Saturday, 21 December 2013

New Titles from Gatehouse Publishing for Spring 2014

Art Plural
Voices of Contemporary Art
ISBN:   978-981-07-8408-9,  PRICE:          £40
AUTHOR:       Michael Peppiatt,   SUBJECT:      Art / Lifestyle
DESCRIPTION: How do we begin to understand the ensuing multitude of different directions in contemporary art? In Art Plural: Voices of Contemporary Art world-renowned art historian and writer Michael Peppiatt joins with Swiss gallerist Frédéric de Senarclens of Art Plural Gallery, as well as over 25 leading contemporary artists, to share their thoughts on this diverse art scene.

Dim Sum
A Flour-forward Approach to Traditional
Favourites and Contemporary Creations
ISBN: 978-981-07-7854-5, PRICE: £24
AUTHORS: Jalean, Wong &  Ma Jian Jun
SUBJECT: Food & Drink / Travel
DESCRIPTION: Chef Janice Wong's approach to cuisine is novel and innovative--she views familiar items in a different light, twisting and combining them in a unique way. In this book with dim sum expert Chef Ma Jian Jun, Chef Wong brings her unique concepts and presentation to the traditional Cantonese art of dim sum. Together they have pioneered a collection of over 90 traditional recipes as well as new creations incorporating both Chef Ma's impeccable craft and Chef Wong's pastry vision.

Instead of indiscriminately featuring everything and the kitchen sink, The HUNT team has donned our curatorial coloured glasses and carefully selected 100 or so unique, authentic local  businesses that range from eye-popping and brand spankin’ new to deeply patinated and WAY off the beaten path, funky and unexpected to chic and shiny. Over the last decade, our guides have become the go-to source for a worldwide community of locals and travellers who seek out genuine, intriguing independent businesses. All are £14, PB 128  152mm x 110mm

The Hunt Austin
Tolly Moseley Carnes
Tolly Moseley Carnes, is a freelance writer, editor and journalist living in Austin, Texas. Her work focuses on arts/culture, health, food and life. Before becoming a full-time writer, Tolly worked as a large waving costumed bear named Muffy, a seasoned coffee preparer at a fashion PR firm in Italy, a children's yoga instructor at a progressive private school, a classroom assistant in rural India, a college composition teacher, a restaurant columnist, a waitress, a "cat socializer," a public radio intern, a food show co-host, and a literary publicist.

The Hunt Hong Kong
Grace Entry
Grace Entry has worked as a professional chef, feature food and travel writer, food stylist and PR representative in Sydney, Shanghai, Singapore, and Hong Kong, where she is currently based.

The Hunt London
David Leppan
David Leppan,  is a treasure hunter, a collector, and a hunter-gatherer. His passion for what’s unique, rare and handmade began at the age of 10 with a friend's father telling him with great enthusiasm about his classic Rolls-Royce. To finance his rather nomadic lifestyle, he searches for treasures all around the world – zealously buying and rather sadly selling antiques – always on the lookout for beautiful and unusual products made by craftsmen and artisans.

An expert on global compliance issues, Mr. Leppan has spoken widely, been published and featured on BBC News, The Times and CNBC Squawk Box, to name but a few. He is a passionate collector of classic Rolls Royce, Bentleys as well as Spanish and Italian Old Masters.

The Hunt New York City
JoAnna Kang
JoAnna Kang - admits it took her years to make the cross country move to NYC. The excitement from friends and family soon dissipated. They were known to pantomime a gun to the head after listening to another soliloquy of her someday reuniting with a beloved NYC bagel. They’d implore, “Then, move already!” Yet, the thought of leaving Portland, Ore. felt like jumping out of a warm, comfy bed and straight into an icy river. But the move happened, and she confronted head-on NYC’s cramped, yet well-oiled machine, churning out long workdays in exchange to live in a 24-hour glutton’s paradise. Despite the 350-square foot challenge and ignoring the fact that the armoire is four feet from the stove, she still enjoys recreating delicious recipes from Elizabeth David cookbooks. On days when the apron’s tucked away, you’ll most likely find her fogging up the glass case at her favourite deli and neighbour, Russ & Daughters.

The Hunt San Francisco
Lauren Ladoceour
Lauren Ladoceour, is a journalist in San Francisco's Mission neighbourhood. Lauren Ladoceour is Yoga Journal's assistant editor and media editor. She joined Yoga Journal as the Web intern after graduating from Boston University in 2005. In addition to YJ, Lauren has worked at Sunset Custom Publishing and written for Rolling Stone, Boston Magazine, the Boston Phoenix, and the Spokesman-Review. Her work has also appeared in Stone Australia, 7x7, and Food Arts. Lauren is an avid gamer and cook, and enjoys refinishing antiques and competing in small trivia tournaments. 

The Hunt Singapore
Bernie Baskin  & Jalean Wong
Bernie Baskin - United States - is a wandering southerner who fell in love with slurping noodles on the streets of Singapore. When he’s not exploring the hidden alleys of Asia, he can be found on the back of a rusty motorcycle with the throttle wide open, singing at the top of his lungs.
Jalean Wong Singapore - An unabashed lover of food in all its amazing forms, Singapore native Jalean Wong has spent her life searching for the world’s tastiest (sometimes spiciest) nosh, both as a professional food critic and for her own unadulterated personal pleasure. Although this equal opportunity eater’s palate has been finely honed while living in the US, Australia and China, she is just as content scouting out hole-in-the-walls as she is stuffing her face with a 10-course degustation.

To All Our Valued Clients and Customers
We wish you a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

"Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Monday, 11 November 2013

Special Remembrance Day Edition

War related titles from Vine House Distribution

ontemporary poems for Remembrance Day and peace events. Many of the poems have appeared on the 'warpoetry' website where they have proved immensely popular. The poems have been selected and are introduced by David Roberts. Judging by the thousands of people who visit the Remembrance page of the war poetry website there is a great demand for poetry suitable for remembrance and peace occasions. This anthology goes beyond the poetry available on the website and should go a long way towards meeting the interests and needs of those concerned with Remembrance of those who have died or suffered in war both as combatants and civilians.

Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Saxon Books (30 Nov 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952896968

This anthology, based on "Minds at War" - by same author - has been prepared for the general reader who requires less background information, and for students, including GCSE and A Level. One of mankind's greatest tragedies was the First World War. For over four years whole nations unleashed the full might of their new-found destructive powers. Poets played their part in this war as promoters of it, soldiers, victims and onlookers. Their stories and their responses to their experiences are deeply moving, and their work includes some of the greatest poetry of the 20th Century. Many of the poems in Out in the Dark are currently selected by exam boards. The 19th Century poems, examples of the culture of Empire and militarism, help to explain both the rush to war and the nature of the early poetry of the First World War - 140 poems in all.

Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Saxon Books; First Edition edition (24 Oct 1998)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952896913

While fighting on the Western Front in 1917 this artillery officer's volume of war poetry, Les Coqs et les Vautours (Cockerels and Vultures), had just been published in Paris. It was singled out for praise by the Académie Française in 1918 before falling, unaccountably, into obscurity. For almost 90 years this outstanding French poet of the First World War was unknown in his own country. The chance finding of a slim and musty little volume of his poetry at a jumble sale in France in 2008 was a revelation to the finder and Granier was republished and astonished French readers. Though he is stylistically very different, some compare Granier with Guillaume Apollinaire. He also stands comparison with the best of British war poets. Now English-speaking readers can encounter this remarkable talent through Ian Higgins impressive translation.
  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Saxon Books (28 Jan 2014)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952896975

Concentrating on the classic poems by the greatest poets of World War One, this collection contains 250 poems by 80 poets. It includes such enduringly popular poems of the war as Brooke's sonnets and McCrae's "In Flanders Fields". There are also examples of the once hugely popular poems which were written as propaganda. Historical and biographical background material, extracts from diaries, personal letters and autobiographies illuminate the poetry. Poets featured include Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Edward Thomas, Charles Sorley, Isaac Rosenberg, Herbert Read, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, Rose Macauley, Eleanor Farjeon, D.H. Lawrence, John Galsworthy, Edmund Blunden, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Walter de la Mare, John Masefield, Lawrence Binyon, John McCrae, Ivor Gurney, John Oxenham, Arthur Graeme West and Rupert Brooke.

Paperback: 410 pages
  • Publisher: Saxon Books; 3rd Edition edition (11 Nov 1996)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952896906

A collection of poetry by poets from the UK, Argentina and the Falklands published to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Falklands war.

Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Saxon Books; 1st edition (30 Mar 2012)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952896951

Published to coincide with the anniversary of the start of the NATO bombing of Serbia/Kosovo, this book contains a new kind of poetry for a new kind of war. With tough and uncompromising poems and satirical verse, the author explores the human suffering, the power of hatred, the propaganda, the primitive attitudes, the moral arguments and NATO's "humanitarian" bombing campaign.

Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Saxon Books (15 Feb 2000)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952896920

This unique boxed set provides the complete story of World War I through the eyes of the men fighting for their countries. It includes a detailed, fully-illustrated book that chronicles and presents in vivid detail the story of the Great War and combines with quotes, memorabilia, and special features. The boxed set includes a full colour hardback that chronicles the story of World War I, a special scrapbook featuring contemporary coverage and unique documents, and a wall planner that charts the key dates and gives a summary of events, providing at-a-glance information.

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Park Lane Books (1 Oct 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906969387

This unique boxed set provides the complete story of World War II through the unique format of a day-by-day approach. It includes a detailed, fully-illustrated book that chronicles and presents in vivid day-by-day style the story of the Second World War and combines with quotes, memorabilia, and special features. The boxed set includes a full colour hardback that chronicles the story of World War II day-by- day, a special scrapbook featuring contemporary coverage and unique documents, and a wall planner that charts the key dates and gives a summary of events, providing at-a-glance information.
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Park Lane Books (1 Oct 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906969394

This unique boxed set provides the complete guide to D-Day. It includes a detailed, fully-illustrated book that chronicles and presents in vivid detail the momentous events of the initial landings and the battle for Normandy. Profiles of weapons and commanders combine with quotes, memorabilia, and special features on individual battles and engagements, to tell the full D-Day story. The boxed set includes a full colour hardback that chronicles D-Day, a special scrapbook featuring contemporary coverage and unique documents, and a wall planner that charts the key dates and gives a summary of events, providing at-a-glance information.
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Park Lane Books (1 Oct 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906969370

This beautifully packaged book looks back at the battle that decided Britain's destiny. A conflict that had to be won to prevent Nazi Germany plunging Europe into a new dark age of tyranny, The Battle of Britain was one of the great epics of world history and won freedom for generations to come. Now this comprehensive and fully illustrated publication evokes the gripping drama of those momentous days of 1940. Packed with vivid detail, insight and photographs it conveys both the extraordinary war in the skies and the bitter but heroic experiences and exploits of ordinary people on the ground.

Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Park Lane Books (1 Jun 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906969134

This unique boxed set provides the complete story of Winston Churchill. It includes a detailed, fully-illustrated book that chronicles and presents in vivid detail the story of one of Britain's greatest ever leaders and combines with quotes, memorabilia, and special features. The boxed set includes a full colour hardback that chronicles the story of Churchill's life, a special scrapbook featuring contemporary coverage and unique documents, and a wall planner that charts the key dates and gives a summary of events, providing at-a-glance information.

Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Park Lane Books (1 Oct 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906969455

This beautifully pakaged book features a selection of the greatest military blunders throughout history. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and when we look back at some of the world's most damaging military blunders it seems unbelievable that rational men could have made such crass decisions and fatal errors. This publication contains the answers as it looks at what lay behind the disasters at Balaclava, Agincourt, Antietam, the Philippines, and many more. Shocking and incredible, in many cases the blunders might seem almost laughable were it not for the terrible suffering and loss that they created.

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Park Lane Books (1 Jun 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906969264

This beautifully packaged book looks back at one of the momentous campaigns of World War II. Both an epic confrontation between huge armed forces, and a life-or-death struggle between individual men, played out amid some of the most bitter fighting of the conflict. Now this superb publication evokes the gripping drama of the D-Day landings and the pivotal battle for Normandy. This comprehensive and fully illustrated publication vividly chronicles the campaign, revealing the passage of the battles as they unfolded at the time.
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Park Lane Books (1 Jun 2013)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906969318

Bayonets: An Illustrated History uses current colour photography, with over 500 photographs, in a landscape-format, to examine Bayonets from the 17th century to date. First there is a short, general introduction that examines the history of the bayonet - named after the French town of Bayonne, where it is thought to have been devised around about 1650. The introduction examines the way that weapon development and technological advances during the period led to changes in the size, shape, manufacture and style of bayonet. This section is illustrated by images from contemporary sources. Next, there are sections on the various types of bayonet - including Plug, Socket, Sword, Yataghan, Knife, etc. - covering the most important bayonets of each type with photos and text. Lesser examples (Trowel, Pistol, Cutlass, Ramrod, Practice) are covered in shorter sections, giving an overall total of some 300 bayonets and 500 photographs. Finally, a short reference section points the reader to other reading, museum collections and websites of interest. It is, without doubt, the biggest such colour book on the market and provides a splendid reference.
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Park Lane Books; Reissue edition (15 Sep 2012)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785829300

There have been many books on World War II infantry weapons so what's different about this one? Quite simply, the photography. Infantry Weapons of World War II contains some 500 totally original, all-colour, specially commissioned photographs showing major infantry weapons from the Colt M1911A1 to the MG42. The Cobberton collection in North Devon, England provides a remarkable basis for this detailed examination of small arms - the term small arms being used loosely to include not only revolvers, pistols, rifles, and submachine guns, but also machine guns, mortars, grenades, mines, and hand-held antitank weapons. With over 150 weapons in the collection the small arms of the five main protagonists - Germany, Japan, Russia, the United States, and Great Britain - are shown, with a sprinkling of those from other nations - France, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. There is no doubt that Infantry Weapons of World War II provides a splendid reference that will grace any collection. 

Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Park Lane Books; Reprint edition (15 Sep 2012)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785829317

In 1783, Henry Cabell and Susannah Holmes found themselves desperately afraid in the fortress that was Norwich Castle. They had been imprisoned for stealing goods worth more than forty shillings, a crime that automatically drew sentences of death by hanging. There they fell in love and enjoyed a potent fusion of pain and pleasure within the prison's grim walls. This story follows the true events leading to two young country folk struggling to survive the perils and squalor of a Georgian prison, where first offenders lay beside hardened criminals, muggers and murderers were mixed with children, harlots and petty criminals. When Susannah and her baby were sent to the hulks for transportation on the first fleet to Australia, Henry was desperate but powerless to join her. John Simpson, the humane turnkey, stepped in when the Captain of the hulk refused to take Susannah's baby, who, having been born in prison, had no papers. His actions sparked off an amazing chain of events which culminated in the two young people being reunited on the hulk prior to joining the very first fleet to the New World. Henry, tough and resourceful in Australia, was the first convict in history to successfully sue the authorities, run a mail service, own a ship and become the Colony's first Chief Constable. He went on to make a fortune in sealing and whaling.
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Len P. Hedges; First edition (1 Jun 2009)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906183080

This book is the result of the authors collaboration with shipping magnate, Peter Livanos, a collector of classic aircraft. It is centred on Livanos' Spitfire, the famous AR213, the only airworthy MkI in the world, and its resotration.This heavily illustrated publication presents the Spitfire in an attractive, beautifully photographed and colourful format. Like the restoration itself, nothing has been spared in producing an unusually handsome book to celebrate all aspects of the Spitfire legend and the Livanos example of it.
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Livanos and Philip Kaplan (10 July 2008)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955706103

Like the Spitfire, and a relatively small number of other classic aircraft, the DC-3/C-47 Dakota is a breed apart, distinguished not only by her exceptional design, engineering, durability, performance, and her many other fine characteristics, but by her enormous base of admirers. To the millions of her passengers, and the enthusiastic captains and crews who have operated these planes for more than 70 years, and those whose lives have been affected by her in the most dramatic ways, she is unforgettable. Without question, the great Douglas Plane changes history, opening the era of modern air travel in the 1930's and as the backbone of allied air transport in the Second World War. In this new book, 'Legend', the fascinating wartime and post-war history of a significant surviving veteran of that war, the C-47A N1844A is traced, along with the pre-war, wartime and post-war story of the fabulous DC-3/C-47 Dakota type. 'Legend' is a powerful, impressive celebration of one of the most important machines of all time. In his book Crusade in Europe, General Dwight Eisenhower wrote: 'Most senior officers regard as the most vital to our success...the bulldozer, the jeep, the two and a half ton truck, and the C-47'. None of these had been designed for their combat role.
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Livanos and Philip Kaplan (14 May 2009)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955706110

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Doctor Spot's Case Books

A series of charming stories designed to help children, aged 4-7 years, (and their families and friends) understand and cope with a range of common illnesses and conditions. Children love the stories, which describe symptoms and how to alleviate or cure them in a way that is accessible and easy to understand. Special parents' pages at the back of each book provide medically vetted information on recognising and easing symptoms and seeking professional help.
Brian has Dyslexia is a story about a bright young bear who keeps getting his words muddled up. Brian thinks it’s because he’s stupid, but Dr Spot the leopard doctor explains it’s just because he has something called dyslexia and it’s not his fault and he most certainly is not stupid.
ISBN 9781905339860
Charlie has Asthma is a story about Charlie the cheetah who’s always running out of breath just when he needs it most. Dr Spot the leopard doctor explains that he has something called asthma and gives him a special inhaler to help with his breathing. Soon Charlie is roaring round the track again!
ISBN 9781905339839
Emma has Measles is a story about Emma the elephant. Emma catches measles and it looks as though she’ll miss her star part in the school play. However, when the play is put off because other members of the cast catch measles too, Emma can be the star after all.
ISBN 9781905339891
Franklin has Conjunctivitis is a story about Franklin the frog. When Franklin gets conjunctivitis, his fun camping trip with his dad and friends looks like ending in disaster. Luckily Doctor Spot arrives with some special eye drops to make everything better.
ISBN 9781905339853
George has Meningitis is a story about Baby George the gorilla who is taken ill with a mysterious sickness. Remembering her school lessons, his clever sister Gloria suspects meningitis. Dr Spot rushes George to hospital where he receives emergency treatment and makes a full recovery.
ISBN 9781905339907
Harriet has Tonsillitis is a story about Harriet the hippo who develops a nasty case of tonsillitis at her best friend’s birthday party. Doctor Spot is on hand to tell her what’s wrong and how she’s going to get better.
ISBN 9781905339914
Lawrence has Head Lice is a story about Lawrence the lion who goes to the barber for a mane cut. The barber finds head lice eggs (nits) in Lawrence’s thick hair. Lawrence’s mother takes Lawrence to Doctor Spot, who explains all about head lice and how to treat them.
ISBN 9781905339884
Mike has Chicken-Pox is a story about Mike the monkey who comes out in spots and feels uncomfortably itchy. He’s got chicken-pox! Doctor Spot prescribes some soothing lotion and Mike is soon back on form again and up to his old tricks.
ISBN 9781905339846
Rachel has Eczema is a story about Rachel the rhino. Poor Rachel is sore and itchy and can’t sleep at night. After diagnosing a painful case of eczema, Doctor Spot treats her with ointments and dressings which soon make her feel better.
ISBN 9781905339877
Zak has ADHD is a story about Zak the zebra. Poor Zak – he’s naughty, rude and unpopular, but all he really wants is to be like the other children. Doctor Spot finds that Zak has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD. Soon Zak is winning gold stars for good behaviour – and making a new friend!
ISBN 9781905339822
For further information and to order copies of these books, please contact us on telephone: 01825 767396, fax: 01825 765649 or email:
Dr Spot Case Books Published by Red Kite Books (Haldane Mason Ltd)
Sales:   Vine House Distribution Ltd, The Old Mill House, Mill Lane, Uckfield, East Sussex TN22 5AA
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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Jane Austen & Adlestrop - latest reviews:

‘The subtitle of this book is ‘Her Other Family’ and it is true that the Leighs of Adlestrop, while providing half of Jane Austen’s genes and heritage, are less written about than the Austens of Kent.  …There is material that does not normally make it into standard Austen biographies and [the author’s] claim that ‘Jane was directly affected by their sagas of dynastic marriages, untimely deaths and metal instability, their quest for fashionable improvements, their money struggles and quarrels over inheritance’ is surely true.
Maggie Lane, Jane Austen Society Newsletter October 2013

Well-illustrated with photographs, reproductions of painted portraits, maps and family trees, this is not only a detailed portrait of an English village, but also a fascinating history of Jane Austen’s maternal forebears.
Joceline Bury Jane Austen’s Regency World

Latest reviews for Dr Spot - ZAK has ADHD  ADD/ADHD Resource Reviews -

Zak has ADHD
A Dr Spot book by Jenny Leigh

This is a delightfully written and wonderfully colourful book aimed at children with ADHD to help them to understand a bit more about the condition. It also has fantastic information for parents to help them to support their child and obtain the best possible help for them.

Jenny has written this in such a way that any child with ADHD will be able to identify themselves in Zak and to be able to relate to some of the feelings Zak has.

Dr Spot explains things really well and simply to both the child and adult and this allows Zak and his parents to understand why he is different and in turn this allows the child and parents to appreciate how the child is also behaving to enable them to access help and support for the child both through health and education.

The fact that the pictures and characters are so bright and colourful makes the book a delight to read through and helps to keep you focused on the story and also allows you to imagine a lot more of what would be happening in the story.

Jenny has written very sensitivly about ADHD and how the condition affects both the child and the family but not only that she has looked further into things and has shown that this is not only a condition that affects boys but there is also a girl who is diagnosied as well which will mean that this book will appeal both to male and female readers and parents.

Over all this is one of the first books about ADHD for children that I think will be a real source of fun and practical help and support.

Many thanks to Jenny for the research she has put into making this as accurate as possible.

Sarah-Jayne Bass (formerly Caroline Hensby)

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Zak has ADHD and Brian has Dyslexia have also been listed on ADHD Lancashire Support group website -

Latest review:

Jane Austen & Adlestrop is featured in Octobers issue of Cotswold Life -

"All of Jane's novels were published published anonymously and she did not live long enough to enjoy the success of her work.  Now thanks to the dedicated work undertaken by Victoria Huxley, we can vicariously follow in Jane Austen's footsteps and read more into her novels than a writer's imagination.  For the first time, the connection between the novelist and the small village of Addlestrop has been fully researched and written.  An future generations will have Victoria to thank for putting the village into context of the changes wrought over the last two centuries, ensuring Adlestrop is remembered and takes its place in our cherished history" - with June Lewis - Heritage section - Cotswold Life Magazine

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New title from 'Silent but Deadly'
ISBN: 978 0 9562398 5 3
PRICE: £2.99
AUTHOR: Martin Baxendale

The perfect gift for anyone who could do with a little cheering up and/or a bit of a laugh to brighten their day (which would be all of us then). A fun cartoon-illustrated guide crammed with advice on topping up your happiness levels by self-taught (and only very lightly bonkers) cheering-up expert Cheerful Charli. In an Increasingly gloomy world where the news gets more depressing by the day and politicians just seem to make things worse, it’s important to try to stay chirpy and upbeat. Cheerful Charli helps to lighten the load with her laugh-a-minute take on how to stay happy no matter what – a very funny collection of tips and hints that will brighten anyone’s day with a plethora of chuckles while also offering nuggets of self-help truth to keep them sane and happy even in difficult times.
Martin’s series of close to 30 cartoon humour books has sold over four million copies worldwide. Probably best-known is Your New Baby – An Owner’s Manual, a classic gift book for new parents which has sold nearly half a million copies in the UK and more than a million worldwide, translated into over a dozen languages.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

October 2013

We have some fabulous new titles coming up for Christmas and the New Year

Please see our list of forthcoming titles


MONTH / TITLE                                                      PRICE        SUBJECT

Dr Spot Casebook: Brian Has Dyslexia              £5.99       Children / Special needs
Dr Spot Casebook: Emma Has Measles           £5.99      Children / Body & Health
Dr Spot Casebook: George Has Meningitis     £5.99     Children / Body & Health
Dr Spot Casebook: Lawrence Had Head Lice £5.99   Children / Body & Health
Dr Spot Casebook: Rachel Has Eczema          £5.99     Children / Body & Health
Dr Spot Casebook: Charlie Has Asthma           £5.99     Children / Body & Health
Dr Spot Casebook: Franklin Has Conjunctivitis £5.99  Children / Body & Health
Dr Spot Casebook: Harriet Has Tonsillitis           £5.99    Children / Body & Health
Dr Spot Casebook: Mike Has Chicken-Pox     £5.99  Children / Body & Health
Dr Spot Casebook: Zak Has ADHD                   £5.99   Children / Special needs
Red Lion Brewery                                              £20.00    History/Business   
Dinosaur Hunter: T Rex                                    £2.99      Natural History
Reflexology                                                  £9.99     Health/Mind Body Spirit
Coolbrands 2013/2014                            £55.00     Marketing/Advertising

Abba: Thank you for the Music                          5.99          Popular Music
The Rolling Stones                                                  5.99         Popular Music
The Who                                                                  5.99        Popular Music
The Beatles                                                             5.99         Popular Music
The British Invasion                                                5.99        History/Popular Musichion                                                               5.99        History/Fashion
Bob Marley                                                            5.99        Popular Music
Presidents of the USA                                          5.99      American History
Classic American Cars                                5.99      Transport/Motor Cars
Harley Davidson                                         5.99      Tansport/Motorcycles
Chronicles: In the Trenches                      12.99        Military History
Chronicles: D-Day                                      12.99        Military History

Chronicles: Day by Day                          12.99      Military History
Chronicles: Churchill                               12.99      Biography/British History
Three Little Pigs                                  7.99      Children’s Traditional Stories    
Three Billie Goats Gruff                       7.99      Children’s Traditional Stories
Goldilocks & the Three Bears             7.99      Children’s Traditional Stories
Wait for the Ricochet                            17.99       Rock Music
Recipes for Natural Beauty RP           9.99  Cosmetics/Hair & Beauty         
Malt Whisky Yearbook 2014       13.95  Food & Drink/Spirits & Cocktails
Gilbert & Gaillard Wine Guide 2014    17.95       Food & Drink/Wine
Tarot New Edition                                9.99    Mind,Body Spirit/Divination
Learn to Play the Recorder New Edition     9.99     Children/Education/Music
Great Box of Magic RP                                 14.99      Hobbies/ Quizzes/Games
Awakening the Universal Heart                  14.95          Mind, Body, Spirit

Remembrance Poems                                        14.00     Poetry
On the Theory of Chinese Ideology PB            18.00    History/
New Zealand Bed & Breakfast Book 2014        12.95     Travel/New Zealand
Australian Accommodation Guide 2014         12.95       Travel/Australia
Champagne Cookbook                                     12.95      Food & Drink/Wine
New Adventures of Wine Cookery RP              9.99      Food & Drink/Wine/Cookery
Sonoma Wine & the Story of Buena Vista        26.00      Wine
Wine in the Bible                                                   17.00      Wine/History
Wine, Food & the Good Life                                9.95      Food & Drink/Wine/Cooking

Thinking Through Dance                                20.00   Dance Aesthetics
Embodied Politics                                           20.00   Dance Aesthetics
Rudolf Laban: Man of Theatre                      20.00    Modern Dance

Adventures in the Movie Biz                                8.99        Biography
Cockerels and Vultures                                        8.95       Poetry WWI
The Silent Village                                                    7.99       Fiction
Minds at War 8th Reprint                                      15.99       Poetry WWI
Out in the Dark 8th Reprint                                    9.99       Poetry WWI          
How to be Happy                                                   2.99       Humour

MARCH 2014

Superbrands Annual 2014                       50.00      Marketing/Advertising