Barley’s Biscuit
Roy Bradshaw

Barley's Biscuit
Brosely, Benthall Edge
(Pattern's Rock Quarry)


Barley is a clever dog who loves a biscuit treat.
He feels that if a treat is earned it always tastes better.
Alongside his nephew Basil, and their human friend Mick, Barley always spots some sort of dangerous situation happening during their walks in and around the beauty spots of Shropshire.
Follow the adventures Barley and Basil go through during their walks, and the interesting facts they pick up along the way about the different areas of outstanding natural or manufactured beauty.
Enjoy the clever way Barley draws a solution and Basil helps to resolve the dangerous situation.
Published: Jan 2021
Price: £5.99
Paperback 28 pages
Illustrations: Full colour
ISBN: 9-781913-425715


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This first book finds Basil accidentally becoming the dangerous situation at Pattern’s Rock Quarry and its steep cliff edge sides. During a rainy and stormy day, Barley has to be clever, sensible and brave to rescue his nephew from a fate too horrible to think about. During the two dog’s adventures, Mick their human friend, never knows what’s going on, but somehow, Barley always gets a biscuit… and so does Basil.

Teaching in primary, secondary and special educational needs schools gave Roy Bradshaw a broad experience in the joys that a good adventure story brings to young minds (and not so young minds). Coupled with a previous career in engineering, the teaching helped to gel a problem-solving mind with fun one. Growing up in the Black Country, then moving close to Ironbridge some thirty years ago has allowed him to discover many of the local beauty spots and to use them as a background for my children’s books.
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A collection of drawings and paintings produced over the last five years
Sam Branton – Three Seasons



Three Seasons by Sam Branton
Three Seasons is a collection of drawings and paintings produced over the last five years based on the same underlying theme but divided into three distinct styles.
The underlying theme is a presentation of animals in unlikely settings or improbable pairings which results in a sometimes surreal and sometimes humerous impression on the viewer. Some of the images include references to animals in classical paintings but an essential feature of my work is to present animals in a playful rather than hostile setting.
The first season, Deluge, is a collection of tranquil monochrome drawings using red pencil. Most of these are drawn to a small scale and they are printed in the book at actual size. The drawings are set in neo-classical landscapes and they never quite tell the entire story, but should instead be considered as a frame or still image from a bigger story to be imagined or created by the viewer.
Published:Jan 2021
Hardback:140 pages
Size:265 x 265 mm
Price:£30.00
ISBN:9-781913-425753

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Season two, Holy Ground, is a collection of small oil paintings, building on the theme of animals in neo-classical landscapes and partial story telling but now introducing an extra element of mystery in some of the paintings by only showing a fragment of an entire painting. This was influenced by seeing remnants of images found in ancient remains in Greece and Italy which create a puzzle for historians to reimagine the complete original picture and the story being depicted.
Season three, Luciferase, builds on the Deluge theme, but now uses black pencil drawings to present the animals in a night-time setting using curious natural light sources to provide illumination. The monochrome images and lighting are sometimes used to create the illusion that the drawings represents a sculpture rather than living animals.
The endpapers in this book are taken from the triptych, Roses Within.

The Golden Thread of God’s Love
Gill Ganie

The Golden Thread of God’s Love
From South Africa to the UK and beyond,
A narrative of an ‘ordinary’ man with an extraordinary God

BORN IN OBSCURITY to a single Hindu woman in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1958 during the apartheid era, Omar was a charming, humorous individual. This poignant biography describes how he was relocated to the UK and through many challenges developed resilience and strength of character.

It tells how he experienced God’s presence from a young age and became a Christian as a teenager and how, from that, all else followed.
Omar’s unswerving faith in Jesus led him to believe with Him no problem is insurmountable. In later life, Omar returned to South Africa to retrace his roots and discover the truth about his origins – discoveries which caused him to re-evaluate his life and thank God again for his faithfulness throughout.

Published: Dec 2020
Paperback: 140 pages
Price: £5.99
ISBN: 9-781913-425180
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All profits will go to The Sozo Foundation – based in the impoverished Cape Flats community of Vrygrond, Cape Town, South Africa (www.thesozofoundation.org.za)

Gill Ganie is a part-time Health Visitor and has a degree in Public Health Nursing. She does not profess to be a professional writer but has, however, undertaken a writing course at City Lit College in London which at the very least spurred her on to write her first book. Gill has enjoyed being part of this story together with other members of the growing Ganie family. She is mother of three grown up children and has five grandchildren..

Stop Smoking with the Symonds Method
Dr Gabriel Symonds

This book sets out to reproduce in written form what takes place in Dr Symonds’s face-to-face quit-smoking sessions that have proved so successful with hundreds of smokers; it is the distillation of his twenty years of experience.

The Symonds Method is based on helping smokers to demonstrate to themselves why they really smoke and why quitting seems so hard. Once these are understood, smokers will find there should be no difficulty in refraining from something they don’t want to do anymore.

Unlike other quit-smoking books, the unique Symonds Method is simple and quick to learn. No nicotine products (including e-cigarettes), drugs, hypnosis, scare-tactics, or gimmicks are used.
Published:July 2018
Paperback:88 pages
Price:£9.99
ISBN:9-781912-419555


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Further —
* Do not choose a ‘quit date’ - this is setting yourself up for failure
* Do not worry about smoking ‘triggers’ - just carry on with your life (except for smoking)
* Forget ‘cravings’ - whatever these are
* For less than the cost of two weeks’ worth of nicotine patches, this e-book will show you how to get that Nicotine Monkey off your back for good.
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A series of still life photographs using a technique known as Painting With Light.
Paul Knight



Entanglement
Paul Knight

My first passion as a teenager was photographing the parks of central London at dusk when most people had left for the day.
I then discovered the Lake District through a friend and together we toured the Lakes with our 5x4 and medium format cameras; this quickly became the course I would follow.
After living in Windermere over a period of two years I found my new direction in the Ancient sites of this country, and Egypt as well as producing pictures for album and book covers. However, when I was asked to submit some images to illustrate an album of Schumann’s Dichterliebe, I read the poems from Lyrisches Intermezzo and I realised that landscapes were not going to represent how I felt about the piece.
Published:December 2020
Hardback:110 pages
Size:265 x 265 mm
Price:£25.00
ISBN:9-781913-425319

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I decided to move away from landscape photography and instead create a collection that captured the essence of nature and the spirit of mystery. This requires control of every element within the image, creating new dynamics and relationships of the usually familiar.
This series of still life photographs use a technique known as Painting With Light.
It involves long camera exposures and a moving light source to create a soft painterly quality which is reminiscent of the paintings from the Dutch Golden Age of Art and can be seen in still life studies, landscapes and portraiture of that period.

A photographic document showing the conditions in the Moria refugee camp in Greece
Mark Slater

Refugees of Moria
Mark Slater

In September 2020, a fire ripped through the Moria refugee camp.
Twelve Thousand people had no choice but to sleep on the side of the roads around what was left of the camp.
This book documents the conditions of the people who lived in this overcrowded, unhygienic and inhumane European refugee camp in the 21st century.
Europe has not seen scenes like this since the end of WW2 and the war in the Balkans during the 1980s.
The refugees need our collective support and humanity.
Published:December 2020
Hardback:102 pages
Size:229 x 178 mm
Price:£20.00
ISBN:9-781913-425593

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Come on You Rams!
Nigel Jepson

Come on You Rams!
The Story of Ramsbottom United Football Club


What makes Ramsbottom United unique as a football club? Well, for one thing, which other club could boast of having a character like Harry Williams at its helm for the whole of its 54 years of existence to date? Starting out as manager at the age of 22 in the year Ramsbottom United was founded in 1966 – the same year England won the World Cup – Harry continued in that role until becoming chairman in the 1980s, remaining in this latter post right up to the present day. Still as young-looking as ever! While charting the history of the club as a whole, this book features the extraordinary role played by Harry, who has succeeded in doing everything within his forward-looking (and famously thrifty!) powers to launch the club on its way to becoming a giant within the folk-lore of the semi-pro circuit. Not for nothing has Harry been dubbed ‘Mr Ramsbottom United’. Even so, this story is crowded with many other colourful characters who have followed in Harry’s pioneering foot-steps.
Published: Dec 2020
Paperback: 216 pages
Price: £11.99
ISBN: 9-781913-425654

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For example, the fiery managerial duo of Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson, later to be featured in the TV programme ‘Class of 92’, cut their teeth at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium. In essence, this book provides a heady cocktail of tales and testimonies, triumphs and tragedies, on and off the pitch, told through a vast number of eye-witness accounts across the years – managers, players, fans and all those working tirelessly behind the scenes to make the club what it is to-day. Above all else, this is a story about a club always punching above its weight. A story which contains a wealth of interest to anyone curious to learn more about football played at this distinctive level of ‘the great national game’.

Nigel Jepson lives in Ramsbottom and is a keen supporter of Ramsbottom United. He moved to the area in the mid-90s after taking up post as Head Teacher at nearby Haslingden High School. His last UK head’s post was at Kearsley Academy in Bolton from 2010 to 2014. ‘Retired’, he has carried out interim work abroad in the meantime, serving as Principal in Dubai during 2016 and carrying out a teacher training programme in schools in New Delhi in 2018.
Keen throughout his life on team sports, he has also taken to the challenge of marathon-running starting with London (1982) and moving through to New York (2001). Over 2017 to 2019, he has run four more marathons in Dubai, Belfast, Manchester and Liverpool.

Nigel’s writing has to date concentrated on novels, with four publications:

‘The Inspector and the Superhead’ (2000)
‘Cut and Run’ (2006)
‘In a League of His Own’ (2011)
‘Speed is of the Essence’ (2015)

Having studied for a History degree at Cambridge University back in the day, it is ironic that this work marks his baptism in the sphere of history-writing!

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Eleanor Harriet Loxley

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
Post-War France: Two Familes, Two Secrets, One Tragedy


In 1950, when newly-married Nancy is taken to France by her husband Tom, they find themselves living next door to Monsieur and Madame Aubin, whom Tom knew during the War. Nancy is disconcerted to discover that the Aubins know far more about her new husband than Nancy does. She is homesick for England and after the birth of her first child the Aubins have to come to her aid. Tragedy stalks both families. Deep emotional scars inflicted during the war distort the two families’ responses to misfortune and loss - throughout their lives.
There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel when Nancy’s second daughter, Rosemary, sets out to unravel the mysteries surrounding her parents and the mysterious Aubins. Nothing is certain and the result is unpredictable.
Published: Dec 2020
Paperback: 260 pages
Price: £9.99
ISBN: 9-781913-425524

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Eleanor appeared in Essex, trained as a nurse in Surrey, read Psychology at Bedford College at London University and became a Clinical Psychologist in Birmingham. At some point she acquired a PhD in English Literature. She works part time, writes part time and gardens with gusto. She lives in Shropshire with several Siamese cats. She does not live with her partner because he has the house next door.