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Davina Jolley

Davina Jolley

This enchanting story, the first of a series of six books, takes the reader on a mystical journey into the mysterious, haunting Ancient Forest on the Isle of Rosa.

The animals and humans who live there fear for their lives when a statue of a forgotten child is mistakenly brought to life.

Readers will enjoy the exploits of the many colourful characters as they join forces to discover the truth hidden in old legends and find ways to right a terrible wrong.

Look out for the next novel in this delightful series, Unlikely Allies, also to be published by The Conrad Press.

Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders

Hilary Rouse-Amadi

Hilary Rouse-Amadi is a poet, teacher and academic. The format of this collection of poems reflects the interconnections between these aspects of her creativity. It was the playwright Sir Tom Stoppard who recently commented that our troubled times can overwhelm the writer, because there is simply too much to write about and respond to. On offer on these pages is poetry of ideas, narrative poetry, lyrical poetry, where the personal is also political and located in the wider context that is the public domain. Venture on a journey with the poet that references some thirty-five countries, acknowledging cultural differences but emphasising what we have in common. Local and global need not conflict, when we recognise, along with the late Jo Cox MP, that what we have in common is greater than that which divides us.

Beyond the Samovar

Beyond the Samovar

Janet Hancock

Beyond the Samovar is a gripping, engaging story of escape, love and loss.
In 1919, a young English couple, Livvy and Peter, leave Baku, which the previous year had become the capital of an independent Azerbaijan. While Livvy is reluctant to leave her home, Peter sees no future for Britons in the new country and treats their escape as an adventure. With their baby, they bluff and bribe their way across Bolshevik and White Russian territory to Archangel on the north coast of Russia, hoping to board a British ship. Only two of them ever manage to reach home.

Ada Lovelace: the Countess who Dreamed in Numbers

Ada Lovelace: the Countess who Dreamed in Numbers

Shanee Edwards

Ada Lovelace: the Countess Who Dreamed in Numbers is a carefully researched novel that tells the astonishing story of the real-life young woman who saw the coming of the computer age nearly a century before it occurred. Feisty, rebellious and beautiful, Ada Lovelace, born Ada Byron (1815-1852), was also a genius known for writing the very first computer programs.

The only legitimate daughter of poet Lord Byron, a man exiled from England for his scandalous poetry, wild sexual exploits and gambling debts, Ada inherited her father’s imagination – much to her mother’s horror.

Desperate to keep her daughter respectable, Lady Byron tutored Ada rigorously in mathematics, hoping to quash any creative impulses her daughter might have.

Ada’s life grows more complicated when Lord Byron apparently returns to England. She’s thrilled when her father begins to visit her in secret, but will he help or hurt Ada’s dream of being recognized as a true scientist?

Bay of Dreams

Bay of Dreams

Ned Reardon

Ralph Ashton, a stressed-out engineer on vacation with his wife, Grace, in Northern Italy, believes he has witnessed a young man‘s suicide. When it becomes clear there is absolutely no evidence to support this claim, he decides to investigate the incident himself in secret. His wife and the local police don’t know of his plans to investigate it.
Ralph’s search for the truth takes him to some of the most beautiful mountain villages surrounding Lake Garda. During his investigation, he gradually learns that the death of the unknown man may be connected to his, Ralph’s, own dark past. Riding high on a rollercoaster of regret, self-doubt and paranoia, and haunted by the guilt-stricken years of his youth, he is ultimately confronted by the cause of all his pent-up torment and exasperation.
Bay of Dreams is an intriguing tale about one man’s progressive descent into his own personal hell.

Fairly Jane

Fairly Jane

Kathryn Cowling

This powerful, passionate, highly emotional novel tells the story of Jane Fairly and her struggle to find love and happiness after being adopted as a baby and then coerced into marriage at the age of sixteen.

Smile of the Stowaway

Smile of the Stowaway

Tony Bassett

A married couple, a stranger from far away and a murder that rocks their lives.

Desperate to reach England, a bedraggled immigrant clings precariously beneath a couple’s motor home as they cross the Channel. Once holidaymakers Bob and Anne overcome their shock at his discovery and their initial reservations, they welcome the friendly stranger into their home in defiance of the law.
But their trust is stretched to the limit when the police accuse the smiling twenty-three-year-old of a gruesome murder. Could this man from six thousand miles away be guilty? Or is the real killer still out there?
Former national newspaper journalist Tony Bassett tells how Anne turns detective, battling against a mountain of circumstantial evidence and police bungling to discover the truth.
This gripping first novel concerning a death in a remote Kentish country cottage is packed with mystery, suspense and occasional touches of humour.

Sunny Sands

Sunny Sands

Trevor Twohig

A teenage body washed up on the beach...
A twisted operation conceived by criminal masterminds...
Can one man solve the case?

For Fans of Lee Child and Ian Rankin, comes an absorbing and powerful thriller from a new, gritty, modern voice.
The first book in the Charlie Stone series.

NightMare At Horror High

NightMare At Horror High

Luke Klein

A seriously dysfunctional high school.
A new kid, Elliot MacArthur, in love with the ravishing Isabella Van Sant.
Elliot’s nightmare is just about to start…

This highly original and electrifying story,
from brilliant young writer Luke Klein
is dazzling, disturbing… and ultimately inspiring.

The Passionate Imperialists

The Passionate Imperialists

Rory O’Grady

There is still a great fascination with the British Empire. Opinions vary widely about Great Britain’s imperial past, and about the extraordinary characters who shaped it and were willing to sacrifice everything for it.
This remarkable, engrossing true story tells of two of the British Empire’s most pivotal characters: Sir Frederick Lugard, soldier, explorer, anti-slaver and controversial first Governor-General of Nigeria, and Flora Shaw, the first colonial editor of The Times. The Passionate Imperialists recounts how they met, loved and transformed each other’s lives, and how they fought slavery and through their efforts helped improve the lives of millions of people in Africa.
The story starts in India and moves to Afghanistan, Sudan, across Africa, then travels to Hong Kong and concludes with the founding of Nigeria.

About the Author:
Rory O’Grady has travelled extensively in his career as a chartered civil engineer and has lived both in Nigeria and in Hong Kong during the last thirty years.
He is related by marriage to Sir Frederick Lugard, which enabled him to have privileged access to vital new information to write with new insight on Frederick Lugard and Flora Shaw.
Rory has retired to the county of Kent in the south of England and is carrying out research for his next book, which is set in Ireland and Japan.

Blackberry Bill

Blackberry Bill

Ned Reardon

Blackberry Bill is an enchanting tale about a ten-year-old orphaned boy who bravely sets out alone upon the Kentish marshes in pursuit of a mysterious recluse.
He believes that this eccentric character, a gypsy commonly known as Blackberry Bill, may hold the answers he seeks with regard to his own identity. When the two eventually meet, the boy learns that he is in fact the same person who had saved his life as a baby.
A touching friendship starts to flourish between the unlikely pair as the gypsy starts to teach the boy all about the pots and bottles which he continually excavates and about the delights and dangers present on the marsh, as well as something of his Romany way of life.
Blackberry Bill is a gripping, beautifully written story whose wonderfully-evoked naturalistic descriptions bear comparison with Dickens’s own accounts of the mysteries of the Kentish marshes. This book is unforgettable

About the Author:
Ned Reardon, who is a corporate book-keeper and keen rambler, spends much of his leisure time walking the North Kent marshes in England. He describes himself as an ordinary person who has fallen in love with writing.

The Beast of Bodmin

The Beast of Bodmin

Mark Edmondson

Man or beast? Jo Green is a heroine of the Devon and Cornwall Police.
Thanks to Jo, OCD-plagued chess-player Vladek Boniek is serving thirty years for murdering four women close to Bodmin Moor.
Jo, a police constable at the time, caught him. She’s now a detective. Her new career is accompanied by painful realisations about her personal life, which lead to the most serious emotional conflicts she’s ever had to face.
Meanwhile, on Bodmin Moor, six months after Boniek’s conviction, new killings take place.
Suspicions point to a phantom wild cat.
But is a big cat really the culprit, or is a new Beast of Bodmin on the loose?

About the Author:
Mark Edmondson is a businessman, living and working in Manchester. The Beast of Bodmin is his first novel..

Jack Dawkins

Jack Dawkins

Terry Ward

After Oliver Twist intervenes to save Jack Dawkins - the legendary Artful Dodger - from transportation to Botany Bay, Jack embarks on what proves to be a perilous quest to discover his roots. Before he can say ‘Fagin!’ he’s battling to survive a devastating flood and rescue beautiful black-haired, green-eyed Lysette Godden, the girl of his dreams, from the hands of murderous villains. Jack and Lysette, searching for Jack’s parents, head to France and have an adventure there which tests their mettle and mutual love to the utmost and changes their lives for ever.
Brilliantly and evocatively written, Jack Dawkins is a worthy sequel to Charles Dickens’s immortal masterpiece Oliver Twist.

About the Author

Terry Ward describes himself as being a life-long bibliophile and scribbler who likes nothing better than discovering what’s beyond the next hill. He has won two creative writing awards, is married, has two sons and lives in Rochester, Kent, near Gad’s Hill Place, where Charles Dickens spent the last years of his life.

The Other Days

The Other Days

Gillian Lee

The Other Days is a truly uplifting story of living with cancer.

About the Author

After reading Film and Drama at London University, Gillian Lee trained as a film editor with the BBC, then worked as a drama teacher. She lives in Cheshire with her husband, Christian. They have four children.

In December 2015, Gillian was diagnosed with a stage four, glioblastoma multiforme tumour; incurable, aggressive and deadly with a very short life prognosis. She looked for and she found silver linings. Like the stringing together of separate, precious beads to make a necklace, each part of this book radiates the joy of life.

Beetlebrow the Thief

Beetlebrow the Thief

Ben Parker

Ben Parker’s stunning debut novel, ‘Beetlebrow the Thief’ – as featured on BBC Radio Leeds, Jersey and Kent – is a fast-paced feminist thriller about two teenage girls struggling to survive in the poverty-stricken streets of a male-dominated world; two teenage girls who have no other option but to complete a dangerous mission for their government.

When Beetlebrow and Pook are offered money to deliver a message to a distant city, they jump at the chance. But as they learn more about what their mission entails, they start to question everything they had once thought, and they to find a love they could never have imagined.

In this epic coming-of-age story, two bold and fearless young women begin to find a transcendent new purpose in their lives.

About the Author

Ben Parker was born in Ealing, London in 1983. He studied feminism, gender studies and LGBT+ studies as part of his BA and MA in English Literature from Southampton University.

He lives in Kent.

The Scribe of the Soul

The Scribe of the Soul

Patricia Marsh

My name is Herpyllis. I’m an unremarkable woman, but I’ve known remarkable men and women and lived through extraordinary times in exceptional places...
So begins this story of a life shaped and marked by two men who are still household names: Alexander the Great and Aristotle.

349BC: After the slaughter of her family and destruction of her city by the Macedonians, Herpyllis is taken to their capital, where the Queen becomes her second mother and Alexander her first love. It is a man’s world with new gods, but the women practise the ancient rites of the Great Goddess, held in secrecy and forbidden to men on pain of death.

A Place in the Country

A Place in the Country

Rob Stuart

A tale of passions, mayhem and pagan rites in the idyllic countryside

When yuppies Mitchell and Jocasta Dever move into Yew Tree cottage in the Hampshire village of Itchen Prior they fondly imagine they’ll be starting a new life of bucolic bliss in a rural idyll. In fact, things don’t exactly turn out like that. What they find is a seething pit of incest, sexual jealousy, paganism, exploitation, sharp business practices, feudalism and murder.
A Place in the Country - whose galaxy of characters includes Sherborne St John, the lord of the manor and his scheming wife, Gwendolyn, who keeps her stable hand, Crux Easton, as a sex slave; Jed Smith, exploitative garden centre owner who uses the Bosnian student Jagoda Doboj and her friends as cheap illegal labour, and the deeply dubious Warren family - is a novel that takes a hilarious, jaunty, and also often moving and disturbing look at a rural idyll that is anything but.

The Misper

The Misper

Bea Davenport

‘I knew this girl, you see. A sort of a friend. No one thought she really mattered much, but that turned out to be a mistake. Because she blew a hole through my life – and the lives of everyone I knew.’
Anna’s found the perfect friend in Zoe: she’s cool, she’s smart, she’s goth, she’s gorgeous. If only geeky Kerry would stop hanging around and cramping their style. They’d like to get rid of her. But they should be careful what they wish for...
The Misper by best-selling crime and children’s writer Bea Davenport is a gripping story of obsessive friendships, jealousies, bullying – and the consequences of your actions.

A Walk with Charles Dickens and Other Poems

A Walk with Charles Dickens and Other Poems

Bridget Nolan

This first collection of poems introduces Bridget Nolan’s deeply moving, wonderfully evocative, verbally inventive and highly varied voice. From the title poem ‘A Walk With Charles Dickens’, which makes you feel that Bridget really met him, to her beautiful ode ‘Romney Marsh’, and dozens of poems that stir the emotions first one way, then another, this collection is completely unforgettable. Inspired by Nature, Love and human vulnerability, folly and yearning, Bridget brings her beloved Kent alive for readers everywhere. She also explores the effects of grief following a deeply personal loss.
The poems are accompanied by personal notes, sharing the writer’s thoughts and reasoning behind individual poems.

Lucy Shaw’s Not Sure

Lucy Shaw’s Not Sure

Jo Bavington-Jones

Smart and sexy divorcee Lucy Shaw, Shaw by name but unsure by nature, wants to find something – or someone – to bring her lasting happiness. But she keeps looking in all the wrong places: including the chocolate aisle of her local supermarket, the occasional bottle of vodka and her complex and troubled past, and she finds she loses more than she gains – a husband, her patience, her enormous boobs and her dignity for starters.

Hampered by her tendency always to want what she hasn’t got and an apparent inability to let go of the past, will Lucy ever find her elusive happy-ever-after? This witty, amusing, highly entertaining and fast-paced novel is sure to make you feel Lucy’s dilemma, and warm your heart.

Tuscany - a novel

Tuscany - a novel

Fay Henson

Bribed with 500 euros, seventeen-year-old Caylin agrees to go with her parents on a package holiday to Tuscany. She soon regrets her decision, leaves Mum and Dad behind at the hotel and hitchhikes alone to the city of Siena in search of something more exciting.
But Caylin‘s big adventure in Siena soon gets scary and dangerous when she meets a girl, Lula, who brands her a thief, which leads to Caylin being ostracised by her new best friend, Stefania. Meanwhile, unknown to Caylin, twenty-one-year-old Joe has volunteered to leave the holiday group to search for her and make sure she’s safe, or at least that‘s his story anyway! Caylin makes two dramatic discoveries, one about Joe and the other about Lula. Caylin’s adventure starts to spiral out of control, until love intervenes to give her the chance of a new life.

The Legend of Skara Brae

The Legend of Skara Brae

Lucie Maxwell

The kingdom of Culrain may have outlawed magic, but when Lex‘s best friend, Princess Mera, tells him that they must journey to the fabled Skara Brae to bring back magic, Lex knows it’s his destiny to go. But destiny doesn‘t come easily, and Lex will have to face many trials on his way, including the Brethren of Peace: an organisation devoted to destroying all magic. Could Lex be magic’s last hope?

Heera Watson and the Rise of the Dark King

Heera Watson and the Rise of the Dark King

Kam Verdee

Heera Watson is like any ordinary fifteen-year-old girl... not! Torn between the British way of life and her Indian heritage, she‘s the target of catty comments at school in Birmingham from Laura Foster, the ’It‘ girl at St Claire’s, and her gang. Heera is constantly pressured at school to look and dress in certain ways, but all she has ever wanted is to be herself. Her journey to becoming the person she really wants to be starts when she finds three sacred crystals in a safe at home. This discovery puts thousands of lives in danger, and catapults Heera into a mind-blowing quest through the magical kingdom of Fallowmere. There, forging new friendships with people and creatures she never imagined could exist, Heera bravely confronts deadly challenges to save her loved ones from the devious Dark King, who will stop at nothing to carry out his evil schemes. Heera Watson and the Rise of the Dark King is a wonderfully imaginative tale of courage, friendship, battle and what it means to face your true destiny.

Curtains

Curtains

Jean Helen Ramm

Is losing your virginity just a simple matter, and is dying something we all take for granted? How many levels of crime are there and don’t we all transgress in varying degrees? Is learning all to do with understanding how much we don’t know?
Anna sets off in her youthful enthusiasm to explore beyond her cosmopolitan background, and in the complexity of rural England uncovers some startling truths about herself and the people she cares about.
This lyrically written, powerful novel from an author with a deep understanding of the wellsprings of emotion, will fascinate you, and warm your heart.

Shamila

Shamila

James Walker

Shamila is a Muslim student at Marseille University at a time when the city is under threat from terrorism. Ethnic tensions are rising. Then one day while jogging, she meets a fellow student, Victor. It is the beginning of a friendship that rapidly grows into something more. But Victor is not a Muslim and her family don’t approve. What happens next will plunge them both into danger and change their lives forever. This is a tense, page-turner of a novel and could not be more topical, given current events.

The Crisp Packet

The Crisp Packet

Paul Bress

Mark Jones, a twenty-three-year-old supermarket worker in Herne Bay, doesn’t have a lot going for him. He’s earning the minimum wage, is still living with his parents, and his favourite hobby is PlayStation.
But one evening after work, he eats a packet of crisps on the cliff top and watches the sun go down over the Thames estuary. When he throws the empty packet into a litter bin, a gust of wind suddenly blows the packet away. He has no idea how completely this chance event will change his life.
The Crisp Packet is one of the most original novels you’ll ever read. It tells the story of Mark’s odyssey into life and the accidental mayhem he causes before he finally finds true love with a woman who’s even more unusual than he is. The Crisp Packet is bizarre, funny, disturbing, thought-provoking, and highly entertaining. Meet Mark Jones, a hero of our times!

The Mating Game

The Mating Game

Jovanka Houska & James Essinger

Meet Ivana (‘call me Vanny’) Jones, a sexy, beautiful, warm-hearted professional chess-player. She has a problem: she’s only attracted to guys who can beat her… so what’s she to do when a chess amateur, the Russian billionaire Boris Bogolyubov, proposes marriage?
Not only that, but as Vanny tries to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming a chess grandmaster, she develops a crush on Norwegian sex-god Sven while also falling for a stunning and adoring Frenchwoman.
Meanwhile, Vanny’s hoping a revolutionary new drug treatment will save her best friend Charlotte’s life.
Set in London, Monaco, Budapest, Helsinki, Odessa, New York… and Leicester, this sparkily written, passionate, emotional and entertaining novel will rock your boat… even if you’ve never shouted ‘Checkmate!’

The Dream Messiah

The Dream Messiah

Paul Crampton

Two completely unrelated young Londoners - Hamila Rashid, a black, ex-Somalian refugee living in the UK - and Tony Hammond-Jones, a white, middle-class bishop’s son from rural Hertfordshire - begin having recurring dreams featuring each other. When they finally manage to meet, they slowly realise that they share a destiny that has the potential to change the world forever.

A Loaded Gun

A Loaded Gun

Stuart Hutchinson

Set in the turbulent year 1984, during the Miners’ Strike and under the shadow of IRA terrorism, A Loaded Gun takes place against the background of a Britain torn by conflict, its first woman prime minister being determined to re-shape the nation in her own image, which is closer to the vision of the hero, sports centre director Steve, than that of his lover, English literature lecturer Helena. More than one gun is fired in this energetic, pacy love story and political thriller.

End of Innocence

End of Innocence

K J Hartley

Europe is on the brink of war and a precariously neutral Lisbon is teeming with British, German and Portuguese spies. In this uneasy atmosphere of espionage and political intrigue, Father Michael Harrington, a professor at an ancient college for the education of English clergy, is about to embark on the biggest adventure of his life: a passionate affair with Dona Elisabete, a stunning, free-living outspoken Portugese socialite.
Dona Elisabete challenges him in every way and leads him into increasing conflict with his vocation, and his king and country.

The Barque of Bulleyn

The Barque of Bulleyn

K. C. Isted

The Barque of Bulleyn is a thrilling story of adventure, gun-running, piracy, political intrigue and betrayal, with passion and love along the way. It is based on events that occurred between April and July 1574, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. The novel is primarily about the author’s ancestor, Robert Isted of Hastings: the captain of the Barque of Bulleyn, a ship of war that he had purchased from the Navy Royal.

When he was a boy, K. C. Isted’s father took him to Hastings and told him that the family was descended from pirates and smugglers. K. C. Isted never forgot this. Years later, when researching his family history, he discovered the full story. The Barque of Bulleyn is a result of that research.

Knole Park

Knole Park

Derek Ross

What drives a man to burn down his house - the home he shared with his wife and children? Michael Gaines is that man. Brought to the end of his tether by a seemingly unsympathetic bank, he’s lost his business, his home and, for now, his wife and children after they walk out on him.
Yet everything may not be what it seems. Stuck in prison, and with the help of his career criminal cellmate, Michael slowly starts to understand what has really happened. He’s been deliberately targeted by an envious business rival who not only wants to steal Michael’s business but has also set his eyes on Michael’s beautiful wife, Hannah.
Gaines, his life collapsing around him, resolves to take revenge…

The Baby Auction

The Baby Auction

Peter Taylor-Gooby

Auctioning babies makes sense, at least that’s what Market World thinks. After all the baby goes to someone who can give it a good start in life, and the baby’s parents get a return for their pain and trouble.
But for Ed and Matt, the Baby Auction sums up everything that’s wrong with a society based on profit. Then one day Matt rescues a drowning child and they face the question: can love and compassion overcome the harsh laws of Market World?

Baby

Baby

Marie Campbell

When Michael Stanton goes to work one day and doesn’t come back, everyone – friends, family and the police – thinks his pregnant girlfriend Jill should accept he’s left her. After all, he’s done it before.
But Jill just won’t believe that Michael would walk away from her and their unborn child. Increasingly desperate and alone, she’s determined to find him.
Just where is Michael?
What Jill doesn’t know is that his beautiful ex, Anna, wants him back, and won’t take no for an answer. And it isn’t just him she wants…
In a maze of captivity, sexual tension and dark desire, Michael battles with his feelings. Does he really want his normal life back, or could there be a future with the woman who terrifies, controls and fascinates him?
Baby is a compelling, sexy, disturbing and unforgettable thriller.

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

Michael C. Doyle

Heaven and Hell is a stunningly original, erotic and immensely thought-provoking novel about a Jewish journalist, Michael Cohen, sent by a London news agency to uncover secret plans to rebuild the Temple on Mount Zion, Jerusalem, next to the Mosque on the Dome of the Rock. Tempted by women and fascinated by them following a disturbing childhood experience, Cohen undergoes a spiritual crisis that leads to his conversion to Christianity, accusations of proselytising to the Jews, a spell in a mental hospital and a climactic spiritual salvation.

The Popish Midwife

The Popish Midwife

Annelisa Christensen

In seventeenth-century London, thirteen years after the plague and twelve years after the Great Fire, the restoration of King Charles II has dulled the memory of Cromwell’s puritan rule, yet fear and suspicion are rife. Religious turmoil is rarely far from tipping the scales into hysteria.
Elizabeth Cellier, a bold and outspoken midwife, regularly visits Newgate Prison to distribute alms to victims of religious persecution. There she falls in with the charming Captain Willoughby, a debtor, whom she enlists to gather information about crimes against prisoners, so she might involve herself in petitioning the king in their name.
‘’Tis a plot, Madam, of the direst sort.’ With these whispered words Willoughby draws Elizabeth unwittingly into the infamous Popish Plot and soon not even the fearful warnings of her husband, Pierre, can loosen her bond with it.
This is the extraordinary true story of one woman ahead of her time and her fight against prejudice and injustice.

Mary, Quite Contrary

Mary, Quite Contrary

Mary Essinger

Written with charm and humour, Mary Essinger‘s page-turning memoir takes the reader on a highly entertaining journey from her pre-war life of spirited poverty in a Leicestershire village to a career as a lecturer in Spoken English, novelist and stand-up comedian. With a sharp eye for tragedy and a warm appreciation for joy, Mary recounts her wartime life and subsequent life as a dress designer in the economic boom conditions of the 1950s and falling in love with a German Jewish refugee who clicked his heels when he met her family. It’s all here, in Mary, Quite Contrary.

Janet Hancock

Janet Hancock

Beyond the Samovar is a gripping, engaging story of escape, love and loss.
In 1919, a young English couple, Livvy and Peter, leave Baku, which the previous year had become the capital of an independent Azerbaijan. While Livvy is reluctant to leave her home, Peter sees no future for Britons in the new country and treats their escape as an adventure. With their baby, they bluff and bribe their way across Bolshevik and White Russian territory to Archangel on the north coast of Russia, hoping to board a British ship. Only two of them ever manage to reach home.

Federico Carro

Federico Carro

This remarkable, lyrical, poetic, richly imaginative fantasy novel tells the story of Fredric, a winged human warrior, in his struggles against the Dark Queen, the chief of a dark order that aspires to rule over life on earth. Fredric’s battle against the Dark Queen’s most sinister forces takes place against the background of his bid to save the life of his great love Isabel. The reader is catapulted through the universe on a journey of imagination, adventureand sheer wonder.

Stuart Carey

Stuart Carey

‘Love exacts a price.
The stakes are always high.’

Robbie Stebson is a young man in his twenties, a hopeless romantic; struggling to allow himself to love his own sex. Very nearly married, he falls for Tyrone, a young Irishman. Robbie, an enthusiastic teacher of English, is horrified that some of his pupils are being emotionally abused by a senior teacher. Robbie feels he has to make a stand; thus embroiling himself in a maelstrom of bullying, blackmail and the attempted murder of his lover.

Robbie’s Story tells of his dysfunctional family, friendships and the betrayals he suffers; as well as his promiscuity, trawling gay bars and clubs with a drivenneed. And yet throughout, there is the happy-ever-after dream he believes can never come true.

Jo Bavington-Jones

Jo Bavington-Jones

Will Lucy ever be able to put her own happiness first? Lucy Shaw, sure by name but not by nature, wants to make her marriage work. In her head, that is. Her heart has other ideas as she embarks on a bittersweetjourney to try and find true happiness.

To the outside world, Lucy’s life looks close to perfect: a doting husband, a model son, a lovely home, but it’s all an act and the strain is starting to show as Lucy searches for something that will make her life bearable.

This is a warm, witty and searingly honest novel of life, love and friendship.

David Cramer Smith

David Cramer Smith

Jamie Sinclair is a bipolar ex-chav, an impostor knocking at the door of the middle class.

On a whim he decides to leave his toxic relationship and move back to his parents’ house, to see if his hometown can fix him.

But three questions need to be answered:
Can he be fixed?
Can a place fix someone?
And what does it mean to be fixed?

Bea Green

Bea Green

One phone call, out of the blue, leaves Raoul Morales wistfully remembering his childhood sweetheart, Hannah Anderson.

The two of them grew up together. Raoul looks back fondly at their time together in Mexico and Scotland, recalling significant memories from his early childhood. Memories of Hannah are very deeply imbedded in his psyche and he yearns to renew a relationship with her.

Raoul’s busy working as an interior designer in Mexico City these days. Should he try to reconnect with Hannah once more? Especially now they live so far apart?

This is an exciting and original debut novel by Bea Green, exploring the consequences of having different cultural identities and the difficulties in pursuing relationships when you live far apart from each other.

You will be swept into the colourful world of Raoul’s childhood adventures in Mexico and Scotland, and invited to empathise with him as he makes his peace with the past.

Rodney Pell

Rodney Pell

Nominated for the 2019 prestigious Mountbatten Literary Award

This book tells the story of the 25ton Sheemaun as she sails through eight decades of history, gathering in her wake a unique collection of admirers, including former owners, former crews, and recounts the amazing stories of those brave Royal Navy Volunteer Reservists who served courageously on her during WW2.

Revealed here are tales of bravery and daring, accounts of deadly bombings, of London during the Blitz, of strafing by Hitler’s fighter-bombers and of deadly mines, of depth-charging and U-boat killings, of suicides and death. Stories of espionage, of smuggling. A terrorist attack and memorable chronicles recording grand historic Royal occasions. Stories of cruising in the North and Baltic seas, the English Channel and the Mediterranean, of grand maritime festivals and much else.

This fascinating, deeply engrossing true story takes the reader into the heart and soul of the Sheemaun and of all of those who have loved her. Revealing as it flows through time, insights into the cultures and attitudes prevailing in those long-past years.