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Accessions (since 1st Sep 2019)

Hard Down, Hard Down by Captain Jack Isbester (Technical Staff and House Master)

Published by Whittles Publishing in 2019
Paperback 256 pages
ISBN-10: 184995402X
ISBN-13: 978-1849954020

Describes the life and times of his father, Captain John Isbester from Shetland.

`This entertaining book describes the eventful life of a Shetland man in pursuit of his ambitions... A great read that's a real page-turner'. Sea Breezes

Recollections of an Unsuccessful Seaman edited by Dave Creamer

Published by Whittles Publishing in 2018.
Paper back, 224 pages with 32page colour section containing 70 illustrations – photos, watercolour sketches, cartoons and diary pages

ISBN-10: 1849953937
ISBN-13: 978-1849953931

Written in 1928/1929 by George, who wanted to keep himself occupied for the rest of his days after learning of his incurable illness from which he died, aged 42 years, in 1929. It covers his service in the European/West African trade in WWI and a short period ashore as a farmer.

"The narrative of his wartime experiences are both harrowing and humorous."

"Readers of this poignant portrayal of life at sea and ashore in the first part of the 20th century will be both entertained and moved. What shines through the pages is his constant `can do' attitude and humour. A totally fascinating story of seafaring one hundred years ago"
The Cadet magazine.

"Penned with warmth and humour, this is an engaging tale of one of the genuine war heros of the age - one of those unknown seamen who signed for voyage after voyage into war torn seas to quite literally save Britain." Julian Stockwin

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Persuasion's Price by Colin Coles (60-62)

Paperback 192 pages
Published by Paragon Publishing Rothersthorpe (July 19, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1782226877
ISBN-13: 978-1782226871

A quiet market town in England is shattered by an explosive mix of gang rivalry and shady deals.
A family is torn apart and, with the involvement of the secret services, events take an unexpected and sinister turn.

Mists of Time by Colin Coles (60-62)

Paperback 146 pages
Published by Paragon Publishing Rothersthorpe (September 2, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1782227083
ISBN-13: 978-1782227083

From epic poem to scary short story. Mists of Time entertains and enlightens.
In the title poem, author Sam Grant takes us on a journey. Perhaps his journey, down a leafy lane to a farm in summer, off to sea and beyond.

Secret Cave is a short story informed by a love of sail boat sailing. A reflection from the author’s young life, before the author embarked on a career in the Merchant Service.

PART ONE – Poems both in traditional and modern form.
Dramatic, but also light-hearted topics, explored.

PART TWO – Short stories.
Individual cameo chapters.

River Escape by Colin Coles (60-62)

Paperback 170 pages
Published by Paragon Publishing Rothersthorpe (September 2, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1782225749
ISBN-13: 978-1782225744

Venezuela:  An oil terminal in the River Orinoco. Following on from a military coup, Mike’s pressured efforts to prepare the tanker for the load of boiler oil – compromised by a refinery postponement. An influential young woman boards, who starts calling the shots. The hidden identity of a rescued yachtsman and two female companions further compromise the ship’s safety…

Poems with themed notes by Colin Coles (60-62)

Paperback 98 pages
Published by Paragon Publishing Rothersthorpe (May 23, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1782224645
ISBN-13: 978-1782224648

A poetry anthology. Love Starved by Electronics is a sonnet selected for a 'Sonnets for Shakespeare' publication to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday.  In Riding Through Time ghostly horsemen appear, to ride down the ages. Captured into their Realm - a meeting with an alien depicted in verse. Eye of the Storm; The Time Makers Kingdom; Thankful Thoughts and Spirit of Spring. These are a few of the poems in this varied anthology. Notes have been prepared and included by Sam Grant to give background information and set the poems in context.

"Poems with themed notes is a breakaway from the two previous novels.   A number of the poems were composed, which inspired  themes and character portrayal while  novel writing.  There is a direct connection, for example, with the sea poem composition  and the writing of Atlantic Hijack.   The poems are from practical  seafaring experiences of the nineteen sixties.  The author finds that a poem about a character or situation can often  build better understanding when addressing novel chapter development.  The topics for the poem in a number of instances are from competition entry poems, subsequently published in anthologies. The reading about Quantum and other scientific theory  in various publications also led to the author  seeking to develop description through poetry.  Life experiences can  lead to poetry composition and a number of the poems have no reference to a particular competition. The author  continues to enter competitions on a regular basis throughout  the year."

Galatic Mission by Colin Coles (60-62)

Paperback 272 pages
Published by Paragon Publishing Rothersthorpe (March 24, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1782225129
ISBN-13: 978-1782225126

It is 2110. In an advanced technological world of holograms transmitted by mobile phones, food made by a Maxi Maker, drone trays, clones and automata concierges, Quadrant is the world government. But the world is not at ease and relationships are put under strain. James Walters is a sales manager for an international conglomerate, based in the UK. One day he encounters Adriana – “The Empress Adriana” – from the Galactic Command Force... oh, and ruler of planet Earth and all planets circling the sun. Can the Galactic Command Force, with help from some inspiring sources, thwart planetary conflict?

"Galactic Mission is science fiction, but relates to Atlantic Hijack in that it is both an adventure story and a journey. The journey is to Mars. The author, apart from training as a seafarer. has worked in sales and retail.   These experiences were drawn on in depiction of the sales conference and other business  aspects. The theme of other world beings developed from acting the part of Charles Condomine  in Blythe Spirit by Noel Coward- haunted by the ghost of Elvira. She continually disrupts his marriage to his second wife.  the ghost becomes an alien being!  Madame Arcati's  floating vase possibly influenced the creation of the drone hover trays?  poems from the author's  anthology Poems with themed notes (2016) - Time Makers Kingdom; Captured  into their Realm; She Left; Imaginary Affair; Dimensions and Cosmic Eye are connected with the writing of Galactic Mission.  Cosmic Eye in particular, opened the gate for the author's fictional  creation - The Galactic Command Force. That astronauts on the far side of the moon recalled (2016) hearing sounds from outer space invigorated ideas further.  Characters from history relate back to literature and  theatre studies stage performances.  In Buenos Aires it was law that every film shown in public cinemas should either start with a live performance- usually Gaucho songs and  guitar playing.  Perhaps one or two dancers with castanets! or a live performance  break midway. This concept was added to Galactic Mission.  The writing of the novel drew on life experience in a broader context than the author's first two novels -Atlantic Hijack (2014) and Dancing on the Beach-a romantic thriller"

Dancing on the Beach by Colin Coles (60-62)

Paperback 204 pages
Published by Paragon Publishing Rothersthorpe (August 25, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1782224319
ISBN-13: 978-1782224310

Phillip Norton obtains summer work as a deckchair attendant in Batcombe. Previously he worked at a bank in the City. Part of Phil's duties are to deliver dairy coolboxes to The Sea View Hotel via the cliff railway. Soon he is into a heady romance with the receptionist. But with cruise liners anchored off Batcombe Bay the Sea View not only hosts holidaymakers, but also has connections with a more sinister trade..

Atlantic Hijack by Colin Coles (60-62)

Paperback 224 pages
Published by Paragon Publishing Rothersthorpe (January 25, 2016)
ISBN-10: 178222291X
ISBN-13: 978-1782222910

Sea adventure in the South Atlantic.A secure, orderly passage aboard a cargo liner is ripped apart by a brutal terrorist attack. Author Sam Grant brings his professional seafaring experience to bear in this thriller that sounds all too familiar from our evening news bulletins.Apprentice Mike Peters is finding his feet among a cast of nautical characters as the Albany Princess voyages to Montevideo. But the ship's personnel are not all that they make themselves out to be, as revealed during a rapidly unraveling  hijack in the South Atlantic.


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