me reading it to them over and over again. The illustrations are beautiful.


Shrewsbury Library


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.



Church Times


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.’




Rebecca Weaver’s Wanderlost is now published on Amazon, the engaging account of a young woman travelling for several months’ through Australia and the Far East, and her triumph over fears and various difficult situations.



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History of medieval Weymouth and its evolution as a trading port.
James Crump

9781909644809 Weymouth is usually thought of as a ‘Georgian’ town, but this book shows how much of the physical appearance of the town was determined many years before the arrival of George III himself. It examines the parallel histories of the twin towns of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis from the eleventh century to the end of the sixteenth, charting their rise and subsequent decline. It explains how their early growth was based on the great medieval trades of wool and wine and how growth was influenced by their connections with France which developed particularly in the years of the Angevin Empire. Their later decline was caused by the disruption of these trades and by the ravages of war in the Channel, part of the great conflict with France known as the ‘Hundred Years’ War’. In the midst of this the population was overwhelmed by the catastrophe of the Black Death.
Published:7th July 2015
Paperback:112 pages
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James Crump read modern history at the University of Oxford and taught school students, undergraduates and extramural classes for many years. Before moving to Dorset he has written on social and industrial history subjects mainly in northern contexts. He has been researching Dorset history for many years and is especially interested in the early history of towns.



Button Gwynnett


Button Gwinnett, Failed Merchant, Plantation Owner, Mountebank, Opportunist Politician and Founding Father by Colin Sharp, published by YouCaxton, may have been published at an opportune moment, since moves to restore his tomb and the family vault in the Colonial Park Cemetery in Savannah Georgia have been taking place simultaneously. It is hoped by those who take an interest in his life, that book and tomb together will help to cement Button Gwinnett’s somewhat disreputable place in American history.