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

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

The Bad Tempered Dragon

The Bad Tempered Dragon by Jennifer Clark

Do dragons exist? … well Jack knows, because he saw a real one stuck in a hedge on his way to school! From then on the day became an unbelievably strange adventure for all involved.

George the dragon is very grumpy, he’s not having a good day – he’s lost his mum and is now stuck with this small human who has taken him to school – that’s when the troubles really begin.

George is usually invisible to all humans except his new ally and he changes colour when he gets grumpy … which is a lot!

This story book teaches children about morality and emotional intelligence, through the use of narrative and colour showing how colours affect our behaviour. A great resource for facilitating group discussion.

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (3rd February 2016)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993467929
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.3 x 22.9 cm
The book can be ordered directly from Amazon


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.

Max & Bella Stories

Our Aeroplane Adventure by Celia Child

Sophie lives in Canada with her two dogs, Max and Bella.
When her Mum and Dad announce that they are moving all the way to London, Sophie is worried. 
What will happen to her beloved pets? Are dogs allowed on a plane?

Join Sophie and her family as they prepare to take their dogs on the journey of a lifetime!

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (7th Sept 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0992751497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992751494
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
Max and Bella Stories Website (the book can be ordered directly from the author’s website)
Celia Child was born in London and having lived in Canada for ten years now resides in the Lake District. The story, about a family moving to another country and their plane journey with their dogs Max and Bella, has a suggested reading age of 5-9 years – although children younger than this  will enjoy the pictures and hearing the story too.

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


A Yorkshire tale of Passion, Friendship, Betrayal and Revenge

by Naomi Hudson


Spring 1970
Four friends are in their final months at Leeds University. There are lots of girls, parties and football … then, John meets Mary and she turns his world upside down. But their tender love and a passionate romance that summer is suddenly terminated leaving John lost and puzzled.

Summer 2012
After living abroad for many years John finds himself back in Yorkshire, reunited with friends and whilst tackling the Coast-to-Coast walk he has plenty of time to think … where is Mary now? and why did their romance finish so unexpectedly? He decides upon a quest to find answers to these questions, which have tormented him for over forty years. The twists and turns in the quest make Naomi Hudson’s first novel appeal to male and female readers alike, and the dramatic finale may shock or sadden the reader – but will not disappoint.

Paperback: 386 pages

  • Publisher: Pixel Tweaks Publications (4 Dec. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0993467911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993467912
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
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 Also available on Kindle