A YEAR OF TRIALS FOR E.G. RAWLINGS by Jane McCulloch
It is 2018, and Rawlings is ready to make a fresh start – but his life rarely goes to plan.
Lying in hospital after hopefully his final leg operation, Rawlings reflects that he is now without any responsibilities. His brief affair is over, and his grandson Felix is in Australia. As soon as Rawlings is discharged, he will move into his new London home, the garden flat of his friend Max’s Putney house, and make plans for his future.
Although still suffering from acute PTSD, the year begins well. Rawlings meets Max’s sisters and, to his surprise, enjoys their company. He also makes a rewarding trip to see his long-neglected sister Stella in Scotland. But on his return, things start to go awry.
From their Skype calls, it is obvious Felix is unsettled and unhappy, and Rawlings resolves to get the boy home and save him further distress. At the same time, he finds himself under pressure to write another book about the Sarajevo Siege. This means making a painful visit to the city, which reawakens traumatic memories and the ghost of his lost love Mia. What follows Sarajevo is a visit to Mia’s family in Vermont, which produces disturbing and shocking surprises.
Will Rawlings manage to bring Felix home? Will he write the book? Will he be able to withstand the advances of two unstable and neurotic women? Will Isobel, the only person he relies on, finally lose patience with him?
Rawlings remains the same taciturn, difficult but charming character, but as the year progresses, he changes, becoming far more reflective and soul-searching. He knows something is missing from his life…
Early reviews have been excellent:
This is a great story greatly told. A masterly narrative for a powerful and exciting journey. What a joy to read! Derek Jacobi
A really enjoyable and relaxing read, and I so look forward to the final development. Julian Glover
The second part of the E G Rawlings Trilogy introduces a miscellany of upper middle-class families. As he visits Dundee, Adelaide, Boston and Sarajevo, further problems await the conscientious Rawlings. Timothy West
EG Rawlings. The grandfather I wish I’d had and the one I’d wish to be. So moving, in so many directions. Ian Lavender
It’s an astonishing novel. Five stars. Elite Reviewing Group
THE STRANGE YEAR OF E.G. RAWLINGS by Jane McCulloch
E.G. Rawlings, a noted foreign correspondent forced into retirement after a serious injury in the field, arrives by boat at a vacant mooring on the Thames.
To his surprise, he finds it is owned by an old friend from Afghanistan, Isobel Mallinson, the widow of a British diplomat. On learning that Rawlings is now writing an account of his war experiences, Isobel allows him to use her mooring for the year he needs to finish his memoir.
During the months that follow, Rawlings, suffering from PTSD and in terrible emotional and physical pain, gains solace in the peaceful life of the river and the community he finds there. Although a loner by nature, he becomes particularly close to Marnie, a middle-aged art teacher with a fragile heart who lives near him in the boathouse. He begins to tell Marnie his story, explaining the unexpected events that have resulted in what he calls ‘turning points’ in his life, taking him in surprising and new directions. Little does the jaded reporter realise that another turning point is just around the corner that will not only profoundly affect his life, but also the lives of all those around him.
Kinda Clueless... Still Hustling by Savanna Darnell
Are you twenty something and easing back into normality now that restrictions have been lifted? Then Kinda Clueless, Still Hustling, written by Love Island star, musician and dancer Savanna Darnell, is for you.
“Studies show that more than 92% of people do not reach the goals they've set”, says Savanna. “Are you one of them? Let’s change that today! Daily reflection is one of the key principles of Kinda Clueless, Still Hustling. We will be reflecting every morning and every night, setting intentions for our days, and planning them more clearly so we can feel positive and ready to achieve our best.
So if you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, need some purpose to your day or need to organise your day a little better, then this journal is for you; a self-help journal that will become a part of your morning and evening routine, your new best friend that will not leave your side. Perfect for your goal setting, manifesting and planning, it’s great even if you just want to reflect and journal. Enjoy!!”
Have you ever experienced strange and terrifying dreams? Those that scare you so much that you are too afraid to go to sleep again? Well that was exactly what happened to me. They were so frightening, but not as frightening as what was to come … in real life.
This is the true story of how a nightmare foretold of cancer - and predicted two ends. But would people listen? When a misdiagnosis gave the all-clear Carolann, a nurse, was having none of it. And so began a roller coaster ride of huge highs and desperate lows with a twist at the end.
When Amy Fairchild’s abusive relationship comes crashing down she takes her chance and runs, fleeing to the idyllic Spanish island of Ibiza. Freedom, and a chance to escape the darkness of her past is all she wants.
The last thing Amy expects is to find love. Yet she does, in the muscular arms and dark enchanting eyes of the half-Spanish, half-English, multi-millionaire property investor Roberto Mead. Roberto and Ibiza become her sanctuary. However, she has underestimated her ex-fiancé and soon finds out that he has no intention of letting her go. Can Amy escape her tormentor? As danger looms, can Roberto save her?
“A sizzling romance perfect for a beach read or a lazy afternoon in the garden. Dawn Terry is a fresh new voice in women’s fiction.” Sarah Pinborough, No.1 Sunday Times Bestselling and New York Times Bestselling author.
Andy Connolly is a businessman who is recovering from his divorce, coming to terms with the expense of running two houses, and simply going home after a day at work. However, a car crash on the drive home puts him in contact with a dangerous criminal and the meeting changes his life forever.
Transported into a world of high-level criminals and an overstretched police force, he discovers it’s a world he is ill equipped to handle. His life and those of the people he loves are placed at risk; suddenly, life is filled with danger from which there is no escape. This clash of the criminal underworld and the ordinary person is filled with tension, uncertainty and danger. Who to trust? The police? The senior police officer is a man driven by ambition... and possibly other motives.
The Knot is a story that helps children identify and undo worry knots in their tummies. Beautifully illustrated, the book explains in light-hearted rhyme how worry knots can be dispelled, how even teachers get worry knots and how they cope with them. We can't imagine a single child that won't be able to relate to the theme of The Knot.
This lovely story is written for primary school children and all proceeds from the sale of the book goes to fund THRIVE training in schools.
The Rice Mice is a heartwarming story of a family of mice who secretly share a house with a family of humans. Only Bomber, the black cat, knows they exist … or so they think! Eventually, and quite by mistake, they come face to face with the household’s two children, with hilarious consequences! Beautifully illustrated, The Rice Mice and its adorably illustrated characters will delight children of primary school age.
When 10-year-old author Taylor Louise Rose’s godfather, Kevin, was rushed into intensive care suffering from Coronavirus, nobody thought he would survive. So bad was he that he was encouraged to ring his wife to say goodbye.
Taylor adores her ‘Uncle Moose’ as he’s affectionately known, and when the excellent care and dedication of University Hospital Coventry’s doctors and nurses saved his life, Taylor resolved to thank them. And so she wrote The Rice Mice for the children of key workers (and others) to enjoy and to raise funds for NHS Charities.
There was nothing special about Ed. He wasn’t sporty, wasn’t popular and only stood out from the crowd when the school bully spotted him in the corridor.
Feeling alone and pretty lost, with a terrible ache in his stomach that made his hands sweat and his heart race, Ed had taken just about all he could and he wished for nothing more than to just disappear altogether.
In the entirely extraordinary events that follow, Ed embarks on a life-altering, out of this world experience in which he finds out exactly how different the world could be if he wasn’t in it…
All her life Mae has been surrounded by incredible stories, but she’s never had one of her own. All of that is about to change.
Join Mae on an adventure as she encounters a secret map, two intriguing brothers and a journey which takes her through the mysteries of the past!
(The first of the Mae Nugent series of books)
A simple woodsman finds himself in the midst of a daring, ambitious plot which could alter the course of history. Completely unaware of his part in the unfolding drama and the danger he is in; Amos has only one thing on his mind – to find a way back to his everyday existence four hundred years ago. Stranded by some mysterious alchemy in the twenty-first century, Amos’s fate depends entirely on a motley band of companions with a simple and unique view of the world. These friends innocently set about helping Amos in their own inimitable way without realising their actions are about to disrupt carefully laid plans with disastrous consequences. Folklore and legend invisibly entwine with the here and now to create a heart-warming tale of everyday magic and adventure. ‘The Woodsman’ unlocks hidden worlds around us through the lives of three unlikely heroes who discover that deep in the ancient woods, time can stand still.
When Tony Needham, one of the North Yorkshire Building Society's youngest and most dynamic managers, decides to test his employer's security systems he starts an unlikely chain of events that he thinks he can control. Or can he?
Was a simple bank error the event that set a dark seed in his mind of exploitation? Was it the gullibility of honest people or the laziness of an incompetent lawyer? As the story progresses easily and engagingly from handsome, loving family man to false identity and suspense, A Tangled Web will quietly take you captive. Initially, it might have you rooting for the main protagonist, then maybe you will change your mind as multi-levelled deceit highjacks innocent people, but ultimately A Tangled Web saves the best until last when it delivers a thriller bombshell ending.
Do you become a thief with a single thought or act, or do you slide gently into dishonesty without noticing your feet losing grip on a law-abiding pathway? If only we could recognise when we have reached a fork in the road of life; if only we could know the consequences...
A Tangled Web is a work of crime fiction that will play with your mind long after you have finished reading it.
LAND, LORE LEGACIES AND LIVELIHOODS Further Tales of Axholme - by Robert Fish
Drawing on fables and yarns learned from the author’s youth to today and research of primary sources, the stories in Land, Lore, Legacies and Livelihoods weave a pathway through Axholme’s turbulent past. There are tales of war-time courage and survival; an in-depth history of The Epworth Bells and descriptions of famous and less well-known Islonians. There are accounts of events that went with a crash (and a bang); of the tribulations of staff and pupils alike in the Isle’s Victorian schools, and an acknowledgement of those who through resilience and toil bent the acres of Axholme to their will. Whether you come from a long-established Axholme family or have recently become an ‘Islonian’, this book reinforces what many know already – that the people, the landscape and its passage through time have made the Isle of Axholme one of Britain’s most unique places to live.
MISADVENTURE, MAYHEM, MYTH AND MURDER The Dark Side of Axholme's Past
by Robert E. Fish
Nestling amongst the Isle’s absorbing and captivating history, lurks a time of violence, fear and disaffection – the dark side of Axholme’s past!
For hundreds of years, superstition, legend and custom influenced the lives of those bound to this mysterious and isolated landscape. The cloying mists that rose from Axholme’s fenland countryside spread a malign influence to the very core of its unsophisticated inhabitants. Some of the tales in this book featured in the local press of the day, some were handed down through generations of Axholme families, whereas others are the stuff of legend. Drownings in the River Trent, accidental deaths, mysterious ‘little people,’ poisonings, murder, deranged and disturbed lives – all can be found in the enclosed pages. Folklore and fantasy or the manifestation of a terrible reality? You decide!
This is not a book to just look at. It’s a creative space for you to write, draw and doodle all over. Soon it will be your own little catalogue of everything to do with dance. A space where you can record your ideas, share your thoughts, work on yourself and fill with passion.
Soon it’ll be a handmade map that can guide you back to your happiest self, back to your sweet spot in life. Something that you love… DANCE!
Nominated for the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Award, Next Generation Indie Book Award and American Book Fest’s International Book Award.
When Sullivan Walker’s parents moved their family from a cosmopolitan Minnesota city to a small village in the Arizona desert, Sully decided life couldn’t get any worse.
Added to that, his little sister Beth was the most annoying person on earth and her new friend, an old tribal Grandmother, was weird. He didn’t want anything to do with either of them.
His new home was hot and dusty. There were no other kids to play with, so as he had no friends, he opted to spend the summer exploring the desert instead. And this is when Sully’s adventures began.
His feeling of being followed in the desert was right and eventually he encountered a being beyond his wildest imagination. But what he encountered needed something from him… and only the tribal Grandmother could guide him to find out what it was.
Could he bring himself to approach her? Would she even help him? Sully was about to find out.
Ursu is the true and heart-warming story of one woman’s determination to save a dog from certain death. A dog she has never even met. Unwanted, broken, feral and unapproachable the dog has never known anything but years of terrible brutality and abuse at the hands of humans. It could all go very wrong, but somehow she knows that behind those sad and desperate eyes there is a good, kind and intelligent dog. Can he be saved? Can he ever trust a human? Heart-warming, poignant and touching; if you love dogs there is no doubt that you will love Ursu.
This book is a living history.
It is a firsthand account in verse of a little boy living in Liverpool during the Great Depression, who became a boy taken from his family and evacuated during the Liverpool blitz of World War 2, who became a young man serving overseas in the RAF. A man who married his sweetheart after meeting her just twice, who toiled down the pits for 30 years, who became a poet and fell in love with Scotland. This is the story, in verse of this family man who lost his wife and soul mate far too soon.
Funny, vivid, down to earth, heartfelt, sad, profound and beautiful, these poems pick you up and transport you back to times long since gone; to hardships, love and experiences we can only imagine. Until now. Come back to the war, down the mines, to Scotland with the boy, the young man, the man who experienced them all. This is an absolute treasure of a book that you will cherish and keep forever.
11+ Study Aids by Clare Powell and East Midlands Education Services Ltd
Clare Powell and her team of experienced teachers have been preparing students to sit 11 plus and entrance exams since 2008, with many students securing places at their chosen schools and some achieving scholarships. They know there is no substitute for preparation and this set of workbooks, designed to introduce all the necessary skills needed before children take the exam preparation paper, brings together a strategic approach to learning the 11 plus Verbal Reasoning Skills.
Is your business a cash eating monster, rather than a money-making machine? Are you tired of doing all the work and not getting any reward for it? Do you want to become profitable, right now and forever more? Yes? Then implementing a proven cashflow system that will turn your business around has just become easier.
If you have read the book ‘Profit First’ by Mike Michalowicz, and you want an easy to use planner to help you implement those key principles into your businesses, then this planner is for you. The planner will help you week on week to become more profitable, enabling you to start rewarding yourself and profit from your business’s true value. After all, isn’t that what we work for?
Full Moon Lunarantics; Dark Exploits In The Lake District by John McCarthy
Make your next adventure a nocturnal one.
Packed with inspiring photographs, entertaining stories, strange ideas and expert advice, this book is so much more than your essential guide to exploring The Lake District at night.
Follow the laughter and the learning as John McCarthy and his Lunarantic friends head out on over 80 Howling exploits as they climb, canoe, cycle, swim and eat cheese in and on the Cumbrian lakes, rivers, mountains and sea. Find out why they have done this every Full Moon for the last 8 years…
The book explores the reasons they embark on these monochrome monthly meanderings and aims to inspire you to gather your own clan to explore your local environment under the light of the moon, regardless of where you live.
If you are even vaguely interested in strange goings-on in the dark, this book is aimed at you.
At church in December 2018, I listened to a reading from the Old Testament – Numbers 24:17, an obscure verse about the Star that would come out of Jacob. Behind me, I heard a woman whisper: “I don’t understand!” and no wonder, because nobody outlined its connection to Jesus or the season we were in. That’s what inspired me to write ‘Christmas: God’s Promise Kept’ as an Advent resource. I felt the need to explain, in simple terms, the story of the Old Testament and how it points to Jesus.
For each day, I focus on an Old Testament prophecy and its fulfilment in Jesus’ birth, life, death or resurrection. I deliberately included His death and resurrection because to know the significance of a life, you have to see it as a whole. It can only enhance our celebration of Christmas if we know who we’re celebrating and why.
Definitely not an autobiography, this book is a series of anecdotes covering my working life, which as you can see from the title was almost entirely working for ‘boards’ – namely the National Coal Board, the Gas Board and the Construction Industry Training Board.
I hope this will explain to my family, especially my grandson who is growing up in a world totally different to mine, what life used to be like. I also hope that other readers enjoy the book and realise how quickly the world is changing.
The Cruise Addicts Planner is a Special Edition of the portExplore #1 Amazon Best Selling Cruise Planner – published in conjunction with Becky Hardy of Cruise Addicts Magazine.
Featuring a montage of members’ cruise pictures, and some of their favourite seafaring quotes, the planner is a brilliant place to record all the information and details you need to plan your perfect cruise. It contains a cruise arc planner, comprehensive lists, worksheets, packing suggestions, diary and journal, all helpfully set out to cover the planning and execution of your perfect cruise in five clear sections.
*When, where, how
*Plotting and planning
*Getting ready to go
*On board and ashore
*Time to go home
This special edition planner also contains bonus Puzzles, so get your pencils and braincells ready!
This easy to use planner helps you ‘Addicts’ record all the information you need right at your fingertips, eventually becoming a journal you will keep for many years, both as a handy reference and to remind you of your perfect cruise – an absolute ‘must have’ for Cruise Addicts everywhere!
Thinking about cruising? It's like staying in a wonderful hotel where every morning brings different scenery and the opportunity for a new adventure! Whether you're planning your first ever cruise or you already have the cruising bug, The Confident portExplorer will be an invaluable tool, helping you get the most out of your days ashore.
HOW NOT TO DATE ONLINE (WITH ONLY ONE BOOB) by Jo Turner
Jo Turner might have satisfied a lifelong ambition of writing a book, but in ‘How Not To Date Online With One Boob’, she has chronicled four years of absolute hell in an attempt to do two things:
1. Make people check their boobs properly and catch cancer early.
2. Raise money for Coppafeel, a charity dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer.
Now make no mistake this is not your conventional book, but then again Jo is not your conventional person! She is one gutsy, savvy woman who has faced cancer head on, dealt with clinicians who, at the age of 26, didn’t think she was capable of making decisions for herself, coped with divorce and becoming a single mum all at the same time.
Follow Jo through her first hand account of what dealing with cancer feels like and how she had to learn to love again through the world of online dating apps.
A melting pot of raw humour, insight, emotion, beauty, strength and downright profanity this is not a book to be missed! Jo is giving all profits to Coppafeel and we know her book will make a real difference.
JIM'S WAR The saga of one man's struggle against the Nazi hordes
by J W Pearce
Until my forties all I’d known about Dad’s World War II ‘active service’ was that he’d enjoyed it (‘best days of my life, son,’ he’d always say, to the mock despair of his beloved Winnie, my mother).
As to what dad had actually done in six and a quarter years of army life, between 1939 and 1946... well, Jim had always remained relatively coy about it.
This all changed when dad’s third-born grandson was given a school project that required an interview with a war veteran. For William Pearce ‘granddad’ was the obvious target; and the war veteran opened up to provide a raft of reminiscences.
Now faithfully recorded with word for word accuracy in this, his mainly light-hearted book, ‘Jim’s War’ is a unique account of wartime active service from an ordinary man braver than he would give himself credit for.
Of Amos, 'Erbert & Friends - Flying High with Huddersfield Town
by Andrew Pearce
Of Amos, ‘Erbert and Friends; Flying High with Huddersfield Town is a book in which the author combines the fiction of conversation with historical facts to provide a fan's eye view of a remarkable football club.
It begins with the founding of Huddersfield Town, in 1906, and its brave survival in a rugby league stronghold, despite the dastardly endeavours of Leeds United to close the club down via what was close to being association football's first ever franchise deal.
It describes the club's halcyon years between the two World Wars; twenty years in which the Huddersfield Town were ‘Thrice Champions’ of the Football League, runners up for the title on three occasions, won the FA Cup and appeared in a total of five finals; a period of success galvanised by football’s first ever great manager, Herbert Chapman, and overseen by the club's visionary chairman, Sir Amos Brook Hirst.
The book deals with seven post war decades and analyses a series of milestone moments which contributed to a spectacular fall from grace, before ending on an impressive note as a Terrier like renaissance over the last ten years has seen Huddersfield Town restored to English footballs top flight.
Written from the life and experiences of John McArdle, ‘The Elephant and the Wasp’ takes readers inside the unlikely success of McArdle – a working-class boy who found his calling as a ferocious adversarial lawyer. While well known in the North East, millions in the UK have taken advantage of his proudest achievement – using his own tenacity and entrepreneurship to develop what has now been adopted as courtesy vehicles for motorists, after a non-fault accident. Preferring to act for individuals against some of the country’s largest institutions, John now shares his entire life story in a book critics are calling ‘…a great read from beginning to end’.