Poor Puss – A Social History of English Cats
Marilyn Crowther

At the turn of the 19th century, in support of the first animal welfare campaigners, cats told their own stories through a series of best-selling children’s books. They moused in high places but pay was often poor, as revealed by Florence Nightingale in her memo complaining of the meagre rations for cats in the War Office. Many cats worked at home in London - where rats were a scourge – and enjoyed the luxury of a daily fast food service: a slice of horse flesh on a skewer delivered through the letterbox by the Cats-meat man. On the steam railway network, cats had power: the safety of the travelling public was largely dependent on the hunting skills of the signal box ratters. Crowds flocked to the first cat show held at the Crystal Palace in 1871, when aristocrats and royalty obsessed over their competitive hobby of breeding longhairs.
Published:April 2019
Paperback:166 pages
Size:250 x 250 mm
Price:£18.50
ISBN:9-781912-419579

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A spoilt Persian puss scratched the hand of the Prince of Wales and even more spoilt ladies chased the terrified exhibition organizer round the hall for something he had forgotten to do. The National Cat Club was founded along with the first stud book as a guide for ‘points of excellence.’ Technical advances in colour printing raised the profile of cats; their image was everywhere, on greetings cards, valentines, picture post-cards, sheet music and advertisements that sold every kind of product imaginable. Poor Puss is the story of cats as they bravely clawed their way up the social ladder - out of persecution and superstition - to gain their rightful place as cherished family pets today. With impressive research, over three hundred archival pictures and entertaining anecdotal detail, meaty as a plump mouse. You may never view your cat in the same way again!
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Jilly Cooper
Marvellous historical background and all the glorious illustrations

Dear Marilyn, A million congratulations on your wonderful book Poor Puss. A Social History of English Cats, the marvellous historical background and all the glorious illustrations make it the perfect present for any cat lover. Truly well done, Love, Jilly Cooper.


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The Goddess
Viv Martin

The Goddess is about a series of monotypes and paintings that I made from and about the Goddess, a copy of a tiny prehistoric figure.
In many ways I should say ‘with’ her, because she kept surprising and challenging me like an imp on my shoulder, questioning and commenting as each image developed.
As an artist, this experience was thrilling. The series began with a sketch I made of a small ‘Venus’ figure. This image was at the heart of my work for most of a year, during which I made 36 monotype paintings on paper and four larger oil paintings on canvas.
Published:September 2018
Hardback:94 pages
Size:210 x 170 mm
Price:£10.00
ISBN:9-781912-419562

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This book tells the story of the development of my relationship with the image of this tiny Goddess and the development of the series. There is information at the back of the book about the monotype ‘printmaking to painting’ techniques used to make these multimedia works.
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Story Telling Revisited
Alan Kestner


Alan Kestner produces paintings which are very detailed and superficially naive but which have sinister undertones.
They tell stories which are open to interpretation. This book has been produced to accompany his exhibition at the North Wall Gallery in Oxford.
Published:September 2018
Paperback:56 pages
Size:210 x 210 mm
Price:£10.00
ISBN:9-781912-419296

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A collection of personal poetry illustrated by John Tordoff
Reinhard Tenberg

9781912419050
Poetry soup recipe

Slice half a pound of words into
six abstruse metaphors
and lay in large pan of figurative speech;
pour rhythm stock over the broth
and heat up gently,
but don’t hyperbole
cook on low heat until all the
ingredients make your heart leap up
like a rainbow in the sky.

Published: 1st Jan 2018
Paperback: 64 pages
Price: £10.00
ISBN: 9-781912-419050

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For me, poetry is a form of meaningful conversation in shorthand. If there are a handful of poems and artwork in this collection that speak to you or touch you, we shall be pleased to have found some common ground. Some of the poems have been set to music or have been recorded and can be freely accessed on my website via the poetry tab.
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All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

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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9f1f8e59-107d-4faf-83b1-645a88e6fa2e._CR0,1.0,331,331_UX460_ Caroline Gilfillan
5 out of 5 stars Beautiful combination of poems and illustrations


What a beautiful book! I love the combination of poems and illustrations, and the whole thing is immaculately produced. I enjoyed the mix of humour, observation and reflection: the poems are so varied. I had to smile at 'Senior Citizen's Prayer'. Other poems were touching: 'Through the looking glass' and 'Bones in a box', for example. The illustrations are colourful, stylish, witty. All in all a wonderful book, with proceeds of sale going to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), a most deserving cause. Do buy it.

Glyndebourne Paintings 2011-2016
Julian Sutherland Beatson

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Based in Sussex, Julian paints the landscape, coastline and urban areas in a style often described as 'contemporary realism'. He studied illustration and printmaking at the Eastbourne College of Art for 4 years (under the tuition of printmaker Robert Tavener) before embarking on a career in graphic design and illustration. Since 2004, when he had 2 paintings purchased by the House of Lords to complement an existing collection of period travel paintings, he has been painting and exhibiting in the UK and throughout Europe. He has been accepted 3 times to exhibit work in the Royal Academy Summer exhibition. In 2009 Julian worked on a project entitled ‘Sussex 365, A Year in the Life’ which comprised 365 Sussex paintings. He was invited to show this work during the 2010 Glyndebourne Tour and then returned the following year, creating a a painting every day throughout the Glyndebourne season which were then exhibited in the Stalls Gallery . He has returned each summer since then, continuing the ‘daily painting’ tradition and this book features a number of his favourite paintings made during that time.
Published: Jan 2016
Paperback: 124pages
Price: £12.50
ISBN: 978-1-911175-03-2

Julian says “The opportunity to work at Glyndebourne over recent years has been both a pleasure and a privilege. There is always change and development to observe as preparations for the Festival season gather pace, both in the rehearsal rooms, backstage areas and in the grounds. I love to see the new plantings each spring and to feel the buzz of anticipation as the first performances draw near. This is mirrored by the burgeoning of the natural environment as the weeks pass, culminating in splendid maturity towards the end of August as the triumphant final performances conclude the season in Glyndebourne’s magnificent auditorium. The opportunity to experience the rhythms of this iconic place and to be welcomed into the life of such a creative and highly esteemed cultural institution has made producing these paintings a joyful and fulfilling experience. This book contains some of my favourite paintings made here between 2011 and 2016. I hope you enjoy the collection”.

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Deluge Drawings
Sam Branton

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Deluge is a collection of miniature drawings which imagine the bizarre, comical and confused moments that could happen during the aftermath of a great downpour. Newly paired and mystified inhabitants are set against idyllic, pastoral landscapes – a whale hangs from a tree, waiting for his weight to break the branch; elsewhere, a horse, awkwardly struggles to escape from an inflated pufferfish; savage peacocks are tearing apart an octopus; and a baby elephant struggles to carry a beached whale back to the water.
Published:21st March 2015
Hardback:48 pages
Price:£20.00
ISBN:9-781909-644625

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Sam Branton, attended Norwich Art School and has exhibited in London, Stockholm and Los Angeles.

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Published:June 2015
Paperback:48 pages
Price:£7.50
ISBN:9-781909-644755

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Secrets of the Seasons
Leigh Cripps

9781911175049 Leigh Cripps is a self-taught artist who grew up in Tring, a small market town in Hertfordshire, which is nestled at the foot of the Chiltern Hills and surrounded by farmland and open countryside. He now lives with his wife and daughter in Langford Budville, a small village tucked away deep in the Somerset countryside.
Inspired by the wildlife and landscape that has always surrounded his home, Leigh began painting at the age of eighteen. His observations and understanding of nature have created a profound belief that we are all deeply connected to the land and the changing seasons.
Published:31st January 2016
Hardback:54 pages
Price:£17.99
ISBN:9-781911-175049

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Through simple poetry and beautifully illustrated oil paintings, Leigh invites the reader to take a seasonal journey through the British countryside. His observations of the wildlife, colours and sounds of the landscape will bring you closer to Mother Nature and reawaken an appreciation of the countryside and the food and shelter that it provides. Uplifting, thought provoking, joyful and sometimes sad, the poetry will connect with all readers and will appeal to any countryside enthusiast.




Second Shot at Life
Dominic Kavanagh

front cover A double lung transplant during the summer of 2014 was the inspiration for this book which brings together some of my most treasured memories in a collection of wildlife and landscape photography intended to capture the essence of what makes life so precious. As my own life neared expiry due to respiratory failure following 47 years of damage caused by cystic fibrosis, I returned to painting to reflect on what I would miss most and to celebrate subjects and scenes which are great for the soul and which reminded me of what we all have around us that we should be grateful for. After a successful transplant, my painting continues and my photography resumed. Beavering away from my man cave nestled at the end of my garden in rural north Shropshire, surrounded by woodland and its evocative sights, sounds and smells, I have been inspired by the natural world to give something back, in the shape of this fundraising book, for the gift of organ donation so selflessly offered to me.
Published:15th Aug 2015
Hardback:160 pages
Price:£25.00
ISBN:9-781909-644847

This book and prints can be bought from Dom Kavanagh's website... domkavanaghphotography.co.uk


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Purchasing this book will support the magnificent work of the specialist NHS adult cystic fibrosis team at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Lung & Transplant team (Birmingham).