the sundial press, sherborne dorset, sherborne publisher

An independent publishing house founded eight years ago THE SUNDIAL PRESS has an established UK and International customer base. Dedicated to introducing distinctive literature to a discerning readership, we both liberate works long out of print from an undeserved oblivion and occasionally publish original new work by contemporary authors. Unlike most small presses who focus on a niche genre our list is somewhat eclectic.  Please browse the website at your leisure. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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Sundial is doing great work, and there’s more to come . . .” — The Daily Telegraph

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Gamel WOOLSEY
Roger Norman David Tipping Peter Tait
Richmal CROMPTON Flora MAYOR Rosemary TIMPERLEY A. N. L. MUNBY Christopher
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Always a very rare book, and virtually unotainable for decades, Richmal Crompton’s sole collection of supernatural tales emerges from the mist.





      MIST And Other Ghost Stories by RICHMAL CROMPTON
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Richmal Crompton (1890-1969) has always been best known for many entertaining stories about the mischievous schoolboy William Brown, widely recognised as one of the most popular fictional characters in English literature.

Many of her fifty books for adults (forty-one novels and nine short story collections) have been unjustly neglected in recent years, none more so than MIST (1928), her only collection of thirteen occult tales and ghost stories, always a very rare book and virtually unobtainable for decades.

The author had a life-long interest in the supernatural, mysticism and reincarnation, which are all reflected in these memorable tales, now reprinted for the first time since their original publication.


Crompton seems to have felt her William stories to have been potboilers – boiling 12million copies in the UK alone – and preferred to be judged by her books for adults. These included THE HOUSE, a novel about a haunted mansion, and a collection of ghost stories called MIST which went through a single edition in 1929 and has become impossibly rare on the second-hand market. Now the small Sundial Press . . . is bringing it back to life (Mist and Other Ghost Stories). — The Daily Telegraph

If the content appears over-familiar in 2015, derivative they are not. . . . Those presuming her out-of-date should take a second look. — The Pan Review


richmal crompton,  mist and other ghost, sundial supernatural, the sundial press

“Here many strange happenings are related and curious viewpoints expressed. We find the old god Pan playing his part—and pipes—in modern conditions, and we read of the rather vulgar young Miss who loved Apollo. There is the mysterious cottage and the gypsy woman, both of whom had long since passed, the one into ruins and the other into oblivion; and many other stories of equally startling composition.”






a n l munby the alabaster hand
christopher woodforde, a pad in the straw
w j wintle ghost gleams
THE ALABASTER HAND
A.N.L. Munby

A PAD IN THE STRAW
Christopher Woodforde

GHOST GLEAMS
W.J. Wintle





david garnett, the sailor's return

t. f. powys, unclay, john gray, east chaldon, chaldon herring, sundial press,
t.f. powys,
THE SAILOR'S RETURN
David Garnett

UNCLAY
T.F. Powys

KINDNESS IN A CORNER
T.F. Powys





gamel woolsey, patterns on the sand, barbara ozieblo, south carolina, gerald brenan, sundial press, east chaldon, chaldon herring
alyse gregory, king log and lady lea, llewelyn powys,
alyse gregory, hester craddock, sundial press, chydyok, chaldon herring, east chaldon
PATTERNS ON THE SAND
Gamel Woolsey

KING LOG AND LADY LEA
Alyse Gregory

HESTER CRADDOCK
Alyse Gregory





philippa powys, sorrel barn, the tragedy of budvale, katie powys, peter ursem, chaldon herring, east chaldon
philippa powys, the blackthorn winter

phyllis paul, a cage for the nightingale, glen cavaliero, sundial press
SORREL BARN and BUDVALE
Philippa Powys

THE BLACKTHORN WINTER
Philippa Powys

A CAGE FOR THE NIGHTINGALE
Phyllis Paul





 llewelyn pwys, still blue beauty

llewelyn powys, durdle door to dartmoor

llewelyn powys, yuletide essays
STILL BLUE BEAUTY
WESSEX ESSAYS
Llewelyn Powys

DURDLE DOOR TO DARTMOOR
WESSEX ESSAYS
Llewelyn Powys

CHRISTMAS LORE AND LEGEND
YULETIDE ESSAYS
Llewelyn Powys





the joy of it, littleton powys, the sundial press
florence mistress of max gate, peter tait

emma west of wessex girl by peter tait, emma gifford, emma hardy, thomas hardy, max gate, the sundial press
THE JOY OF IT
Littleton Powys

FLORENCE
Mistress of Max Gate
Peter Tait

EMMA
West of Wessex Girl
Peter Tait





h a manhood, life be still, mark valentine
the sundial press
forrest reid, demophon
LIFE, BE STILL!
& Other Stories
H.A. MANHOOD

THE SECRET
& Other Stories
MALACHI WHITAKER

DEMOPHON
A Traveller's Tale
FORREST REID





albion's dream by roger norman
roger norman, red die
roger norman shadowborne
ALBION'S DREAM
Roger Norman

RED DIE
Roger Norman

SHADOWBORNE
Roger Norman







SHERBORNE

sherborne abbey, the sundial press
alan turing, sherborne, the sundial press




We are based in the beautiful historic town of Sherborne
with a fine abbey, two castles plus annual music and literary festivals
. . . and two bookshops!
[Above: Sherborne Abbey.]

The Sherborne Mural situated in the Old Market Car Park in the centre of the Town.
End panel featuring Alan Turing - Sherbone schoolboy, computer scientist and Enigma code breaker.
The mural was mounted in June 2015.










Sundial, silent herald of Time's silent flight!



THE SUNDIAL PRESS
(A member of the Independent Publishers Guild)
Sundial House, The Sheeplands, Sherborne
Dorset
DT9 4BS UK

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