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The Navigator by Steve Dyster
The Navigator is a truly wonderful selection of fictional short stories which revolve around the extremely colourful character Job Carter. These ten tales recollect the bustling life on the West Midlands canal system, as well as the extremely adventurous life of Job Carter: whether these tales are true or merely a figment of Job's imagination we will never truly know, but it is nice to think that some, if not all of these dramatic events happened to Job, and even if they didn't they are certainly a fun read.
Steve spent many happy years as a high school teacher before leaving the profession to concentrate on his online cycling magazine: www.sevendaycyclist.com, whilst also writing an array of articles for magazines, as well as contemplating writing a few more books.
Crack Scam by Tony Stowell £7.99 or Kindle £1.93
This is a fast-paced action thriller set in an authentic background in which ordinary people become unwillingly caught up in the harsh and merciless world of illegal drug dealing.
A journey of menace, anxiety and ingenuity - with a touch of humour and romance - as two entangled young people struggle to outwit an underworld of organised crime.
The Voices of Crabtree Lane by Spencer Ratcliff Kindle version £3.29
It is 1958 and the sleepy hamlet of Wyatts Green enjoys the lazy, hazy days of summer.
It's another blissful, carefree year for the colourful characters of Crabtree Lane in the sleepy Essex hamlet of Wyatts Green. Simply having fun with 'The Gang' is life itself. But then ... Johnny goes missing.
In the dawn of a bitter winter and a cruel new world, teenage innocence is lost forever; life and laughter frozen like the village pond. The young voices of Crabtree Lane are determined to find their missing friend... dead or alive.
Keele's Templar Window: And the Templars Jacques De Molay & Thomas Totty by Dr. Robin Studd £12.50 Keele’s stained and painted medieval window is unique but its location in a Victorian Gothic parish church means that until now, it has been completely overlooked. It is an example of how historical gems can still be discovered from time to time in unlikely places. Keele was founded in the twelfth century by the Knights Templar. By the thirteenth century they held lands locally in at least three counties and deployed their resources to protect crusaders going to the Holy Land. Their fortunes were very closely bound up with the crusades, and in the thirteenth century the Templars were at the forefront of all crusading enterprises, working closely with popes and kings, like Edward I, in joint enterprises attempting to emulate the success of the earliest crusades. The election of Jacques de Molay as Grand Master of the Templar Order in 1292 offered the best prospect of renewing the crusades so far and when de Molay arrived in England later that year to enlist support he brought with him the gift of a window for the preceptory at Keele. The story of how that happened, what the impact of this piece of crusading propaganda was, and why it survived to this day is told here. It demonstrates how local, national and international history can be inextricably part of the same canvas and how the fate of the maligned and doomed Templar Order is intertwined with the story of Keele’s window.
Dr Robin Studd is a retired Senior Lecturer in History and was Director of the Centre For Local History at Keele University. He has published various pieces on the thirteenth century.
A Bit of a Caper by Martin Shipley £9.99
Martin and Maureen Shipley wanted a new long distance challenge, but what could there be in the UK that was different and just waiting to be tackled? A Bit of a Caper details Martin and Maureen's arduous journey from the very top of Scotland at Cape Wrath all the way to Dover in memory of Maureen’s daughter. Will they survive the impact that 78 days on the road together will have on them physically and emotionally? One thing is certain, it's sure to be a bit of a caper. A donation of 25% from the proceeds of the sale of this book will be given to Thrombosis UK.
My Search for the Capella of Sambuceto by Hector Emanuelli £9.50
My Search for the Capella of Sambuceto is a personal account of Hector’s research into whether there is a connection between his family and the votive chapel, or Capella, which was commissioned and dedicated to the Emanuelli family.
City Heritage and Other Walks by Hector Emanuelli £7.00
Hector Emanuelli, a local author from North Staffordshire, has put together two wonderful collections of his interesting walking expeditions, with some taking place in the Staffordshire area and some a little further afield. Both of these books are a thoroughly enjoyable read and not only give the reader a great insight into certain walking trails, but give a glimpse into the people and atmosphere of places Hector, and the Rambling Association, have enjoyed over the years.
In City Heritage Hector recollects the wonderful walking and rambling expeditions he has taken over the years across the Staffordshire area, which includes a wonderful piece told by Carol Ann Gorton about Hector’s Clayhanger Walk to celebrate his 90th birthday.
Thoughts and Prayers by Ian Gregory £10.00
Ian Gregory’s Thoughts and Prayers looks at how prayers, and the power of prayer, has the ability to offer comfort and positive energy during the most difficult and upsetting times in peoples lives.Thoughts and Prayers hopes to help many people, especially those who are not religious, identify with the immense wave of public sympathy for all who are devastated by the things that happen. In Thoughts and Prayers Ian wanted to challenge peoples perception of religion, prayer and even science, with Ian outlining numerous prayers for family members and friends, as well as prayers for paramedics, pets and even robots.
Brief Encounters by Hector Emanuelli £7.00 Brief Encounters takes the reader on a magnificent journey across Portugal, Austria and Italy as Hector and members of the Stoke and Newcastle Ramblers Association take on some beautiful walking expeditions, which at times are physically challenging, and meet some lovely people along the way.
HMS Hood - Fame and Misfortune by Phil Trigg £11.99 This book looks at the twenty one year life and sudden death of the HMS Hood battlecruiser, which was destroyed by Germany's Bismarck. Phil's books also takes an insightful look at various aspects associated with naval history, technology, war at sea and so much more.
A Nation of a Lesser God by Dr Watwood £12.00 Hardback version
Dr Watwood is writing from the perspective of a General Practitioner and gives a controversial examination of the Old Testament questioning how a loving God can be so cruel and uses examples from the Open Bible New King James Version to make his point.
Why Delilah by John Leonard £9.99
What national lessons can be learned from the trials and tribulations of Potteries football? This book looks at the state of professional football in England, its financing, governance, and coverage in the media through the prism of two clubs, Stoke City and Port Vale. They share the same city, Stoke-on-Trent: the smallest city in England with more than one professional club. They share contrasting fortunes in the Premier League era. Stoke City established itself in the Premier league despite being widely derided in the national media for the style of play under its former manager, Tony Pulis. It defied the odds thanks to the backing of multi-millionaire owners from local bookmakers Bet365. Meanwhile, Port Vale, a club theoretically under fan ownership, almost went out of business, needing to be bailed out by a local authority.
"A fascinating examination of the fight for survival of two football clubs , Port Vale and Stoke City, both at the heart of their community. The global success of the premier league has been phenomenal but not without a price for grassroots clubs who struggle to stay in the game. Stoke City defied the odds and its critics.... all football fans should read this book and join the debate about the future of football". (Amazon Review)
Now available as an e-book £3.49
Verses by the Guided Hand of Spirit by Edna Fynn £9.99
Edna's compilation of spiritual poetry explores a cosmos of otherworldly contact. Having never written poetry before Edna was amazed when, one night, she was compelled to write and she has carried on doing so.
A Home Spun Year by Noreen Wainwright and Margaret Priestley. £12.99
This amazing book is filled with fantastic ideas for cooking, creating and home-making throughout the seasons. Wonderful recipes and colourful photographs fill this volume that also gives great ideas for table decorations, meals for special festival days and how to make your own wine. Mouth-watering as well as informative. Copies can be obtained either by contacting us or Noreen and Margaret on: email@example.com
"Love the quirky writing, very readable. The chapter on spring cleaning almost had me readching for my mop and bucket."
"I am really enjoying this book. It's practical, inspirational and comforting all in one! and the excellent ideas and projects are achievable for those of us without super-human powers or limitless budgets. Highly recommended". (Amazon Review)
"This charming book...will give great pleasures, and prompt happy readers to remember projects they used to do with mothers, aunts and grannies, as well as introducing many new inspiring ideas" - Emma Bridgewater
Ceramic Toilets by Munroe Blair £5.95
Munroe Blair delivers a new take on lavatory reading...
Pottery was made by the earliest civilisations; but by the third Millennium the sanitary-ware industry had only been in existence for 150 years. Sanitary pottery has contributed directly towards improving health and helping to combat disease worldwide; Blair's Ceramic Toilets covers its storied history and development in colourful detail. For history and Staffordshire enthusiasts alike!
John, Dementia & Me by Dr. Rosemary Westwell Kindle version £2.05 Paperback version £9.99 This insightful book is essential reading for the thousands affected by dementia.
Sally leaves her home country of Australia and meets and marries John, an intelligent, extrovert Englishman. They have two children but early in the marriage Sally realises that something is wrong. John becomes tense and withdrawn. With the help of friends and John's consultant Sally learns to cope as John's illness overwhelms him and he is hospitalised. Sally is convinced, however, that the bond between them as a couple still lies within the shell of the man she loves.
Foreward written by Dr Tom Dening, Consultant Psychiatrist & Medical Director @ Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS - "I soon realised that it is a compelling story, and the truth is always the best. You couldn't make this up, and yet I was desperate to read on, turn the page, and find out what could possibly happen next." (Amazon review)
La Fortezza di Bardi by Hector Emanuelli (E-book) Hector's memoir takes us to the medieval fortress town of Bardi, Italy. Join him on his journey and learn how this Welsh-Italian's life has been intertwined with the town's culture, history and people.
My Daddy Is My Superhero by Michaelagh Broadbent £8.99
Michaelagh Broadbent's My Daddy Is My Superhero was inspired by Michaelagh's own experience of explaining her husband's brain tumour illness to her eldest son, and is intended to help begin conversations surrounding serious illness and death with young children. At its core, My Daddy Is My Superhero is about the loving relationship between a little boy and his dad. It is a story about love, fun, beauty, loss, sadness, memories and celebration. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Maggie's Centre.
The Grandad Grand Prix by Lee Crowther £6.99 The Grandad Grand Prix is a wonderful fictional story based upon true events, created by first time author Lee Crowther, whose own experiences of coping with the impact and effects of cancer on a family member inspired him to create this fantastic children's book.
Flo has two of the most fun and competitive grandads in the world who can never resist the chance to get one over on the other. That is until Flo is faced with some devastating news when one of her grandads is diagnosed with a serious illness. Although her world is turned upside down, Flo continues to be inspired by her grandad whose sheer will, determination and positive attitude will not be diminished no matter what. So join Flo as she embarks on an emotional roller coaster as she laughs, cries, makes new friends and discovers what it truly means to never, ever give up. The Grandad Grand Prix is a fictional story inspired by true events and a must read for all age groups.
The Incredible Journey of Elliott the Eel by Jason Morgan £5.99
Come and join Elliott the Eel on his amazing voyage and meet some of the incredible creatures he encounters over the many thousands of miles that he travels.
The reasoning behind the author (Jason Morgan) creating an illustrated children's book about the epic journey eels have to undertake, was to not only to depict eels in a different light, and move away from the notion of them being a slimy creature that people do not appreciate; but to educate children, and their parents, about the threat fresh water eels (Anguilla anguilla) are under. They are at present listed as being critically endangered, with the very real possibility of them in the future becoming extinct, if something is not done to highlight the importance of the fresh water eel and the impact pollution as well as over fishing has had upon this creature. The purpose of The Incredible Journey of Elliott the Eel is to educate future generations about the fresh water eel and hopefully prevent the extinction of this wonderful creature.
Jungle Tails by Lin Phillips £6.99
This hand-drawn masterpiece by Lin Phillips combines child learning and animal adventures for the most vivid reading experience! Perfect for either bedtime sharing or story corners.
Revenge of the Servants of the Gods by Judy Brulo £8.99
Revenge of the Servants of the Gods is a fantasy adventure story aimed at 8-12-year-olds, with a message about courage and friendship, and the need to take care of the nature around us. Judy has decided to distribute this book in collaboration with The Vulture Conservation Foundation, which aims to protect and restore vultures across. You can learn more about what they do at: www.4vultures.org
Hochi by Andrew E. Checkley £5.99
Andrew E. Checkley is a British born writer. Today he lives in Rugby, Warwickshire, and has two sons. His books include Diary of a Moment in Time. The author says: ''the story is quite dark, but full of events and happenings.'' The book isn't his autobiography, but what it is though is a close account of some of the things that happened to him from the age of 9 to 19. His books have now set him on the road to get more of his manuscripts into print.
Hochi centres around an unknown creature called Hochi, who goes in search of his missing friend Trixie the Pixie, with the help of Alfie the elf. On his journey Hochi not only manages to explore the world of mines and caves whilst on his rescue mission, but also meets some new and lifelong friends along the way. Hochi has everything you would want in a children's story: it has mischief, adventure, the trials and tribulations of old friendships and the formation of new ones, as well as the involvement of the police, not to mention a half alien, half yeti type creature. What more could you possibly want?
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Dash Makes a Splash by Jill Meakin Dash Makes a Splash centres around an extremely lovable dog called Dash, who is introduced to his new family in the form of Fiona and George, and his adventures with his friends, and their determination to help out a natterjack toad. Jill's book will appeal to early year readers interested in increasing their vocabulary and learning more about nature.
Corin the Cow by Alison Brooks Corin the Cow is a great book that both young children and their parents can enjoy together. This wonderful early childhood book has not solely been created by Alison and Sarah for entertainment purposes, but has been produced to help young children when they are first learning to read and write; enhancing their reading capabilities and helping them learn how to pronounce words phonetically, along with the use of digraphs (two letters together that make one sound). To give children the best learning experience while they are reading Alison has written various words throughout this book in green, with some lines underneath the green words – this has been done so as to give children the opportunity to have a go reading the green coloured words all by themselves as they make their way through this story.
The Life and Times of Charles Masefield MC £9.95
Graham Bebbington's latest book is a biography of the Cheadle-born poet and author who died at the age of 35, having been wounded at lens in July 1917. On one level the work tells of how his ideals were severely put to the test by what he and his comrades experienced in Flanders. On another level the author gives an insight as to how the Great War affected the life of communities in North Staffordshire and sets this into the context of national events. By the author of Pit Boy to Prime Ministerand Silverdale - The Five Road Ends, this new book is illustrated with many rare and hitherto unpublished photographs.
"I would strongly recommend this fascinating biography of a brave soldier who gave his life in the Great War."
"His poems, so haunting, bring to life the mud, rats, stench of death and, above all, the bravery of those thousands that went over the top."
An expert Staffordshire historian, Graham Bebbington, has brought the story of a well-known Cheadle family together with wider contemporary events to create a well-rounded and highly readable book." (Amazon Review)
"This is a well-researched biography of an unsung literary hero of the Great War, cousin of the better-known poet John Masefield. it includes extensive quotations from his own poetry and letters from the front, as well as previously unpublished photographs." (The Lady Magazine Review)
Theatres of War by William Cooke £11.99
Theatres of War deals with three significant episodes in the history of the Midlands. The visits of Buffalo Bill to Stoke created a sensation, for he was among the most charismatic figures of his age. His Wild West, one of the most spectacular shows ever seen, was truly a theatre of war, vividly recreating such events as Custer's last stand at the Little Bighorn. Secondly, the Minnie Pit explosion of 1918 was the worst disaster in the history of coal mining in North Staffordshire. The tragedy moved the whole nation and inspired Wilfred Owen to write his poem 'Miners' in which the devastation at Halmerend became a metaphor for the carnage he had witnessed on the Western Front. The final episode covers the assassination of SS General Reinhard Heydrich in 1942 which provoked a terrible act of reprisal - the destruction of the Czech village of Lidice. In response, the defiant Lidice Shall Live campaign that originated in Stoke-on-Trent became a worldwide movement to confront and confound Nazi brutality.
"The Book is packed with nostalgia for the days of music hall .... and the reader is treated to a feast of new information." (Fred Hughes)
Banjo the Flying Pig by Maxine Mallen The perfect tale for storytime... Will Banjo get his wings? Join him in his quest for all that is good. This rhyming story is one of a kind and is sure to become a bedtime classic. Fantastic little story! Just the right length for bed times. My children love this story. More picture books should tackle emotions and morals in this way. Beautifully illustrated and delightful rhyming! Can't wait for the next book. (Sharon on 8 July 2013) A great children's book with fun pictures and a happy ending. Love the way it rhymes too. A perfect bedtime story! (Ruth Sagrott on 19 July 2013)
Scrambling to Glory by William Cooke £9.99
Scrambling to Glory tells the momentous story of the Battle of Britain that took place in the killing skies above England from July to October 1940. Part One profiles some of the extraordinary fighter pilots connected with the central region (especially the West Midlands), including not only such notable aces as George Bennions, Michael Crossley and Eric Lock, but also lesser known participants in the nation's finest hour. Part Two gives an account of 238 Squadron's role in the battle as reflected in twelve remarkable letters written at the time by Sergeant Eric Bann, of Macclesfield, one of the conflict's unsung heroes. These letters bear witness to the pilots' supreme bravery and self-sacrifice in the struggle for survival that may have changed the whole course of the Second World War.
With "vibrant descriptions of aerial combat, the book provides local social history with the reproduction of 12 letters written by Sergeant Samuel Eric Bann .... Written to his parents, they bring to life the reality of daily events while serving in the prominent 238 squadron." (Fred Hughes)
Maggie the Wonder Dog by Maxine Mallen The second in a series of rhyming stories by Maxine Mallen, messy Maggie's trip to an Obedience Centre sees her face her doggie destiny. Very nicely illustrated and fun to read to kids. Definitely recommend. (Amazon Customer on 7 Jun. 2016)
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