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The Road to Apple Dumpling Bridge

by K L Knowles

book social history film studies publishers It's 1939. The woodland creatures of Gosport are enjoying their annual fete at Fort Rowner, with dancing, cake-baking, and a dazzling air display by the Red Sparrows. But war will soon shatter their joy. Admiral Gizor, the evil grey squirrel that rules Portsmouth, dreams of a 'pedigree' society and invades Gosport in order to exterminate its red squirrels. Gosport is alluring for another reason too: Gizor has long suspected that an ancient holy relic - an acorn carved by Hudsonicus, the animal god - is hidden there. With that in his grasp, he could rule the world. Agatha Mumby, a feisty red squirrel, joins a small band of resistance fighters. With her comrades - a moody mole, a dopey white rabbit and an eager-to-please seagull - she sets out on a perilous journey that will take her into the heart of enemy territory. Armed only with a riddle given to her by a friendly squirrel monk, can she crack the code in time? In this gripping novel, K L Knowles draws you into a world where the landscape is so familiar - from the Alver Valley and Priddy's Hard to Portsmouth Dockyard and Portchester Castle - but is not the world you know.

Paperback, 338 pages, £9.99
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Read an extract from The Road to Apple Dumpling Bridge in Issue 13 of Inside Story

Up Spirits

by Peter Broadbent

book social history film studies publishers Until that fateful day in 1970 when the Royal Navy abolished the rum ration, the one thing that every Royal Navy sailor could rely on was that 'Up Spirits' would be piped at approximately 11:45 each day . 'Tot-time' was the cue for plenty of banter and lamp-swinging, but also for baffling negotiations as to who might have sippers, wets, gulpers, halfers, sandy bottoms, or their share of 'Queen's'. With the same humour, affection and story-telling ability that characterised his earlier naval memoirs, including HMS Ganges Days and HMS Bermuda Days, Peter Broadbent tells the tale of his nine months as an Able Seaman on board HMS Gurkha, touring the Persian Gulf with a few detours to the Seychelles, Kenya and the Mozambique channel. Along the way he coxswains Royal Marines on a RIB to track down smugglers, pits his wits against a line-up of ultra-intelligent dolphins, persuades dozens of girls from a jam factory in Leeds to write to 'lonely sailors', is one of the transfer team that initiated the 'Beira Bucket' when used to trade its contents for desperately needed toilet paper from HMS Eskimo, and makes it to Gibraltar in time to celebrate England winning the 1966 World Cup.

Illustrated paperback, 342 pages, £10.99
ISBN 978-1-911105-40-4

Felix Wild
A Foundling on Board HMS Warrior

by Peter Broadbent

book social history film studies publishers Gosport, 1860. Felix Wild has lived on the streets and on his wits for all his young life. He's been a mudlark at The Hard, eaten tallow when there was nothing else to be had, picked oakum in Forton Gaol, and acquired a skill for 'tup-tup-tupping' from the women of Haslar. He has no family, no idea of how old he might be, and has never heard of Christmas. But he has one remarkable talent: he can make a perfect drawing, from memory, of anything that he has seen. Saved from a further spell in prison by the wealthy William Kettle, Felix joins the Kettle household in East London and is employed to make drawings of the building of a magnificent new iron-clad vessel, HMS Warrior. His eagerness to learn new things knows no bounds: from working out how to use a knife and fork, and reading a dictionary from cover to cover, to being given the 'tipsy key' for the chronometers during his first voyage on board Warrior as she conducts sea-trials. While the men he meets are in awe of his drawing skills, the young women are absorbed in rather less cerebral matters, namely the fit of his fashionably tight 'gas-pipe' trousers and his distinctive looks - one eye is blue, the other green. Felix Wild is a captivating novel that has all the affectionate humour and vivid sense of place that has made Peter Broadbent's naval memoirs so popular.

Hardback, 342 pages, cover price £18, our price £15
ISBN 978-1-911105-21-3

Paperback, 342 pages, £10.99
ISBN 978-1-911105-22-0

Felix Wild and the Blockade Runners

by Peter Broadbent

book social history film studies publishers Felix Wild is approaching his seventeenth birthday, if the horse doctor who originally estimated his age by examining his teeth is correct. He still has the remarkable ability to memorise and draw anything he has seen, but is now looking for a fresh challenge. Studying navigation appeals to him but fate - in the shape of Admiral Millinhall-Slice - intervenes, and he is whisked away from the comfortable home of Mr and Mrs Kettle on a dangerous mission into the heart of the American Civil War aboard a blockade-runner. In this witty and engaging novel, Peter Broadbent creates characters worthy of Charles Dickens, including Pearly Yardstick, a carriage driver who - to the astonishment of the Kettle household - is not only a woman but one with 'the backside of an Epsom Derby winner'; Captain Achilles De'Kedge, whose walking stick was fashioned from the timbers of HMS Pickle, the ship that brought home the news of Nelson's triumph at the Battle of Trafalgar; and Doshie Dibbler, a mere thirty-three inches tall, but a perfect example of miniature womanhood.

Paperback, 338 pages, £10.99
ISBN 978-1-911105-37-4

800 Days in Doha

by Penelope Gordon

book social history film studies publishers When Penelope Gordon was headhunted to go and work in Doha, Qatar, her sole experience of the Middle East had been a brief luxury break in Dubai. Her husband Lionel, a much-travelled naval officer, was more blasé about the move, but neither was quite prepared for the experience that followed. Penelope left her NHS job at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth to head up medical leadership and education in a state-of-the-art set of hospitals in Qatar - a country, she discovered, where there were no maps, where everyone drove their cars rather like they'd drive camels (fast and wildly), where many of her female staff were completely swathed in black with only their eyes visible, and where no-one expected to have to do something when there was a servant to do it for them, even if it was only pressing the 'start' button on the coffee machine. In this captivating and amusing memoir, Penelope shows how she managed to find the humour in dealing with a culture that was often baffling and opaque - and how she not only survived 800 days in Doha, but turned it into an adventure.

Paperback, 193 pages, £9.99
ISBN 978-1-911105-32-9

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Memories of Haslar:
Staff and Patients Write About Britain's
Best-Loved Hospital

compiled by Eric Birbeck and David Gary

book social history film studies publishers Memories of Haslar is packed with stories and anecdotes from patients and staff, plus over 100 photographs, many from the hospital's own archives. The stories told here span seven decades, from World War II to the day Haslar closed its doors for the last time in 2009. Some will make you laugh, and some undoubtedly will bring a tear to your eye. All will make you realise just what a special place Haslar occupies in so many people's hearts.

Illustrated paperback, £9.99, 160 pages
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Going Over the Water: Memories of the Gosport Ferry

compiled by David Gary

book social history film studies publishers The Gosport Ferry occupies a special place in people's lives. Day in, day out, it calmly plies back and forth across Portsmouth Harbour, and though the ferries themselves may have changed over the years - from steam-boats with open decks, where passengers were exposed to the elements, to the comfortable diesel craft of today with their heated saloons - they are still the source of familiar stories, handed down through the generations. This fascinating book contains dozens of those stories: of the ferry that got lost in the fog, of the man who misjudged the leap from the pontoon and ended up in the water, of the pile of bicycles on the bow, of the Dockyard matey who met the girl of his dreams on board, of seeing down into the engine-room below, and even of the dog that travelled on the first ferry every morning - on his own - to go to Portsmouth Meat Market for a bone. Many recall the 'Floating Bridge' too, and although no-one is alive today who remembers the days of the 'wherrymen' who used to row customers across the Harbour, their names and their legacy live on.

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Read an extract from Going Over the Water: Memories of the Gosport Ferry in Issue 10 of Inside Story

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A Fortune to India

by Tony Foot

book social history film studies publishers 1857: Jack Finch has always regarded himself as the boy from the poorer part of the village, lucky to have been the friend of James Fortune from 'the big house' and to have fought alongside him in the Crimea. But when James dies in combat, Jack has to return his effects back to his family: and that's where he falls in love with James's former fiancée, Lady Eleanor, and learns a secret that will change his life. Before he can pursue his heart's desire, Jack is sent with his regiment, the Rifle Brigade, to India to quell a sepoy munity. Cawnpore and Lucknow have fallen into rebel hands and Jack plays a cat-and-mouse game with the rebel leaders, disguising himself as an Indian and entering enemy territory at great risk to his life. Mutineers are not the only hazard: the intriguing and bejewelled Rani Laksmi Bai and her alluring maidservant represent a very different kind of threat. Will he ever see Eleanor again? In this gripping sequel to The Fortunes at War, Tony Foot vividly captures the sights and sounds of nineteenth-century India and the fighting life of a member of the Rifle Brigade.

Paperback, 220 pages, £8.99
ISBN 978-1-911105-29-9

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