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Best Wishes for 2018

Sleepy Storiezzz – The Magic Jungle by Amanda and Stuart Jewell published by Poems and Pictures Ltd

Sleepy Storiezzz Buy Paperback £7.99 3-7 years old

A bedtime story book with a difference. Using Clinical Hypnotherapy and Meditation techniques, the stories take your child quickly and easily into a deep relaxing sleep.

Authors’ Bio - Husband and wife team helping people with Emotional and Mental Well-being with vast experience including work with Autistic spectrum children.

Reviews 'This book is magic' - Amazon

The Barefoot Book of Children – by Tessa Strickland and Kate DePalma published by Barefoot Books

The Barefoot Book of ChildrenBuy Hard Cover £12.99 3-8 years old

Fabulous picture book inviting children to ask themselves, How do other people live? How are we different and how are we the same? Playful, powerful.

Authors’ Bio - Tessa Strickland is author of numerous picture and board books. Kate DePalma worked with Tessa on this book.

Reviews Definitely add this to the mix to create interested world citizens (Kirkus) A vivid embodiment of global citizenship… a great read-aloud at home or at school. Love it. (Homa Sabet Tavangar, Global Education Adviser/Author) Lays the foundation that young children need to respect and protect the rights of other children like them in their own backyard and around the world. (Caryl Stern, President and CEO U.S. Fund for UNICEF)

Orse the Moon and a Piece of Smelly Cheese by Richard Allen published by Lollipop Publishing Ltd

Orse the Moon and a Piece of Smelly CheeseBuy Paperback £6.99 5-7 years old

Discover the loveable polar bear who cannot help getting into trouble. Lyrical text introduces the children to the world of Orse and his friends

Authors’ Bio - Orse was originally created as an animation but quickly evolved into a loveable storybook character. Richard named Orse after his favourite pet dog called 'Horse'.

Orse to the Rescue by Richard Allen published by Lollipop Publishing Ltd

Orse to the RescueBuy Paperback £6.99 6-8 years old

Orse, the playful polar bear who constantly gets into trouble -- second series of adventures for boys and girls alike. He is full of great ideas and marvelous inventions but somehow things always seem to go wrong.

Authors’ Bio - Richard Allen created the character of Orse and his friends Frederick the Rat and Eddie the Albatross first as an animation and finally put them into print with book 1 last year and book 2 this year.

Reviews These are really wondrous books. Everyone loves bears and will love these delightful stories about the polar bear Orse, illustrated with such Lyricism, wit and skill. A pleasure to see such well-drawn and observed artwork. (Korky Paul - illustrator)

Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar published by Gallic Books.

Salt CreekBuy Hard Cover £14.99

Hester Finch’s comfortable life in Chichester, England, could not be further from the hardship her family endured on leaving Adelaide for Salt Creek in 1855. Yet she finds her thoughts drawn to that beautiful, inhospitable outcrop of South Australia: encounters with travellers and local indigenous people.

Authors’ Bio - Born in Malaysia and educated in Australia, England and Sweden. Worked in Cambodia. Awards include the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Pacific Region). Salt Creek is her first novel. Lucy lives in Melbourne with her husband, four children and two whippets.

Reviews 'Brilliant and absorbing… highly recommended.’ Historical Novels Review Magazine ‘Salt Creek is a raw and convincing addition to the canon. Treloar writes with beauty and a winning compassion.’ The Times, Book of the Month ‘Empathetic and beautifully written, the story drives deep into the pioneering experience with the confidence of a writer perfectly at ease with her subject.’ Daily Mail ‘[An] impressive debut… a haunting story.’ The Sunday Times ‘A historical novel in its grittiest, most real form’ Good Housekeeping ‘This engrossing novel is rich in character and local colour.’ Woman and Home 'A novel alive with character, history and poetry…’ Walter Scott Prize Jury ricism, wit and skill. A pleasure to see such well-drawn and observed artwork. (Korky Paul - illustrator)

Mac 2017 Seen and Unseen, Cartoons from the Daily Mail, by ‘Mac’ published by Delancey Press Ltd.

Mac 2017Buy Paperback £11.99

A unique brilliant new collection from the Daily Mail’s inimitable talent, ‘Mac’ with some never seen sketches.

Authors’ Bio - Born in Edinburgh, Stanley McMurtry ‘Mac’ attended Birmingham College of Art (1950-53) which was interrupted in 1954 by two years of national service in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Granted an MBE by HM The Queen in 2003 for “services to the newspaper industry”. Mac’s approach is essentially apolitical, a stance proved popular not only with the public but also his peers.

Reviews Mac - Cartoonist of the Year 2017 for his beautifully drawn, clever cartoons that excelled in a supreme field. 'Just superb.' Judges Press Awards - the Oscars of British journalism “Mac is, quite simply, Britain’s greatest living cartoonist. Mac’s humour is warm.” Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail “Mac is without equal. He is a cartoonist of genius.” Gyles Brandreth “… superb draughtsmanship, sometimes making a serious point, sometimes an hilarious one, often both at once. Wonderful artistry”. Tim Rice

Wisdom and Wordplay, 300 Original One-Liners To Enrich Your Day by Robert Eddison published by Filament Publishing

Wisdom & WordplayBuy Paperback £8.99

Packed with 300 highly original one-liners, taken from Robert Eddison’s own uniquely coined stash of thousands. They come under 150 different subjects, ranging from sex to political correctness.

Authors’ Bio - After winning a European scholarship and graduating in Modern Languages and Law at Cambridge, Robert Eddison became a university lecturer. A spell as a junior Foreign Office consultant, he settled for a freelance career in journalism, writing colour features for the broadsheets and tabloids.

Reviews “Could it just be that, in the author of this remarkable book, Wilde has finally met his match?” Gyles Brandreth “A superb collection. One snappy aphorism is worth a thousand flabby platitudes.” Stanley Johnson “Witty and concise… really wonderful… I will be reading them time and time again.” Ronald Blythe, author of Akenfield “These aphorisms show the influence of many schools: here a touch of Pascal, and there an echo of La Rochefoucauld, but most particularly the happy inspiration of Oscar Wilde.” Donald Mead, chairman, The Oscar Wilde Society

Long Way from Adi Ghehad, Journey of an Asylum Seeker by Stan Hazell published by Shepheard-Walwyn

Long Way from Adi GhehadBuy Hard Cover £19.95

This remarkable life-story of a man, who sought asylum when his life was threatened and went on to become a leading educator at Bristol University, provides thought provoking insights into the issues of immigration, the conflicting forces facing asylum seekers, and the challenges for the country where they gain sanctuary.

Authors’ Bio - 40 years as a print and broadcast journalist, first as a newspaper reporter in South Wales, and later producing regional news and current affairs programmes for ITV in the West of England. Hazell’s biography of Dr Mebrahtu was only undertaken after he had retired.

Reviews ‘Dr Mebrahtu’s reflections on the issues of immigration both for the immigrants and the host community, based on his own experience, are thought provoking. Henleaze & Westbury Voice

Managing IBD - A balanced guide to inflammatory bowel disease by Jenna Farmer published by Hammersmith Health Books.

Managing IBDBuy Paperback £9.99

An holistic, positive guide to living with IBD, combining conventional, nutritional, stress reduction and other lifestyle approaches, drawing on the experience of the author and other sufferers.

Authors’ Bio - Jenna Farmer was diagnosed with IBD while teaching in China. She has since studied nutrition and established a community for Healthy Living with IBD, blogs regularly and advises on eating plans for gut health.

Heligoland -- Britain, Germany, and the Struggle for the North Sea by Jan Ruger published by Oxford University Press

HeligolandBuy Hard Cover £25

The story of Heligoland, the North Sea island which for generations stood as a symbol of Anglo-German conflict. A fascinating microcosm of a long and often troubled relationship, covering two centuries and two world wars.

Authors’ Bio - Jan Rüger is Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of The Great Naval Game: Britain and Germany in the Age of Empire and joint editor of Rewriting German History.

Reviews "A fascinating book which uses a scrap of land in the North Sea to illustrate the tumultuous relationship between Britain and Germany." - History Hit Podcast with Dan Snow "The whole book is studded with unexpected gems about extraordinary people ... a fine tale." - Max Hastings, The Sunday Times "Resonant... a prism through which to view the entire span of Anglo-German rivalry, conflict and, eventually, reconciliation." - Martin Kettle, Guardian "Utterly fascinating ... impeccable, original, scholarly and superbly written" - Simon Heffer, Literary Review "For those devourers of "forgotten" history, this book is a must ... riveting" - Ian Hernon, Tribune


The People's Book Prize Winners 2016/2017  
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Winners 2016 2017

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From L to R:  A Life in Death (Non Fiction), Library Cat (The Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award), Sometimes a River Song (Best Achievement), Rent Unmasked (Best Achievement), Patron Frederick Forsyth CBE, The Grotto's Secret (Fiction),  The Wolf is Not Invited (Children), Hammersmith Books Ltd. (Best Publisher).

Well done to you and all finalists and thank you to the public who made this possible through their vote. 

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