Barley’s Biscuit, Ironbridge Gorge
Roy Bradshaw

Barley’s Biscuit, Ironbridge Gorge
A Paddle and the Golden Glow)


Following on from their adventures at Benthall Edge, Pattern’s Rock Quarry, this new adventure finds Barley the clever collie dog, and Basil his collie-dog nephew in the historic World Heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge with their human friend Mick.
They walk through the gorgeous township and also do a bit of sailing in a special boat – and some precarious climbing. The spectacular little town of Ironbridge, also known as ‘the Wharfage’, makes for a fabulous setting, but the real action revolves around the Ironbridge itself.
Published: July 2021
Price: £6.99
Paperback 28 pages
Illustrations: Full colour
ISBN: 9-781914-424182


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There’s a problem with the structure of the Bridge and the dogs spring into action. Barley needs all his ingenuity and Basil needs to be a trusty companion if they’re going to get out of it alive; much is at stake! This is a dangerousadventure and many things can go wrong on a hot summer’s day in the Gorge.
But there’s a really tasty and cool treat in store for them if they succeed…

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.

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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Grimaldi’s Jolly Journey
Philip Alexander Sugg

Published: Sept 2020
Price: £20.00
Hardback 64 pages
Illustrations: Full colour
ISBN: 9-781934-425234


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The fun-loving Prince Regent, now George IV, is bored!
Can Joseph Grimaldi, Britain’s funniest clown, rise to the challenge to make him laugh? And can Henry, the Marquess of Worcester, known to be the speediest of amateur coach drivers, get him from London to Brighton in record time, despite the perils of highwaymen, ghosts, and other misfortunes along the way?

Philip Alexander Sugg is an artist and historian now living in Rottingdean, Brighton.
He spends much of his time creating miniature puppet theatres.

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Amanda Rosenstein Davidson

‘This hilarious story is made even funnier by Philip’s quirky and lively drawings.
A must for all adults who retain a child-like enthusiasm for the bizarre!’

Buddy’s Lonely Day
M. C. Reuben

Published: August 2020>
Price: £8.99
Paperback 32 pages
Illustrations: Full colour
ISBN: 9-81913-425289


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Buddy is a sad and lonely dog and nobody wants to be his friend.

'I am a nice dog ... why can't I make friends'? he thinks.

One day he decides to go on an adventure far from his garden to find some friends. But Buddy has a secret friend who wants to bring a very special gift to Buddy...

Children may feel lonely but there is always a chance they can make some friends. This book shows them that there is always hope and you never know who you will meet along the way.

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Irish Tales from Coolshannagh
Christo Loynska

The Untimely Demise of Friday the Pig
Irish Tales from Coolshannagh


Coolshannagh is an ordinary Irish village situated on the coast halfway between Dublin and Belfast.
The villagers are pretty ordinary too; Father Joe, a clubfooted priest who likes to dance; Duffy the bar owner who runs a great pub; Stochelo a Gypsy bandolier and his mighty son Miquel; Eamonn McGarvey who loved his pet pig; Ludmilla the one handed Ukrainian Headmistress who escaped the anti-Jewish pogroms of 1881; Mary-Ellen the village elder, wise-woman, and nurse in the Crimean War; Vincenti Quilto the Italian Matchmaker and teller of unlikely fables; Father Dan, a guilt ridden whiskey priest decorated for bravery in the First World war and The Diabhal (Devil) also comes calling intent upon mischief.
Published: Feb 2020
Paperback: 260 pages
Price: £9.99
ISBN: 9-781913-425074

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So, just an unremarkable Irish village going about its daily business; hum-drum times punctuated by birth, death, love, not much hate (except the Devil for whom hate is his only purpose).
And every word is true…
at least according to my father who came from Coolshannagh and passed these tales on!
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Debbie Turfrey - Authorised buyer
5 out of 5 stars Beautifully written Irish tale
This is a wonderful book, a whimsical yarn which flows beautifully!
In true Irish story teller style, the author weaves the threads of the story together.
I would highly recommend it to anyone!


Twins
Professor David Waugh

Twins by Professor David Waugh
When Daniel looks at his reflection in a mirror in a shop he notices something unusual – his reflection is not dressed the same as he is!

This book tells of the adventures which Daniel and his double, James, have when they decide to swap lives.

There are twelve stories: one written by David Waugh, and eleven others written by year five and six pupils from Our Lady and St Joseph, Brooms RCVA Primary School. David Waugh is Associate Professor at Durham University School of Education. He has written more than forty text books for primary teachers, as well as six novels for children.
Published:15th June 2019
Paperback:138 pages
Price:£5.00
ISBN:978-1-912419-82-1

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David is Professor of Education at Durham University School of Education. He has extensive teaching experience in schools and universities. Having taught in four schools in East Yorkshire for fourteen years, latterly as a deputy headteacher, he took up a post as lecturer in English for ITT at University of Hull in 1990. He went on to lead the PGCE course, which achieved successive "outstanding" grades from Ofsted in 2004 and 2007, and became Head of Department of the Centre for Educational Studies in 2005. In 2008, he became one of two advisers for primary ITT for the National Strategies, working with universities and school-based training providers throughout England. His role included professional development for tutors and teachers; working with trainee teachers; organising and presenting at conferences; producing e-learning resources; leading projects on literacy, inclusion, and mathematics; and liaising with other agencies, including TDA, UCET and DCSF. In 2013, David was awarded a faculty prize for his outreach work in Primary English, which includes delivering lectures to students in schools, followed by students working one-to-one with pupils putting theory into practice.

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
Price:£5.99
ISBN:9-781911-175575

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By the same Author
9781912419043 9781911175575
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
Price:£5.50
ISBN:9-781912-419043

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By the same Author
9781911175575 9781912419128
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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