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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

Sweet Pea by Gloria Loring

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Further adventures in the Beautiful Garden

Arabella returns to the Beautiful Garden as Dog. Here, she accidentally betrays those she loves in the pursuit of pleasure. Through her mistakes, she suffers pain, sorrow and separation from her beloved Jasmin. In the depths of despair, will she ever see light and happiness again?

This is Arabella’s third adventure, where she struggles to find Faith, Joy, Hope and Happiness.

Sweet Pea can be enjoyed as a standalone story, or as part of the wider adventures in this fourth tale from the Beautiful Garden.

Beautifully illustrated with Gloria’s paintings.

Paperback 34 pages

ISBN: 978-1-911526-12-4

Full colour illustrations

RRP: £12.00

To purchase a copy, please email the author at gloria@glorialoringsart.co.uk

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

Alfie Bear goes to work by Brenda-Gillian and Alfie Brown

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Alfie Bear goes to work and meets lots of new characters down on the farm

Alfie Bear is a delightful tale about a little boy who blows out the four candles on his birthday cake and makes a wish. He wishes he could be grown up like Mummy. That night he dreams he is grown up and becomes a farmer. Little did he know what adventures lay in store for him down on the farm.

This is a delightful tale to read aloud with young children. We meet various characters that live on the farm and learn about the needs of others and how colourful farming can be!

A4 paperback with full colour illustrations by Brenda-Gillian and Alfie Brown.

ISBN: 9781911526117

RRP:£8.00

Copies available from the author at brendagillian86@gmail.com

The Family that Flew by Ann Petre

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The Story of the Tor Bryan Petres and Pioneers in Flight

1914 was a key year for the Tor Bryan Petres. Seven offspring. Four sons fighting – three sons flying and the fourth, an aviation pioneer, already dead. Tragedy and sacrifice, fortitude and hopefulness in the face of loss are vividly portrayed here through photographs, letters and memories. The story begins in the Victorian era with the family influenced by the deep spirituality of Ann’s grandmother, Elise Sibeth. it portrays the excitement of aviation in the Edwardian years and something of the sadness and horrors of WWI.

The seven siblings, Ann’s aunts and uncles, mirror their times. The eldest, Mary, the family ‘carer’, was imprisoned by Edwardian mores. They all shared a passion for flight that led to the untimely deaths of Edward and jack. henry went on to found the Royal Australian Air Force. Sybil, the youngest, enjoyed more freedom as an ambulance driver and considerable artist.

This is also the story of Tor Bryan, Ingatestone, a unique Arts & Crafts House, built in 1850 by my grandfather and destroyed by developers a hundred years later. The demise of the house mirrors the lives, and deaths, of its occupants.

Paperback 264 pages

ISBN: 978-1-911526-04-9

Fully illustrated with black & white photographs

RRP: £10

To order a copy, please email us at Chris@miltoncontact.com and we will forward your request.

Other books by Ann:

Journey into Solitude

The Lost Priory

These Wonderful Lives by Ruth Moulder

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Stories to inspire young minds

Stories of inspirational women and their determination, courage and kindness to be shared with children, grandchildren and in the classroom. The beginning chapters are based on the lives of real women told by an imaginary grandmother to her granddaughter.  By the end of the book, we learn about their own inspiring lives.

It is through story telling that we can pass on our values and encourage our children to find out what is important to them and to follow their dreams.

When Ruth Moulder looked for these types of stories to inspire her young daughters and couldn’t find them, a librarian suggested she should write her own. Ruth followed her dream and completed this collection by the arrival of her grandchildren.

Paperback 74 pages

ISBN: 978-1-911526-05-6

Black & white illustrations

RRP: £6.00

To order a copy, please email Ruth at mould001@hotmail.co.uk

Arabella and the Grandiose Peahens by Gloria Loring

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Arabella visits the Beautiful Garden again for more adventures

In her imagination Arabella glides through the trees of a mysterious forest. She smells the lush moist vegetation, listens to the twittering of the birds and hears the leaves rustling. The wind kisses her cheek and gently whispers, ‘Arabella, you must return to the Beautiful Garden!’

Father Sky grants her wish and she returns, facing new adventures and dangers – as a peahen!

Arabella and the Grandiose Peahens is the third book set in the ‘Beautiful Garden’, all sumptuously illustrated with Gloria Loring’s paintings. enjoy as a stand-alone book or as part of the wider adventures. This lovely book is aimed at older children.

ISBN: 978-1-911526-01-8

28 pages – staple bound

10 Full colour illustrations

RRP £12.00

To purchase a copy please email Gloria at gloria968@gmail.com 

Now also available in Amazon Kindle format

ISBN: 978-1-911526-50-6

Price: £2.11 (approx)

For more information about Leonora, Arabella, Gloria and her paintings, please visit her website:www.glorialoringsart.co.uk

The Eye of Wicken: Emma Sophia Aspland 1871 – 1948 – A collection of photographs collated by Anthony Day

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A collection of photographs taken in Wicken, Cambridgeshire at the turn of the 20th century.

Anthony Day has a keen interest in the social history of his home village of Wicken, Cambridgeshire. Whilst looking for family photographs in the 1960s, he was presented with a collection of pictures taken by Emma Sophia Aspland at the turn of the 20th century. Over the years, he has added more images to his collection and shares them with us here.

Anthony was moved by Emma’s awareness of what was likely to disappear. She loved her thatched cottages and farmhouses, so many of which had vanished before Anthony was born. She loved portraiture and the ancient trades dependent on the fen. Emma appears to be shy and self-conscious, unlike the subjects she encouraged to be photographed.

Emma was the essential ‘Eye of Wicken’. Her legacy of views and people a blessing and a glimpse of village life as it was in 1900.

This book is sponsored by Colin Searle of Ivor Searle Ltd, Soham, in tribute to his father, Mr Ivor Searle. he was born in 1915, but died in 1956 aged just 40. he would have been 100 years old in 2015. Ivor Searle Limited was established in 1946 and, at the time of publication in 2016, has been trading for 70 years.

This is a hardback book with 73 black and white photographs 

Size: 21cm x 21cm

ISBN: 978-1-911526-00-1

Recommended Retail Price: £24

To purchase a copy, please email Colin Searle at colin@ivorsearle.co.uk

Who’s Hoo? by Jane Thomas

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A story to be read aloud to the very young

Merry Mouse finds a letter but does anyone know Mr Hoo or where he lives? With the help of her friends, and a few rhymes along the way, Merry sets out on a journey to find the mysterious Mr Hoo.

Who’s Hoo is written for young children or the young at heart and is illustrated throughout with Jane’s watercolours. It is ideal to read aloud and encourages children to join in the rhymes.

Small paperback – 105 mm x 105 mm

28 pages – fully illustrated

ISBN: 978-1-911526-02-5

Price: £3 (Plus P&P)

To purchase a copy, please email jane@miltoncontact.com

Also available on Amazon

A Pilgrim in Israel by David Berkley

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A personal pilgrimage through historical Israel

David Berkley takes us on a pilgrimage through historical Israel from the Tel Dan National Park and the Golan Heights in the north, to Masada and the Dead Sea in the south. We visit Nazareth, Tiberias, Bethlehem and Jerusalem to bring to life the places and names intrinsic to Christianity and its history.

David is a veteran of two pilgimages, a former teacher of religious studies and a lay minister. His easy and informative style makes this book a fascinationg read at home and a useful companion on your own journey to the Holy Land.

ISBN: 978-0-9933337-9-8

RRP: £15.00

For more information and to order a copy, please email David at DavidBerkley17@hotmail.com