Unusual Occurrences at Hall End by Chris Thomas

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In 2015, Chris looked out and down the close of Hall End in Milton and wondered what unusual events might be happening there, if you only had the imagination to see them.

The result has been a record of the ‘Unusual Occurrences at Hall End’ in this limited edition of 108 books.

This book includes 51 of the events, from the first arrival and partying of the pothole trolls in the rather damaged 2015 road, to the ritual slaying of a COVID virus in 2021. Hall End has had its fair share of visitors, from a diplodocus, a couple of mammoths, and the occasional clutch of benign human clones. When the weather gets too bad, it can be changed. Chris has repaired the moon and even assisted in a solar eclipse. And when the road floods, well, let’s just say that things happen!

This book was part of Chris’s 2021 July Cambridge Open Studios exhibition, where a collection of the ‘Unusual Occurrences’ photos were displayed for the first time.

The A4 paperback book is available from Chris. Email him at chris@miltoncontact.com

ISBN: 978-1-911526-52-0

Price: £10.00 plus P&P

Arabella and the Blue Dove by Gloria Loring

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Arabella receives an urgent call to return to The Beautiful Garden

After helping Betty and her family find safety in London just as war broke, Arabella receives an urgent call from Betty, now an elderly woman. She returns once again to the Beautiful Garden.

Arabella’s attempts to help are obstructed by Fly from Sixth Heaven, until Blue Dove whispers a Divine message in her ear.

Arabella returns to Betty’s side knowing that with Blue Dove’s guidance she cannot fail.

This is another magical story, illustrated with Gloria’s own wonderful paintings that bring her characters to life.

ISBN: 978-1-911526-45-2

50 pages with colour illustrations

RRP: £14

If you would like to know more or to order a copy, please email Gloria at gloria968@gmail.com

To find out more about Gloria’s other books and art, please visit shinystarleonora.com or glorialoringsart.co.uk

Bits & Bobs: From the Life of a Royal Navy Engine Room Artificer by Robert Hedger

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‘January 17th, 1945; it was cold and bleak, but dry, and I was shivering in my short sleeved shirt, whilst waiting on the snow-covered parade-ground of my new home-to-be for the next four years. There were about sixty of us, all different shapes and sizes, similarly waiting, though most, I noticed, better dressed than I. My life had inexorably changed. I was 15 and I was in the Royal Navy!’

Robert Hedger gives us insights and humour with his sea-going tales and memories of time spent in The Royal Navy. He travelled the world, seeing new places, meeting new friends and sharing it all with the love of his life, Clarissa!

He describes the reality of getting a ship ready for the conflict in Suez, life in Malta, being an experimental subject in Hong Kong, sailing to Scandinavia and working on the Royal Yacht Britannia! He played hockey for the Royal Navy and still is a Scottish country dancer.

Proceeds from the book will go to the AT Society.

Paperback, 146 pages, Colour and Black & White photographs

ISBN: 978-1-911526-41-4

RRP: £12.00

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

The Cat that Sat by Jane Thomas

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The Cat that Sat sits in the window and watches the world go by

The Cat that Sat is a short story for reading aloud to young children and for those who love cats!

The Cat that Sat sits on the windowsill and spends the day watching the world go by, pondering whether to venture out to join in or not.

Every page is illustrated with Jane’s own images, created using a mixture of photographs, watercolours and computer graphics.

ISBN: 978-1-911526-40-7

Fully illustrated picture book

20 pages

RRP: £6.00 plus P&P

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

Arabella in London by Gloria Loring

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Arabella returns to the Beautiful Garden just as war is breaking out and, with the support of her friends, helps a young girl find safety.

In this sixth volume of the Beautiful Garden, Arabella is called to serve others and discover more about her own identity. She looks down from the Heavens and her eyes are drawn to a small child with curly brown hair, standing patiently on a roof terrace in London.

Arabella returns to the Garden just as war is breaking out and, with the support of her friends, Sparrow and Elwen, helps a young girl and her family find safety from the impending darkness.

Beautifully illustrated with Gloria’s paintings, this story leaves you wondering what happens next …

ISBN: 978-1-911526-38-4

Paperback – 44 pages with colour illustrations

RRP: £10.00

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

The Knit & Natter Club by Gillian Grinham

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Archie thought he would be bored staying on the North Norfolk coast, but that was before Grandma’s knitting bag revealed some very interesting stories!

Fancy having to spend time with your Grandparents instead of going to a Holiday Hockey Club! Archie thought he would be bored staying on the North Norfolk coast as he recovered from chickenpox.

That was before Grandma’s knitting bag revealed some very interesting stories. Green, purple, yellow, cream – each ball of wool had a tale to tell and time flew by as Archie discovered.

Author Gillian Grinham loves North Norfolk, knitting and nattering (she even buys her wool at Owl Tree Crafts), so these lovely short stories wrote themselves.

Suitable for children and adults alike.

Proceeds from the sale of the book will go to Pitt Hopkins UK. For more information about Pitt Hopkins, please visit their website: pitthopkins.org/about-us

Paperback, 42 pages, with illustrations

ISBN: 978-1-911526-37-7

RRP: £6.00

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

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: https://issuu.com/miltoncontact/docs/book-cos-v26-first-10pc-for-look-inside

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 jossbmg@icloud.com

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 Chris@miltoncontact.com 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 Chris@miltoncontact.com and we will forward your request to the editors.