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