I would just like to remind you of a few potential Xmas presents from Fair Acre Press!
For Nature Lovers:
Beyond Spring – by Matthew Oates – A love-letter-to-nature, and an armchair book for the winter months £10.99 More details here
BRETT WESTWOOD: “An exuberant celebration of the British countryside at its joyous, rampant best, interweaving natural and literary landscapes”
PATRICK BARKHAM: “Brilliant and Beautiful”
ROBERT MINHINNICK: “A great person to go walking with…”
MARY COLWELL: “You feel enhanced at the end of every page”
Wilderland – by Andrew Fusek Peters – A full colour wildlife photography book based in Shropshire but relevant throughout the UK £24.95 More details here
It’s a lovely book and, above all things, inspiring. ★★★★★ Amateur Photographer
It should have pride of place on any countryside-lover’s shelf The Countryman
He has captured wonderful images of wildlife on his doorstep BBC Wildlife Magazine
Road Kill – by David Calcutt and Nadia Kingsley – Poems about the secret lives of animals, normally only seen dead at the side of the road £4.99 More details here
The holistic, biocentric vision widens in the later poems to embrace folklore and mythology. All this in a luminous accessible verse.
WINNER of the Poetry Category of the Rubery Book Awards 2016 THE RUBERY BOOK AWARDS JUDGES SAY:
Lots of wonderful imaginative and outrageous poems in this collection which is full of the charms and idiosyncrasies of childhood. It’s easy to see how children could love these breezy poems and become attached to them. One could easily imagine them being learnt by heart and repeated in playgrounds. The illustrations by Catherine Pascall Moore are quirky and appropriate. The hints about, for example, the best way to learn a poem or how to speak a poem aloud, are unusual in a book of this sort and never patronising.
Emma’s poems are full of life and laughs, bubbling with music and wisdom and silliness and jokes and cute animals.
She’s a great performer of her work and the book is crammed with tips to help the reader become a performer too.
And as if that weren’t enough, Catherine’s fine and funny pictures add another dimension to the book (a picture-y dimension)
A.F.Harrold – Bloomsbury Children’s Poet and has had his work on BBC Radio 4, Radio 3 and BBC7
Jan Fortune reviewing in envoi magazine:
In The Grandpa Years Keith Chandler continues the Fair Acre Press style of unfussy language with something to say.
A sequence of thirteen poems on the theme of becoming a grandfather and tracing an arc from ultrasound to getting ready to school, this is a whimsical and unashamedly intimate pamphlet from the first line.
But there are serious questions running through this pleasing pamphlet, such as why it is that we become besotted with toddlers..
It is these questions and the recognition of mortality that elevates this sequence from a private tribute to a life-event into a lyrical consideration of change and time.
Contemporary Small Press – Although Blower does not shy away from the grim realities of parts of post-industrial Britain, the novel’s strength lies in its frenetic pacing and pitch-black humour which makes Sitting Ducks anything but a struggle. The ‘plot’ of the novel is at times undoubtedly bleak, yet the rhythm and force of Blower’s linguistically dexterous prose gives Sitting Ducks an urgency its subject matter deserves. Go here for the full review
New Welsh Review – This novel is plainly one with serious political intent. Partisan without being preachy, Sitting Ducks both entertains and engages. A genuine pleasure to read. Go here for the full review
Stuart Maconie – A livid and unapologetic evocation of a world most novels and novelists never get near.