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A young epileptic pirate Guardian is born with visionary powers and possesses the stone of truth

About the Book:

In Colony Island, in the west of the western isles, where colonists and pirates live side by side, Josh Flagsmith is the young pirate Guardian, a role reserved for epileptics born with visionary powers. He only learns the importance of his role when a colonist, called Reginald Machin, wins the election with the aid of the colonist flat earth church, and starts throwing pirates in gaol. When his parents are arrested, Josh discovers that his life is in danger. He must learn how to use the power of his stone of truth, not just to control his epilepsy, but as a tool enabling him to read his enemy’s intentions. With the help of his stone, and the support of his friends, including Machin’s stepdaughter, Lavinia, he has to escape to the island of Amaryllis and seek help from the pirate council. If he gets to Amaryllis, and the council comes to his aid, can he rescue his parents and save his island from a mad dictator bent on genocide?

Excerpt from the book:

“The cavern swarmed with rebel soldiers, talking in hushed tones, checking their equipment or standing around staring into their memories and waiting for their next orders. Josh heard groans from the emergency ward somewhere in a tunnel to his left. The deputy sat at the long trestle table, his scarred face sagging with worry and lack of sleep.

“Have you heard anything on your radio?” the general asked. “How many this time?”

“Is no many, my general;” he replied, “a diversion. More is coming very nextly.”

“Good. Then we’re safe here for the moment.”

A breathless orderly raced into the cavern, skidding to a halt when he saw the general. “They are approaching in numbers, sir,” he panted.

“How far away?” asked the general.

“Maybe a mile. They’ve got more helicopters.”

The general nodded. “That’s all we needed to know. We’d better abandon our defence of the wall soon and lure the enemy into the tunnels. That gives us more points to defend but we should be able to hold them off for a while.”

Amid the noise of pirates shouting to one another and soldiers racing in and out of the crowded cavern, it took Josh some time to notice that the firing had stopped. The realisation spread round the chamber and strident voices sank to a questioning whisper. Eyes turned towards the trestle table where the general stood talking with his deputy. Josh noticed gloom in the eyes of some pirates who thought the silence meant surrender.

Bertie wiped dust and sweat from his round face as he emerged from the tunnel. A cheer went up as Sandy’s dad followed him into the room. Because of his size and the fact that he was a colonist fighting on the pirate side, the men in that room regarded him as a hero.

“What’s happening now?” Josh asked Bertie.

Bertie looked vaguely pleased with himself. “We gave a good account of ourselves,” he said, “but they’re regrouping.” He glanced at the general. “I hope there’s a plan B,” he added, “because we can’t hold them off for much longer.”

“The House at the Edge of the World” by Donald Brown is available in paperback from Amazon UK.

The gripping fantasy pirate adventure tale is also available from Amazon USA.

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Living by my Rules

“Living By My Rules” provides an real insight into the struggles of living with an incurable, degenerative disease such as Parkinson’s disease. Simon’s stories of his early life will transport you back to a far simpler time, the 1970s. Amusing tales which will stir fond memories in all but the youngest readers… flares, scooters, mods and of course a nostalgic look back at his beloved football, an especially QPR. This book will make you laugh and it will make you cry but, what shines through is Simon’s ability to laugh in the face of adversity and his dogged determination to kick Parkinson’s into touch.

About the Author:

As the classic symptoms of Parkinson’s disease began to take control of Simon’s life, he became a shadow of his former self. After months of fighting a losing battle to keep the disease in check, Simon found the strength to talk to his family, even managing to book an appointment with a neurologist. Sadly, at a time when he needed an experienced health care professional to help him fight his corner, what he got was a cold, uncaring man who clearly had no time for his situation. However, his initial assessment proved to be 100% accurate; at just 36 years of age, Simon was told he had Parkinson’s disease. The desire to produce a written account of his life for his immediate family and friends led to “A Life Worth Living.” Ingram looks back at his life, often with humour and pathos, and decides that the way to keep going is to appreciate the life he has led. The only way to fight is to appreciate what battles he has already fought and won. After all, what else makes a life worth living? Ingram’s first-hand account of his life from his early childhood to teen years to his first signs of the debilitating disease give an insider’s look at not just a “disease” but a man.

Excerpt from the book:

“I do honestly believe that one day a cure will be found for Parkinson’s. Until then, I’m preparing myself for a bumpy ride as my symptoms continue to deteriorate. Following my most recent experiences though, I’ve redefined my own battle plan. I now have a better understanding of how much Parkinson’s attacks you at your most vulnerable points

Armed with this information, I feel that I have regained the initiative and once again I am truly ‘Living By My Rules’.

 Parkinson’s has been a burden that I’ve had to contend with for the last eleven years. The need to battle against the degenerative nature of the illness, in what it feels like every waking hour since, has driven me to become a very single-minded person. When it comes to dealing with the condition, my plan is based upon a few key factors:

 

“Living By My Rules” by Simon Ingram is available in paperback format from Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Living-My-Rules-Simon-Ingram/dp/1800314221

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The Post

It is England, 1916.

The Great War shows no sign of ending. Despite the gloom, the Southdown battalions, full of friends and family, march to war on a wave of patriotic fervour.

With three sons overseas, Agnes Davison searches for the strength to bring her community together. She echoes the sentiments of wives and mothers everywhere trying desperately to help the men they love. In a world blighted by prejudice and social order the birth of the Women’s Institute brings fresh hope; and in Agnes, a champion for the cause awaits.

But on the eve of the battle of the Somme, even her courage will face the ultimate test, as the Southdown Battalions are ordered forward in a diversionary attack. Here in just a few desperate hours, the lives and loves of hundreds of families, will come together in one gallant charge. A charge that will be struck from the record books forever…


James Sowerby’s eagerly awaited sequel to The Whistle, is a gripping tale of ordinary people caught up in the maelstrom of global conflict. With a wonderful eye for detail, Sowerby’s powerful storytelling will challenge your emotions throughout, and leave you desperate for more.

About the Author:

James grew up in Yorkshire and believes his earliest foray into the world of fiction was listening to his father’s long and very entertaining bedtime stories.  A love of the arts was nurtured in his school days and continued through university and beyond. But above all else James has had a lifelong love of history through the ages, which his crowded bookshelves and hundreds of holiday diversions pay witness to.

Historical research work on the two world wars, combined with further battlefield trips to the region, triggered a desire to tell the stories of the ordinary men and women involved at home and on the front lines. Since then, numerous writing courses have followed, as James has worked alongside some of the leading authors in the world to learn the art of combining fact and fiction. This is the second book in the Davison Family Saga, set during World War One, which encapsulates all his interests.

James brings compassion and humour into everything he creates, and a very experienced eye for detail.  He has in turn begun tutoring the next generation of aspiring writers, which he finds immensely rewarding. But put simply, he just loves to tell stories.

James is also currently republishing his first book entitled “The Whistle” (ISBN: 978-1-80031-209-8) in hardback, paperback and e-book formats, which will be available through all good retailers including, Waterstones and Barnes & Noble.

“The Post” by James Owen Sowerby is currently available in hardback from Amazon at:

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Cane Toads

The peaceful, humdrum life of the tiny community at Little Bidwell is shaken to the core by the arrival of several and various visitors. Some have come to appreciate the respite and solitude this secluded and semi-isolated spot offers, but others have a more sinister purpose in mind.

At the centre of events is an ancient chapel whose uses over the years have ranged from place of worship to cattle shed. What will be its function this time?

A runaway child, a grieving widow, a retired pop star and a large dog, romp through the pages as subterfuge and secrets unfold and the Cane Toad is finally ousted.

About the Author:

Janet Ollerenshaw is a retired English & Music teacher and mother of seven children. She has lived in Hertfordshire for most of her life and has been involved with Scouting, animals and arts & crafts alongside her teaching career.  She writes for pleasure and enjoys word-craft, so her writing can be prosaic at times as she feels the experience of reading should be more than just a good story, rather like a fine wine, which touches senses other than simply taste and satisfaction and which lasts the test of time.

Janet has a M.A. in Educational Research from Cambridge and studied with the Open University for her first Degree in Humanities with Music and English Language. She does seasonal work as an exam marker for Edexcel and for the Cambridge International Exam board.  Janet also published the “Turning” series of novels entitled “Inside Out”, “Upside Down” and “Back to Front”, along with another cosy British murder-mystery entitled “Secret of the Snail”.

Excerpt

“Excuse me,” she whispered and he finally looked down into her serious hazel eyes.

“Oh!” he exclaimed, “and who might you be?”

“It doesn’t matter who I am but I need some help with something important.” She tried to speak clearly but was so unused to talking to anyone other than Christopher, that her voice came out squeakily and rather quietly, “he’s up in the woods; in my den, I can’t carry him,” she said.

Fortunately for her, Clive did not wait to ask questions. He could sense the urgency in the young girl’s demeanour and reaching for his coat and boots, he asked her to wait just a moment and he would come. She waited, standing on one leg and resisting the urge to run, but did not immediately notice that the dog lady had joined her by the door. “Are we going somewhere?” she asked, not who are you or what are you doing here, and Bonnie was both surprised and grateful. “Yes,” she whispered again, “He’s just coming now.”

“Cane Toads” is available in paperback and can be ordered from Amazon at:

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Janet Ollerenshaw’s Literary Agent: 

Darin Jewell, Managing Director, The Inspira Group Literary Agency, 5 Bradley Road, Enfield, England EN3 6ES
Tel. UK +208 292 5163
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

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Small Town Boy

A short adventure story written by students in 6L at Durlston Court School

About the Book:

This is a really boring story. It takes place in Normalville, a really, really boring, bleak town. In this town everyone lives the same way, apart from one unusual girl, Felitia. She makes her own rules and follows no one.

Felitia’s brother Brian is desperate to find out her secret. Brian explores the past and teams with the local news reporter.

Will he find out what is really behind the mask?



*All proceeds from the sale of this novella will go to charity*

About the Authors:

The novella is based on an original idea by Callum Murray in 6L.  The class began the novella on the first day of ‘Lockdown 3’ 2021. Sections of the book were written every week by individual pupils and discussed by the class; the final few lines were written on the last day of the lockdown. Durlston Court School is proud of this example of creative collaboration by this group, and I am humbled by their ability to find the best opportunities in such challenging times.

  • Jane Asplin-Locke, Head of English, Durlston School

Excerpt

“My story really started on the day I went to the local library to try and find a book on adventure such as Crisis on Infinite Earths, which I had heard about on the radio. It was so hard to find a book on adventure in the Normalville Library. All the books were all the same size and about the same thing; how to live a perfect Normalville life. There was even one on how to conduct a Normalville burial! Every week I scoured the shelves for any new books. While I searched, I noticed a large ledger open on the desk. The librarian was busy checking that The History of Kilts were in the right order; so, I quietly took a look. The ledger contained Normalville Times Chronicle, which was all the back editions of the local boring newspaper. However, one unusual headline I saw was about to change my life.

The ledger was open on a page from eleven years ago and the headline was Bright flash in Sky and Crash near Normalville. It was an article written by Mr McKellan, our old local reporter. Half of the page had been torn from the book, yet I could read the first paragraph, which explained that eleven years ago there was a bright flash from the sky, something crashed into the woods near John Frost Meadow. I needed to find Mr McKellan’s telephone number. That shouldn’t be difficult as everyone’s phone numbers were all the same except for the last number. There was a telephone directory in the library. I went to find it.”

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Jane Asplin-Locke
Head of English
Durlston Court School
Becton Lane, Barton on Sea, New Milton BH25 7AQ
tel: 01425 610 010
E-mail: jane.asplin-locke@durlstoncourt.co.uk