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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 

Go For It! : Sixteen SME Leaders Share Their Stories

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How do you end up running a business?

We all have our dreams. Our 16 storytellers from the Huntingdonshire Business Network wanted to be actors, rock’n’roll legends, flying aces, military commanders, travellers and scientists. Some were told they had no future, or they struggled with school. Others were persuaded to give up their dreams and told to ‘get a proper job’.

But things change, people, the economy, politics, and new opportunities arise.

These 16 stories show that, whatever your beginnings, you always have the choice to follow a new path.

Whether you are in business yourself, a new start-up, thinking of changing your job, or a school leaver taking the first steps into work, we hope this book will encourage you to build YOUR new future: Go For It!

Available on Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MA54CIP

Original Paperback (out of print)

ISBN: 978-0-9933337-8-1

Beautiful Arabella by Gloria Loring

Beautiful Arabella follows her sister Leonora to the Beautiful Garden, but things don’t go quite as expected

When stars look down, they are enchanted by the Beautiful Garden.

Arabella’s sister, Shiny Star Leonora, has already visited the Beautiful Garden. Now Arabella is filled with a desire to follow in her sister’s footsteps and have her own adventures. Her wish is granted, but not in the way she expects. She awakes as a caterpillar!

Through her own struggles she discovers the beauty and purpose of flowers and plants. And then there is the curious and peckish sparrow.

Shiny Star Leonora introduced us to The Beautiful Garden. Now Arabella invites us to share her adventure.

Illustrated throughout with Gloria’s beautiful paintings, this lovely book is aimed at older children.

ISBN: 978-0-9933337-5-0

36 pages – staple bound

19 Full colour illustrations

RRP £12.00

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

Now also available from Amazon as a Kindle e-book:

978-1-911526-48-3

Price approx. £2.15 

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

Children’s Songs by Emma Atack

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A new illustrated book of children’s songs with music CD and pages to colour in. Written by music teacher, Emma Atack

Emma Atack is a talented piano player, clarinettist and qualified music teacher with many years’ experience in teaching young children.

After having her own children, Emma was inspired to write a selection of fun and engaging children’s songs for 0-5 year olds.

Through the songs in this songbook and CD collection, young children experience a wide variety of different musical styles, rhythms, tempos and dynamics, which help provide the foundation for developing their speech and language. The words and rhymes used have been specially structured to make them easy for younger listeners to follow.

To compliment every song, there is a numbered black and white cartoon picture for children to colour in to further inspire creativity and encourage early learning.

Wherever you may be, these songs provide a wonderful opportunity for sharing fun and learning together.

Title: Children’s Songs – A Colour-in Songbook with Music CD

Paperback 24 pages (21cm x 21cm)

ISBN: 978-0-9933337-3-6

Price: £9.99

To listen to excerpts and purchase a copy, please go to: http://www.emmaatackchildrenssongs.com/products/

For more information about Emma’s work, please visit her website: www.emmaatackchildrenssongs.com

Shiny Star Leonora by Gloria Loring

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Shiny Star Leonora – A beautiful, illustrated story about Leonora and her adventures in the Beautiful Garden

Looking down through a parting in the clouds, Shiny Star Leonora yearns to visit the Beautiful Garden. She catches a falling raindrop and so begins her adventure of discovery.

Light, Beauty, Sorrow, Fear and Gloom. Innocent Shiny Star Leonora meets them all. Only then does she learn who she truly is.

It was a magical night in balmy Spain, when sculptor and painter Gloria Loring looked up to the stars and this beautifully illustrated tale of Shiny Star Leonora was born.

Illustrated throughout with Gloria’s beautiful paintings, this lovely book is aimed at older children and young adults.

ISBN: 978-0-9933337-2-9

40 pages – staple bound

20 Full colour illustrations

RRP £12.00

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

Also available in Spanish: La Estrella Brillante Leonora: http://miltoncontact.co.uk/La-estrella-brillante

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

The Art of Invisible Landscapes by Gwyneth M. Thurgood

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The Art of Invisible Landscapes: A stunning collection of art inspired by images seen through the microscope

This is a journey that takes you on an exploration of landscapes and colours evoking foreign lands and medieval stained glass windows; to views into worlds invisible to the naked eye.

Gwyneth shares her stunning paintings, etchings, drawings and photographs as she interprets the vibrant colours and patterns she has discovered in crystals and chemical compounds under the microscope.

Join the artist as she reveals the abstract patterns, intimate views and mystical landscapes she has captured for us.

Gwyneth Thurgood is an elected fellow of the National Society of Education in Art and Design and is also a member of The Quekett Microscopical Club.

For more information about her work, visit Gwyneth’s site at: www.micro-art.co.uk

Limited first edition. 100 pages. 72 illustrations

Price: £40

ISBN: 978-0-9933337-1-2

To order a copy, please contact Gwynethmthurgood@btinternet.com

Networking Bites by Siobhan Costello

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Networking Bites 1: The Memorable Minute

The Memorable Minute is the first in a new series of Networking Bites – small bite-sized guides to help you build your business through face to face networking.

“The Memorable Minute takes you through the process of writing a pitch that gets you the clients you really want to work with and a return on your networking investment,” says author Siobhan Costello.

Siobhan is founder of two businesses and runs seven successful network groups for business women in the UK. She is passionate about showing other women how they can build their businesses.

Wirebound (stapled) – 28 colour pages

ISBN: 978-0-9929289-6-4

RRP £7.00

Copies are available from the author. Please email Siobhan at info@thebestselleracademy.com

More information can be found on Siobhan’s website: thebestselleracademy.com