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. Where there is a picture of the author in place of a book cover, the cover design is still forthcoming. If you would like to register your interest in any of the books on this page you can do so by clicking on the jacket illustration to send us an auto-email, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|NEVER GIVE BREAD TO A DUCK|
by Conrad Burdekin
(2017) A5 pbk., £5.99
ISBN 978 1 909548 74 9
Burdekin tells his own life story: at the age of three I tried to sell our
younger brother to the postman (I failed). At the age of four I left home in a
bid for freedom on my favourite toy – a plastic, four wheeled, yellow petrol
wagon (failed again – I got as far as my local nursery before the police kindly
returned me to my frantic mum). Since then things have calmed down a bit, but
what has not calmed down is my passion for stories and writing. As a primary
school pupil I wrote stories all the time. High school slightly blunted my
enthusiasm, but by the time I’d fled England to go to University in South
Africa (this time, a successful bid for freedom!) I was writing wacky poems for
friends’ birthdays, special events, and any time I could find an excuse to make
up something daft.
to work in schools all across the country inspiring children to write. When
I look back at the people who have influenced my love of books and writing, I
think of people like Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, and my wonderful Year 4 teacher,
Mrs Johnson. Contrary to popular
belief, I am not fifty, I do not have a beard, and my name is not Colin. I can,
however, confirm that I am tall, I do have a big, booming laugh, and I love
cricket and lego almost as much as I love books.
|THESE ARE A FEW OF MY SCARIEST THINGS|
by Brandon Robshaw
Illustrated by Jane Eccles
(2017) A5 pbk., £5.99
ISBN 978 1 909548 72 5
to be chilled! Prepare to be thrilled! Prepare to be scared, prepare to be
nightmared! Ghosts, werewolves and things that go "bump!” in the night are all
to be found within these haunting pages. Eerie buildings and unexplained
happenings are all part and parcel of the author’s strange world. If you love to be scared out of your wits, you
will love this book. In addition you will hear
strange tales of déjà-vu, meet headless ghosts, a lovesick goblin, and, of course,
bats, bats and yet more bats! Be
warned though: whatever you do, don’t start reading these poems when you are
all on your own at home in a darkened house at night. Don’t be tempted to read
it by torchlight, under the covers at midnight, when witches are abroad. Once you turn these pages, there’s no going
back! You might hear footsteps slowly coming up the stairs… but no, whatever
you do, don’t turn round… whatever it was making that noise… it’s BEHIND you!
is the author of 26 children’s books, both under his own name and under
pen-names. He may be better known to you as the
dad in BBC2’s Back in Time for Dinner, Back in Time for Christmas and Further
Back in Time for Dinner.
|DON'T WALK UNDER A FLYING COW|
by John Foster
(2017) A5 pbk., £5.99
ISBN 978 1 909548 73 2
Foster is a highly regarded
children’s poet, anthologist and poetry performer, well-known for his
performances as a rapping granny and a dancing dinosaur. He has performed in
hundreds of schools and at libraries and festivals throughout Britain,
including the Cheltenham Festival and
the Edinburgh Festival, and visited international schools in countries
such as Cyprus, Belgium, Holland, Oman and Dubai.
|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
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.
|FIFTY, GREY, IN SHADES: Poems |
by Gez Walsh
(due 2018) 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
|GREATEST HITS AND POTTIEST BITS |
The Gez Walsh Anthology
(due 2018) A5 80pp pbk., abt. £5.99
ISBN 978 1 909548 78 7
DECADES OF DAFTNESS FROM THE POTTY POETS
It was twenty years
ago today, that Gez Walsh taught the kids to say… Well,
he taught them to say quite a lot actually! In July 1997, that distant year
when Tony Blair came to power as Prime Minister, and Princess Diana died,
amidst all those momentous world events, a small book of kids’ poetry with an
eyeball-searing yellow cover first appeared on the nation’s bookshelves. That
book marked Gez Walsh’s entry onto the stage of children’s writing. Since then, The Spot on My Bum has gone on to sell almost half a million copies and Gez has added another eight volumes to his own personal tally of the series. This "greatest" hits collection celebrates the first 20 years of Potty Poetry with his best bits so far from all of them!
|THE MAZE: Poems |
by Tony Chapman
(due 2018) 9in x 6in Pagination TBA, pbk., abt. £7.95
ISBN 978 1 909548 77 0
As well as being a musician, sculptor and painter Tony Chapman has also been a prolific poet. This new collection brings together the best of his work from the last three decades.
by Jolie Booth
(2018) 198mm x 129mm pbk., 348pp., £8.99
ISBN 978 1 909548 75 6
In the author's first novel, The Girl Who'll Rule The World, we met Esmeralda, whose chaotic, drug-fuelled existence crashed from crisis to crisis in the never ending search for love and fulfilment, which led her into some very strange places indeed. In this sequel, seven years have passed since the time of the first book and Esmeralda has a new set of challenges to face. She is about to learn the truth behind what Ernest Hemingway once said was the saddest small ad ever printed. "For sale, baby clothes, never worn..."
|THROUGH THE GATES OF REMEMBRANCE: |
The Psychic Archaeology of F. Bligh Bond
by Patricia Fanthorpe
(2018) 9in x 6in, pagination TBA, pbk., abt. £9.95
ISBN 978 1 909548 76 3
F. Bligh Bond was a controversial figure in his time,
although he is neglected and almost totally forgotten today. Born in Marlborough,
Wiltshire, at the height of the Victorian era, to a father who was a respected
cleric and teacher, Bond trained as an architect and practised briefly in
Bristol. His true enthusiasms, though, were for antiquity, archaeology, and
Eventually he was appointed as head of the archaeological excavations
of the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, where he was instrumental in the discovery
of the "lost” Edgar Chapel. The
gratitude of the Church of England authorities quickly turned to anger when
Bond went on to publish a book explaining that his method had been to hold a séance
and contact the spirits of the dead monks, who told him via the medium of
automatic writing where to dig.
|TO CROSS THE RAGING MAIN |
Sources and Methods for Tracing Immigrant and Emigrant Ancestors
Between the UK and the USA
by Tahitia McCabe
(due late 2018) format and pagination TBA., abt £9.95
One of the most frequent problems encountered by people trying to trace their family history in the USA is to find the link that bridges the 3000 mile gap to the pace back in the UK where their ancestors originated. Equally, many family historians in the UK suddenly find they had an ancestor who disappeared to the New World and want to know what became of him. Then there are those awkward ancestors, the ones who ping-ponged back and forth. Perhaps they tried America and didn't like it, or failed to prosper. Or they were "working their passage" and may have crossed the Atlantic more than twice. Tahitia McCabe, an acknowledged expert on the subject, has compiled this handy guide to lead the researcher through the pitfalls of this situation, and on how to make the most use of the extensive resources available.
|WRITTEN IN BLOOD The Kari True Chronicles, Book 3|
by Katherine Wood
(due 2018/2019) pbk., abt. £8.99
ISBN 978 1 909548 82 4
In this, the third and final book in the Kari True trilogy, we find the wisecracking sassy Kari once again teamed up with the snooty elf Elanthir as they become embroiled in yet another mystery which reads as if Tolkien had written the script for Law And Order Special Victims Unit. But underneath the superficial but very satisfying blend of fantasy novel and police procedure, dark currents are lurking. All through the two previous stories, Kari has had to confront - and dodge - some very disturbing issues surrounding her own origins and her potential relationship to the evil she is forced to confront in her job. And now this sinister brew looks set to boil over, once and for all.
|KYLE FRANKLIN AND THE THIRTEENTH ARCHANGEL|
by P. A. Keen
(due 2018) pbk., abt. £8.99
ISBN 978 1 909548 63 3
Kyle Franklin needs no introduction to those who read the first book in the series Kyle Franklin and the Knights of Heaven. If you aren't yet a follower of his adventures, which started out when he met a distant cousin at a local history fair (of all places) and ended up with him witnessing a titanic supernatural battle between the forces of good and evil in the environs of Windsor Castle, then you have a treat in store. In this second book, Kyle is once again drawn into a strange web of events, hazarding not only himself, but all those he holds dear, and centred on Westminster Abbey and a sinister figure in a diving suit... and that's just the start.
|THE BOW OF BARNSDALE (A 'Peter Glasson' Novel) |
by Harry Fenwick
due 2018, paperback, 6.875 x 4.25in., approx £8.99
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.
|A HAND-DRAWN HERBAL |
by 'Senex Silvanus'
(due 2018) 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 King's England: Cheshire |
by Arthur Mee
(2018 Facsimile Reprint of 1938 Edn.) 195mm x 135mm, 254pp, plates, index, map, pbk., about £14.95
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.
|ALL THAT SUMMER: A Novel|
by Harry Fenwick
(due 2018) pbk., 6.875 x 4.25in, about £8.99
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.
|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
|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
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