Old Conways have published an incredible number of books on a very wide range of subjects. I have added publisher,
ISBN etc. details and a copy of the front cover wherever I have been able to find them.
maintain this site entirely at my own cost and it is becoming
increasingly expensive. Please help me to defray the mounting personal
costs by ordering your books, music etc., direct through Amazon using
the link below. There is no extra cost to you but I receive a small
royalty on your sale which will help with the running costs of
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
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
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
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
Paperback 192 pages
Published by Paragon Publishing Rothersthorpe (July 19, 2019)
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)
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)
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)
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
"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)
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)
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)
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