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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A PAD IN THE STRAW Sold Out!
   New titles and forthcoming publications:

  Recently published 


elizabeth myers twenty-three tales autumn 2016, elizabeth myers, philippa powys, the sundial press
philippa powys the blackthorn winter, the sundial press
TWENTY-THREE TALES
Elizabeth Myers
Publication: 30 September

Autumn (2016)
when every leaf becomes a flower

THE BLACKTHORN WINTER
Philippa Powys
Publication: 30 September






  November THREE NEW RELEASES
(delayed at our printers -- update to follow)




flora mayor, the room opposite, the sundial press

david mcgowan, twilight tales, sundial supernatural

h a manhood life be still!, the sundial press
THE ROOM OPPOSITE
Flora Mayor

Intro by Richard Dalby

TWILIGHT TALES
David McGowan

new author

LIFE, BE STILL!
H. A. Manhood
Intro by Mark Valentine











FROM ANOTHER WORLD And Other Ghost Stories by ROSEMARY TIMPERLEY

rosemary timperley, from another world, the sundial press

Rosemary Timperley
FROM ANOTHER WORLD And Other Ghost Stories jacket

Price: 17.50 | Hardback | ISBN-13: 978-1-908274-28-1| Dimensions: 210 148 mm | 294pp | Publication date: April 2016

Rosemary Timperley published over sixty novels and successfully authored radio and television scripts for broadcast and dramatisation. She also contributed several hundred short stories to magazines such as Reveille and the London Mystery Selection while numerous others regularly featured in the Evening Standard and the London Evening News.
Eloquent in a range of genres, a recurring theme in Timperley’s work is the supernatural which she employed deftly and explored imaginatively. Increasingly, her ghost stories appeared in various anthologies eventually leading to her being invited to edit several volumes of the Ghost Book series. 
Long overdue and keenly anticipated, this is surprisingly the first single volume anthology of Timperley’s supernatural short stories to be published.

 
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Pages from the bound proof copy of
FROM ANOTHER WORLD.
The first copies relaesed from their box and onto the shelf for despatch.
June 2016: reviewed.
Pages from the bound proof copy of
FROM ANOTHER WORLD.



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


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

" . . . a welcome reminder of the golden age of the ghost story." Peter Bell in A Ghostly Company (Newsletter 52, Winter 2015) Read the review here

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


Mist and other stories (1928) by Richmal Crompton . . . was published last year in a nice (limited) edition by Sundial Press, in a series called Sundial Supernatural. I’ve been aware of this collection for many years, but it was virtually unobtainable – so this reprint is very welcome. Stuck in a Book (March 29, 2016)


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, the sundial press
christopher woodforde, a pad in the straw, the sundial press
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, throdore powys, kindness in a corner, sundial press, glen cavaliero
THE SAILOR'S RETURN
David Garnett

UNCLAY
T.F. Powys

KINDNESS IN A CORNER
T.F. Powys





alyse gregory she shall have music, the sundial press

alyse gregory, king log and lady lea, llewelyn powys, the sundial press
alyse gregory, hester craddock, sundial press, chydyok, chaldon herring, east chaldon
SHE SHALL HAVE MUSIC
Alyse Gregory

KING LOG AND LADY LEA
Alyse Gregory

HESTER CRADDOCK
Alyse Gregory





philippa powys, sorrel barn, the tragedy of budvale, katie powys, the sundial press, chaldon herring, east chaldon
philippa powys, the blackthorn winter

phyllis paul, a cage for the nightingale, glen cavaliero, the 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, the sundial press
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, the sundial press

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
gamel woolsey, patterns on the sand, barbara ozieblo, south carolina, gerald brenan, sundial press, east chaldon, chaldon herring
forrest reid, demophon
LIFE, BE STILL!
& Other Stories
H.A. MANHOOD

PATTERNS ON THE SAND
Gamel Woolsey

DEMOPHON
A Traveller's Tale
FORREST REID





roger norman, albion's dream, the sundial press
roger norman, red die, the sundial press, cerne abbas, sherborne
roger norman, shadowborne, sherborne, the sundial press
ALBION'S DREAM
Roger Norman

RED DIE
Roger Norman

SHADOWBORNE
Roger Norman





t f powys, the complete fables, sundial press, ali shaw
COMPLETE FABLES
T.F. POWYS
  2016

t f powys, kindness in a corner, sundial press, glen cavaliero, theodore powys
KINDNESS IN A CORNER (Back in stock 06.2016)
llewelyn powys, impassioned clay
IMPASSIONED CLAY
LLEWELYN POWYS
  2016





“No sight is more provocative of awe than is the night sky.”


SHERBORNE

sherborne abbey, the sundial press central sherborne, dorset
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.]

Central Sherborne, Dorset
M. G. Rendell
The Pitman Art Collection,
 Sherborne Museum
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.

Recently launched

SUNDIAL HOUSE PRESS

david forsyth, gas masks, galaxies and time, sundial house press

GAS MASKS GALAXIES And TIME

by David  Forsyth
Paperback
ISBN 978-1-908274-47-2
Publication date:
19 May 2016


brenda parker the cilento dove

THE CILENTO DOVE

by Brenda Parker
Paperback
ISBN 978-1-908274-25-0

david tipping, geraldine and other stories, david guy tipping, sherborne

GERALDINE
And Other Stories
David Tipping
Paperback
ISBN 978-1-908274-47-2
Publication date:
21 March 2016








    FURTHER FORTHCOMING TITLES
        From Three New Authors








dale benton

duncan pettifer

alex geld
 FIFTY YEARS
IN SOUTH AFRICA
Dale Benton


A STADIVARIUS
IN THE SNOW
Duncan Pettifer


NO RETURN

Alex Geld









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UNDIAL SHORT STORY

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