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The History of Cambridge Open Studios by Chris Thomas

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With a foreword by Dame Evelyn Glennie, The History of Cambridge Open Studios is both an archival record of this Cambridgeshire annual arts event and an insight into the people actively involved within living memory. It is for artists, those who are interested in how artists work, those running or thinking of setting up their own Open Studios, and historians.

The book charts the successes and the trials and tribulations of Cambridge Open Studios, run by members for members as a co-operative or mutual benefit company over the past 45 years, with almost 1800 artists taking part (listed in the appendix). It interweaves its record with the often inspirational personal stories of the key individuals who helped steer the organisation. Their lives show that there are many ways to becoming an artist.

We see Cambridge Open Studios in context with other Open Studios in the UK and in Cambridgeshire. It covers past and potential visitor numbers, how we try to reach out to them and what the future may hold.

You can look inside the first 10% of the book here on ISSUU:

ISBN 978-1-911526-34-6

The History of Cambridge Open Studios by Chris Thomas
Published by Milton Contact Ltd, 2019
210 mm x 210 mm
Full colour
268 pages

RRP: £36
Limited first print run 100 copies
To purchase a copy if based in the UK click here: UK purchase, includes postage.
To obtain a copy from outside of UK, contact Chris at

Now also available as a Kindle e-book:

ISBN: 978-1-911526-42-1

Available from Amazon

Price: £25.00

One Small Dog: A dachshund, a sketchbook, a malady by Joss Goodchild

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Joss Goodchild is an artist with a passion for the countryside and its wildlife, dogs and horses.

When a rare and devastating disease quite literally knocked Joss off her feet in 2018, she could not have forseen how long her recovery would take.

Undertaking a simple sketch or watercolour of her dachshund became her one attainable daily task and this book details the succour a small dog and art can bring to a chronic situation. It is beautifully illustrated throughout with Joss’s sketches and watercolours of her adorable four year old smooth haired dachshund, Little Fen.

Hardback, 64 pages, Fully illustrated

RRP: £24

ISBN: 978-1-911526-31-5

To order a copy directly from the author at £20 plus P&P, please email Joss at

Tongas, Doongas and Lilac Blossom: A Kashmir Adventure by Ivy Hindley

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It’s April 1913, and Ivy and three companions set off on an intrepid and ambitious journey. From Trichinopoly, at the southern tip of India, they travel almost as far as Tibet. The journey to Kashmir takes many days, several of them in uncomfortable third-class railway carriages, then in a horse-drawn tonga, to eventually board their doonga at Srinagar.

Through the heat, and then the cold, of their often gruelling journey, Ivy remained an enthusiastic observer of the wonderful landscapes through which they passed, and the colourful and interesting people they saw.

With an introduction by Ivy’s granddaughter, Nicola, and illustrated with many of Ivy’s wonderful photographs, this book takes you on an enchanting adventure.


Fully illustrated with black & white photographs

ISBN: 978-1-911526-32-2

RRP: £9.50

To find out more or to order a copy, please contact us at and we will pass your request to Nicola.

Tobruk to Trieste: Life of a Bofors Gunner 1941 – 45 by Herbert W. Goodwin

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This is the story of a young soldier from a traditional farming background in rural Huntingdonshire, who served four years during World War II as a gunner and trained signalman.

As a member of the 2SAS in 1943, and later with partisans in the Apennine Mountains in Italy, he achieved a successful mission in 1944, behind the Gustav Line, breaking German supply routes to Cassino and the Liri Valley.

In the contrasting conditions of sand and snow, in deserts and mountains, Bert Goodwin writes of moments of great bravery, compassion and comradery during the action and destruction of war, and of his experiences in the major battles of the North African and Italian campaigns under Gernerals Montgomery and Alexander.

Bert’s daughter, Janet collected his writings together and, following his death, his granddaughter, Beth, asked Brian and Beth Davis to edit the recollections and write this book.

ISBN: 978-1-911526-33-9
Paperback 122 pages
Colour photo insert
RRP: £15.00

To obtain a copy, please contact us at and we will forward your request to the editors.

A Life Well Lived: David James Crellin 1962 – 2017

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A collection of photographs and memories of David James Crellin

A collection of photographs and memories put together following the untimely death of David James Crellin in 2017.

Frank Boddy has compiled contributions from family and friends to create a beautifully illustrated work of remembrance, healing and pride – and, in David’s best tradition, A Project.

ISBN: 978-1-911526-30-8

Paperback, 76 pages

Fully illustrated

RRP: £20.00

All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Cancer Research UK. To make a donation and purchase a copy, please visit Frank’s Just Giving page at:

For further information, please email Frank at:

Bernice by Pearl Burdock

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A fictional family story set in East Anglia around 1950. Written by Pearl Burdock, the story contains adventure, romance and tragedy.

Bernice is a fictional family story told in a realistic and ‘true to life way’. The setting for the book is in East Anglia about 1950. There were no televisions, computers, videos, freezers or even washing machines during those days. In fact, the pace of life was much slower and far simpler than the rush and tear of the world we live in today.

‘If the reader has as much pleasure in reading the story as I did in its writing, then the effort will have been well worthwhile.’ Pearl Burdock.

ISBN: 9781911526292

Paperback – 46pp.

Price: £5.00

To obtain a copy, please email the author:

Pearl has also written an anthology of poems called ‘From Tots to Teens’. If you’d like more information, please email Pearl.

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

To find out more about Gloria’s work, visit her website:

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

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

You can listen to it here

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

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.