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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Millennium Shakespeare

We are proud to be linked to these new editions of Shakespeare's plays. Written in easy-to-read English these superb hardbacks are beautifully illustrated by renowned artists.

All 38 of Shakespeare's plays will be published over the next two years. Now the first three are available.

The Merry Wives of Windsor - buy now at Amazon The Winter's Tale - buy from Amazon and King Lear - buy from Amazon

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Parallel Lines


Norah Spie was born in Zimbabwe. This book, Parallel Lines, ISBN 1-898030-92-8, is a moving account of her early life, living, growing up, going to school and working in and around Harare, thye capital of Zimbabwe.

It's written through her eyes, as a young woman in an exciting changing world. She sees the possibilities offered to her and her friends. She shows their lives, describes their loves and lives, in an easy-going chatty way.

It does not make any political statements as a young person like Norah was not interested in national affairs. She just wanted to enjoy life.

The book can be ordered through any bookshop worldwide or email sales@braiswick.com if you have difficulty. Please allow a few days for the book industry to realise this title is now available - they can be a bit slow sometimes!

Friday, February 17, 2006

Baglady

Christina Manolescu now lives in Montreal. She once lived in London.

She is superb writing talent, one that deserves wide recognition.

Some years ago she started writing a novel, called Baglady. At that time she was in London, and I was lucky enough to spend some time with her.

We were both helping other writers, she was secretary of the Small Press Group and I had founded (with others) Author Publisher Network, and ran author.co.uk (now in the hands of a mean-minded little man whose only concern is money, who is to be despised by all).

We talked about Baglady, which the flyleaf of the book describes as a 'a dark-humoured romp through the hazardous sixties', which many people now say they missed, but clearly Christina saw enough to make notes. It moves on through the 'austere seventies', and that must mean the latter part when Thatcher's shadow fell across our minds as it leads to the 'bleak eighties' and then the 'leaner meaner nineties'

It's a memoir that bites back at its own history with every carefully crafted word. This is not the place for a comprehensive review, let it suffice that I wish that Braiswick had published this work of genius. It deserves to win prizes, it must be read, carefully and thoughtfully. This is literature. It will stand the test of time. One day it will be regarded as a great work.

I'm immensely proud to have been acknowledged by Christina. I did very little but today I am extremely happy to see this book in print.

ISBN 1-894967-31-3 You can read the first chapter at the Prince Chameleon site

Do so, and the pictures are stunning. A book to treasure.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Birth-2-Bar/Batmitzvah

We plan to publish this book, Birth-2-Bar/Batmitzvah written by Rita Christie and Sue Gordon, in May 2006.

It is reminiscences in verse of a Jewish boy and girl as they travel towards that significant day when by Jewish law they become man and woman.

It is two books inside one cover.

This unique collection of rhymed reminiscing follows the years from Birth-2-Bar and Batmitzvah through the eyes of a Jewish boy and girl, and allows us to enter into their thoughts and feelings as they grow towards this important landmark.

The unfolding story shows the introduction to Judaism by family example, and whilst lighthearted in content, describes clearly the pleasure gained and the importance for a Jewish child to understand his or her heritage.

Although fictitious, it has links to Rita and Sue’s experiences with their own children and grandchildren. It will appeal to all age groups, as the years turn with each page, it will bring back many wonderful memories to grandparents and parents, while connecting with the feelings felt by every child, as they change from child to young adults.

Email advance orders to sales@braiswick.com and we will send you more details as soon as the book is available.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

New Books planned for 2006

Braiswick has decided upon three new titles for the Spring of 2006, there could be more.
There's Birth to Barmitvah - lyrical verse that tells of the journey to that fateful day when children become men and women.
Several years ago Philip Lund sold thousands of copies of his 'Compelling Selling'. He's now busy restructuring the book to match modern demands, although the basic principles remain unchanged. The book has already helped many. It will be your chance soon.
Eben Reilly has already hit the headlines with her Daughter Dedannan and the Cauldron of Undry. Her next book will reveal a very different side of her complex character as she swings to Vermont, looking at this state through the eyes of the young people who live and work there. Compelling tales that you'll not be able to put down.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Green Wellies and Wax Jackets Book Launch


Thursday 22 December between 12-2pm at Newton Hall Equestrian Centre, Walton, Suffolk Morag Clarke, author of Green Wellies and Wax Jackets will formally launch her new book; Green Wellies and Wax Jackets will appeal to anyone who has ever ridden a horse, attended a riding school, fallen in love with a handsome man.

Imagine Cinderella, the two ugly sisters, and a domineering stepmother transported to a stable yard, and the day-to-day running of a riding school. Add a film crew, one drop-dead-gorgeous actor, and a determined film producer, and you have the setting for Green Wellies and Wax Jackets – a hilarious romp through the world of show jumping and equestrian activities.

Lewis Trevelyan wants a competent rider to star in his latest action film and Ursula Johnson, proprietor of Hollyfield Stables and Stud, thinks she has just the girl (or girls) for him, in the shape of her two ungainly daughters, Vanessa and Caroline.

Lewis, however, has spotted another girl riding the cross-country course – a girl who intrigues him much more, and he will do anything (well, almost anything), to track her down.

Morag is the winner of the BBC Look East final entry for the online short story

She writes under both Morag Clarke, and Morag Lewis. Her novel A LOVE BETRAYED (Morag Lewis) has been published in both hardback (Publisher Robert Hale Ltd, ISBN 0709038860) and paperback large print (Linford Romance library ISBN 0708955797Buy from Amazon

Since the 1980s she has written short stories, published in women's magazines - Woman's story, True Romances, Woman's Weekly and others.

Reached the final twenty in the BBC End of Story competition last year (for Fay Weldon's short story) out of 17,000 entrants.

She reached the final three of Sunday People/Heartline books write a novel competition in 2001.

Morag has owned and ridden horses for the past twelve years, and attended shows, pony club activities etc with her daughter.

Get those teenagers out of your hair and send them to Newton Hall on Thursday 22 December - they will have a good time, or go yourself and pick up an excellent Christmas present.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

A Village Boy


Nayland is a small village on the Essex/Suffolk borders, in what is often called 'Constable Country' where Eric Barton was born and lived for many years, as did John Constable, one of our most notable landscape painters, and as was I. Eric describes life in the community, from 1920s to 1970s. A valuable social history, with several interesting photographs.

Everyone should write a book like this - it's your contribution to future generations. Have a look at his web page