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NEW FROM BAFFIN
Just released: listen to Nick Freeth reading his poem, A Stranger in San Francisco.
There are two ways to do this:
Either click the underlined words ‘A Stranger in San Francisco’ below – this will play the recording (duration 37’22”);
or download a 22.4MB MP3 file of it by clicking the ‘Download’ button below. It’s available free…but please consider buying the poem’s print or ebook versions: see details further down the page.
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This book-length poem describes a Londoner’s recent visit to San Francisco: the motivations and attractions that lead him to make his journey; the pleasure he derives from the city’s rich heritage, the “gleam and glow” of its streetscapes and the “high-flown wonder” of the Golden Gate Bridge – and his ultimate recognition that “to any stranger’s knowledge of it…there are limits.” Its nine parts include imagined encounters with a ghostly British air pilot and a False Knight on the Road, thoughts about the Little Boxes made famous by folk singer Pete Seeger, and versified extracts from a diary kept by an English ship’s carpenter on his voyage from Liverpool round Cape Horn to San Francisco in the 1860s.
Its paperback edition costs £3.99 – buy it here
Its Kindle-only ebook edition costs £1.99 – buy it here
Berkshire contains places of great beauty, and a market town, Thatcham, that may be the longest continuously inhabited settlement in the British Isles.
Most books about the county’s ancient human history (archæology) and geology have been written by experts for experts, but this one is aimed at a wider readership: people who aren’t professional scientists, but wish to learn more about an area to which humans and proto-humans have been coming for more than 430,000 years.
It tells visitors where to go and what to look for, with guided walks round interesting (and beautiful) places, details of significant sites and museums, 29 maps and diagrams, and 38 colour photographs.
John Firth has lived in Berkshire for 31 years, and the book was born during his own walks around the county. He is neither a geologist nor an archæologist, but has studied both subjects.
Geology and Archæology of Berkshire is a 160-page paperback, and costs £9.99 – buy it here
The last few years have been traumatic for Sebastian Metcalfe. Since the death of his wife, he’s often struggled to keep things together, drawing support from his friends, and comfort from the routines of his job at Cossleton College of Further Education. But now that his post as its Vice-Principal is under threat, should he move away from the seaside town he’s made his home? And whether he stays or goes, isn’t it time to follow the advice of someone close to him, and “bloody well start living again”? Falling is the story of Seb’s journey back from despair and self-pity – and of the part he plays in uncovering a dark secret that will have a profound effect on everyone around him.
‘Stamped with the ring of truth, Falling is a paean to the heroism of an ordinary life.’ John Morton – writer/director of Twenty Twelve and W1A
Falling’s paperback edition costs £7.99 – buy it here
Buy its MOBI (Kindle) version here for £3.99
Buy its EPUB (iPhone/iPad) ebook (also £3.99) here
London’s celebrated tourist attractions represent only one aspect of its personality. All around the capital are stranger, lonelier spots: stubbed-out roads and railways…broken-off bridges…scarred, barren places adjacent to areas that are still lively and flourishing. Going Nowhere investigates them, and features photographs that capture their mysterious essences.
‘A lovely take on our great city.’
Christian Wolmar, author of The Subterranean Railway, the story of the London Underground
‘A view of what might have been. Viaducts come to a dead end, roads go nowhere, walls crumble. This book’s soundtrack would have been written by Brian Eno at his bleakest best.’
Award-winning photographer Eamonn McCabe
Going Nowhere costs £9.99 – buy it here
See more photographs from the Going Nowhere shoots here
An ebook collection of tales with supernatural themes, illustrated by the author’s own distinctive artwork. Mike Gothorp studied at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and lives near Lincoln.
Entangled is divided into two sections:
• Longer stories on the theme of the entanglement of living humans and ghosts. These include the Liglumby trilogy, exploring the legend of a martyred saint, his fenland abbey, and his strange legacy – in the shape of a slug bearing a crimson mark formed from his own blood;
• Lincolnshire Ghosts, shorter stories exploring the past of the county and the way that it haunts us still.
Buy Entangled’s Kindle edition here for £2.99
Or buy its EPUB edition here (also £2.99)