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An eclectic and entertaining collection of short stories

Find out how a red rose reveals the secret in a grandmother’s past.

Does a reunion bring back happy memories, or disappointment?

Read about a day that starts well and ends in disaster, or a date that turns into a nightmare.

Why feeling lucky does not always turn out well, and being a new ghost is a confusing situation.

If you enjoy writing and receiving letters, the friendships developed can have surprising results.

When is a criminal an asset to society? Or when does honesty imply a falsehood?

Nature can be a pleasure to the eye, an intricate part or life, or a danger for the enthusiast.

Life is not always what it seems, and people not always how they appear.

All this – and much more in this varied collection of short stories.

About the Author

Jackie lives on the Isle of Wight, the birthplace of her maternal ancestors for over four centuries.

Having been a pensioner for nearly 20 years, she is a late-comer to commercial writing. Still, she had always loved putting imagination into words, and won several school prizes from the age of eight. Jackie also had a short article published in The Lady a few years ago, and was runner-up in a competition for a short story which was published in Warwick Castle’s collection of ghost stories.

Visions is her second book. Her first was self-published for family and friends. Entitled Jottings, it was a collection of fiction, fantasy, nostalgia and anecdotes written during her life as schoolgirl, teenager, wife, mother and pensioner.

Short stories has always been her genre. The inspiration for a novel has so far eluded her.

Although fast approaching 80, Jackie is not ready to be old just yet. She assumes as long as the body is capable of playing badminton and the brain can still play Bridge, she must be ok. Years are merely numbers. Age is all about attitude.


“A ghost. That’s the last thing I wanted to be. Well, it is the last thing, isn’t it? But that’s not the point. You know what I mean. They say we’re restless spirits, don’t they? Well, they’re certainly right about that. I had it all planned. Do everything I want, and then go quietly, without any fuss, at a time and place of my own choosing. That was it. Simple. I had a busy year ahead of me. Then it all went wrong, just because of a bit of wind.”

Visions is available in paperback to purchase from Amazon UK at:

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Grosvenor House Publishing

Tel. 020 8339 6060



“Scotland’s Religious War – 16th Century:  The Return of Mary Queen of Scots” by Stephen J. McDowall

In Scotland’s Religious War – 16th Century: The Return of Mary Queen of Scots, Stephen McDowall covers some seven years of Catholic Mary’s life, from her return to newly Protestant Scotland following the death of her husband, the French King, until her escape to England following the Battle of Langside. There are so many facets to this story that overlap, creating a complicated path to follow. The complex political milieus in Scotland, France, England and Europe all have a bearing, and watching the weaving unfold is a delight as the more McDowall tugs, the more and more information he discovers and codifies in this tome of Scottish history, which is composed in chronological order.

There is so much here, following the history with Mary as its centrepiece. The Reformation had turned Scotland mainly Protestant, while the Scottish Queen was a devout Catholic with a claim to the English throne. The Catholic Church hoped that Mary would be able to return Scotland to Catholicism, and with her designs on the English throne, it also hoped that she would be the catalyst to return England to the Catholic fold. In a period in which England and Scotland, France and Spain were all heavily embroiled in political machinations and positioning, the book also deals with Mary’s relationship with Queen Elizabeth; her plan to invade England and take the crown; her marriage to Lord Darnley; his murder; her marriage to his alleged murderer, the Earl of Bothwell; and the murder of her secretary Riccio and much more.

‘Scotland’s Religious War – 16th Century: The Return of Mary Queen of Scots’ brings history alive in the telling of an intricate and interconnected story. This is the tale of a person, a period and a country.

About the Author

Stephen J. McDowall is a Scottish Chartered Accountant who, having retired early from an international accountancy practice, turned to his first love Scottish history. Having researched 16th century Scotland for a number of years, he decided to use his forensic skills to piece together Catholic Mary Queen of Scots return to newly Protestant Scotland, following the death of her husband the French King, until her exile following the Battle of Langside. A period turbulent not only in Scottish history but in European also, as is reflected in his debut book.

Scotland’s Religious War – 16th Century:  The Return of Mary Queen of Scots Paperback by Stephen J. McDowall is available in paperback from Amazon UK at:

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New Generation Publishing

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The book provides practical guideline on how the higher education (universities, higher academic studies, higher institution studies, research institutes) should and must be applied in order to meet the requirement in the twenty first century for modern development this guide as a result of twenty years teaching in different Universities and in different courtiers of Middle East as well as in the west in Britain.

About the Author

Karim Al-Zubaidi is also the author of “Higher Education in Arab world (Iraq & the Gulf) and Middle East Reality and prospects of its development” (2016) and “IRAQ – A Complicated State: Iraq’s Freedom War” (2010)”

Excerpt (in Arabic)

واقع الحال يشير إلى ان هناك عدد كبيرمن الجامعات والمعاهد العاليه للتعليم العالي في كل بلد من البلدان العربيه والشرق أوسطيه.
هناك أكثر من خمسين جامعه ومعهد في كل بلد قد يزيد أو يقل هذا العدد من بلد لأخر. وكل جامعه من هذه الجامعات تحتوي على عدد كبير أيظآ من الكليات التابعه لها. وهذه الكليات فيها أقسام عديده.
ولكن هناك تشابه وتطابق في مفردات المناهج التعليميه لكل ماده في الكليات المتشابه والأقسام المتشابه ضمن البلد الواحد لأن كل جامعه في البلد الواحد تسير ضمن منهج موحد تقره وزاره التعليم العالي فيها. ولكن هذه المفردات للمناهج قد تختلف من بلد لأخرفي البلاد العربيه وقد تتشابه لحد كبير.
دراسه مناهج كل ماده ومقارنتها بكل دوله عمل شاق وكبيرجدآ لكي نصل إلى أستنتاج وتحليل ومقارنه تلك النتائج مع مناهج ومفردات تلك الماده في الدول المتقدمه والمتطوره سواءآ كانت غربيه أو شرقيه.

The Future of Higher Education in the Twentieth Century in the Arab World and the Gulf Countries and the Prospects of Its Development (Arabic Edition) by Karim Al-Zubaidi is currently available in hardback from Amazon UK at:

This important book is also available in hardback from Amazon USA at:

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New Generation Publishing
Tel. 01234 712 064


A unique Mind, Body and Spirit book with underlying messages which provide a channel for revealing timeless truths

‘THE ONE’ is a light-hearted read, simple in explanation, but what are perhaps deeper, underlying messages for each reader to ingest and make sense of in their own particular way.  It is hoped that the book will serve as a conduit in revealing eternal truths.  Like the Lotus Blossom, one petal after the other opening, unfolding and transforming to show the beauty and wisdom within.  All springing forth from THE ONE. 

About the Author

Theresa Kahn-O’Doherty has always been interested in the human psyche, as well as all things spiritual and from the heart, and how these aspects of human nature are integrated. Having been brought up in a family which travelled the world, her global experiences helped her to fully appreciate the depth and beauty of all humanity.  Throughout her life, she has developed a broad range of skills, knowledge and understanding which has helped her to guide, inspire and motivate others.

She has taught in Further Education, with students from various countries, cultures and faiths.  Theresa was coordinator of projects with the National Probation Service and Health and Social Care Services, helping to educate those unable to ‘fit into the more traditional way of learning’.  She left the more conventional working life and now devotes her time to therapeutic interventions.  She has trained to the Master Teacher Level in Reiki, which she has been practising and teaching for many years now.

Theresa is also the author of “The Little Lotus Book of Wisdom:  A Self-Help Guide for Reflection and Contemplation” (2016) and “The Little Book of Life Changes:  Reflections on the Process” (2010). 

For more about the author, see:


“Many of us live busy lives – moving from one point to the next with thoughts either in the past or the future, but rarely in the present moment.  It’s a habit that we unconsciously partake in as we go about our day and then allowing ourselves to be captured by the final thought of the day with concerns of what happened today and what might happen tomorrow.  When this happens, we are missing out on what the present moment has to give… and so the wheel turns, taking us aimlessly into the past or future.

In the present moment, there is no judgement of the now because whilst being in the present moment your senses are activated with the experience of being present.  When we are consciously present there is no room for allowing ourselves to be taken with thoughts of yesterday or thoughts of tomorrow.

When one is consciously present, the magic starts to unfold.  This is where you can fully see, hear, smell, taste, feel, etc. this moment in time, all done consciously and fully aware – and with that comes your gifts unfolding like petals from a lotus blossom, before you… one at a time… it’s magic!

How can you make that first move to being in the moment NOW?  A quick and easy first step would be to: stop whatever you are doing… Take a breath, (i.e. several deep inhale and exhales)…  Observe all around you, (i.e. taking in the smells, the sounds, the sights, etc.) then finally, just proceed with what you were doing.  That’s the fastest way to snap yourself out of being everywhere except the present.

The more you allow yourself to be fully and consciously in the present, in the now – the more you will want to be here – there isn’t any other place to be, but consciously present, living in the NOW and catching the magic in the moment.”

“The One” by Theresa Kahn-O’Doherty is currently available in paperback from Amazon UK at:

This Mind, Body, Spirit book is also available from Amazon USA at:

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New Generation Publishing

Tel. 01234 712 064



5th in the Rev. Paltoquet Supernatural Murder Mystery series

‘Oh dear, what can the matter be ….’

Why does a woman keep falling from the Big Wheel at a South London fair?

Hallucination or something more sinister? It seems that Robbie MacTavish and Mrs Harper’s great-nephew Alfie are the only two people who can see her.

Meanwhile, Rev. Bernard Paltoquet is asked to investigate a 60-year-old mystery, when the Vicarage plumber asks for his help in tracing his long-lost grandmother. As Robbie tries to discover who the falling woman is and what she wants, Bernard begins to uncover the tragic events surrounding Albert’s grandmother’s fate.

About the Author

Pat Herbert lives in London, England and work as an administrator and receptionist at a private health clinic. She worked previously as PA to the Managing Director of Thomson Books before they were taken over by Penguin.  Pat has written fifteen novels to date:

Other novels in the Rev. Paltoquet series:

The Bockhampton Road Murders

Haunted Christmas

The Possession of November Jones

The Witches of Wandsworth

The Man Who Was Death

The Dark Side of the Mirror

Sleeping With the Dead

The Corpse Wore Red

Seeing Double

The Barney Carmichael Crime series:

Getting Away with Murder

The Murder in Weeping Lane

The Mop and Bucket Murders

Also by Pat Herbert:

Death Comes Gift Wrapped

The Long Shadow

So Long at the Fair is available in paperback from Amazon UK at:

This novel is also available to download in e-book format at:

Press/media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell

Tel.  0208 292 5163



A biography of Michael Wheatley-Ward

Michael Wheatley-Ward has had invaluable experience of the theatre management business as the pages of this book will reveal. Here is a colourful entertainment all of its own of the risks involved in production management from the wings as well as front of house. A wealth of knowledge which has been gained through knowing and working with some leading actors, directors and producers in the theatre business over fifty years. From some of London’s West End play houses, cinemas and provincial picture houses to the second oldest theatre in England, the Theatre Royal Margate. This centre was one of local controversy in 2007, which led to the creation of the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs.

For the reader, a second purpose of this book will be to gain an objective account of the events which actually took place through the reports of some of those involved in the experience.

About the Author

Michael J Flagg has two previous publications ‘From Punch and Judy to Haute Cuisine-A Biography of the Life and Times of Arthur Edwin Simms 1915 to 2003’ published by Authorhouse in 2011, about a Head of two UK centres and the Pusa Institute in Delhi India, of particular interest to students of Hospitality Management.  It was described as the only publication so far to give a detailed and comprehensive account of the growing importance of hospitality education in the UK in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries in a 473 page colour book also on Kindle.

A second publication is entitled ‘The Learning Curve of a First Time Self Published Writer on Line’ published by Xlibris in 2014 is also on Kindle and runs to 97 pages. It is an account of the creation of the first book through self-publishing. Michael has been involved in theatre all his life, mainly in a non-professional capacity and now, as a retired university lecturer, he continues to act and direct. Collating this life story of Michael Wheatley-Ward has been a welcome opportunity for him, as it has set out to answer many questions about the professional theatre which have eluded him all his life.

Surviving in the Theatre:  A biography of Michael Wheatley-Ward by Michael Flagg is available in hardback from Amazon UK at:

This book is also available in paperback at:

This book can be downloaded in audiobook format at:

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New Generation Publishing

Tel. 01234 712 064


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