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Arabella and the Chameleon by Gloria Loring

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Another adventure in The Beautiful Garden

In this fifth volume set in The Beautiful Garden, Arabella returns in the form of a Little Owl and flies with Wind through the heavens in search of invisibility, but her search brings only terror.

She becomes trapped in a strange world far away from Fifth heaven, terrified that she may never see Leonora or Strider again. Then she is offered a chance of escape in return for promising to bring back some Chameleon spittle from The Beautiful Garden. And so her search begins.

Fully illustrated once again with Gloria’s wonderful paintings, this is a lovely additiion to her collection of children’s stories.

ISBN: 978-1-911526-27-8

RRP: £16

To order a copy or to contact Gloria, please email her at gloria@glorialoringsart.co.uk

To find out more about Gloria’s work, visit her website: www.shinystarleonora.com

Words on World War I by Gillian Grinham

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Author Gillian Grinham has written a collection of six poems, dedicated to the men from Fornham All Saints in Suffolk, who served their country in World War I and never came home.

This small booklet has been published in the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday and to coincide with the centenary of the armistice following the first World War.

Net proceeds from the sale of the book will go to The Royal British Legion.

Paperback: 12 pages

ISBN: 978-1-911526-28-5

RRP: £3.00

To purchase a copy, please email Gillian at grinham@hotmail.co.uk

Evolution – Unfit for Purpose: A pathway towards a better future by Gordon Dyer

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In this book, Gordon Dyer provides practical tools and insights for anyone who is involved with a small social or work group, to help you make it work better. This could be a family, club, association, small community, or a team or department in a work setting. The process of generating a shared vision of the future, based on shared values can have major benefits. The text gives practical examples to encourage the group to find new pathways and offers templates for use by the group.

“A fascinating story of the evolution of a systems thinker, followed by a richly detailed description of current thinking on social systems design. The chapters on conversation will be especially helpful to those seeking to apply systems design to create a better future for their social and work groups” Gordon Rowland, Professor of Communications, Ithaca College, NY. USA.

Gordon Dyer is a leading exponent of conversation and social systems design and is a respected member of the International Federation of Systems Research (IFSR).

ISBN: 978-1-911526-26-1

Paperback, 170pp

RRP: £16.00

To order a copy or to find out more, please contact the author at gordon.dyer@btinternet.com

NEWS
Gordon was interviewed by Sue Marchant, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, on 26th November 2018.

You can listen to it here http://www.gdyer.org.uk/systemsresearch/BBCinterview.wav

Sons of Scotland by Lesley Goad

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A family story of two courageous brothers from The Gorbals

Born and raised in the Gorbals in Glasgow during the austere times of the great depression, James and Joseph were called to serve their King and country during WWII.

James enlisted in 1942, as soon as he was eighteen, and spent four years at sea, serving in the Royal Navy, travelling the world, taking part in many theatres of war. In November 1949, James set sail to the other side of the world to seek his fortune, to have unforeseen adventures in the heart of Australia, and to fulfil his destiny.

Joseph earned the George Cross, aged only 19, when he heroically died in March 1946, trying to save others from an imminent explosion, as a driver in the Royal Army Service Corps in Hong Kong. Back in the Gorbals, his cousin, Irene, successfully campaigned over a decade to keep his memory alive.

James and Joseph were really not much more than boys, but they had lives full of adventure and courage. Irene’s undaunted campaign finally led to Glasgow recognising their hero. Their stories were to reunite the Hughes and Goad families and become the inspiration for this book.

ISBN: 978-1-911526-25-4

Paperback – 210 pages illustrated with over 100 black and white photographs and an 8 page colour insert.

RRP: £19

To purchase a copy, please contact the author, Lesley Goad at pj.goad@homecall.co.uk

This is Lesley’s second family story. In the first, ‘Fen Farming Family’, we met James’s and Joseph’s sister, Sally, and the farming Goad family from Cambridgeshire.

For information about ‘Fen Farming Family’, please visit our webpage.

Childhood in Africa: The Story of the Woodwards

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Josiah Woodward, known to friends and family as Joe, was born in 1916, the eldest son of a railwayman with a hard hand. To support the family, Joe had to give up his education at 14 and start work as a railway porter at London Paddington. Despite several attempts to enlist, he became a signalman for GWR druing WWII. At the end of the war, tragedy struck when his wife died and Joe had to give his four children away into care.

With new love, Hilda, Joe was slowly able to reunite the family, as they embarked on a fresh start in British Colonial Africa.

Now parents and grandparents themselves, Joe’s children recall their memories of a childhood steeped in the red soil of Africa. From Nigeria to Rhodesia, and from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe, they shine a light on a child’s view of life during the transition from colonial administration to independent Africa.

Fully illustrated with family photographs.

ISBN: 978-1-911526-22-3

Paperback – 118 pages

RRP: £12.50

For more information and to request a copy, please email Milton Contact Limited: Chris@miltoncontact.com

A digital copy of the book can be read here at https://archive.org/details/chris-woodward-Childhood-in-Africa

Understanding and Using the Stereomicroscope (2nd Ed) by Lewis Woolnough

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Following the success of, “Understanding and Using the Stereomicroscope”, Lewis has updated the original edition to include new material. This is the Second Edition.

As before, the book is suitable for the absolute beginner, the amateur and the professional using stereomicroscopes in their work.

In this new book Lewis has included an introduction to Photography with the Stereomicroscope.

In line with the understandable desire of a new stereomicroscope owner to get started as soon as possible, a quickstart guide is included right at the start. The reader can use the instrument immediately at a basic level and then return to the book to expand their knowledge.

The book includes paired stereo-images which reproduce the three dimensionality that is such an enjoyable and informative feature of the stereomicroscope.

Lewis Woolnough, a retired Headteacher, has pursued microscopy with a passion for the past 20+ years. When told that there was no suitable work on the stereomicroscope, he immediately set about using his life skills to write the original book. Lewis’ aim was to create a well illustrated accessible text that would help you to use the stereomicroscope immediately and competentely. This second edition continues that aim.

Understanding and Using the Stereomicroscope 2nd Ed. by Lewis Woolnough

ISBN: 978-1-911526-23-0

RRP: £12.00

To purchase a copy, please contact Lewis by email at: landj.woolnough@btinternet.com

Thomas and Del Boy go to Mars by Brenda-Gillian and Thomas Marshall

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Thomas and Del Boy learn about measuring, distances and space and embark on an exciting adventure to the red planet.

Thomas has always been interested in everything, but most of all he wanted to reach for and touch the stars. With Del Boy, his friend of many years, Thomas dreams of how they might build a rocket to visit the red planet, Mars.

In this lovely children’s book, written by Thomas and his Grandma, and illustrated with photographs taken by Thomas’s father, we learn all about measuring, distances and space and are introduced to the mathematical language that we might need for such an adventture. It’s a long way to go and Thomas and Del Boy will probably need a packed lunch!

This is the third book written by Brenda-Gillian, with, and for, her grandchildren. All three are special. The two other stories are Maiseerola and the Purple Sweets and Alfie Bear goes to work.

ISBN: 978-1-911526-21-6

A4 Paperback – Fully illustrated

RRP: £10

To purchase a copy, please email the author at brendagillian86@gmail.com

Agama said Yes! by Nkoli C. Rowley

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A traditional African tale for young children.

Agama is a cheeky lizard, getting into all sorts of trouble! In this traditional African story we learn how Agama got his red head and why he always nods his head to say yes after meeting the kindly tortoise on a mission of mercy. A positive tale of friendship and helping others.

A story that can be read aloud, with the listener joining in with all the animal sounds, or for young readers to discover for themselves.

Nkoli Rowley remembers the wonderful tales from her childhood, rooted in the Nigerian story-telling family tradition. In turn, Nkoli has passed these stories on to her children and was inspired to share them with a wider audience.

Nkoli and her family live in the beautiful Cambridgeshire town of St Ives.

ISBN: 978-1-911526-18-6 RRP: £7.00

To purchase a copy please send an email to Nkoli

Agama said Yes! is also available as a Kindle book from Amazon.

ISBN: 978-1-911526-19-3 £4.96

You can also read this lovely story in French or Spanish. Both are available as Kindle editions from Amazon.

Agama a Dit Oui! – ISBN 978-1-911526-35-3

Agama est un lézard effronté qui rencontre toutes sortes de problèmes ! Cette histoire traditionnelle africaine explique comment la tête d’Agama est devenue rouge et pourquoi il acquiesce sans cesse de la tête depuis qu’il a rencontré Tortue lors d’une mission humanitaire, un conte inspirant sur le thème de l’amitié et de l’entraide.

Une histoire qui peut être lue à haute-voix alors que l’enfant participe en faisant le bruit des animaux. Elle peut aussi être parcourue en lecture autonome.

¡Agama Dijo Que Si! – ISBN 978-1-911526-36-0

¡Agama es una lagartija traviesa, que acaba metido en todo tipo de problema! En este cuento tradicional africano, aprendemos cómo Agama adquirió su cabeza roja. Además entendemos la razón por la que siempre asienta con su cabeza , luego de conocer al amable Tortuga en su misión misericordiosa. Es un cuento sobre la amistad y cómo podemos ayudar a otros.

Esta es una historia que invita a los espectadores a participar a través de los sonidos de animales, y para el disfrute y exploración individual de cada niño(a) lector(a).

Whose Tummy was I in? by M O’Reilly

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An exploration of surrogacy for the young

A pair of foxes desperately want children but cannot have them. What can they do?

They ask the wise old owl for help. The foxes set off together on a journey across oceans, forests and deserts of sand to find another kind mummy who can carry their babies-to-be in her tummy for them.

Written & illustrated by the author, M. O’Reilly, and based on her own experiences, this is a delightful, positive and heartfelt story, with beautiful illustrations, that bring to life the surrogacy journey for pre-schoolers.

ISBN: 9781911526070

18 page board book

RRP: £17.99

To purchase a copy, please contact us at Chris@miltoncontact.com and we will pass your request to the author.

Harriet Hat by Gillian Grinham

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Harriet Hat loves hats!

Harriet Hat loves hats! The problem is, whenever she chooses a hat, it seems to result in unexpected events and adventures.

Inside Harriet Hat’s bedroom is a large, wooden wardrobe and inside the wardrobe is a large cardboard box. What do you think is in the box? Yes, hats. Woolly ones with ear-flaps, cotton bonnets with ribbons, scarf-type hats with pictures. In fact, there are so many hats that sometimes Harriet sees one and says with surprise, ‘Now there’s an interesting hat, I wonder when I can wear that?’

Before she knows it, the unexpected strikes again!

Author Gillian Grinham wrote these stories in sympathy with others afflicted by hats.

Proceeds from this book will go towards a breast cancer charity.

Paperback. 50 pages with illustrations by David Bethell.

ISBN: 978-1-911526-13-1

RRP: £6.00

To purchase a copy, please contact Gillian directly: grinham@hotmail.co.uk