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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. 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 sales@kingsengland.com

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KEN DODD TAKES A HOLIDAY 
by Deborah Tyler-Bennett 
(due 2019) 9in. x 6in., approx 80pp., pbk., £7.95
ISBN 978 1 909548 91 6

A new collection of poetry from the author of Mr Bowlly Regrets and one of the best-respected authors in our list. There will be much here to delight her fans and to enthrall and draw in new readers.


A title in the Staring Owl poetry list

THE MAZE: Poems 
by Tony Chapman
(due 2019) 9in x 6in , pbk.,  £7.95
ISBN 978 1 909548 77 0

Bob Dylan once memorably said, when a journalist asked him if he considered himself primarily as a poet or a songwriter, "If I can sing it, itís a song. If I canít, itís a poem!Ē Coincidentally (or maybe not) Dylan is cited as a major influence by poet Tony Chapman, whose first collection this is. Tony Chapman is a true polymath: poet, singer, songwriter, painter, sculptor, and performer, playing piano and guitar. Born and raised on the South coast of England, in the Sussex hills behind Brighton, he now lives in Amsterdam.In a long and prolific career, during which he has travelled through many lands (and many jobs) he has written countless poems and songs and created many images. This new collection brings together the best of his work from the last three decades. 




A title in the Staring Owl poetry list

DON'T WALK UNDER A FLYING COW
by John Foster 
(2019) A5 pbk., £6.99
ISBN 978 1 909548 73 2

John Foster is a highly regarded childrenís 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.


A Potty Poets book, from our children's poetry imprint
THE DEER WITH NO HOOVES
by Brandon Robshaw
(2019) A5 pbk., 64pp., £6.99
ISBN 978 1 909548 90 9

Potty Poets book, from our children's poetry imprint

CROWLE STREET KIDS: East Hull Childhoods of the 1950s and 60s
Edited by Ray Robinson and Steve Rudd
(due 2019) 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 Britainís 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 bakerís 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.


THROUGH THE GATES OF REMEMBRANCE: 
The Psychic Archaeology of F. Bligh Bond

by Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe 
(2019) 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 esoteric knowledge.

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 "lostĒ 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.



JORDAN'S GUIDE TO BRITISH CANALS 
by Owen Jordan 
(2019) 234mm x 153mm pagination TBA pbk., about £14.95 
ISBN 978 1 909548 92 3 
HOW TO BE A SPIV
by Maisie Robson
(due 2019) pbk., abt. £8.99
ISBN 978 1 909548 93 0 

A descriptive biography of the Spiv in Britain, 1930s to 1980s. Fact and myth alike are scrutinised to portray this enigmatic figure in all his ambiguous glory. The shifting reputation of the Spiv in wartime gave way, post-rationing, to the fictional Flash Harrys, Private Walkers and Arthur Daleys who still fill our screens and inhabit our dreams. How to Be a Spiv unpacks the history and mystique of this enduring character and examines his relevance to modern Britain.



KYLE FRANKLIN AND THE THIRTEENTH ARCHANGEL
by P. A. Keen 
(due 2019) 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. 
SISTERHOOD
by Jolie Booth 
(due 2019) pbk., abt. £8.99
ISBN 978 1 909548 10 7

Already a successful stage performance, having toured the UK and appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, Jolie Booth's play, about the fear, suspicion and paranoia of the East Anglian witchcraft trials at the time of Matthew Hopkins, the self-styled "Witchfinder Generall", is set to appear in novel form in the Autumn of 2019.
On the one hand, this may sound like familiar territory, mainly because of the film of that title, and of course, Miller's The Crucible. But, as usual, Jolie Booth manages to find a unique perspective with her writing, and a fresh look at a truly terrifying time, whose echoes are, sadly, still all too relevant today. 

PIRNMILL TO NIMBIN
by Scott Harwood 
(2019) 9 in. x 6 in. pagination TBC pbk., abt., £9.95
ISBN 978 1 909548 71 8
TO CROSS THE RAGING MAIN 
Sources and Methods for Tracing Immigrant and Emigrant Ancestors 
Between the UK and the USA
by Tahitia McCabe 
(due 2019/2020) 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. 

FIXING A WORKING HEART 
by Joel Duncan
(due 2019) 9in. x 6in., approx 80pp., pbk., £7.95
ISBN 978 1 909548 95 4

A new collection of poetry from the author of My Last Everything, published by us to great acclaim in 2015. There will be much here to delight Joel's many fans and to enthrall and draw in new readers.


A title in the Staring Owl poetry list
WRITTEN IN BLOOD The Kari True Chronicles, Book 3
by Katherine Wood 
(due 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. 

ALL THAT SUMMER: A Novel
by Harry Fenwick
(due 2019) 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.
THE BOW OF BARNSDALE (A 'Peter Glasson' Novel)
by Harry Fenwick
due 2019, 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.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEARTH IS:
Selected Prose 2010-2018 
by Steve Rudd 
(due 2019) 9in. x 6in., pbk, pagination TBA, abt., £9.95
ISBN 978 1 909548 84 8

The King's England: Cheshire
by Arthur Mee
(2019  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.
Capuchin Capers: The Best of Blog Postings from "Here Endeth The Epiblog" 2011-2015
by Steve Rudd (writing as "Slightly-Foxed")
due 2019, 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 Englandís 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 Steveís 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 Steveís 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 Iím not Ė and thatís the problem! - Steve Rudd