FORTHCOMING TITLES

   
NEW AND FORTHCOMING TITLES FROM THE KING'S ENGLAND PRESS

We've got a lot of stuff in the pipeline at The King's England Press - here's a quick tour of some of the edited highlights. Cover designs and full bibliographic details of these books are still subject to change. If you would like to register your interest in any of the books in this news letter you can do so by clicking on the jacket illustration to send us an auto-email, or by emailing sales@kingsengland.com

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WIDUROK
by C. R. Osborne
(2016) 198 x 129mm, pbk., £8.99
ISBN 978 1 909548 55 8

George and Millie are staying with their Grandad in Wybrook while their parents are out of the country.  On the night of the midsummer solstice, George sets out on an unauthorised quest to try and recover his Grandad’s pocket-watch, which he had carelessly lost earlier in the day.  And disappears, without trace. When George goes missing, it is left to his sister alone to work out what has happened to him. Surely, everyone knows that people don’t just disappear! But as Millie starts to unveil the truth,  and finds that this is not the first time someone has gone missing at Midsummer, she uncovers hidden secrets, hinting at something more unbelievable than she could ever have imagined, as she and her brother are plunged into a world of mystery, myths and peril, harking back to the Dark Ages, and the long-forgotten Kingdom of the East Saxons, in an enigmatic thriller by a writer with a new, unique voice.

NOW PUBLISHED
THE GIRL WHO'LL RULE THE WORLD
by Jolie Booth
(2016) 198mm x 129mm pbk., 348pp.,  £8.99
ISBN 978 1 909548 68 8

The first question anybody wants to know when they pick up a book is "what’s it about?” With this book, that’s the hardest question you could ask about it, and the last one to be answered. OK, here’s the start of an idea… imagine if Moll Flanders met Mrs Dalloway and they both decided to drop some acid and dance all night at a party at a commune in Southwold? You’re getting warmer. It’s about Esmeralda. Life, and Esmeralda, but not necessarily in that order. Structurally, it’s a novel that challenges our perceptions of time and memory, mingling past and present, as Esmeralda drifts downstream, through a series of scenes peopled with a rambling, picaresque cast of characters, some of whom are fleeting ghosts, never seen again, and some of whom remain to be significant. Actually, "drifts” is the wrong word there. A more appropriate nautical metaphor would be that Esmeralda crashes through life, like an out-of-control speedboat, leaving havoc bobbing in her turbulent wake. No situation is too strange, no drug is off the menu, legal, illegal, or purely psychological. In this, her first novel, Jolie Booth has created Fifty Shades for the Trainspotting generation.

NOW PUBLISHED





COOKING WITH BABBO AND NONNA
by Gez Walsh
(2017) 9 in. x 6 in., 82pp., pbk., £9.95
ISBN 978 1 909548 61 9
Italian cookery is sometimes seen as "fancy” or pretentious in some way. If you had to devise simple, nutritious and cheap meals, would you automatically think of Italian cookery? Probably not. Yet risotto, for instance, is the staple food of the Piedmontese farmer/shepherd who spends long, physically-demanding days in the mountains, tending his sheep. And the following day, the remains of any risotto can be easily made into arrancini, tasty, deep-fried rice balls. Nothing is ever wasted. Thrift and economy are the order of the day. True, Italian cuisine has gained a hold in the UK, from the early days of Chianti bottles in a basket to Dominos and Dol Mio. These days, though, we are saddled with austerity, and all it implies. Do the twin delights of pizza and pasta have any part to play in feeding a hungry family on limited resources and a shoestring budget? Author Gez Walsh is convinced they can. And not only those two basic staples, but the rest of the Italian cookbook as well. Drawing on recipes which originated with his Italian granny (the "Nonna" in the title) he shows how Italian cookery can be nutritious and cheap! Cheap, Ciao! in fact.

NOW PUBLISHED


WE'LL TAKE THE STRING ROAD
Motorhome Meditations on the Isle of Arran 
by Steve Rudd
(2016) 9in x 6in pbk., £9.95
ISBN 978-1-909548-33-6

The Isle of Arran, fourteen miles off the west coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde, is known for its combination of scenic grandeur and rugged beauty. With its mountains, burns, and deserted beaches, it has often been called "Scotland in Miniature". Steve Rudd is not known for his rugged beauty, or indeed any beauty, but he has now (including this one) written five books of wry observation based on his travels to, from, and around Arran, in the company of his long-suffering wife and various dogs. With his constant wittering, Steve has often been described as "Bill Bryson with added midgies".  Other comments on his work have included "officer, this man is following me everywhere."  Seals were seen, kayaks were paddled, dogs were dunked in the briny, and, since his near-permanent encounter with The Grim Reaper in 2010, wheelchairs were wheeled. This book chronicles two trip to Arran over the summer of 2013, but as usual it is as much about the digressions as the island itself.


NOW PUBLISHED

FISH TOWN: A Love Story
by Steve Rudd
(2016) 9in x 6in., pbk., £7.95
978 1 909548 62 6
Steve Rudd was born in a prefab off Newbridge Road, Hull, in a place called Sweet Dews Grove, a name redolent of post-war town planning, in a town that had, up until then, most recently been "planned" by the Luftwaffe.  Although he was born naked, and unable to speak or walk, he overcame these difficulties and fifteen years later, in common with many other misguided adolescents, began writing poetry at school. Fortunately, none of that early work survived. On leaving university he was unemployed for six weeks and then, almost simultaneously, offered a choice of employment. A job in a fish packing firm, off Hessle Road, or a job in a bookshop. He chose the latter, and the rest is history, not fish-story. 


NOW PUBLISHED

THERE AND BACK TO SEE HOW FAR IT IS
by Matt Nicholson
(2016) 9in x 6in., pbk., £7.95
978 1 909548 65 7

Matt Nicholson is a fresh and exciting new voice who has made significant waves with his words, his use of imagery and his performances in the two years since he decided to share his work with just about anyone who was prepared to listen. He left Hull, the City of his birth, at the age of 8, watching from the back seat of a car as his family drove past the almost-complete Humber Bridge, heading for a new life. His head was full of excitement and hope for the promised land that waited for them down south, but he was heartbroken that he would not see his beloved Humber Bridge completed. Jumping forward over 30 years, he has returned, crossing that self-same iconic bridge with his wife and all their worldly possessions, to once again make a home in East Yorkshire. His poetry is sometimes dark and intense, sometimes heartfelt and funny, but always painstakingly honest; poetry that describes a man who has been There and back, if only to see how far it is.

NOW PUBLISHED
CHANGING TIDES
by Vicky Foster
(2016) 9in x 6in., pbk., £7.95
978 1 909548 66 4

Vicky Foster has lived all her life in a city where the rivers can still stop the traffic, where waters can overrun the streets and where festivals and nights out are held on piers and marinas. Living there, she has developed a great love for her city, but also the realisation that there are some things you can never control and that often the best thing to do is learn to ride the tides. Like the water, poetry has always been there for Vicky – but at the age of 18 she decided to put down her pen and go and find something to write about. In her unique poetic voice, Vicky shares with us vivid images of the many changes which life has washed up, in the years between then and now. "one of the most exciting new voices which Hull's City of Culture has allowed us to hear so far..." - Ian McMillan, The Verb, BBC Radio 3 

NOW PUBLISHED
THE STARING OWL: An Anthology of Work By The Poets of the King 's England Press
(2016) 9in x 6in,  pbk., £7.95 
ISBN 978 1 909548 58 9

The King's England Press's poetry list now boasts and impressive eight poets, each of whom writes in their own unique and distinctive voice and persona. This selection is intended to give the reader an introductory insight into their work, but also contains some new material by them, which has not appeared elsewhere.  This anthology has been produced for the benefit of the Hummingbird Project, a charitable organisation which aids refugees, and is based in Buxton, Derbyshire. 

NOW PUBLISHED

MR BOWLLY REGRETS
by Deborah Tyler-Bennett
(2017) 9in x 6in  pbk.,  £7.95
ISBN 978 1 909548 69 5

A new poetry collection by Deborah Tyler-Bennett is always an event, and this one promises to be a landmark. Those who already know and love her work will not be disappointed, and those to whom she is a new voice will be surprised and entertained by the breadth and quality of her insights and her poetic craft. The book is split into four broad sections – the first of which is firmly grounded in the author’s East Midlands roots – memories of Mansfield, and aged Aunties who comb the obituaries of the Sutton-in-Ashfield Chad in search of people they knew. Books of the Village - Diseworth and Kegworth, the next part, is inspired by the lads who never returned from Flanders to these tiny rural Leicestershire communities. Going South, the following section, takes us to the seedy world of Brighton and the South Coast. Finally, in a much more wide-ranging section of poems inspired by radio, films and TV, Deborah Tyler-Bennett expands the themes of ennui and the vacuity of a society based on the uncritical mass consumption of popular culture.

This is also a book which hardens, and darkens, as you progress through each section. It is possibly her darkest book to date for the King’s England Press but in terms of coherence and consistency, it achieves a difficult balancing act – to contain both elegiac wistfulness with nostalgia, contemplation of the inevitable, and justifiable anger about what could be done better – make no mistake, this is also, politically, possibly, her most committed book, drawing parallels between Britain today and the 1930s, and it can, surely, only be a matter of time before this book, and its author, receive the recognition they truly deserve.

NOW PUBLISHED

BRAND NEW BEAT
by Deborah Tyler-Bennett
(2017) 9 in x 6 in, 211pp, pbk., £10.99
ISBN 978 1 909548 70 1 

In this, the final volume in the trilogy which began with Turned Out Nice Again and continued with Mice That Roared Deborah Tyler-Bennett brings the characters she has created up to the 1960s. The world of variety is fading from its former glory, and everywhere, television is king. Cooper and Bean are faced with some stark choices.  Meanwhile, in the wider world, there is Beatlemania, and the first stirrings of what eventually would become the Summer of Love, even in Mansfield.

NOW PUBLISHED 


FIFTY, GREY, IN SHADES: Poems
by Gez Walsh
(due 2017) 9in x 6in Pagination TBA, pbk., abt. £7.95
ISBN 978 1 909548 64 0

Comedian, raconteur, radio presenter and the originator of the genre of "Potty Poetry" for kids, Gez Walsh also has a serious side. This will be his first collection of poems written with an adult audience in mind
CROWLE STREET KIDS: East Hull Childhoods of the 1950s and 60s
Edited by Ray Robinson and Steve Rudd
(due 2017) paperback, 234 x 153mm, illustrated, approx £14.95
ISBN 978-1-872438-59-7

What was the 1960s really like in the working class North of England? Did the Cuban missile crisis, the space race, the Kennedy assassinations and the Vietnam War have much resonance for those people living in the pattern of Victorian streets which lay behind a busy arterial road feeding the docks of Britain’s third port? Originally an online collection of memories of those who attended Crowle Street School, East Hull, in the period from roughly the end of the Second World War until its demolition by Hull City Council in the 1970s, this archive grew to include photographs and other memories of the immediate area, its characters, its social fabric, its industries, its celebrations and its tragedies. These authentic voices, echoing down the intervening 40 to 50 years, recall what it was like to gather wood for bonfire night, to shop in local corner shops, to buy hot cakes from the baker’s van, to play marbles, skipping, hopscotch and many other innocent games in playgrounds with wickets or goalposts whitewashed on to the rough brick walls, now long since demolished.


A HAND-DRAWN HERBAL
by 'Senex Silvanus'
(due 2017) Format and Pagination TBA, pbk.,
ISBN 978 1 909548 60 2

Herbs have been part of our culture for much longer than you would think. In this hand-calligraphed volume, reproduced here in facsimile, the author looks at both the common and the not-so-common herbs, their culinary and medicinal uses, and the folklore and customs associated with them, accompanied by unique hand-drawn coloured illustrations.
THE BOW OF BARNSDALE (A 'Peter Glasson' Novel)
by Harry Fenwick
due 2017, paperback, 6.875 x 4.25in., approx £8.99
ISBN 978-1-909548-18-3

Following the events of The Hereward Inheritance, Peter Glasson and Jenny McArthur find themselves wealthy and independent. Unknown to them, however, unfinished business from their past is about to haunt them. Someone sends Glasson a photograph of his daughter's grave. He goes to check on it, and discovers a cryptic message asking for help. Meanwhile, he's asked to undertake an important survey of medieval woodland by a medieval re-enactment society, in a wood in close proximity to a US spy base. Suddenly Glasson finds himself pitched headlong into a series of events beyond his control, accused of murder, and forced to confront some uncomfortable realities and some shocking revelations that will threaten and call into question everything he has ever believed in. And all the while, the mysterious figure of the Watcher is waiting and biding his time.
ALL THAT SUMMER: A Novel
by Harry Fenwick
(due 2018) pbk., 6.875 x 4.25in, about £8.99
ISBN 978-1-909546-26-8

Bookseller James Crowle has a steady, almost sedentary life. A comfortable, interesting, yet undemanding job, complete with its own accommodation, in a pleasant cathedral city in the south of England, and a long term girlfriend, whom everyone expects him to marry, eventually, including James. Eventually.  But the early and unpredicted death of his mother, and the horrors it evokes in him, conspire to set off an unexplained desire in him to live his own life to the full. One last fling, before they nail down the lid on him, too. Just at that moment, he meets the enigmatic Isobel, who seems to offer him a solace and an escape from the thoughts of death that now constantly haunt him. But only on her terms.  Thus begins a series of events that changes James Crowle's life, and the lives of all those around him, irrevocably, over the course of one tempestuous summer.
Capuchin Capers: The Best of Blog Postings from "Here Endeth The Epiblog" 2011-2015
by Steve Rudd (writing as "Slightly-Foxed")
due 2018, paperback, 234 x 153mm, approx. £9.95
ISBN 978-1-909548-12-1

In 2004, Steve Rudd started writing a blog about his life in The Holme Valley, south-west of Huddersfield. Originally published in weekly instalments on the BBC web site devoted to The Archers, it quickly spread to I-Church, the Church of England’s online presence; this became a blog in its own right and then a book, Here Endeth The Epilogue, a collection of blog postings which often took The Archers as a starting point, but then rambled off in all directions, seldom retracing their steps. This was followed by Feasts and Fasts in 2011, occasioned by Steve’s stay in hospital for six months in 2010, following a bout of serious illness which almost killed him. This third book continues the blog postings through Steve’s difficult period of rehab and recuperation, and coming to terms with the knowledge of a deteriorating illness and life in a wheelchair.
I never realised you were religious, said the email from one of my friends, who had read my blog for the first time. My reply was that I’m not – and that’s the problem! - Steve Rudd

The King's England: Cheshire
by Arthur Mee
(2018  Facsimile Reprint of 1938 Edn.) 195mm x 135mm, 254pp, plates, index, map, pbk., about £14.95
ISBN 978-1-909548-42-8

The first paperback edition of our continuing reprint of Arthur Mee's King's England series, click on the book jacket to send an email registering your interest so that we can inform you on publication.
FORGOTTEN FOREBEARS: A Family History, of Sorts
by Steve Rudd 
(due 2018) 234mm x 153mm, b/w plates, pagination and price TBA 
ISBN 978 1 909548 70 1