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


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

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

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

"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

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

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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