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Horses & Humans

Lucy Sewill

Lucy Sewill has photographed some of our most familiar and well loved faces and become known for her particular style of one-on-one personal portraiture. Her work has hung in the National Portrait Gallery and on other prestigious walls.

In this remarkable new collection of her work, Lucy turns her lens to the animals that she has loved her whole life, revealing the amazing bond that they have with their owners and handlers.

A project that takes her across Britain, to Ireland, the United States and North Africa, Lucy strips away physical and mental clutter to take a series of intimate portraits that give the reader a glimpse of what goes on in the minds of these magnificent creatures.

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Horses & Humans

Pot Luck

Nick Fisher

A dark, desperate tale of greed, crime, drugs, family, fear - and commercial crab fishing. Brothers Adrian and Matty Collins are close to rock bottom: sick of the sight of each other and barely scraping a living from the only job they have ever known: crab fishing off the south coast. Every day is a depressing repeat of the one that has gone before - until a discovery in a remote spot of the English Channel changes everything.

It could be the best thing that has ever happened to them - or is it the worst?

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Pot Luck

Addicted to Angling: A Lifetime’s Obsession with Fish and Fishing

Mike Thrussell

Mike Thrussell is one of the most recognisable names and faces in UK angling. Addicted To Angling is a detailed account of his lifetime’s obsession with fish and fishing, following an ever expanding road of adventure, travel and personal growth.

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Addicted to Angling: A Lifetime’s Obsession with Fish and Fishing

Ruins - Book Two of the Sentinel Trilogy

Joshua Winning

Ruins, the second title in the Sentinel Trilogy, is out now on Peridot Press. The YA dark fantasy series, by Joshua Winning, launched with book one, Sentinel, in 2014.


In his desperate search for answers about the Sentinels, an ancient society of demon hunters that his parents belonged to, fifteen-year-old Nicholas Hallow is tipped into a fresh nightmare of terrifying monsters – and even more sinister humans – which threaten to send the world spiralling into chaos. Can Nicholas track down the mysterious girl who holds the key to their fate?


Sentinel, the first book of the series, was released in May 2014 and received excellent reviews from The Sun, Empire, SciFi Now and Press Association.

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Ruins - Book Two of the Sentinel Trilogy

Erlund Hudson - A life

Simon Fenwick

The watercolorist and printmaker, who died in 2011 aged 99, was best known for depictions of women at work in the Second World War. Erlund Hudson, A Life by Simon Fenwick will be released on November 10, 2014.

 

Hudson’s etchings, sketches and watercolours are nearly always concerned with women at work or at rest, in wartime, domestic or ballet scenes.

 

After a mere 20 years as a professional artist Hudson abandoned painting and became involved in the world of ballet, working as artistic director at the Brooking School of Ballet with Nesta Brooking, her companion of almost 50 years.

 

Although Hudson’s output as an artist was relatively small, its significance is shown in that her work can now be found in important collections in Great Britain and North America, including the Imperial War Museum.

 

In this first biography of Eleanor Erlund Hudson (1912 – 2011) Simon Fenwick creates a moving and informative portrait of the woman and the artist during her long life.

 

The fully illustrated monograph also includes a list of her pictures shown by exhibiting societies during her lifetime.

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Erlund Hudson

Sentinel - Book One of the Sentinel Trilogy

Joshua Winning

They are the world's best-kept secret – an underground society whose eternal cause is to protect the world against the dark creatures and evil forces that inhabit the night.

Now Sentinels are being targeted, murdered and turned as the fury of an ancient evil is unleashed once more. 

And when 15-year-old Nicholas Hallow's parents are killed in a suspicious train crash, the teenager is drawn into a desperate struggle against malevolent powers.

Sentinel is the first book in the Sentinel Trilogy – a world of unconventional heroes, monsters, murder and magic.

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Sentinel

Managing MIL: You and your Mother-in-Law – for better, or for worse?

Katy Rink

Does your Mother-in-Law drive you crazy? Who is to blame? It can be difficult to tell when you are stuck on the inside.


Managing MIL offers a new perspective on this infamously tricky relationship.


It is the perfect gift for anyone getting hitched or struggling with a difficult MIL, or perhaps for a MIL seeking some insight into her Daughter-in-Law’s behaviour.


You’ll find funny stories, horror stories – gleaned from secretive ‘DIL Clubs’ – and a helping of practical advice to keep the relationship on track. Recognise your own dear MIL among hilarious caricatures and enjoy stinging one-liners and top tips from relationship experts.

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Managing MIL

Lipika

Rabindranath Tagore

First published in 1922, Lipika has long been cherished by the Bengali people.


Now Rabindranath Tagore’s delightful collection of prose poems, vignettes and short stories is available to the wider world in a direct and clear translation in English.


Tagore (1861-1941) amassed a vast body of work over his lifetime, featuring novels, essays, short stories, poems, paintings and dance-dramas, and is credited with reshaping Bengal’s literature and music. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.


Lipika features some of his finest and most communicative work, with a poetic power and story-telling that sits at the opposite end of the scale to epic, capturing the drama of the human journey in a perfect miniature. It is a perennial that will never lose its freshness.

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Calcutta Song

Joe Winter

Leaving all he had behind, in 1994 English writer and teacher Joe Winter arrived in Kolkata (until 2001 known as Calcutta), and for the next 12 years lived in the heart of one of the most resonant and expressive cities in the world.


He immersed himself in the culture of his new surroundings, and as he found his way in teaching, journalism and poetry, gradually he came to sense a kind of clarity.


In the festival of Durga Puja, in the poems of Rabindranath Tagore and Jibanananda Das; above all in the lives of people present and past, he discovered – always from an outsider’s viewpoint – a glimmer of what it can mean to be a Kolkatan.


This is a story for the times – a wide-ranging encounter with some of the very forces that have made and make India what it is. While in Kolkata, Joe Winter met and married a Bengali lady, and a family journey is part of the narrative. But there is a deeper family story here, of gods and goddesses, of two countries and continents; and of a handful of roads here and there in a city.

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The Following Game

Jonathan Smith

The Following Game is about passion and obsession. It’s about cricket, family and poetry, but most of all it’s about a father following a son’s career in the public eye and the close relationship they share.


Jonathan Smith was, for many years, head of English at Tonbridge School. As well as his acclaimed memoir, The Learning Game, he has published six novels and written many plays for radio. He is the father of the writer Ed Smith, who played cricket for Kent, Middlesex and England.


'Hugely affecting and touching, this is a self-effacing, gentle book, but it packs the emotional force of an MS Dhoni batting onslaught.' Roger Alton, The Spectator.


'Tender, thoughtful, elegant, passionate and honest.' Dan Jones, The New Statesman


'Jonathan Smith is just as good at writing as he was at teaching. And that, believe me, is saying a very great deal.' Dan Stevens in The Times Educational Supplement


'This beautifully produced little book says more about family, books and the game of cricket than many flashier volumes by well-known names. It is modest, candid, personal and brief, but full of surprises.' Robert McCrum, The Observer

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The Schoolmaster

A C Benson

The Schoolmaster: a commentary upon the aims and methods of an assistant-master in a public school.


The Schoolmaster was originally published at the turn of the 20th century, when the world was a very different place and yet Benson’s strikingly honest words about his chosen profession are, in the main, still relevant today.


Benson was born at Wellington College, educated at Eton and Cambridge and spent his life and career at both. He also had a very successful career outside of education; he was a prolific writer, the editor of Queen Victoria’s letters, lyricist and prolific diary writer.


Arthur Christopher Benson was an English essayist, poet, and author. His poems and volumes of essays, such as From a College Window, made him famous in his day. Today, he is best remembered as the author of the words to one of Britain's best-loved patriotic songs, Land of Hope and Glory.


'The Schoolmaster is personal and idiosyncratic and remains one of the best accounts of schoolmastering that has been written. I am delighted to see this work back in print, which for A.C.Benson is the most fitting memorial.' Tony Little, Master of Eton College

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The Schoolmaster

Loch Longs: The Third Quarter Century 1987-2012

Jamie Bruce Lockhart

Jamie Bruce Lockhart reviews the history of the Loch Long One Design classic racing keelboat.


Twenty-five years after Loch Longs: the first fifty years was published, Jamie Bruce Lockhart brings the story up-to-date, charting the 75-year history of Loch Longs along the way. Since the foundation of the class in 1937 one hundred and thirty-eight Loch Longs have been built. Of these 130 are in existence today, about half of them afloat and over a third actively raced.


This book concentrates on the links between the Clyde and the Alde that developed during the last quarter century. It includes records of the Class Champions and Class Commodores from 1987 to 2011 and lists every Loch Long, their owners and builders, but it is not a chronological history. It is, rather, a series of essays written by someone who sails, owns and above all loves Loch Longs; it is a view from the inside.

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Rhymes for the Grandchildren: Moose, Mouse and Other Rhymes

C. J. ("Jonty") Driver

A delightful collection of poetry for children written by Jonty Driver, former Headmaster of Berkhamsted School and Wellington College. Illustrated by Dutch artist Lieske van de Seijp. The "Rhymes for the Grandchildren" were written in idle moments when he was working on a new collection of poems while he held a Fellowship at the MacDowell Artists' Colony in New Hampshire in the USA in 2009.


C. J. ("Jonty") Driver is a poet, novelist and essayist who has published six collections of poems, five novels and a biography. For many years he was a teacher and, in due time, a headmaster, first of Island School, Hong Kong, then Berkhampstead School, then Wellington College, before returning to be a full-time writer.

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Rhymes for the Grandchildren: Moose, Mouse and Other Rhymes

The Crystal Spirit: My Bali Diary

Totty Ellwood

Shortly after 11pm on 12 October 2002, two bombs devastated the popular nightlife area of Kuta on the paradise island of Bali, Indonesia, killing more than 200 people. Among them was Jonathan Ellwood, an international school teacher, who had just arrived to attend a conference.


With no clear information available his sister Totty, a teacher in Malaysia, immediately went to Bali to find out what had happened to him. There, amidst the confusion, she was met by unflagging support from local volunteers, unending red tape – and British officialdom's inability to get to grips with the catastrophe. This is her story.

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The Lanchester Tradition

G F Bradby

Although G.F.Bradby's classic tale first appeared a few short months before the outbreak of the First World War, it remains one of the best stories of school life ever written.


While it is about a school, in essence it is about change and institutional fear of change, and so should be required reading for Heads...

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Sweet Wells

Patrick Tobin

Remembrance Day addresses to Daniel Stewart’s and Melville College, from 1989 to 1997.


On the school day nearest to 11th November each year the CCF of Stewart’s Melville College and The Mary Erskine School stand guard, arms reversed, at a short and simple wreathlaying ceremony at the Stewart’s Melville College war memorial. At 8.30 in the morning in Edinburgh it is still not fully light. It is cold and grey, and it is usually raining and windswept, yet in spite of this the whole school, assembled to watch the ceremony, remains still, quiet and attentive. There is no doubt that all those present have a clear understanding of the reasons for the ceremony, and its continued relevance today.


When the wreathlaying is completed, the whole school attends a short service of Remembrance in the Stewart’s Melville College Assembly Hall. Here the highlight is the address given by the Principal, Patrick Tobin. Each year he produces a talk which holds the audience spellbound, from the oldest governor to the youngest pupil – a difficult age gap to bridge in public. He demonstrates the folly and recklessness that drive nations to war, and its horror and stupidity, and he describes the courage and dedication of those who volunteer their service and their lives to defend the rights and freedoms of their compatriots.

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Sweet Wells