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

Mary’s Animal Friends

by John Stoke with illustrations by Sophie Holme

Mary loves to visit her Granny and Pa who live in an old house in the Lake District with their little tortoiseshell cat called Flora (because the fur on the side of her head is in the shape of a flower). Here, in the first in a series of stories, Mary wonders whether any of her animal friends will say hello to her – but only one of them agrees and becomes Mary’s ‘favourite animal in all the world’.

Paperback: 20 pages
Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (2 Sept 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0995619018
ISBN-13: 978-0995619012
Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.1 x 20.3 cm
 Available from local bookshops, to order from any bookshop and online from Amazon

Hartbarrow – A Golden Treasury in Verse

From an idea by Mr P. Stewart

A delightful compilation of verses, stories, sketches & watercolours offering a rare insight into life in the rural community of Hartbarrow & Cartmel Fell in the 1930s. Preserved in its original format and at actual size with transcriptions of the original text for future generations to delight in.

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (Aug. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780993467981
  • Product Dimensions: 21.0 x 29.6 cm
 Look Inside – here is a sample of a few pages of this book.


The History of RAF Millom and the genesis of RAF Mountain Rescue

by John Nixon

Covering the airfields’ wartime service from 1941 and brief reoccupation of the station in 1953 to its eventual conversion into HMP Haverigg. Extensively illustrated with over 260 photographs and including over 50 first-hand accounts of life at RAF Millom, Cumbria, England. This extremely accessible history will engage a broad readership and provide a historical treasure for future generations. The units’ primary purpose was the training of aircrew for Bomber Command and those airmen who passed through the station went on to have many and varied experiences of aerial warfare. At the heart of them all lies a small and windblown airfield which served Sovereign and country through the dark days of WWII and beyond. Drawing on extensive historical, official and anecdotal material in this, his fourth and final book recording the history of the South Cumbrian airfields, the author has without doubt produced his finest and most comprehensive work to date.

  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (22 July 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0993467997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993467998
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.2 x 24.4 cm
 Available from local bookshops, to order from any bookshop and online from Amazon
 About the Author:

John Nixon at a book signing

John Nixon at a book signing

John Nixon was born in Ulverston, South Lakes, in 1953 and attended High Newton Primary School. Later, on leaving Cartmel Church of England School in 1968, he made his living in varied ways until he joined Her Majesty’s Prison Service in 1974. After 32 years service, he is now retired and a self-employed writer. John is also the author of ‘Wings over Sands’ the history of RAF Cark & RAF Grange-over-Sands, and ‘Warbirds of Walney’ the history of RAF Walney Airfield which was shortlisted for the 2014 Lakeland Book of the Year. You can view more details on his website here – JohnNixonAuthor

Look Inside – here is a sample of a few pages of this book.

Ulverston, An English Market Town through History

by Helen Shacklady

This new publication by Helen Shacklady charts the development of Ulverston not in isolation but through the prism of British History.  We see how the character and identity of the town has emerged from the effect of its geography and the influence of  political and social events far beyond its boundaries. The reader is taken on an incredible whistle-stop-tour of British history so that Ulverston’s place in that history can be fully comprehended.  The author is not afraid to question accepted theories or to poke a bit of fun at some of the more curious goings-on in our nation’s past.

Helen Shacklady.  Helen has been interested in history from an early age having read Medieval and Middle Eastern history as part of her degree.  She comes from a Lancashire family and has lived in Cumbria for over half her life.  She has worked in universities and the book trade and is the author of five published novels. Helen lives in Ulverston where she owns and run the Bookshack in Ulverston Market.  She  is active in several Ulverston voluntary bodies, enjoys getting involved in events such as the Lantern Festival and is a fair weather allotment gardener.

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Handstand Press (3 Mar. 2016)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957660946
  • 206 Pages. 50 illustrations in full colour.  70 illustrations black and white.
You can meet Helen Shacklady any time and purchase the book from her at the Bookshack bookstall in Ulverston Indoor Market, during shop opening hours in Ulverston (shops are closed on Wednesdays). It will also be available at Suttons Bookshop, 48 Market Street and can be ordered from any good bookshop and from the publisher Handstand Press

Bristle the Red

by Wendy Ellwood

I’m Kernal Nutcase, here to give warning,

Red squirts out by tomorrow morning.

In a panic we darted round together,

While Mar and Owl hatched a plan so clever.

Follow the adventures of Bristle and his Red Squirrel family in their quest to overcome the threat from the Greys. This rhyming tale is beautifully illustrated, allowing the reader, old or young, to explore and discover the wonders of the Red Squirrels’ LakeDistrict home.

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (16 Mar. 2016)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993467936
Illustrated by Sophie Holme


by Brian Fereday / illustrations by Fiona Clucas

Poems Inspired by the Landscape and People of South Westmorland

The poems stem from a lifetime of observing and working on the land. Sometimes past, sometimes present and mixed styles. They come from a love of the place and a need from the author to touch hearts and break down barriers between man and nature.

A man with a dog.
Senses warmth on his face,
Inhales the sea travelled air,
Returns the contented grin from his companion.

Price: £15

    • Hardback: 152 pages / 30 colour illustrations
    • Publisher: Fulmus Press (March 2015)
    • ISBN-13: 978-0993214301

Brian & Fiona

brian-and-fionaThey came together through their love of nature and art and married on Sizergh Fell in 2003.

They have had several joint exhibitions. ‘Shared Earth’ at the Dean Barwick Hall in Witherslack and ‘Journeys North’ at Brantwood being the most recent.

These exhibitions showcased Brian’s poetry alongside Fiona’s paintings and drawings.

Find out more about Fiona’s work on her website

The book is available directly from the author or copies are on sale at Low Sizergh Barn, at Sizergh near Kendal. If you send us a message on the contact form we can put you in touch with the author.


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