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    Local History Walks Flora Thompson General Plays Pantomimes – info on electronic options including versions for Kindle and iPad
    See news of a projected Bramshott book.


    Local History – see also Alton section Churt section

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    Headley's Past in Pictures - an illustrated tour of the parish of Headley, Hampshire in the first half of the 20th century - old postcards and photographs of Headley parish with historical commentary - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50

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    Characters of Headley's Past - Personalities, groups, occupations & businesses of the past which have helped to create the Headley of today - compiled by John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50

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    Gladys Laverty's Recipe Book - Recipes written by a Rector's daughter in Headley Rectory at the beginning of the 20th century - compiled by John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50

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    A Headley Compendium - A collection of historical material relating to Headley parish from previously published sources - compiled by John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £9.95 / Europe £13.35 / O/seas £16.50

    One Monday in November … and Beyond - the story of the Selborne and Headley Workhouse Riots during the Swing Riots of 1830 … and their aftermath - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50

    All Tanked Up - the story of the benign 'invasion' of a Hampshire village by Canadian tank regiments during the Second World War - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50

    Liphook, Bramshott and the Canadians - the story of Canadian troops in Liphook and Bramshott during two World Wars - Laurence Giles
    Published by the Bramshott & Liphook Preservation Society

    Price: UK £4.50 / Europe £6.75 / O/seas £7.30

    The Southern Wey, a guide - Geology, history and natural history of the Southern River Wey Valley between Hindhead and Tilford
    Published by the River Wey Trust

    Now out of stock as a paper version - PDF of scanned image available on request

    A Balance of Trust - the railway arrives in a Surrey village, and nothing is the same again - is Hindhead Common safe? We meet the founder of The National Trust, and cover 50 years of history in and around Haslemere and Hindhead, Surrey from the arrival of the railway to the arrival of the motor car - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £5.00 / Europe £7.50 / O/seas £9.50

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    'Hindhead is Safe' - a short history of the acquisition of Hindhead Common by The National Trust, plus Details of a Dramatic Walk over Hindhead Common - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £4.95 / Europe £7.20 / O/seas £8.50

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    The Hilltop Writers - a Victorian Colony among the Surrey Hills - a new illustrated edition, in which we meet Tennyson, Conan Doyle, Bernard Shaw and the many other writers who populated the hilltops around Haslemere and Hindhead at the end of the 1890s - W R Trotter
    Price: UK £9.95 / Europe £13.35 / O/seas £16.50

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    Literary Surrey - a lively exploration of the time spent and work written in Surrey by authors from John Evelyn and Fanny Burney to H.G. Wells and E.M. Forster. Special chapters on Country Writers, Box Hill and the River Mole, Children's Writers (up to Jacqueline Wilson) and "The Quill and the Sword" (Surrey writers in times of war).
    Contains suggestions for further reading and details about places to visit
    - Jacqueline Banerjee
    Price: UK £9.95 / Europe £13.35 / O/seas £16.50

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    Shottermill, its Farms, Families and Mills - Part 1: Early Times to the 1700s - illustrated with photographs and maps - Greta A Turner
    Price: UK £9.95 / Europe £13.35 / O/seas £16.50

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    Shottermill, its Farms, Families and Mills - Part 2: 1730 to the Early Twentieth Century - illustrated with photographs and maps - Greta A Turner
    Price: UK £14.95 / Europe £19.25 / O/seas £24.50

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    A Revisited History of the Eade Family of Surrey, Sussex & Hampshire 1250–1990 - illustrated with photographs and maps - Robyn Lane and Andrew Eade
    Price: UK £21.00 / Europe £25.00 / O/seas £30.00

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    The Restless Miller - Scenes from rural life in bygone Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire - illustrated - David Johnston - Order via publisher

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    An Edwardian Childhood - the making of a naturalist - the family lived a life of self-sufficiency where the only machine on the farm was the children's toy steam engine - a new extended illustrated edition - Margaret Hutchinson
    Price: UK £8.95 / Europe £11.75 / O/seas £14.25

    I'Anson's Chalet on Headley Hill - a hidden house, a hidden history - Hidden among the pine trees on Headley Hill there is a Swiss-style chalet. Who built it and why? - Judith Kinghorn
    Now out of stock

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    Walks around Headleyand over the borders - A dozen circular walks around Headley - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £6.50 / Europe £9.15 / O/seas £10.50

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    Walks through Historyat the West of the Weald - A dozen circular walks with an historical theme - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £6.50 / Europe £9.15 / O/seas £10.50

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    Walks from the RailwayGuildford to Portsmouth - Circular walks from stations, and linear walks to connect them - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £6.50 / Europe £9.15 / O/seas £10.50

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    Walks around Liphook - 20 circular walks around Liphook
    Published by the Bramshott & Liphook Preservation Society

    Price: UK £4.00 / Europe £6.25 / O/seas £6.80

    Grayshott - the story of a Hampshire village, on the border with Surrey and once part of Headley parish - Written in 1978 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Grayshott Civil Parish, this book tells the history of the village from its earliest beginnings as a minor hamlet of Headley to its status as a fully independent parish flourishing on (and across) the borders of Hampshire and Surrey. It was republished to celebrate the centenary of the parish in 2002 - J H (Jack) Smith
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50

    On the Trail of Flora Thompson - The author of Lark Rise lived for nearly 30 years in Hampshire. This book tells of the difficult period during which she 'won the fight to write' and includes local comment and some of her previously unpublished work - we turn detective to discover the true identity of the people and places Flora Thompson encountered while she lived in east Hampshire - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50

    Heatherley - the 'lost' sequel to 'Lark Rise to Candleford' - Flora Thompson's time in east Hampshire at the turn of the 19th century - edition including map and notes on people & places she encountered in east Hampshire - Flora Thompson
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50

    The Peverel Papers - Nature notes written in Liphook, 1921-27 - Flora Thompson
    Price: UK £21.00 / Europe £25.00 / O/seas £30.00

    Flora Thompson: Beyond Candleford - Two plays telling of Flora Thompson's Hampshire years - John Owen Smith - see notes on Royalties for productions
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50

    Flora Thompson - Biography - the story of the 'Lark Rise' writer - Gillian Lindsay
    Price: UK £9.95 / Europe £13.35 / O/seas £16.50

    The World of Flora Thompson Revisited - Biography, giving particular emphasis to Flora Thompson's roots in the Oxfordshire countryside - Christine Bloxham - Order at bookshops or via the author

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    Without Education or Encouragement, by Ruth Collette Hoffman - The Literary Legacy of Flora Thompson - Order via publisher

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    Dreams of the Good Life, by Richard Mabey - The Life of Flora Thompson and the creation of Lark Rise to Candleford - Order via publisher

    Guide to Liphook, Bramshott and Neighbourhood - a 1925 guidebook to the village of Liphook in Hampshire and its surroundings, largely written by Flora Thompson
    Reprinted by the Bramshott & Liphook Preservation Society in 1995

    Price: UK £4.50 / Europe £6.75 / O/seas £7.30

    Growing up in Griggs Green - recollections of life in Liphook at the time of the First World War, by a neighbour of Flora Thompson - Joe Leggett
    Published by the Bramshott & Liphook Preservation Society

    Price: UK £4.50 / Europe £6.75 / O/seas £7.30

    No Toys for the Boys - further recollections of growing up in Liphook, Longmoor and Griggs Green - Joe Leggett
    Published by the Bramshott & Liphook Preservation Society

    Price: UK £4.50 / Europe £6.75 / O/seas £7.30

    Ancient Churches in North East Hampshire - an illustrated guide to twelve local mediaeval Hampshire churches: Alton, Bentley, Binsted, Froyle, Holybourne, East Worldham, West Worldham, Kingsley, Hartley Mauditt, Selborne, Headley and Bramshott - Woolmer Forest Archaeological and Historical Society - Now out of print

    A Parcel of Gold for Edith - letters from Australia to Headley 1853-1875 - Joyce Stevens
    Price: UK £4.95 / Europe £7.20 / O/seas £8.50

    To the Ar and Back - an historical stroll around Headley and Arford - Joyce Stevens
    Price: UK £3.00 / Europe £5.25 / O/seas £6.00

    The River Running By - the story of Standford hamlet and its church - John Warren
    Now out of print, but there is a possibility of an updated version in the future

    Hollywater – a forgotten hamlet - the history of the hamlet of Hollwater - Lucy Rodd & Marilyn Metcalfe — CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT
    Price: UK £7.50 / Europe £10.00 / O/seas £11.50

    All Saints Church, Grayswood - a short history - James Mackie
    Price: UK £7.50 / Europe £10.00 / O/seas £11.50

    Headley Miscellany - Volume 1 - a series of occasional booklets - things of historical interest in Headley parish - The Headley Society
    Price: UK £3.50 / Europe £5.75 / O/seas £6.50

    Headley Miscellany - Volume 2 - a series of occasional booklets - things of historical interest in Headley parish - The Headley Society
    Price: UK £3.50 / Europe £5.75 / O/seas £6.50

    Headley Miscellany - Volume 3 - a series of occasional booklets - things of historical interest in Headley parish - The Headley Society
    Price: UK £3.50 / Europe £5.75 / O/seas £6.50

    Headley Miscellany - Volume 4 - a series of occasional booklets - things of historical interest in Headley parish - The Headley Society
    Price: UK £3.50 / Europe £5.75 / O/seas £6.50

    Headley Miscellany - Volume 5 - a series of occasional booklets - things of historical interest in Headley parish - The Headley Society
    Price: UK £3.50 / Europe £5.75 / O/seas £6.50

    Headley Miscellany - Volume 6 - a series of occasional booklets - things of historical interest in Headley parish - includes Index - The Headley Society
    Price: UK £3.50 / Europe £5.75 / O/seas £6.50

    Echoes of a Trumpet - the great-granddaughter of the legendary 'Trumpeter' of Selborne serves us fact laced with supposition - Jean Newland
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50

    Echoes of Home - the story of Ellen, the transported daughter of the 'Trumpeter' of Selborne, Hampshire - Jean Newland
    Price: UK £8.95 / Europe £11.75 / O/seas £14.25

    To Follow a Dream - Three Cornish families trek to Hampshire in 1768 - Jean Newland
    Price: UK £8.95 / Europe £11.75 / O/seas £14.25

    Cathra - It is the year 1160, and a chance meeting in Alton forest turns Cathra's life upside down - Jean Newland
    Price: UK £8.95 / Europe £11.75 / O/seas £14.25

    Jessica's People - a story from quieter times in Ireland, leading through to the author's arrival in Headley - Jessie Woodger
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50

    Churt: a Medieval Landscape - peasant life in medieval Churt - Philip Brooks
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50

    Churt, an Oasis through Time - a short history of the village - Olivia Cotton
    Price: UK £6.50 / Europe £9.60 / O/seas £11.50

    Churt Remembered - photographic memories of Churt, Surrey - Olivia Cotton
    Price: UK £5.99 / Europe £8.70 / O/seas £10.00

    Further Reflections on Churt - more photographic memories of Churt, Surrey - Olivia Cotton
    Price: UK £6.50 / Europe £9.60 / O/seas £11.50

    A Time of Change - A short history of Churt, Surrey: the period between 1840 and 1880 - Gillian Devine
    Price: UK £6.00 / Europe £8.70 / O/seas £10.00

    Churt and the War to end all Wars - As described in the parish magazine, the Churt Church Monthly - Gillian Devine
    Price: UK £6.00 / Europe £8.70 / O/seas £10.00

    My Ockenden Adventure - Life in a home in Haslemere for refugee children from the displaced persons’ camps in Germany - Elsie Broughton - Order via author

    Wanborough Manor - School for Secret Agents - Patrick Yarnold - Order via publisher

    St Bartholomew's Parish Church Haslemere - Katherine Jessel - Order via publisher

    One Hundred Years of Liphook Bonfire & Carnival - Brian North - Order via publisher

    A Century Not Out - One hundred years of the I'Anson Cup - Graham Collyer - Order via author

    Hampshire Place Names - Provides an interesting insight into some of the county's more unusual place names - Anthony Poulton-Smith - Order via publisher

    Compton Pottery - A richly illustrated book which traces the history of this village industry and is the first account of the diversity and heritage of this unusual pottery - Hilary Calvert - Order via publisher

    Alton Papers, No.5 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - OUT OF PRINT - Contact publisher

    Alton Papers, No.6 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - OUT OF PRINT - Contact publisher

    Alton Papers, No.7 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - OUT OF PRINT - Contact publisher

    Alton Papers, No.8 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - Friends of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery - Order via publisher

    Alton Papers, No.9 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - Friends of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery - Order via publisher

    Alton Papers, No.10 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - Friends of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery - Order via publisher

    Alton Papers, No.11 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - Friends of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery - Order via publisher

    Alton Papers, No.12 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - OUT OF PRINT - Contact publisher

    Alton Papers, No.13 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - Friends of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery - Order via publisher

    Alton Papers, No.14 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - OUT OF PRINT - Contact publisher

    Alton Papers, No.15 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - Friends of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery - Order via publisher

    Alton Papers, No.16 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - Friends of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery - Order via publisher

    Alton Papers, No.17 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - Friends of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery - Order via publisher

    Alton Papers, No.18 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - Friends of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery - Order via publisher

    Alton Papers, No.19 - One of a series of booklets containing short articles on the history of Alton - Friends of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery - Order via publisher

    Jane Austen and Alton - a walk round Jane Austen's Alton - Jane Hurst - Order via publisher

    Jane Austen and Chawton - a walk round Jane Austen's Chawton - Jane Hurst - Order via publisher

    Miss Bell's Fountains - a history of "The Munificent Gifts" in Alton - Jane Hurst - Order via publisher

    Alton's Inns - "in all our inns we have plenty of ale, beer and sundry kinds of wine" - Jane Hurst - Order via publisher

    Alton's Pubs - Alehouses, beerhouses and public houses in Alton, up to the First World War - Jane Hurst - Order via publisher

    Alton's Breweries - "Here … [are] several large breweries, the ale from which has long been famed throughout the county and in London" - Jane Hurst - Order via publisher

    Alton's Motor Traders - part 1 - A century of service - Norman Pointing - Order via publisher

    Alton's Motor Traders - part 2 - A century of service - Norman Pointing - Order via publisher

    Hartley Mauditt House - 'A Capital uniform mansion'? - Jane Hurst - Order via publisher

    Alton's Photographers - 'The first 100 years' - Jane Hurst - Order via publisher

    Memories of Alton Project - No.1 - Hard Lives 50–80 years ago - Ed: Paul Fenwick - Order via publisher

    Memories of Alton Project - No.2 - Life in Alton during WW2 - Ed: Paul Fenwick - Order via publisher

    Memories of Alton Project - No.3 - Life in Alton during WW2 - Ed: Paul Fenwick - Order via publisher

    Memories of Alton Project - No.4 - Life in Alton during WW2 - Ed: Paul Fenwick - Order via publisher

    The Remembered Ones of the Great War - Vol 1 - Bentworth to Farringdon - Order via publisher

    The Remembered Ones of the Great War - Vol 2 - Froyle to Selborne - Order via publisher

    The Battle of Alton - an account of the famous Civil War battle of 1643 in Alton, Hampshire - Peter Cansfield - Order via author

    Sweet FA - the true story of Fanny Adams in Alton - Peter Cansfield - Order via author

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    Never Ripe - Short Stories & Rhythmic Writings - even a local historian can write fiction! - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £4.95 / Europe £7.20 / O/seas £8.50

    The Nemesis File - Fourteen days will change Steve's life. This tense mystery-thriller moves swiftly from Sussex to Copenhagen with interludes in Portsmouth, Italy and Scotland, and ends with a sea chase in a gale - James Morley - Order via author

    Rocastle's Vengeance - When Peter Wilson takes a job as harbour master in the Dorset yacht harbour of Old Duddlestone, he is surprised to learn that his own father was the harbour's wartime commander – and is forced into a situation that nearly brings his own destruction - James Morley - Order via author

    Magdalena's Redemption - If an eight-year-old boy commits murder is he irredeemably evil? Can he ever be rehabilitated or will he kill again to preserve his secret? Hampshire farmer, Tom O'Malley, finds the dead body of a young journalist. Not satisfied that she is a suicide he makes his own investigation - James Morley - Order via author

    Emily's Hour - Everything changes for the Simpson family when the dead body of an internet millionaire is found in Branham Lake and a close friend is falsely accused of murder - James Morley - Order via author

    Olympic Nemesis - Emily Simpson's Olympic dream is threatened by an internet gambling syndicate. Her father, Steve, is sailing in the Paralympics. Speculation about a father/daughter double gold puts both under threat - James Morley - Order via author

    Circles of Light - A series of six books telling the tale of Tika, a runanway slave who becomes bonded to Dragons in a turbulent world - EM Sinclair - Order via publisher

    Cold Revenge - In 1816, Grace Harper, twenty five years old and with no family, is governess to four orphans - EM Sinclair - Order via publisher

    The Happy Reader - An anthology of short stories and verse by local writers in support of Sue Ryder Care charity - The Petersfield Writers' Circle - Order via publisher

    Till All the Seas Run Dry - a sequel to 'The Secret Garden' - for those who have read and enjoyed The Secret Garden, this sequel will have a special appeal, in which Mary, Colin and Dickon meet again at Misselthwaite ten years later - it will warm the heart and stir the memory - Susan Webb
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £10.70 / O/seas £13.25

    Come Home Kathleen - When Kate Linnet visits relatives in Southern Ireland she finds herself in familiar surroundings, despite the fact that she has never been there before, and soon she is inexplicably drawn first to a folly on an island, then to a house near the harbour that belongs to a fisherman. What echoes from the past have attracted her to these places, and to the tall dark stranger she meets on a cliff path, who carries her home after a fall? And what are the dark secrets surrounding Kilmannock House and its irascible owner, William de Clare? But most intriguing of all, what really happened to the tragic girl, Kathleen...? - Susan Webb - Order via publisher

    Solace - offers a taste of the world into which Jesus was born, seen through the eyes of six-year old Yedidyah - Anandi Saraph
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50

    Me Too, Baba - offers a small glimpse of the author's relationship with the mystery which is a Guru – a teacher who has the ability to take a seeker from the darkness (Gu) to the light (Ru) - Anandi Saraph
    Price: UK £4.50 / Europe £6.50 / O/seas £7.50

    A Year Out of Time - the story of one twelve year old girl from a 'nice' middle-class background, and a 'nice' private school (where her mother hoped she might learn to be a lady) who, in the Autumn of 1940, finds herself pitched into the totally foreign environment of a small Worcestershire hamlet - Eve Phillips - Order via author

    And All Shall be Well - follows Francis Lindsey's journey from a suddenly orphaned ten-year-old to an established artist. Taken on by his Aunt Emily, a sixty-something spinster, aided and abetted by the somewhat anarchic old priest, Father Con, Francis receives an unconventional and frequently exhilarating upbringing. One which helps prepare and support him in his wartime role of interpreter in a recently liberated German Work Camp, and his ultimately tragic first love affair with an Austrian survivor. - Eve Phillips - Order via author

    Matthew's Daughter - we follow Caroline Penrose after her return from the war to Trewlyns, her father’s flower farm in Cornwall, where she hopes to find the peace and quiet to rebuild her life after the death of her Polish airman lover. But shortly after her arrival home she becomes aware of an atmosphere of secrecy and intrigue between her father Matthew, Grace Brendon his housekeeper, and Caroline’s best friend Jennie, daughter of the rector Paul Tremaine. - Eve Phillips - Order via author

    The Changing Day - the final book in the Cornish Trilogy, begins in 1940, when a meeting between WREN Joanna Dunne and Navy Lieutenant Mark Eden is the start of a love affair that at first seems unlikely to stand the test of time. She is 22, single and an Oxford graduate; he is 36, married and in civilian life a country vet. She is attracted but not looking for romance, he is attracted but not looking for commitment and, as Joanna soon discovers, he is the black sheep of his family and has a very murky past. - Eve Phillips - Order via author

    A Very Private Affair - In the spring of 1934 fourteen year old orphan Anna Farrell is transported from a life of drab, penny-pinching, genteel poverty with her cousin Ruth, to the elegant, affluent Bloomsbury household of distant cousin Patrick Farrell, owner of a successful antique gallery, and his manservant, Charlie Caulter. Naïve and young for her years, Anna is at first blissfully unaware of the well-hidden secret kept by the two men, until a meeting with the quasi-charming Madame Gallimard and her sons becomes the catalyst that threatens to tear her world apart. - Eve Phillips - Order via author

    Return to Falcon Field - Following the death of his wife, Ryan Petersen, a professor of European Literature at a New England University, is offered a year's exchange lectureship with London University. Accompanied by his matriarchal mother Hannah, who is hell-bent on finding him a new and more suitable wife, and his difficult young son, Joel, he arrives in swinging sixties London. But in exchanging his native land for England the reserved, cynical, woman-wary Ryan has one even more compelling reason for crossing the pond - to find the woman with whom he had a passionate wartime love affair over twenty years before… - Eve Phillips - Order via author

    A Very Artistic Affair - When Olivia Ryder’s faithless husband, Giles, actually falls in love with his latest conquest, the young actress Zoë Ormonde, Olivia leaves their home, returns to her roots on the Devon coast and resumes her earlier artistic career.
    But while Giles woos the nubile Zoë in Hampshire and Olivia pursues the heady path of independence in Devon, nothing is quite as idyllic as it seems and there are pitfalls ahead for all…
    - Eve Phillips - Order via author

    The Turning Point - Permanently hard up, with an absent father in Paris, and a not very satisfactory lover in Cornwall, at twenty-two, landscape photographer Cassandra Chisholm still has a lot of growing up to do. But when she agrees to take publicity photos for middle-aged author Michael Niven, the progress of growing up begins to accelerate at an alarming rate. Unrequited love, unwanted revelations about her past and the prospect of having to leave her Cornish home bring Cassie to her own personal Turning Point, precipitating her into muddy and uncharted waters. - Eve Phillips - Order via author

    Foundation Stone - the influence and shaping of Brian Jones, founder of the Rolling Stones - Graham Ride - Order via author/publisher

    The Old Time - growing up in the Chiltern Hills in the 1950s - John Comer - Order via author/publisher

    The Connollys - we follow Rosie Connolly and her family in County Cavan through bad times and good - Jessie Woodger
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50

    Anthology of the Phoenix Poets - commemorative edition featuring many prize-winning authors
    Price: UK £5.00 / Europe £7.00 / O/seas £8.50

    Plays – Note: Royalties are due if a play is performed

    RIOT! or This Bloody Crew - the Swing Riots dramatised - a stage dramatisation of the Selborne and Headley Workhouse Riots of 1830, plus historical notes - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £4.95 / Europe £7.00 / O/seas £8.50

    Not Fit to Live in England - the Swing Riots dramatised - a one-act play which looks at the aftermath of Riot! from a different perspective - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £2.00 / Europe £4.00 / O/seas £5.00 - Electronic version? See below

    Flora's Heatherley - a stage dramatisation of Flora Thompson's time in Grayshott, Hampshire, 1898-1901 - John Owen Smith - see also Beyond Candleford
    Price: UK £4.50 / Europe £6.00 / O/seas £7.00 - Electronic version? See below

    Flora's Peverel - a stage dramatisation of Flora Thompson's time in Liphook, Hampshire, 1916-1928 - John Owen Smith - see also Beyond Candleford
    Price: UK £4.50 / Europe £6.00 / O/seas £7.00 - Electronic version? See below

    The Broomsquire - a stage dramatisation of the celebrated novel by Sabine Baring-Gould - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £4.95 / Europe £7.20 / O/seas £8.50 - Electronic version? See below

    Twelve Minute Night - this short sketch does for Twelfth Night what Stoppard did for Hamlet - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £2.00 / Europe £4.00 / O/seas £5.00 - Electronic version? See below

    Bah Humbug! - a seasonal entertainment based on Charles Dickens' book "A Christmas Carol" - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £4.50 / Europe £6.00 / O/seas £7.00 - Electronic version? See below

    MacHamlet - the Scots versus the Danes in the year 1040 (or thereabouts!) - John Owen Smith - see also the Trilogy
    Price: UK £4.50 / Europe £6.00 / O/seas £7.00 - Electronic version? See below

    Bard Again! - MacHamlet takes to foreign parts - John Owen Smith - see also the Trilogy
    Price: UK £4.50 / Europe £6.00 / O/seas £7.00 - Electronic version? See below

    MacHamlet goes West - 1056 and All That - on an Atlantic cruise - John Owen Smith - see also the Trilogy
    Price: UK £4.50 / Europe £6.00 / O/seas £7.00 - Electronic version? See below

    The MacHamlet Trilogy - three comedies for stage - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £7.95 / Europe £9.90 / O/seas £11.50 - Electronic version? See below

    Murder à la Carte - a murder mystery play performed as part of a 3-course meal - John Owen Smith
    Price: UK £2.00 / Europe £4.00 / O/seas £5.00 - Electronic version? See below

    It's Murder! - a murder mystery play performed as part of a 3-course meal - John Owen Smith
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    Local Vengeance - a murder mystery play performed as part of a 3-course meal - John Owen Smith
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    Local History - General - Plays - Pantomimes


    Traditional Pantomimes - a note

    Perhaps I should describe here what British pantomime is! I've had one or two requests for scripts from places outside the UK, and in most cases they have been surprised to find it's not what they think it is.

    It is nothing like the Greek meaning of Pantomime – ours is far from silent, despite the etymology of the word.
    I quote from Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable:– In Britain, what we now call pantomime has come from "an adaptation of the old Commedia dell'Arte that lasted down to the 19th century. The principal characters were Harlequin and Columbine, who never spoke, and Clown and Pantaloon, who keep up a constant fire of joke and repartee. The old Christmas pantomime or Harlequinade as an essentially British entertainment was first introduced by John Weaver (1673–1760), a dancing-master of Shrewsbury, in 1702. It is now usually based on a nursery tale such as Cinderella, Mother Goose, Jack and the Beanstalk, Puss in Boots, etc., enlivened by catchy songs, pretty chorus girls and considerable buffoonery."

    You have been warned!!


    Royalties for Performance

    Full length plays and pantomimes — £40 per performance for halls up to 250 seats, thereafter add £1 per 10 seats — to be paid one month before production.

    Lower rate for short sketches — £20 per performance for halls up to 250 seats, thereafter add £0.50 per 10 seats — to be paid one month before production.


    Electronic versions of Playscripts

    I now sell the majority of my scripts as electronic documents in Microsoft Word format. This offers users a number of advantages:—

    From my point of view, it saves me having to stock paper copies and send them through the post.

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    Bramshott. Walking With Buddy — a projected Limited Edition Art Book by Paul Clarke — in need of a kickstart


    Local History - General - Plays - Pantomimes


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