The Aqad Sword
Conrad Carew

Published: May 2024
Paperback: 308 pages
Price: £11.99
ISBN: 978-1-915972-43-9
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The Aqad Sword
The History of the Secular State of Isferin 1
by Conrad Carew

Qerem must journey through a violent, ravaged landscape, spurred on by the mesmeric Qadar twins Raden and Daqel, who share his lust for revenge.

Legend has predicted that in the blissful and remote northern forests of Lornilian he will discover how to combine the magic of the past with the science of the future to raise rebellion and defeat the forces of the Secular State of Isferin.

But will his own doubts and addiction thwart his crusade and put an end to everything he holds dear? And will the Bali-flame end up destroying the world he seeks to preserve?

Conrad Carew was born and brought up in Westmorland, England.

He has worked as a teacher, university lecturer, education advisor and Research and Discovery consultant.

He lives in Bristol where he manages an agency in partnership with his son.

The second volume of his trilogy, Lornilian, will be available later in 2024, with the final volume, Valdiron, scheduled for publication in 2025.

Nick Gosman

Published: Feb 2024
Paperback: 318 pages
Price: £13.00
ISBN: 978-1-915972-34-7
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The face of evil has many disguises, the thrilling sequel to AMAZONIA
by Nick Gosman

A primal terror unleashed upon the world.

A malevolent syndicate hiding within the corridors of power.

As Humanity takes the first steps towards its place among the stars, can Brigitte Fassbender and crack Special Forces Marine Matthew Towers subvert plans set in motion by the Master of a diabolical conspiracy to exploit Earth’s resources for the benefit of a tiny elite?

Presidium is a story of universal love and its power to confront evil in all of its forms.

A born adventurer, Nick Gosman started rock climbing as a teenager finding excitement and solace in wild places.
Having travelled the world using most forms of transport, some practical, some ridiculous, he is always on the lookout for a good story.
A tale well told can be an inspiration for us all.

A Set of Lusty Fellows
Maureen Shettle

Published: April 2024
Paperback: 531 pages
Price: £24.00
ISBN: 978-1-915972-23-1
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A Set of Lusty Fellows
London Insurance Company Firemen and Porters 1680-1832
by Maureen Shettle

The product of over thirty years of research, largely based on the extensive but little used original records of the various London insurance companies, this book examines the history of insurance company fire brigades in London during the period from their formation in 1680 until their gradual amalgamation into a single body from 1833.

It concentrates on a subject which has received little previous attention and is thought to be the first work that specifically focuses on the insurance firemen and porters of the period in London.

Detail is provided of the management and operation of the different fire establishments and the working lives of their employees. Many examples are provided of specific incidents and individuals, bringing to light the service that these men rendered to their community, often at great personal risk to themselves, many of them suffering injury or death in the course of their work.

The book should appeal to both general readers, those interested in local and social history, particularly of London, and those with an interest in the history of fire and other emergency services.

The author, who is a retired archivist, comes from a fire service family. One of her earliest memories is of a set of her father’s drawings of insurance firemen which adorned the walls of the family home, and it was these which sparked her interest in fire history at an early age.

She went on to gain a first degree in History, a higher degree in English local history and then qualifications in archive administration and genealogy. Historical research has played an important part in her working life and has been a major interest in her spare time . She has contributed articles to several local history journals and has also given talks on the history of fire protection to local organisations

Birth of the Tiptons
Philip Davidson

Published: April 2024
Paperback: 298 pages
Price: £11.99
ISBN: 978-1-915972-44-6
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Birth of the Tiptons
by Philip Davidson

This first part of the Tipton Saga is a romp through Victorian England with the first generation of the extraordinary Tipton family.

It follows the twin Tipton boys growing up in a Black Country orphanage seeing the industrial revolution taking shape.

However it appears an external force is pulling the strings on the boys. Not one force, but two, and this is because of their highly unusual parentage which they are initially unaware of.

In adulthood one brother joins the East India Company, the other a large industrial ironworks. They have a fallout and a near fatal fight in the half-built Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, but they come together for George's application to the Great Exhibition of 1851. After a brush with royalty it becomes necessary to escape to the new world and lay low for five generations as the enormity of the fantasy and the destiny of their task is revealed.

Starting in 2019 it is encumberment on their descendants, two beautiful women, to secretly begin this task.

The Adventures of Mischievous Mabel
Catherine J. Leeves

Published: April 2024
Paperback: 56 pages
Price: £5.99
ISBN: 978-1-915972-37-8
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The Adventures of Mischievous Mabel
by Catherine J. Leeves

When Mr and Mrs Dartmoor win a new motorhome in a competition, it gives them the opportunity to travel to the Algarve region of Portugal for a road trip holiday with their now grown-up (yet continually mischievous) border terrier Mabel.

Having discovered how much chaos a little puppy can cause at home in the United Kingdom, what mischief might their four-legged family member get up to in a different country?

This is the question Mr and Mrs Dartmoor ask themselves as they take a leap of faith and embark on a further adventure with their little dog.

Beyond English
Anthony Fitzgerald & Beata Holeckova

Published: March 2024
Paperback: 48 pages
Price: £7.00
ISBN: 9781915972392
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Beyond English
The Missing Pieces of Your Bilingual Identity You Won't Learn at School
by Anthony Fitzgerald & Beata Holeckova

Mastering English is complicated. Students from many different countries admit that whilst making great progress with learning the English language, they still do not understand English people completely. The hidden meanings, unwritten rules, nuances and humour really confuse them. If you wish to uncover the missing pieces that traditional education overlooks, this insightful guide will take you on a journey beyond textbooks.

Anthony Fitzgerald and Beata Holeckova offer a unique exploration of English language and culture to make it easier for you to understand the English, enjoy their ways, and communicate with greater depth and proficiency. A must-read for learners eager to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and authentic communication.

Anthony Fitzgerald has been involved with language for a lifetime. He started as an advertising copywriter and continued with his own advertising agency. He worked for Time Magazine with postings all over the world for nearly twenty years and has now become an Executive Coach to help people with their careers and their lives. Anthony has written English commercially for fifty years and has lived in seven different countries, sold in over forty countries and visited at least eighty countries. He’s had to adapt his speaking and writing to suit audiences all over the world.

Beata Holeckova is an educational entrepreneur, an experienced and successful teacher of English as a second language, and a neuro-encoding specialist. Originally from former Czechoslovakia, Beata started taking language classes in English aiming to become fluent. After an eye-opening year in the UK in 1995 she emerged with near fluency and clear that English was her passion. She began her English-teaching career in 2000 and has since worked with groups of multinational students of all abilities, ages and levels of skill. Her mission is to empower non-native English learners, enabling them to master the language, and forge a new, bilingual identity.

Essays on Massage History 1750-1950
Leonard A Goldstone

Published: Feb 2024
Paperback: 288 pages
Price: £15.00
ISBN: 9781915972101
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Essays on Massage History 1750-1950
by Leonard Goldstone

A history of significant masseuses, masseurs and Western massage from around 1,750 CE. up to the middle 1900s, in a series of essays in approximate historical order.

The essays stand, and can be read, independently in any order of interest. The essays on early massage form the background to more ‘modern’ developments, in particular in the late 19th century, which was a golden age of literature about massage and a time when eminent doctors figured large in massage writings in the USA, UK and Europe – their important texts often stand in quite startling contrast with 21st-century practice and their writing and the massage developments they describe have received scant attention in 21st-century texts. They offer a world of opportunity for researchers to re-assess.

The author describes how medical audit evolved in the late twentieth century but was anticipated by doctors and masseurs assessing the effectiveness of massage in the mid-19th century. The essays also cover developments in the early- and middle-twentieth century associated with The First World War and the rehabilitation of injured soldiers, along with the (mainly) masseuses who did this work.

In addition, they discuss some controversial areas such as who created so called ‘Swedish Massage’; who were the first writers on medical audit; who was possibly the foremost authority on massage of the late 19th and early 20th century but whose name has been almost erased from history.

The book concludes with a chapter profiling the work of a man who designated himself as a masseur into the 1960s, long after most, former ‘masseurs’, became ‘physiotherapists’, possibly the last ‘masseur’ in England at the time.

The author qualified in Massage in the early 1990s at the Northern Institute of Massage, then in Blackpool, England, following in his wife Jennifer’s footsteps and enthusiasm, she having been an orthopaedic and later paediatic registered nurse for many years, prior to becoming a full time remedial masseuse.

Another massage qualification followed from the West London School of Massage whilst the author was in full time employment as Professor and Dean at the London South Bank University in the Faculty of Health and Social Care. The author has held full time Faculty positions in the University of Manchester and the Open University, as well as Visiting Professor in the Medical School of Queen’s University Belfast.

The author’s academic interest in massage history grew from the mid 1990s, being in London with its great libraries and pioneer distinguished hospitals, some of which opened their records for searches of the how, why and when massage was initiated. Many guest lectures and seminars on massage history in other universities followed and continue into formal academic retirement, together with research papers in prestigious journals, culminating in this volume.

Reviews of Essays on Massage History 1750-1950

Melvyn Eyres has been involved in massage therapy for over 50 years, both as a practitioner, and in later years as a Board member, and now President, of the LCSP Register. He also sits on the Board of the GCMT (General Council for Massage Therapies) in an advisory capacity.
This well-researched book will enlighten our understanding of massage therapy, its history and how it got to where it is today. A must-read for educators and anyone involved in, or who has an interest in the massage industry. It includes many little known or forgotten facts about massage therapy, charting its rise and acceptance as a valuable medical modality, to its decline and fall into oblivion as a part of orthodox medical practice. Then it explores its partial revival as a therapy, which is now mostly recognised as an alternative therapy. Of particular interest is the documented change in application frequency and techniques from what was originally taught and used in its heyday, to what is widely accepted as massage therapy today.

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment


Fergus The Silent by Michael McCarthy, published by YouCaxton, has won the biennial creative writing prize awarded by the British and Irish Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, the body which represents teachers and scholars of environmental writing and eco-criticism.

The novel imagines the rediscovery of the great auk, the legendary extinct Atlantic seabird, on a remote Scottish island, and the actions of the man who stumbles upon the birds – but who then keeps his discovery secret for seventeen years, with ultimately disastrous consequences.

The great auk formerly bred in Scotland but is believed to have gone extinct in Iceland in 1844.

The book emerged at the head of a very strong shortlist, on which it was the only self-published work.  The result was announced at the ASLE conference in Liverpool on August 30th.

“This is a wonderful novel,” said the chair of the judges, Richard Kerridge, leader of the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

“It combines a passionate and complex and at times disastrously painful love story, with a story about species loss and extinction, of a particularly ingenious and exciting kind.  The plot structure and pace are superb. The joy, fear and greed arising for different characters from this astonishing find are beautifully worked into a moving, dramatic story.”

The author Michael McCarthy is a former Environment Correspondent of The Times and Environment Editor of The Independent, and an established writer on environmental themes. His book The Moth Snowstorm – Nature and Joy was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize in 2015.

However, he was unable to find a publisher for Fergus The Silent and in the end published the book himself. It is his first novel.

“We are particularly delighted to award the prize to a self-published novel,” Kerridge said. “It is surprising that a book of this quality by a distinguished author didn’t find a mainstream or trade publisher.”

“Serious realist fiction that engages with these problems still has to fight for its place.”

“I have a very good agent but he simply could not find anyone to take the book on,” McCarthy said. “He received a whole series of what he termed ‘rave rejections’ – as in, ‘we think this is great but it’s just not quite one for us.’ In the end I got fed up with it just being a file in my computer and published it independently.

“I am honoured that it has received the prize.”

Fergus The Silent is published by YouCaxton Publications, ISBN 978-1-914424-38-0. It is available on Amazon, price £12.99.

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