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Thomas Hardy – The Wessex Series

By Jane Drake Published by Wessex Books originally in 1997 Reprinted in current format in 2010 Review by Sylvia Minns This colourful paper back, an updated version of an original 1997 edition, is a delightful potted biography of the life and works of the Dorset writer Thomas Hardy. Thomas Hardy is loved for his writings…

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The Branch Lines of Dorset

By Colin G Maggs Amberley Publishing ISBN 978-1-84868-352-5 The branch lines of Dorset, shared almost equally between the GWR and LSWR varied from lightly built, rural railways carrying a low volume of traffic, to the Swanage branch, which at times carried main line express locomotives. Fortunately this line has been preserved and can still be…

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Moving On from Short Story to Novel a step-by-step guide

By Della Galton Accent Press Review by Sylvia Ann Minns Moving On: From Short Story to Novel is written in Della’s informative and easy to understand style that she also applied to her book ‘How to Write and Sell Short Stories’ published in 2009. Della is a successful and experienced author whether it be short…

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River Cottage veg everyday!

By Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Review by Sylvia Ann Minns Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall began the River Cottage concept in Dorset in1998 and has since extended the idea with the addition of other successful centres. These centres still have the same values – less dependence on the outside world, food integrity and the consumption of local,…

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Kids’ Dorset

By Sarah-Jane Forder Roving Press A book full of children’s favourite places in Dorset has been compiled by Sarah-Jane Forder.  She says, “Having a young daughter myself, I know how hard it is to inspire them with a walk or visit to ‘some boring grown-up place.’ But just let them choose somewhere out of Kids’…

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The Great Year – Understanding 2012 and Beyond

By Ian Thorp Archive Publishing 2011 Illustrations by Ian Thorp Review by Sylvia Minns Using the device of a time-traveller named ‘The Captain’, whose vessel resembles an 18th century sailing ship rather like HMS Victory, the author seeks to reveal how our planet has been observed and understood by human beings since they first appeared…

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Gardens of Dorset

By Roger Lane Published by Frances Lincoln Limited The Gardens of Dorset is a portrait of thirty-seven of the best gardens in Dorset. There are delights and surprises aplenty, including a Roman temple in the suburbs of Bournemouth; a folly nestled within the fern garden of an ancestral manor; a classic cottage garden festooned with…

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Mr Rosenblum’s List

By Natasha Solomons Published by Sceptre Inspired by the author’s grandfather and an actual advice leaflet that was handed out to Jewish German refugees, ‘Mr Rosenblum’s List’ is an endearing book. Jack Rosenblum flees Berlin with his wife Sadie to arrive in England in 1937. Fifteen years later, Sadie is still dreaming about home but…

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Painting Dorset in Watercolour

By Marilyn Allis Published by Tabella Publishing ISBN 978-0955808-89-0 A beautiful collection of studies capturing the coastline, countryside, buildings and people of Dorset. Dorset Artist, Marilyn Allis, has written this full colour teaching book to inspire you and fi re up the imagination. With 33 demonstrations and ideas, complete with step-by-step guidance on creating your…

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How to Write and Sell Short Stories

By Della Galton Published by Accent Press Ltd 2008 ISBN 9781906373337 Review by Nancy Henshaw This book is fun and easy to read and the author clearly enjoyed writing it.  At the same time it is tremendously informative and the underlying work and research is formidable.  It is hard to imagine it becoming dated.  Della…

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