Jan 232013

Beyond Belief – The Real Life of Daniel Defoe Beyond Belief – The Real Life of Daniel Defoe

Free on Kindle 23-27 January

John Martin is an Anglo-Irish writer who has investigated the mysterious and secret life of Daniel Defoe, the father of the English novel, whose books “Robinson Crusoe”, “Moll Flanders”, and “Roxana” have sold in vast numbers throughout the world for nearly three hundred years.

He reveals for the first time the real life of a highly talented religious dissenter whose sometimes outwardly pious and holier than thou demeanour disguised another, different existence in the shadows.

His complex life as journalist, government spy and secret ‘Governor General’ of the press, was paralleled by great personal confusion. A gay man, he was ‘married’ many times, with children by several women; he was always in debt; thirteen times arrested; Pilloried; and twice bankrupted. This book demonstrates that his secret life was stranger than those of the pirates, courtesans, pimps and murderers who crowd his pages.

 January 23, 2013  No Responses »
Oct 242012

 Remembering Judith – A true story of shattered childhoods

Free on Kindle 24-28th October


This hauntingly moving tale of a daughter s devotion to her anorexic mother tugs at the heartstrings and plays on the mind for long after you’ ve finished it. –Prima Magazine

Elegantly written, atmospheric, nostalgic and full of trapped emotion. One of those books that manages to be both harrowing & elegant. –PHIL RICKMAN, BBC RADIO WALES

Product Description

This hauntingly moving tale of a daughter’s devotion to her anorexic mother tugs at the heartstrings and plays on the mind for long after you’ve finished it. – Prima Magazine

A true story of shattered childhoods…

Following her escape from Nazi Germany and the loss of her family Judith searches for unconditional love and acceptance. In a bleak boarding house she meets her future husband – another Jewish refugee who cares for her when she is ill.Tragically she associates illness with love and a pattern is set. Judith’s behaviour eventually spiral into anorexia – a disease little known or understood in 1950’s Britain.

While she starves herself, Judith forces Ruth, her daughter, to eat. She makes elaborate meals and watches her consume them. She gives her a pint of custard before bed each night. As the disease progresses roles are reversed. Ruth must care for her mother and loses any hope of a normal childhood. The generation gap is tragically bridged by loss and extreme self-loathing, in this moving true story of a family’s fight to survive.

 October 24, 2012  No Responses »
Aug 022012

 No Hands To Hold and No Legs To Dance On – A Thalidomide Survivor’s Story

Free on Kindle 2nd – 6th August

Loving and living – a Thalidomide survivor’s story, a triumph of the human spirit over adversity by Louise Medus.

While the battle for the compensation of Thalidomide victims was raging in the 1970s, former Labour MP Jack Ashley asked in a parliamentary debate how Louise, then 11 years old, could look forward to “laughing and loving with no hand to hold and no legs to dance on”. This is a survivor’s story, a triumph of the human spirit over adversity.

Louise was born Louise Mason, a victim of the devastating drug Thalidomide. Born without arms and legs, she is the daughter of David Mason, who single-handedly held out against the drug company, the legal establishment and all the other parents of Thalidomide victims in the high-profile fight for proper compensation for the victims. As she was photographed with her family and appeared on television meeting celebrities during the battle, few people realised that she did not live with her wealthy parents and three siblings at their spacious North London home but was being brought up in an institution, Chailey Heritage in Sussex. In fact, Louise had never gone home from hospital and, for the first five weeks of her life, her mother didn’t even see her.

This is a survivor’s story, a triumph of the human spirit over adversity. Louise married John, a partially sighted man, and had two beautiful children. She was devastated when she discovered that he was having an affair with their carer. She also had to undergo a kidney transplant, the first Thalidomide victim to do so. She has worked, been an active disability rights campaigner and has now found new love, with Darren, a fellow Thalidomide victim who was born without arms.

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Jul 292012

 How to Draw Cartoons – this book will help the complete novice turn out professional looking cartoons in minutes

5 star Amazon review:  Take Your Doodles to the Next Level! July 24, 2012 By Aravis Tarkheena

This is a super-simple, entertaining guide to making your doodles cartoon-strip quality. Presented in the format of a cartoon, each page contains a simple step/tip with tons of examples and humorous interjections from the characters on the page. The guide starts you off drawing circles, then noses, then eyes, and so on. It’s so easy even a very small child could pick it up and learn. My only problem with the book is the hangtime between pushing the page flip button and actually getting to the next page. This is because each page contains drawings which takes a bit more loading time than just text. But each page is worth the wait.

Fun, simple and entertaining – this book will help the complete novice turn out professional looking cartoons in minutes. Suitable for all age groups.

Internationally renowned cartoonist, Brian Platt, gives tips on creating cartoons starting with a simple circle you’ll soon be creating great characters and professional looking cartoons.


 July 29, 2012  No Responses »
Jul 292012

 The Dark Threads

A vivid memoir of one young woman’s psychiatric treatment in the Sixties which raises questions, that are still relevant today.

Teenage life in the swinging sixties, hanging out in coffee bars talking fashion and pop music, who could wish for more? But in August 1968, growing pains started to kick hard for 18-year-old office worker Jean Davison and adolescent idealism quickly turns to angst and emptiness.

With her home life in chaos, Jean turns to a psychiatrist hoping for a sensible adult to talk to. That’s where her problems really begin: a week’s voluntary psychiatric rest is the start of one long nightmare of drugs, electric shock treatment and abuse which turn her into a zombie.

Losing five years of her young life to the mental health system, Jean finally finds the courage to say “no” to drugs and turns her life around, finds love and returns to the mental health service as a worker.

Balancing quotes from case number 10826, her actual case notes which reveal a diagnosis of chronic schizophrenia, with her own account of interviews with doctors, this memoir raises disturbing questions on the treatment of psychiatric patients, which are still relevant today

Jean Davison, was born in 1950 into a working class family in Yorkshire She left school at 15 to work in a factory. After leaving the psychiatric system she returned to education to study for GCEs. She has worked as a secretary for the NSPCC and within the health service. In 1979 she met Ian who she later married. She later graduated from university with a first-class degree in literature and psychology. Still living in Yorkshire with Ian, she now works in mental health. The Dark Threads is her first book.

 July 29, 2012  No Responses »
Dec 182011

Teasing the DevilThere is a hint of the wicked about Julian d’Alveda, a darkness that fascinates pretty student Chloe Anthony. Keen to learn more about his scandalous activities, she joins him at Candle Street Hall in Norfolk, a house with a reputation darker still. Once there, she quickly finds herself drawn in like a moth to a flame, first as his lover, and then rather more as the full scope of his strange obsessions and desires becomes clear.



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 December 18, 2011  No Responses »
Dec 172011

Telling talesAn erotic novel by best-selling author Charlotte Stein

Allie has held a brightly burning torch for Wade since college. They were part of a writing group together, and everything about those days with him, Cameron and Kitty fills her with longing. All of her old and most decadent fantasies are coming back to her as though they never left, and when their former Professor leaves them his rambling mansion in his will, it’s a chance for them all to reunite.

But there’s more than friendship bubbling beneath the surface. As secrets are revealed and relationships rekindled, the stories get dirtier and the stakes get higher. And now Allie’s realized that she isn’t quite sure who she wants…fun-loving Wade, or quiet, restrained Cameron.

Neither of them have been honest with her about their feelings. And now all four have the chance to act on the tales that ignite their most primal desires.

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 December 17, 2011  No Responses »
Nov 142011

The stories your history teachers forgot to tell you

A fascinating collection of stories from Welsh history collected from Phil Carradice’s popular BBC Wales blog, gathered together for the first time in a book.

Among the incredible stories are…

  • The man from Clydach who invented a Death Ray
  • The Welsh aristocrat whose parrot once bit Herman Goering on the nose
  • The witch who cursed the launch of a warship at Pembroke Dockyard
  • The battle that was won by a herd of cows

These stories are part and parcel of Welsh heritage and make history interesting.

Snapshots of Welsh Historywithout the boring bits covers a wide range of Welsh history topics. Written in Phil’s unique easy-to-read yet elegant style, these stories are funny, tragic, sad and hilarious. Yet the one thing they all have in common is that they make compelling reading.

Author Information

Phil Carradice is a novelist, poet and historian. He has written over 40 books. His most recent novel The Black Chair tells the story of Welsh poet Hedd Wyn. He is currently working on a history of the Royal Flying Corps in WW1. He broadcasts regularly on TV and radio and, as well as writing a weekly blog, presents the BBC Radio Programme The Past Master.

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 November 14, 2011  No Responses »
Nov 112011

The extraordinary life of Britain’s 100-year-old teenager. Hayley Okines is like no other 13-year-old schoolgirl.

Born with the rare genetic condition progeria, she ages eight times faster than the average person. In medical terms her body is like that of a 100-year-old woman. Yet she faces her condition with immense courage and a refreshing lack of self-pity.

In Old Before My Time, Hayley reflects on her unusual life. Share Hayley’s excitement as she travels the world meeting her pop heroes Kylie, Girls Aloud and Justin Bieber and her sadness as she loses her best friend to the disease at the age of 11.

Now as she passes the age of 13 – the average life expectancy for a child with progeria  – Hayley and her mum Kerry talk frankly about her hopes for the future and her pioneering drug trials in America which could unlock the secrets of ageing for everyone…

Hayley just lights up a room. She’s so full of happiness.’ Lorraine Kelly 

‘Hayley is special in so many ways.’ Girls Aloud

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 November 11, 2011  No Responses »
Nov 082011

Do yearn to give it all up and enjoy a simpler life on a narrow boat?  In her debut memoir Narrow Margins Marie Browne saved her family from financial ruin by moving her long-suffering husband three children and a dog on to a houseboat called Happy Go Lucky in search of a less stressful, alternative way of life.

Now in Narrow Minds the family find themselves sucked back into normality, they’re pretty much back where they started, horrible house, no boat and the kids are beginning to threaten mutiny.

Facing perky postmen, ice skating cows, psychotic villagers and outraged rodents, they’re running out of time, their financial situation is getting desperate and there’s every chance life has conspired against them to make sure they never get back afloat. Until they find the answer to their dreams lies with Minerva, a narrow boat even more run-down than the first. This hilarious follow-up shows the lengths to which a desperate woman will go just to restore her preferred lifestyle.

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 November 8, 2011  No Responses »