25 January 2012

A sensitive and insightful new book on helping children cope with bereavement


A Grief Unobserved
By Maggie Kindred

There is a wonderful book by C S Lewis in which he describes the process of coming to terms with his bereavement - the 'grief observed' which most adults will experience at some time in their lives… this book is about the grief not observed, that of very young children. It is for parents, carers, and professionals who work with them.

Very often the remaining parent, close relatives and well-meaning friends, are understandably so involved with their own grief that they try to sweep the child's problem under the carpet. They can regard apparent lack of reaction in the child with relief, rather than as a danger signal.

“This book is essentially practical - it is meant to make 'therapy' an everyday concept, so avoids jargon and theoretical language where possible.” says Author Maggie Kindred.

Find out more


“Insightful and sensitive” …publishedbestsellers.com


Genre: Family & Relationships: Death, Grief, Bereavement
ISBN: 978-1-907728-37-2
Publication Date: 23 February 2012
Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback
Book Size: 203 x 127 mm, 60pp

24 January 2012

A stirring true story of triumph and recovery from breast cancer


Mammograms Save Lives
By Avril Dalziel Saunders

Avril was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2011. After a mammogram she was called back to receive the devastating news that she had breast cancer. She felt well, had no symptoms, had never smoked, ate a healthy diet and exercised regularly, so how could this be? There was no explanation, it can happen to anyone!

Author Avril Dalziel Saunders says ‘…I want to inspire and encourage these women as well as women all over the world to have regular checks. …my profit from the book sales will go to Breast Cancer Care and Macmillan Nurses. I am shouting this out loud…‘MAMMOGRAMS SAVE LIVES!’…



“Inspiring and triumphant” …publishedbestsellers.com


Genre: Coping with illness and specific conditions
ISBN: 978-1-907728-36-5
Publication Date: 23 February 2012
Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback
Book Size: 203 x 127 mm 70pp



23 January 2012

Exhilarating autobiography of 70 year old desert runner

Me and My Shadow
By Ray Matthews

Exhilarating autobiography of 70 year old desert runner and his extraordinary 100 miles run round Rotherham.

What kind of man runs 100 miles at the age of 70? What makes anyone want to run 100 miles? Who decides what the right age is to achieve your dreams?

Throughout a lifetime, everyone has the opportunity to meet truly exceptional people. Ray Matthews is one of them. From being a cocky ginger haired, Yorkshire lad who just wanted to “have a go at boxing,” to his recent 100km Sahara Desert race, Ray’s life is truly inspiring and anyone seeking to take on the impossible should read this book.

Ray writes with a passion that reflects his fervour for life. Feel the emotion as a young Ray takes steps that help him discover the most important mentors; who lead him to make the hardest choices; which made the biggest differences in his life.



“Extraordinary and exhilarating” …publishedbestsellers.com


Genre: Autobiography: sport
ISBN: 978-1-907728-35-8
Publication Date: 23 February 2012
Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback
Book Size: 210 x 148 mm 118pp


22 January 2012

An engaging and wonderfully entertaining mystery novel


Another classic British detective fiction by Julius Falconer

Fancy a twenty-first-century murder linked to an eighteenth-century parish register? - with a stroll through the byways of ancient Middle Eastern languages, a piece of eighteenth-century silver, a spot of genealogy and trips to France, Italy and Austria thrown in? Then this is the book for you!

The discovery of the body of a petty criminal one winter’s night in 2011, in a quiet Yorkshire hamlet, sets in train a series of events which stretches Inspector Walter Moat’s capabilities to the utmost. His wily opponent, as he eventually discovers, is an elusive master-criminal called Lomax, who weaves a devious and ruthless path to achieve his goals. Moat and his sergeant find themselves attempting to nail a crook intent on thwarting the resolve of a friendless waif…


“A triumph of literary wit” …publishedbestsellers.com


Genre: Fiction: Crime Mystery
ISBN: 978-1-907728-34-1
Publication Date: 16 February 2012
Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback
Book Size: 210 x 148 mm 154pp

21 January 2012

Book Savvy Spotlight on John Davies



Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.
Our Guest is John Davies*
Enjoy the interview.

Q1. Can you tell us about yourself and your book 'Lyrics and Limericks'.
I was born in Cwmafan, South Wales in 1948, attended Glanafan Grammar School, worked for 30 years as a chemist for BP Chemicals and retired in 2002. Married to Adrianne in 1971 and son, Ian, born in 1979. Our granddaughter, Freya, was born in 2010 and is the apple of my eye. I started writing as a hobby in retirement and 'Lyrics and Limericks' is my third book. I play guitar, have written some songs and also some poetry. The thought occurred to me, are song lyrics poetry? I sought the opinion of several songwriters and poets and their thoughts are included in the book. Having written many limericks, the book title required no thought and just tripped off my tongue.

Q2. When you write, what emotion do you seek to evoke in your readers?
That depends entirely on what I'm writing. I have written poems which I hope have evoked sadness and sympathy in the reader. I wanted to entertain the crowd with the speech at my son's wedding. I told him that the real secret to a successful marriage is just two words, "Yes, dear". Lyrics and Limericks is a light hearted look at the worlds of poetry and song writing. I hope that I've made it an entertaining read.

Q3. Have you always wanted to be a writer? Why did you start writing?
Deep down inside I probably did, but it was never a conscious thought in my early years. There was always something else more important like bands, girls and rugby. Then along came marriage, a mortgage and a family. I'd always enjoyed writing essays at school, retirement provided me with the opportunity to pick up my pen again.

16 January 2012

'From Coconuts to Condors' - Candid reviews

A unforgettable trip to Brazil, Peru and Bolivia
Book Reviews

"David and Valerie Astill clearly have a gift for making friends... and were privileged to attend a number of local ceremonies and events such as the candomble in Salvador de Bahia, an important religious ceremony in honour of the gods, which very few tourists have experienced…Valerie Astill’s descriptions of adventures, landscapes, costumes and local customs are detailed and picturesque. Her book also includes many photographs, sadly only in black and white."
Joan Stephens, Leicester Mercury


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"A nice travelogue, honest and lightly written. It’s warts and all, “The entrance and archway dating back to the 16th century had obviously been used more recently as a public convenience. It smelt dreadful…” If you want an insight into travel through Brazil, Peru and Bolivia, this will give you what you’re after."
Paul Bondsfield, Explore Worldwide Ltd

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"As a fellow traveller to the Andes, I have much enjoyed 'From Coconuts to Condors'. I don't actually mind the photos being in black and white, as I can visualise the locations from Valerie's excellent descriptive writing. I have also enjoyed the fact that the book is well written, in the correct tense, and with proper punctuation! Having only been to Peru, I now want to visit both Brazil and Bolivia! Thank you Valerie."
Gill Twissel, author of ‘Rest Upon The Wind'

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"We enjoyed this book because it conveys the reality of travel in these countries and the everyday issues facing the traveller. Too many travel books tend to present a 'tourist board' image of a location which is very different from the practical experience of the average visitor. Problems, hiccups and the unexpected help one to understand and appreciate a country much more. This is why the lack of colour photos doesn't matter. This book is a real journal of an exciting and challenging venture and not just a 'puff' for the South American tourism industry. Well worth reading."
Brian and Margaret Ludlow

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Valerie Astill is the author of 'From Coconuts to Condors' and has also written a second book titled -   'Temples and Tacos' about her journey through Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.


Genre: Travel: Places and peoples
ISBN: 978-1-905809-57-8
Publication Date: 12 April 2009
Edition/Format: 1st/Paperback
Book Size: 210 x 148 mm
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3 January 2012

Pre-release reviews

'Me and my shadow'
An incredible story of a desert runner.

"It has been a real pleasure to read “Me and My Shadow”. It is an inspirational book where the author has bravely shared so much of himself and his journey. I am intrigued by extraordinary stories of determination, and achievement, whereby adversity is overcome and goals are reached. This book is a perfect example of this. The author takes you on a journey and leaves you wanting more, always the mark of a great book."
Marina Tune
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

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"I am so glad that I took the time to read “Me and My Shadow”. Once I began reading I did not want to put the book down, neither did I want it to end.
The author Ray Matthews takes you on a journey throughout his life, and as a reader, you feel that you are part of that journey.
I felt like I was the “shadow” referred to in the title. The descriptive writing and storytelling painted such an imaginative picture that I felt I was right there besides him, like I was Ray’s shadow. I felt the physical and emotional pain Ray had experienced, and I felt the overwhelming joy of knowing that he had just taken part in something truly amazing.
The book is such an inspirational read and anyone who is seeking a dream and wanting to take on the impossible should read this book. I would like to thank Ray for sharing his journey and letting me be part of it through his beautiful writing."
Helen Woodburn-Moran

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"Ray writes with a passion that reflects his fervor for life. His heartfelt desire is to be all he can be, to collect and soak in every experience, and to grow as a human being and as an athlete. As you read you would almost feel you are there with Ray as a young lad, as he takes steps that help him discover his most important mentors who lead him to make the hardest decisions that made the biggest differences in his life as an athlete, family man, and business man. If you have the burning desire to live your life on your terms, then Ray’s book is a must read. Ray is living the ideal life; to be content with what he has achieved, and be ambitious for more. Don’t wait too long to write your next book Ray."

David Greenfield
Gym buddy and Life Coach
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