26 March 2011

OTOLI - Have you been there?

By Bryony Allen.

A heart-rending story of bullying, friendship and revenge

Constantly bullied at school, social outcast ALICE TURNER went there to escape the bullying from the Populars. She is befriended by Jenny; an enigmatic waitress who seems to be stuck in the past.
As the Populars begin to reap the wrath of a faithful friend, suspicions build in Alice’s mind. Why does Jenny keep mementoes that are four years old? And why does Alice feel that she is to blame for the downfall of her enemies?
But friendship is a two-way deal as Alice soon discovers. After breaking her promise to Jenny, she faces a far worse foe than before. Alice is forced to make choices on which her future and that of others will depend; whether or not she knows it. Moreover, she will have to find courage to escape the ultimate bully – her best friend.

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“A poignant story of friendship, revenge and fortitude”

A portion of all proceeds from the sale of OTOLI will be donated to ‘Bullying UK’ (Part of FamilyLives)


The Guitar Man - A heart-tugging bitter-sweet love story

The Guitar Man by Maurice C Taylor

Set in Ventnor, a quaint seaside town on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England, this bitter-sweet love story describes the lifetime of Chris and Penny from their childhood.
As the story unfolds from the early fifties, picturesque scenes from around the island are intertwined in their story of undying love and devotion, and recall features of those early days now long gone.
Times change for them as residents of “The Swan” and the heart is warmed by the happy times they share in the social atmosphere of the town pub, and torn by the grief they suffer with the tragedies that beset their lives.

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“A sweeping heart-breaking story of true love, devotion and pain”


A collection of skilfully crafted, diverse poems - REITERATION

By Henry Disney. A collection of skilfully crafted, diverse poems designed to communicate and challenge but above all to give pleasure.

Henry Disney's is, to borrow a phrase, a beautiful mind, and also a tough mind." So wrote Kitty Ferguson in her review of his sixth collection. This seventh collection of poems reinforces this perception. His delight in nature, ideas and humanity is never sentimental. His poems are as challenging as ever as he ranges over his varied experience and encounters with a diversity of people.

Henry Disney says “This seventh collection brings together poems that have been published individually in a range of magazines, anthologies and other outlets, many of which are not now readily available. The range of topics covered and variety of styles aim to communicate, to challenge on occasions but above all to give pleasure.” 

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“A collection of diverse poems from a beautiful mind”


A collection of hilarious and not so hilarious yarns to make you laugh and cringe

Onwards and Upwards by Chris R. Pownall

"An engaging sequel to his hilarious memoirs."

This book is a sequel to Chris Pownall’s hilarious autobiography entitled “Funny How Things Work Out”.

“Onwards and Upwards” comes highly recommended for those interested in social history and anyone keen to know how life was in the mid 20th century in comparison to the present day. Readers will be amazed at the diversity of subjects covered in this book and some of the stories will undoubtedly bring back memories to those of a certain age, whilst younger readers will hopefully appreciate the opportunities that Chris has experienced and relished throughout his happy and fulfilling life.

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“Hilarious yarns that will make you laugh and cringe”

19 March 2011

Book Savvy Spotlight on Avril Dalziel Saunders

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.
Our Guest is Avril Dalziel Saunders, an author who turned to writing after retiring from her job in Television for Thames TV at Teddington Lock. Avril is the author of Chasin' That Carrot.
Enjoy the interview.

Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book?
Born and raised in Glasgow after the 2nd World War. Life was a struggle but my brother and I were privileged to be brought up with the things money can't buy, love, honesty and respect.
I ran the sales office of an international company in Glasgow, moved to Surrey in 1971 with my husband and baby son, later blessed with two daughters. I worked for Thames TV in London. I'm now a grandmother of three with another on the way. I'm retired and enjoy spending time with my family, writing, music, travel, theatre and the arts.
I wrote a novel about how a young Glasgow girl faced up to the challenges that life threw at her in the 50s & 60s. Readers asked me to write a sequel, hence 'Chasin' that Carrot' was born, it tells of the struggles and successes of my character Linda MacGregor and her husband as they 'Chased that Carrot' 400 miles away from the safety and love of their families.

Q2. Where does your inspiration come from?
My late dad, his letters were always well composed, detailed and a joy to read. I hope I have inherited this gene from him. He was also a wonderful storyteller and used to have my brother and I engrossed with his tales. Also my dear friend, the late Vince Powell encouraged me to go ahead and get published. Vince and I worked at Thames Television, he was a very successful writer, he wrote for 'Coronation Street' and the 'Carry on' Films in the early years and penned classics like, Bless this House', 'Love The Neighbour' 'Mind Your Language' and many more. I mentioned to Vince that I had written a potential book but it was still in manuscript form, he asked if he could read it, he called me up a few days later and said 'Congratulations Avril, this is very, very good and deserves to be published!' If it wasn't for him my manuscript might still be lying unpublished, gathering dust. I was walking on air after that and the rest is history.

12 March 2011

The Scientific and Medical Network Reviews 'The Theologian Slave Trader'

'The Theologian Slave Trader' by Christiana Knudsen has been reviewed in the Winter 2010 issue of the The Scientific and Medical Network* Review.

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"This is a very unusual and fascinating book with intriguing parallels between the subject - the Danish Ghanaian Fredericus Petri Svane Africanus, who lived between 1710 and 1789. Her own family was involved in the affairs of the Danish slave trading fortress, Christiansburg, where Fredericus also spent some time. The book is in two equal parts, the first giving the background to the story, and the second is Fredericus' own autobiography written in 1748 and addressed to the Duke von Plessen, in the hope of gaining employment. He had a tough life, full of ups and downs, but he maintained a vivid sense of God's providence throughout. The Reader gains a lively impression of his daily life and relationships. For instance, he describes in detail the work of his own slaves dragging large stones destined to build is mansion, which never materialise following multiple arrests and imprisonment. Indeed, his belongings were auctioned and the foundations of his building destroyed. A further purpose of the book is to redress the balance within accounts of Danish history with a different perspective on their involvement in slave trading, in the course of which reader becomes much more aware of the history of cultural prejudice."

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*The Scientific and Medical Network was founded in 1973, The SMN is an interdisciplinary networking forum and educational charity exploring science, medicine, philosophy and spirituality. It hosts conferences, dialogues and talks in the UK and on continental Europe.