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Here we feature some of our local authors whose books we stock, signed by the authors where possible.

The Bronze Lady
by Kathy Morgan

The Bronze Lady Book 2 in the Woodford Antiques Mystery series Paul Black is Woodford’s local auctioneer. He has been working in the family business since before he left school, and loves it. But just as life in his best friend Cliff Williamson’s world slowly begins to improve, Paul’s world comes crashing down on him in a violent and devastating way. In the wider antiques world someone is producing and circulating fake bronze figures, and the effects of this deception are being felt in both homes and businesses in Woodford.

The Bronze Lady
  10 Minute Suppers for Children
by Poppy Fraser

Since writing her first book, Fantastic Recipes from my Favourite People, in 2006, a lot has changed for Poppy, both inside and outside the kitchen. Things have been busy: Poppy moved with her two elder children out of London to Dorset, settling in a beautiful little village beneath the Downs. She won two gold stars from the Great Taste Awards for her chocolate biscuit cake, which she sells each week locally.

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The Limners Art
by Kathy Morgan

When Nicola Stacey, discovers that Williamsons Antiques has been broken into and all of the stock appears to be either damaged or stolen, it turns out to be the first in a series of shocking events for Cliff Williamson. Over the next few months the mystery deepens and a series of revelations cause even more heartache for him. Williamsons Antiques was established eighteen years ago in the English country town of Woodford, located on the High Street alongside cafes and boutiques. Cliff Williamson is well-liked by everyone, no known enemies, a loving wife, three happy teenage children, he is on good terms with the other local businesses, and his best friend owns the local auction house. Who could possibly want to do him any harm?

The Limner's Art

The Art of Embroidered Butterflies
by Jane E Hall

The embroidery of Jane E Hall is breathtaking, and in this gorgeous book she combines her love of butterflies with her outstanding talent as a textile artist to produce three-dimensional renditions of exquisitely worked butterflies that are almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Using the finest of silk threads and needles, Jane lovingly creates her butterflies' wings using the tiniest of stitches worked on to silk.

One of the most striking features of this book is the amazing photography of Jane's work, including detailed close-ups, which, together with Jane's poetic and inspiring text, make this a book that anyone who is an artist, embroiderer, textile artist or simply a lover of beautiful books - will want to own.


The Hardy Way
by Margaret Marande

In the 1990s, in Dorset, Margaret Marande was looking for a project to combine her love of walking (especially long distance walking) with her interest in literature and, in particular, the work of Thomas Hardy. Solution – to create a long distance footpath linking locations in Hardy’s novels and poems using his wonderfully evocative descriptions of the Dorset landscape more than a hundred years ago. Many of the scenes he describes are remarkably unchanged today. The Hardy Way – A 19th Century Pilgrimage was first published in 1995.

The Hardy Way

The Death of Lyndon Wilder and the consequences thereof
by E A Dineley

When governess Anna Arbuthnot arrives at Ridley Hall, she finds a house in deep mourning. Lyndon Wilder, oldest and most beloved son of Lord and Lady Charles has been killed in the Napoleonic Wars, leaving behind him a now orphaned daughter, Lottie and other undiscovered troubles. Anna finds it easy to establish a bond with her young charge, but other relationships in the house begin to strain under the weight of Lyndon's absence.

When Thomas Wilder, the younger son and new heir, returns from war, he finds his family in chaos and Lyndon's legacy threatening Ridley Hall's future. As executor of his brother's will and guardian of his daughter, Thomas is forced to leave the military life he loves, and is confined to the faltering estate of his childhood. It is only with Anna's help that Thomas can save Ridley, and most crucially, protect his parents from the truth about Lyndon Wilder...


Lyndon Wilder


The Falklands Intercept: MI5, Sûreté, CIA
by Crispin Black SOLD OUT

In the shadowy world of British intelligence there is only one man Lady Nevinson, the National Security Advisor, trusts for a highly-confidential private investigation - Daniel Jacot. Britain’s chief of military intelligence is mysteriously found dead in the chambers of a Cambridge college, the night before a revelatory lecture about Scott’s expedition to the Antarctic. There are no signs of a struggle and his door is locked from the inside. The trail leads Jacot back to the Falkland Islands, where his hands were horribly disfigured during the 1982 conflict, forcing him to revisit painful memories and mistakes. As his private life and investigation start to run together, the signs increasingly point to an inside job involving the international spy community. And now, they are after him...



Big Questions from Little People... Answered by some Very Big People
compiled by Gemma Elwin Harris

Children have a knack of asking great questions: Why is the sea salty? How far away is space? Why can't I tickle myself? What makes me me? But how are we supposed to answer them? Imagine if we could turn to a leading expert and ask them to answer on our behalf.
This book gathers over 100 real questions from children and puts them to some of our best-loved and most knowledgeable experts. Alain de Botton explores 'How are dreams made?', Kate Humble explains 'Why do lions roar?' and Heston Blumenthal answers 'Why do we cook food?'
Includes answers from Sir David Attenborough, Dame Kelly Holmes, Bear Grylls, Derren Brown, Noam Chomsky, Dr Richard Dawkins and many more.



Alvediston, a history
Biddy Trahair

Alvediston is a remote and thinly populated parish set in dramatically beautiful south Wiltshire countryside between Salisbury and Shaftesbury, and this is the first book devoted to its history. In her celebration of the village where she has lived for over thirty years, Biddy Trahair has skilfully woven the everyday with the unusual, and the ancient landscapes with the families and characters who have lived there, to produce a model local history.



Roberts & Kitchener
in South Africa 1900-1902
Rodney Atwood SOLD OUT

The British Army was shocked by three military defeats in late 1899. The commanding General Sir Redvers Buller lost his nerve. "Something must be done" was the cry across the Empire. Britain sent forth not one, but two miltary heroes. Field Marshal Lord Roberts and Major General Lord Kitchener...


Roberts & Kitchener in South Africa

Clash of Empires, The Great Siege
William Napier SOLD OUT

1565: a small island in the middle of the Mediterranean stands gatekeeper between East and West. It is about to become the scene for one of the most amazing stories of bravery, battle and bloodlust: the siege of Malta. On that small rock an epic struggle will be played out - the story of individual men, warriors and slaves, but also the story of two worlds colliding.



The Elephant Keeper
Christopher Nicholson SOLD OUT

The Elephant Keeper is a stable boy Tom Page's account of his life with two elephants. As the years pass, and as they journey across England, his relationship with the female elephant deepens in a startling manner. Along the way they meet incredulity, distrust and tragedy, and it is only their understanding of each other that keeps them together. it is a study of a profound and remarkable love between an elephant and a human being.



The Donheads
past & present

Michael Coward, David McClean
Rex Sawyer, Christine Speak

Donhead St Andrew and Donhead St Mary are neighbouring villages in south-west Wiltshire adjoining the Dorset border near Shaftesbury. They occupy an intricate and confusing landscape of hamlets, small valleys and farms, streams and high downland.



A Year and a Day
E A Dineley SOLD OUT

"March 2003

Selby McCreery
Sent me the poem of the river.

I think of a river
With all its tributaries,
And contradictions;
The trivia of my life."



Evergreen and Eighty
Bob Breach SOLD OUT

in this, a collection of 40 poems, Bob Breach writes about the countryside around the small and ancient town of Shaftesbury. He reflects on the everyday incidents and the changing seasons in this lovely part of England.

All profits to the charity Support for the Oppressed Peoples of Burma.



Nadder Valley Walks
Tisbury Footpath Club

Eighteen circular walks exploring the diverse countryside of the Nadder Valley.



Further Nadder Valley Walks
Tisbury Footpath Club

Eighteen more circular walks around the Nadder Valley and beyond...



tales of a Wiltshire Valley
Rex Sawyer SOLD OUT

The River Nadder rises in the Donheads, east of Shaftesbury, and flows through the Vale of Wardour to Wilton, where it joins the Wylye and then, at Salisbury, the Avon. This remarkable social and landscape history, beautifully illustrated, presents the story of every village and settlement in its valley, drawn from historical sources and oral reminiscences.




The Visit of the Sky Dragons
Maureen Davies SOLD OUT

Three Sky Dragons intended to land in Tibet, but lost their way in thick fog. To their surprise they came down in the wrong mountains, in a little Swiss village. Unfortunately they landed, splish, splash, splosh, in the middle of the villagers’ vegetable gardens.




Fighting through to Kohima
a memoir of war in India and Burma

Michael Lowry SOLD OUT

After joining up in 1939 with the Queen's Royal Regiment the Author was posted to the North West Frontier of India where he cut his teeth chasing Pathan tribesman bandit gangs for two years. This was exciting enough but only a taste of what was to come.


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