Lucky, a Dog’s Tale

by Dave Lodge (and Lucky the dog!)

The story of a remarkable dog, whose loyalty and love for those in his life may have been equalled but never surpassed. From the moment he came into our lives, abandoned and dishevelled on the Mancunian Way, he was an amazing and unexpected addition to our family.

A Newfoundland, Labrador cross, he grew to be a gentle giant who surprised us every day of his life.

Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (22 Nov. 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0995619034
ISBN-13: 978-0995619036
Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.5 x 21 cm
Available from local bookshops, to order from any bookshop, and online from Amazon

The Long Road

by Dave Lodge

The Long RoadThe story of one man’s epic journey through life. Starting from the rural backdrop of Cumbria, as a young man he ventured South to Manchester. From an early age he was involved in Speedway at the world famous Belle Vue track, played Rugby for TocH, and competed in Marathons, Triathlons and even Quadrathons! Still competing until the age of 56 a tragic accident ended his sporting life. In 1973 a chance meeting with Tommy Bruce, the sixties rock ‘n’ roll star, started him on a path into the world of showbusiness. As manager and promoter for Tommy, Dave got to meet all the great rock ‘n’ rollers from the Sixties such as Tony Crane of the Merseybeats, Helen Shapiro, Brian Poole of the Tremelos to name a few. The world of entertainment of the day too including Norman Wisdom, Vicky Michelle and many more. This book is a warm recollection of these times, a celebration of the people behind the celebrities – never in a negative or salacious way, simply a reflection and celebration of the warmth, camaraderie and teamwork of the people he encountered whether on a Speedway track, a rugby field, a marathon or backstage.

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (17 Mar. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993467943
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.1 x 21 cm
The book can be ordered directly from Amazon

Wartime Diaries of VG Coady

by V.G. Coady

Vic Coady volunteered for active service as war was declared in September 1939 and joined the Royal Army Service Corps. He kept a chronicle of his experiences, both highs and lows, until his demobilisation in 1946. Most of the time he seems to have been cold, scared, wet and hungry, even in the first few weeks of signing on before being shipped to France. He lived through the British Expeditionary Force and evacuation at Dunkerque, being torpedoed in the Mediterranean on the way to Tunisia and then the assault at D-Day, the bitter fighting around Caen and the German retreat across Northern Europe.

The diaries are a very frank account of the war: the horror and hardships and occasionally the fun. Vic worked and played hard. He was not an easy command and was openly critical of his superiors, coming perilously close to a court martial on one occasion. But he was a survivor and the writings paint a vivid account of his experiences and an insight into his character. They contribute to our knowledge of the day to day life of a private during WW2 and chronicle the organisation, equipment and operations of the Royal Army Service Corps in support of the fighting formations on the front line.

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Pixel Tweaks (01 Nov. 2015)
  • ISBN-13: 9780993467905
  • Product Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
 Available on Amazon

Tommy Bruce

Tommy_bruceWe have a couple of interesting projects on the go at the moment including a biography of the legendary 1960’s singer Tommy Bruce who shot to fame with his rendition of ‘Ain’t misbehavin’. (YouTube link). The author of the book is Dave Lodge who was Tommy’s manager and close friend for many years and offers an insight into life of young rock ‘n’ roll star. Publication expected mid July.

What am I doing here? …

… a question we often ask ourselves – but perhaps none more so than author Ken Walker who has found himself muttering that expression more than most, especially when finding himself facing bankruptcy, paragliding in his 60s or marooned on a Scottish … Continue reading

Sir John Dunne

The biography of Sir John Dunne – Cumbria’s first and longest serving Chief Constable by Alan Bryant. An incredible journey by an extraordinary man from his native Ireland, joining the fledgling police force at age 14 and rising through the … Continue reading

Book Launch – The Kennedys

KSC-poster-for-SMHBook launch Saturday 6th Dec at 10am at The Orangery Cafe at St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston, Cumbria. The Kennedy’s of Stone Cross Mansion, written by Stuart Allison, looks at the history of the Kennedy family in the late 1800’s and follows the highs and lows of the 16 children of the family as they make their way in life through one of the most turbulent periods in modern times.

Work in Progress

Exciting times at Pixel Tweaks this month as we work on two books on totally different subjects but are both an interesting read and reflect the enthusiasm and dedication of the authors. John Dunne – the history of Cumbria’s first … Continue reading

Kennedys of Stone Cross Mansion

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The realisation of a passion for local history encouraged first time author Stuart Allison to research an old, abandoned mansion house in the market town of Ulverston in South Cumbria. What he discovered made him change his project – from the history of the house, to the history of the family who lived there. The book follows the lives of the 16 children of Myles Kennedy, all born at the end of the 19th century and lived through one of the most turbulent times in modern history.