Nature of Wollaton Hall
Oliver Smith

This book shows how Wollaton Hall and Park is a key part of our natural heritage, and a leading contributor to natural history education in the Nottingham area and beyond. Nottingham Natural History Museum, housed within the Hall, allows visitors to identify and explore many aspects of the natural world, whilst the surrounding park affords sightings of some of the living creatures that call it home
Once you have visited the museum and viewed the diverse collections of preserved specimens, you can test your newly-acquired knowledge while walking around the park. Exploring the park you should see the deer and other wildlife active by day, although the museum is probably the best place to view examples of some of the park’s more shy, nocturnal or otherwise elusive wildlife, such as stoats, foxes and moles. After a visit to the museum, you might be surprised at what wildlife you can identify in the future.
Published:December 2020
Hardback:102 pages
Size:229 x 178 mm
Price:£20.00
ISBN:9-781913-425593

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I have always been passionate about wildlife, having spent my early years as a child growing up within a game reserve in Kenya where my father worked, surrounded by lions, elephants, black rhinos and many more of Africa’s iconic species. Returning to live in Cambridgeshire with my family, I Studied Animal Management at college and Marine Biology at Hull University, with the aim of embarking on a career involved in wildlife photography. This lead me to undertake a Master’s Degree in Biological Photography and Imaging at Nottingham University.


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Ghost
James S M Parker

Published: July 2022
Paperback: 295 pages
Price: £9.99
ISBN: 9-781914-424649
Available on Amazon

Ghost
by James S M Parker

After losing everything, it was in absolute nothingness where he found himself.
At the end of all he held close, at the end of all he held dear, at the end of all he held tight;
that end now holds him.
And he became death. And he became vengeance. And he became ghost.
A twisted tale of revenge spanning decades, spanning genres and even spanning writing styles,
James Parker’s 15th book is finally released after 3 years in its creation

When is it right to lock an Englishman in a cupboard?

There were once two Englishmen of middling years. The one was wise and patient. He was good at his job and well-liked by almost everyone. Softly spoken, he kept his own council and never got irritated by anything. The other Englishman had the red wings of a dragon and a serpent’s tail and spouted prophecies of doom or argued dogmatically with everyone whenever he got the chance, and when not otherwise occupied he plotted sneaky deeds of revenge for imagined slights. He was also slightly plump and had an aversion to sheep and to climbing hills. Nobody liked this other Englishman. Small wonder – in addition to the prophecies and plots, he was conceited beyond endurance and his prophesies never came true anyway.

The two Englishmen shared a house and at last, one rainy March day, the well-balanced Englishman locked the bad Englishman in a cupboard under the stairs because he could take no more. He left him there for fifteen years, during which time the well-balanced Englishman got married and climbed the career ladder – and tried to ignore his fellow countryman who remained locked in the cupboard.

During his incarceration, the bad Englishman observed the well-balanced Englishman through a keyhole. He watched as the well-balanced one went about his life, never ruffled, always on an even keel. The bad Englishman watched as the well-balanced one acquired a lovely wife and entertaining friends and saw how he managed all the difficulties that life throws up. The bad Englishman’s wings were cramped and he needed exercise and he didn’t like what he saw but gradually, over the years, things got better. He observed that the well-balanced Englishman’s smile was getting tighter and that his life, although superficially almost perfect, was shrinking to a set of duties and habits and that his wife had lost the springy step which had formerly made her so alluring. But then, inexplicably, the bad Englishman was seized by a sense of pity for his captor, a sort of dragonish Stockholm Syndrome. With no distractions to divert him from it, the pity grew into an over-powering emotion until he could bear it no longer. One day, in a sudden passion, he forced the lock on the cupboard, slamming it open. He spread his dragon wings in the rather cramped hallway and twitched his long serpent tail.

‘It’s me,’ he shouted. ‘I’m out!’

The well-balanced Englishman came running from the kitchen where he had been eating his muesli and thinking about the work he had to do that day. He was feeling tired and a little run down.

‘I’m here to save you,’ said the bad Englishman with a smirk, which was the closest he could get to a genuine smile. ‘Fly away with me to some tropical island – my dragon wings are strong enough for two. We’ll drink fermented coconut milk and try it on with the local girls.’

The well-balanced Englishman glanced to where his shoes were neatly placed by the front door, ready for him to leave for work. Meanwhile in the kitchen his wife had put down her coffee and she joined him in the hallway. The well-balanced Englishman came to a sudden decision and smiled back at the bad Englishman.

‘At last,’ he said. ‘It’s been fifteen years and Jessica has been getting worried. She’s been enquiring after you, haven’t you, dear? “What’s he doing in there?” you keep saying.’

Jessica his wife nodded.

The bad Englishman stopped twitching his tail. He was a little non-plussed.

‘The local girls were just a thought,’ he said.

‘Of course we’ll fly away with you,’ said the well-balanced Englishman, ‘and in case you hadn’t noticed, Jessica’s sister is in the cupboard opposite. Well, you couldn’t have noticed unless you can see through doors. She wears a fiery crown and fishnet stockings. She’ll come too. We’ll make a foursome.’

And with that the well-balanced Englishman stepped forward and embraced the bad one and before Jessica’s astonished eyes the two of them seemed to fuse together so that she could no longer tell which one was which. Was it her well-balanced husband but with dragon’s wings who emerged or was it the bad Englishman but with a pleasant smile? Either way, it was a bit of a relief although she couldn’t think why.

She opened the cupboard door in the opposite wall.

‘You can come out now,’ she said and out stepped a tall, imposing woman with a fiery crown on her head, a very short skirt, fishnet stockings and far too much make-up.

‘Are those dragon’s wings?’ asked the tall woman, looking across at the combined Englishmen.

‘I think so.’

‘You’d better steel yourself for some cognitive dissonance, junior.’

‘And why would that be?’ Jessica remembered why she locked her sister in a cupboard in the first place.

‘He’s Welsh.’

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The Safari Games
Julie Churchley

Published: July 2022
Paperback: 36 pages
Price: £5.99
ISBN: 9-781914-424601
Available on Amazon

The Safari Games
by Julie Churchley

The animals are raring to go and ready to compete in their very own sporting contest.
Who will be racing on the track?
Who will be jumping from the diving board?
Who might make it onto the podium?
Join the spectacle that is The Safari Games. Have fun.
Meet the competitors, some with four legs, some with horns, some on wheels or a blade, some with wings.
At the end of the day, they all come away with so much more than a medal.
Julie started putting pen to paper following a career in nursing.
In addition to personally experiencing the joy of books, having worked within child development, she appreciates the many benefits they bring, including speech and language, imagination and also bonding between the child with their parent/carer when sharing storytime.
Julie has a real-life love of animals and currently 'lodges' with a cat and a rabbit.
(The frogs remain outside in the pond.)
She loves to travel, is a keen crafter and loves a night out at the theatre.
She hopes there will be more adventures for Zeus and his friends to follow.


Ramsbottom Cricket Club launch

175 Not Out! by Nigel Jepson was launched at Ramsbottom Cricket Club on Sunday May 29th 2022.

The  Club was founded in 1845 and few other cricket grounds have the same iconic atmosphere as ‘Acre Bottom’ with its splendid green-and-cream striped pavilion, built back in 1904. Within its hallowed portals, the Club’s own Long Room, where the launch was held, is much like the one at Lords’. The book draws on the club’s archive base with its fascinating range of memorabilia.

The launch was very successful and attracted a good number of local cricket enthusiasts. Over 100 copies of the book were sold on launch day and many more have been sold subsequently.

175 Not Out! follows Come on You Rams, also by Nigel Jepson, published by YouCaxton Publications in Dec 2020, which tells the story of Ramsbottom Football Club.

Bluebell Girl Showreel

Cabaret artiste, Can-Can dancer, singer and magician’s assistant Jane Hoggar published her memoir Bluebell Girl last year. It is an account of her life in entertainment and YouCaxton Publications are proud to have been the publisher. The book is a wonderful roller-coaster of a ride, her proudest moment being performing at the Lido de Paris on the Champs Élysées for Miss Bluebell. However, it was not all easy and in her show/talk she does not gloss over the difficulties.

Unlike most authors, Jane can sing and dance as well as write and she uses her talents to wonderful effect in her one-woman show/talk. You can see snatches of it in her showreel.

Dorchester Book Launch

The Joy of Knowing Pete by Hazel Morgan, published by YouCaxton Publications, an account of the life of her disabled son, was launched in the New Library at Culford School, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on Sunday 26 June. The launch  was attended by forty-three guests, many of whom had known Pete, as he spent his teenage years in Suffolk. She gave a presentation with readings about the book, promoting many reminiscences about his life.

 

At a second launch in the Hendover cafe Dorchester,  thirty-six friends joined her to celebrate her memoir. Hazel  had a question and answer session with Paul, the vice chair of People First Dorset about her book including some readings. This was followed by a lively discussion.

 

Just before the launch she was interviewed on local  radio, KeeP 106, about her book and the event. You can find a recording on keep106.com.