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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

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Never Let Her Slip Away


by Kay Christopher

book social history film studies publishers It's 1980. Barbara Blaize lives a comfortable but conventional existence, married to Andrew - an architect - who enjoys having a stay-at-home wife. But she feels there is something missing: a life of her own, where she can be more than just a wife, a sister or a daughter. When she enrols on an antiques course and meets professional dealer Ian Avery, she sees new opportunities unfolding. But on that course she meets someone else who will change her life forever. Her natural kindness and good manners mean that she inadvertently encourages social misfit Gilbert Smart. The repercussions will be devastating.

Paperback, 256 pages, £9.99
ISBN 978-1909183-97-1
Read an extract from Never Let Her Slip Away in Issue 8 of Inside Story
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Open Airs: Hampshire and Beyond

by Claire Hill

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Open Airs is a collection of evocative poems inspired by England's rural heritage - especially that of
Hampshire and Dorset.


Here's a sample:
The little ways of Breamore are the best -
Those narrow ways converging on Home Farm
That cut across the greensward through the hedge
Where gingko and the curious chestnut grow,
Then criss-cross lawns of three thatched cottages
Secure within their gateposts hewn from stone,
Or turn beside the porthole in the hedge
That looks on seas of plough or ripening corn
According to the season of the year.

Paperback, 52 pages, £5

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Black Antigone

Sophocles' Tragedy Meets the Heartbeat of Africa
by George Porter

book social history film studies publishers Black Antigone is a provocative and fresh interpretation by George Porter of Sophocles' tragedy, based on the belief that the potent rhythms of the African people were much more a part of ancient Greece than has ever been suggested - especially by the Victorian classics professors on whose translations of Antigone many generations have relied. In the play Black Antigone, these African 'roots' are most evident in the controversial treatment of the Chorus, which beats with the rhythmic heart of Africa, reminding us not only that this was supposed to be a Dionysian revel, but that it was Africa that gave us the rhythms of reggae, rhythm-and-blues, and rock. Literary critic Terry Eagleton has described Black Antigone as "remarkably inventive" and Ruth Little of the Young Vic Theatre Company called it "rigorous and muscular". In addition to the play itself, the book includes a critical introduction and a bibliography.

Accompanying the book is an audio CD which brings to life the music and rhythms that George Porter envisages for the Chorus. It can be used for study purposes or in a theatre to complement or replace live musicians.

Paperback and CD, 63 pages, £10.99
ISBN 978-1-909-183-23-0
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Rod of Moses

by John W Green

book social history film studies publishers When, in 1923, RAF airman Jack Toulson finds a wooden box buried in the desert, he hopes to uncover a cache of jewels or even an antique sword, but all it contains is a worthless old stick with Arabic writing on it. Disappointed, he shoves it into his bag and thinks no more of it. The next day, he decides to take a picture of the empty horizon with his new Kodak Hawk-Eye, but when the picture is developed, it shows a camel-train that had not been there. He concludes it must be a fault with the camera. Jack is wrong on both counts. The stick he held in his hands, and the camel train that appeared in his photograph, were a window into another time a thousand years before Christ - a time when King Solomon tried to seduce the beautiful Queen of Sheba by entrusting her with the most precious artefact known to man: the Rod of Moses. In this gripping novel, the power of the Rod echoes down the generations, from ancient Egypt right through to the present day.

Paperback, 190 pages, £7.99
ISBN 978-1-911105-04-6

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Sebastian - A Travelling Bear

by Alan Field

book social history film studies publishers When Sebastian says he wants to travel, the other toys suggest a trip to the North Pole or the Equator. But Sebastian is just a teddy-bear: how could he possibly go around the world on his own? Fate steps in, and soon he is on an adventure that takes him first to Paris and then on a train bound for Russia. Along the way, he has his portrait painted, joins a circus, becomes a magician's assistant, and is mistaken for the Abominable Snowman.

Paperback, 118 pages, £5.99
ISBN 978-1-911105-11-4
Read an extract from Sebastian - A Travelling Bear in Issue 9 of Inside Story

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My Wight Little Isle

Very Much a Novel
by Peter Broadbent

book social history film studies publishers It's 2008 and Jeremy Stubbles (or 'Stubbsy' as he's better known) is due to turn 30. Born and bred in Cowes, Isle of Wight, he lives a bachelor existence in his Art Deco flat overlooking the Solent. He is the proud owner of a floor-shaking Wurlitzer Bubbler jukebox, a retro king-sized water-bed, last season's Musto jacket and a Ford Scorpio that is lovingly valeted as soon as the suggestion of a speck of dust mars its finish. Despite these enviable assets, he never seems to quite succeed in enticing eligible young women back to his flat to admire the view from the bedroom. Maybe it's the eccentric behaviour of Nobby and Bobby, his African grey parrots? Or Angela, his cleaner, who feels that having a tidy fridge would do wonders for Stubbsy's love-life? But Stubbsy's life is about to change when the delectable Judith Onions arrives on the scene. In this comic novel, Peter Broadbent perfectly captures the spirit of life on the Island - from the realities of the Isle of Wight Festival, Cowes Week and the Brambles Bank cricket match, to the fantasies of the arm-wrestling championship, the 'Thong in Cheek' underwear boutique, and skinny-dipping in the Medina.

Paperback, 370 pages, £8.99
ISBN 978-1-909183-47-6
Read an extract of My Wight Little Isle in Issue No. 5 of Inside Story

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The Legend of John Macnab


by James Christie

book social history film studies publishers John Sandiman is a librarian at a run-down Glasgow college full of feckless students and overseen by hopeless jobsworths. Fed up with his job, still mourning the cowardly way that Jessica, his ex-girlfriend, dumped him and bemoaning the apathy of the Scots, Sandiman dreams of the time when Caledonia was led by kings. So when Natalie, his colleague and drinking buddy, mentions something called The Book of Deer, he takes no notice. After all, there's little a librarian can do to change the world. Or is there? What Sandiman did not anticipate was that a fictional character from Scotland's past would come vibrantly to life, hurling him into a quest to face his own past and change his country's future. Spanning two millennia from the sea kingdom of Dalriada to the Scottish referendum of 1997, The Legend of John Macnab takes readers behind events they thought they knew and brings them face-to-face with a forgotten icon more splendid than the Stone of Destiny.

Paperback, 250 pages, £9.99
ISBN 978-1-909183-96-4
Read an extract from The Legend of John Macnab in Issue 8 of Inside Story

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