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AUGUST 2014


We’re pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of MIST and Other Ghost Stories by Richmal Crompton in October. This collection of Crompton's sole volume of supernatural stories, first published in 1928, is exceedingly scarce and highly sought after; perhaps not surprisingly,  Sundial's new edition has already attracted considerable interest. We will post further updates as they become available.

THE ALABASTER HAND is currently No 41 in Amazon’s Top 100 Best Sellers in their Classic Horror category 15 August 2014 21:13 (‘updated hourly’) .

As publishers of four members of the remarkable Powys family (Theodore, Llewelyn, Philippa and Littleton), plus books by several authors with strong Powysian connections, Sundial will have a presence at the annual Powys Society Conference this coming weekend (15  17 August), conveniently being held here in Sherborne:
http://www.powys-society.org/The%20Powys%20Society%20-%20Conference%202014.htm
THE SUNDIAL PRESS

Last few copies of Gamel Woolsey’s
PATTERNS ON THE SAND available.
THE SUNDIAL PRESS
Brenda Parker signed copies of THE CILENTO DOVE
at WATERSTONES in Yeovil on Saturday, 9th Aug from 11am—1pm

Peter Tait will be the speaker on the subject of ‘Thomas Hardy’s Women’ at a Sherborne Literary Society event in September. Tickets cost £5 and are available through the website www.SherborneLiterarySociety.com
A drink and light buffet supper are included in the cost of the ticket. 


JULY 2014


flora mayor, the room oppositeIn early October Sundial will issue a new edition of Flora Mayor’s exceptionally rare supernatural novel The Room Opposite

Currently being read by Juliet Stevenson on Radio 4 Extra (8th—18th July in 10 episodes) is Mayor's 'unfairly neglected classic' The Rector's Daughter much praised on publication by Rebecca West, Rosamund Lehmann, E M Forster, Virginia Woolf and, more recently, Susan Hill (no mean writer of ghost stories herself!).  

First published in 1935, Flora Mayor’s THE ROOM OPPOSITE and Other Tales of Mystery and Imagination is decidedly scarce and thus commands a high price when tracked down. Excellent traditional ghost stories after the manner of M. R. James, who opined that those pieces "which introduce the supernatural commend themselves to me very strongly." James did not hand out such compliments freely. Sundial’s new edition will feature a highly informative Introduction by Richard Dalby. (For a list of the sixteen tales, please click here.)

 
             

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JUNE 2014


Slight delays with our next two publications; we hope to announce revised release dates very soon.

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MAY 2014

SELECTED STORIES by Elizabeth Myers, realeased in digital format last year, will be issued in paper formats in August.

APRIL 2014


08—10 April Attending the London Book Fair at Earls Court


DECEMBER 2013

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CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO ONE & ALL!
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Rich in imagery and anecdote, woven through with local lore and personal reminiscence, these Yuletide essays bring vividly alive the customs and characters, the sounds and tastes, of earlier generations, and are informed by the lively curiosity and deep nostalgia that typify Powys’s best work. They encapsulate, too, his unerring vision of humanistic values and the delight in the pleasures and comfort of good fellowship that Powys so greatly prized.



NOVEMBER 2013


winstone's bookshop, sherborneA talk on
 EMMA
West Of Wessex Girl
 

by Peter Tait
followed by a book signing at WINSTONE'S in Sherborne
on Thursday, 14 November, 7.00m

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waterstone's dorchester, emma west of wessex girl, peter taitEnjoy a glass of wine with
Peter Tait who will talk on Thomas Hardy's relationships with his two wives with particular reference to
 EMMA West Of Wessex Girl 

at WATERSTONE'S in Dorchester 
on Wednesday, 6 November, 7.00m
followed by a book signing.



OCTOBER 2013

THE SHERBORNE LITERARY FESTIVAL (1620 October)
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Two Sundial authors appeared at 
The Sherborne Literary Festival.

Both Brenda Parker and Peter Tait had individual stands at the Author Showcase event on 20 October in the Digby Hall from 10.30—2.00 and gave short talks about their new novels.

Further information here

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Order a signed copy heresherborne literary festival , the sundial pressSOLD OUT
within six weeks of publication.
Now REPRINTING
Available Jan 2014
 


SEPTEMBER 2013

THE ALABASTER HAND by A N L MUNBY is reviewed in the current issue of The Times Literary Supplement 
(27 September 2013) by Peter Bebergal

A review article by Professor Charles Lock on PATTERNS ON THE SAND by Gamel Woolsey and A CAGE FOR THE NIGHTINGALE by Phyllis Paul in this year's Powys Journal  Volume XXIII, just pubished.

For 21 October publication,
the prequel to FLORENCE Mistress of Max Gate:

              EMMA West of Wessex Girl by Peter Tait

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Was there ever such a one as Emma Gifford, the high spirited and timeless West of Wessex girl that Thomas Hardy created in his poetry of 1912-1913? And if she indeed ever existed, what then became of her, from the glorious chrysalis of their first meeting to the dried husk of their later marriage? What sequence of events, what deceptions, what unravelling led to the state of affairs whereby she became his muse only in death, yet while she lived was his antagonist and his antithesis?
In this biographical novel Peter Tait explores the complex, often turbulent relationship between Emma and Thomas Hardy and, in particular, the psychological make-up of Emma, her attitudes, feelings and personality. It is a compelling read.

[Peter Tait is Headmaster of Sherborne Prep School, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a long-time devotee of the writings of Thomas Hardy.]




JULY 2013


19 July   PATTERNS ON THE SAND by GAMEL WOOLSEY is reviewed in the 19 July issue of THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT by Lucy Carlyle.


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Summer reading at Sundial

JUNE 2013

24 June — THE ALABASTER HAND published!

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14 June The abrupt demise of our printers for seven years, Biddles of King's Lynn and Bodmin, in tandem with its parent company the MPG Printgroup, caused a serious delay with the publication of THE ALABASTER HAND. We're now delighted to report that our new printers, CPI, have confirmed delivery of this title is set for  24 June. Customer orders will be dispatched by First Class Post within the UK and by Airmail to destinations outside the UK. 

Read Books that go bump in the night by Michael Caines on the TLS blog



THE ALABASTER HAND by A.N.L MUNBY

In the field of supernatural fiction, it is fair to say no author casts a longer shadow than M R James. It is arguable, however, that no author has come closer to inheriting the mantle of the great James than ghost story writer Alan Noel Latimer Munby (1913-74).

The Alabaster Hand was largely written to pass the time away while Munby was a German POW at Eichstatt in Upper Franconia from 1943-45.

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A. N. L. MUNBY centenary conference at King’s College, Cambridge, on 28-29 June 2013
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On the website of King’s College, Cambridge: Librarian's ghost stories re-issued

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I’m A. N. L. Munby, I am . . .
An article on the upcoming Munby Conference in Cambridge on the TLS blog here




MAY 2013

Listen to Chapter One of SHADOWBORNE by Roger Norman on the author's Sundial homepage here


Sherborne Library at 7.30pm on the 21st May
An illustrated talk by Peter Tait on ‘The Two Wives of Thomas Hardy: Emma and Florence’




April 2013

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Roger Norman’s ALBION'S DREAM, RED DIE & SHADOWBORNE on display in April
at Winstones Bookshop.



March 2013


  A full-length review of A PAD IN THE STRAW by David Harris in the current issue (March 2013) of The GHOSTS & SCHOLARS M.R. James Newsletter (No: 23).

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TWENTY-TWO TALES

by ELIZABETH MYERS 

is now available as an eBook at £4.99 in mobi (Kindle) and ePub formats (for iPad, Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, etc.).
 

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Sad to see that Amazon is buying Goodreads  (the largest site for the online reading community and book recommendations) … I always thought of Goodreads as a nice place for indie store readers. The world domination of Jeff Bezos continues apace! Don’t need to be a clairvoyant to know where it will all end.




PATTERNS ON THE SAND  by  GAMEL WOOLSEY
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“Maybe I write in hyperbole here; certainly, it’s not Jane Eyre (but what is?).  But Patterns on the Sand is an incredibly lovely book, written in sparse, dreamy prose, with a plot that moves along so smoothly, so perfectly, you can’t help but continue reading, can’t help but be hypnotized by its beauty.  I read it in a sitting.  And then I read it again a few days later.  It is just that kind of book.”
 
Full review by Matthew Simmons at the Southern Literary Review




February 2013

      For publication in 2013, the prequel to Peter Tait's FLORENCE Mistress of Max Gate:


EMMA
West of Wessex Girl
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Later in life Hardy, "would recall seeing the silhouette of her riding along the crest of Beney Cliff.  He would remember with a feeling of agitation the scene that lay before him, stripped bare of everything, but the most elemental. A bent tree, doubled up by the westerlies; an evening sky exploding in a fiery tempest; and, set against it all, a horse and its rider. She looked magnificent, like Boadicea, thick auburn hair billowing out behind her, standing high in the stirrups. He watched her as she fell off the edge of his view into a furze covered gulley and disappeared. Yet it was frozen in his mind, the picture of the high-spirited and unsettling young woman, that he could recall at will for the rest of his life.  

    Time can give a gentle wash to memory, that he knew. It can smooth out the rough edges and make mellow the astringent, destroy the glass cage.  But Tom knew that what he had seen, in that one vivid snatch, was real and that whatever else changed in time, that image would remain unshakeable. A rider on a horse skirting a cataclysmic sky. A heart aloof and vagrant, one and the same. His West of Wessex girl! He felt the first drops of rain. What had become of them? What had happened to pry loose the grip that once held him so tightly?  What had led him to betray her?"

Follow Peter Tait on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/PeterTaitauthor 



December 2012


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CHRISTMAS LORE AND LEGEND

Yuletide Essays by Llewelyn Powys

ISBN 978-0-9551523-9-9     in paperback at £6.99

Rich in imagery and anecdote, woven through with local lore and personal reminiscence, these Yuletide essays bring vividly alive the customs and characters, the sounds and tastes, of earlier generations, and are informed by the lively curiosity and deep nostalgia that typify Powys’s best work. They encapsulate, too, his unerring vision of humanistic values and the delight in the pleasures and comfort of good fellowship that Powys so greatly prized.

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Fourteen Yuletide essays; ten previously uncollected.
£6.99

UK Delivery
MERRY IS THE WORD is featured in the December issue of DORSET LIFE.


November 2012


23 November: A PAD IN THE STRAW is reviewed by Mark Andresen at The Pan Review (link will open in a separate window).

TWENTY-TWO TALES by ELIZABETH MYERS
Introduced by Anthony Head

Elizabeth Myers, author of A Well Full of Leaves, The Basilisk of St James, and Mrs Christopher (subsequently made into the film 'Blackmailed' starring Dirk Bogarde) also published two volumes of short stories. This new selection gathers together the best of these as well as a number of previously uncollected stories.

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ELIZABETH MYERS began writing stories in her teens and continued doing so throughout her life, producing more than 60 in all. Several of them appeared in prominent periodicals and journals of the day, including The Aldephi, The Countryman, John O’London’s Weekly, The Listener, The New English Weekly, Catholic World, and The Manchester Guardian. A handful were gathered into three thin stapled booklets that were brought out by Todd Publishing – five in Lost in London in 1942, six in The Donkey and the Stars in 1943, and another half-dozen in The Public Entertainer, also in 1943. But these now rare items can hardly have had a wide readership and it was not until after her death that her main publisher, Chapman and Hall, published a first significant collection of twenty-seven stories, titled Good Beds - Men Only (1948), following this with a further selection by Littleton Powys under the title Thirty Stories (1954). Powys also edited a volume of her letters that appeared in 1951 and wrote at length about their life together in his second volume of autobiography, Still the Joy of It, published in 1956.
   Since then, despite Myers' first novel A Well Full of Leaves going into several editions and translations, and a U.S. edition of  her third novel Mrs. Christopher appearing in 1959, her work has been allowed to fall by the wayside and has largely remained out of the public eye. This new Sundial Press collection of Twenty-Two Tales aims to remedy this injustice.

ISBN-13: 9781908274168  Publication Date: March 2013 


October 2012
roger norman book-signing, eastbury hotal sherborne

Book Launch and Talk
Roger Norman and SHADOWBORNE

Event: The Sherborne Literary Festival
Date: 21 October 2012
Time: 12:30 — 2.00pm
Venue: The Eastbury Hotel
Tickets: £12.00

SOLD OUT
Order an author-signed copy
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The publication, launch, talk and book-signing of SHADOWBORNE plus new paperback editions of ALBION'S DREAM and RED DIE

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Roger Norman's RED DIE, SHADOWBORNE and ALBION'S DREAM published this monthAL


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A review of ‘A Cage For The Nightingale’ on The Nemonicon website beginning here "that may take me days, weeks, months or years to complete…"


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FORTHCOMING 

The prequel to FLORENCE Mistress of Max Gate:
EMMA West of Wessex Girl

 
Was there ever such a one as Emma, the high spirited and timeless West of Wessex girl that Thomas Hardy created in his poetry of 1912-1913? And if she indeed ever existed, what then became of her, from the glorious chrysalis of their first meeting to the dried husk of their later marriage? What sequence of events, what deceptions, what unravelling led to the state of affairs whereby she became his muse only in death, yet while she lived was his antagonist and his antithesis?


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September: Three New Titles:
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Poet Gamel Woolsey's 'long-lost' second novel now published for the first time. A rare opportunity to discover one of the great neglected writers in English literature. Set in Dorset, a debut novel  of exhilarating freshness from a contemporary writer.
Monday, 17 September 2012: All three titles now in stock and available direct from The Sundial Press.

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August 2012


PATTERNS ON THE SAND by Gamel Woolsey
A CAGE FOR THE NIGHTINGALE by Phyllis Paul
and LIKE FATHER LIKE SON by David Tipping
are now at our printers

Peter Tait delivered a talk to the Thomas Hardy Society Conference afterwards taking questions and signing copies of his book.

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July 2012

Theodore Powys and The Paradox of Immortality

BBC Radio 4: Sunday 29 July 2012 08:50
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The philosopher John Gray reflects on the nature of immortality as expressed by the writer Theodore Powys, 'The longest life may fade and perish but one moment can live and become immortal.' "Powys captures a paradox at the heart of our thinking about death and the afterlife: there's a kind of immortality that only mortals can enjoy."

Listen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01l1ggb

John Gray has written a superb Introduction to Sundial’s edition of UNCLAY

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UNCLAY by T. F. POWYS
 With an Introduction by JOHN GRAY
"The last full-length novel of T. F. Powys, Unclay is the summation of his life’s work. Though not without precedents, the manner and the substance of this strange, compelling, not always comfortable book are uniquely his own. Written in his inimitable style – poetic and aphoristic, pared down and at the same time highly allusive – Unclay was published in 1931. It has remained one of the least read books of a great English writer, and one reason for this strange state of affairs may be the picture of human life it offers."


peter tait at max gate
FLORENCE
MISTRESS OF MAX GATE


Peter Tait gave a well received talk on Florence Hardy and her relationship with Thomas Hardy at Max Gate, Dorchester, on Sunday afternoon 8 July.
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A review by Mario Guslandi of Sundial's new edition of A PAD IN THE STRAW posted at THIRTEEN O'CLOCK.

June 2012

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May 2012

valerie singleton, florence mistress of max gate, a pad in the straw 17 May 2012. As a guest, I attended a most enjoyable meeting of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists (South West Branch). Quite wonderful for a publisher to be engulfed in a whirlpool of such fecund creativity! Meeting and chatting with former Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton (here holding copies of FLORENCE and A PAD IN THE STRAW) was a particular pleasure but there were many, many pleasures and meeting such an eclectic cluster of writers in a few short hours was a heady experience.

5 May -- A PAD IN THE STRAW is now available for immediate dispatch. GHOST GLEAMS to follow (we will keep you posted). 

    christopher woodforde, a pad in the straw



A PAD IN THE STRAW by Christopher Woodforde

GHOST GLEAMS by W. J. Wintle

"Two volumes that were both written and recited to groups of boys who appreciated good spooky tales in the late evenings, a treat we all relish!"

Published in jacketed hardbacks with coloured endpapers, head and tail bands, limited to two hundred copies at £17.50 each. (Pre-publication orders reserved.)

Publication Date: 05 May 2012

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April 2012

News of NEW DORSET AUTHOR signings to follow soon.

BOOK CLUBS:
We offer a discount to Book Clubs buying five or more copies of any of our titles. Please contact us if your group is interested.

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Jim Potts meets Frank Kibblewhite of The Sundial Press a former lecturer, record and bookshop owner and one-time literary cataloguer, who is now carving out a niche in publishing.

A two page spread in Dorset's leading glossy magazine (pages 34 & 35)
No. 397 April 2012  (£2.50)
http://www.dorsetlife.co.uk


        FLORENCE Mistress of Max Gate Kindle Ebook edition now available from Amazon UK and Amazon US.
The hardback edition available at the Dorset County Museum, Hardy's Cottage, Clouds Hill and, most appropriatly, Max Gate.


March 2012

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MEET THE AUTHOR

Peter Tait will talk on the relationship between Florence and Thomas Hardy as well as sign copies of FLORENCE Mistress of Max Gate at WINSTONE'S, Sherborne's new bookshop, on 22 March from 6.30 p.m. All welcome! 

For further information about Winstone's please click here and here 
(webpage will open in a new window)

Winstone's ~ 8 Cheap Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3PX

Recently announced, news of the formation of the Sherborne Literary Society and the FIRST Sherborne Literary Festival (18 to 21 October). This wil be a major three day event with nationally-acclaimed writers, poets, script-writers; local authors; workshops, poetry and short story readings; competitions.


roger norman shadowborne

Roger Norman's next novel, SHADOWBORNE, will be published by The Sundial Press.

Roger writes: “Shadowborne will be a thoroughly Sherborne book, in a sense like no other fiction since John le Carré’s A Murder of Quality. The title is based on a quite interesting etymology for the town's name which you will learn in due course. With Shadowborne on the cover it will be a Sherborne book in a quite unmissable way.” 

Shadowborne will be published in tandem with new editions of Albion's Dream and Red Die.



February 2012

MEET THE AUTHOR: Next month PETER TAIT will be giving a talk about Florence Hardy at Winstone's, Sherborne's new bookshop  and signing copies of FLORENCE Mistress of Max Gate afterwards (date to be confirmed)

A very successful, well-attended  and immensely enjoyable launch party at WINSTONE'S Bookhop on Tuesday evening, 21 Feb.


JOHN GRAY, who provides the illuminating Introduction to Sundial's edition of UNCLAY, is a speaker at this year's
OXFORD LITERARY FESTIVAL (Saturday, 24 March 2012).

After thirty-five years BOOKLORE, The Sherborne Bookshop, closed its doors for the last time on Friday, 3 February. Founded by Sundial author Roger Norman in 1977, this popular and well patronized store with endless delights and discoveries on its shelves was run by the highly efficient, immensely knowlegeable and ever helpful Gill Capel and her band of obliging staff.  Quite simply, it was one of the very best independent bookshops that one could ever hope to step into (and without parallel in a small town). A magnificent range of stock intelligently selected by its owner which was always guaranteed to surprise the casual book buyer. But all good things come to an end eventually and, after twenty-one years, retirement beckoned. Gill, unable to find a buyer for both the business and the freehold in these challenging economic times, had little option but to sell the freehold and will retire to Bath. The shop will, of course, be both remembered and missed by many but the good news is that Winstone's Bookshop will be opening at the top end of town on 21 February. 


December 2011

Draft front cover designs for our forthcoming edition of short stories by H. A. Manhood
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A prolific writer of short stories, Manhood was widely acclaimed and admired in the thirties and forties. Since then, he has fallen into almost complete and undeserved obscurity. A short storyist who is individual, quirky and utterly unique, this selection of  his best work makes the strongest case possible for his rediscovery and reappraisal. 


Peter Tait has accepted an invitation from The Thomas Hardy Society to give a presentation on FLORENCE Mistress of Max Gate at the 2012 Thomas Hardy Conference & Festival in Dorchester (18th - 26th August).



November 2011


FLORENCE Mistress of Max Gate A small number of copies signed by Peter Tait are currently available from our Webshop


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Peter Tait signing copies of FLORENCE at a very enjoyable and successful  pre-publication book launch



October 2011

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We are pleased to announce the pre-publication Book Launch for FLORENCE Mistress of Max Gate by Peter Tait.

Date: 05 November 2011 from 11.30 a.m. - 12.30 a.m.
Venue: Sherborne Prep School, Acreman Street, Sherborne DT9 3NY
Meet the author: signed copies and light refreshments will be available.
(For directions. please click  here and scroll to the bottom of the page.)  




September 2011

NEW AUTHOR

We’re delighted to welcome Peter Tait as a new author. Headmaster of Sherborne Preparatory School, Peter has been a long-time devotee of the writings of Thomas Hardy as well as the Powys brothers. His first novel, FLORENCE Mistress of Max Gate, focuses on the complex relationship between Florence and Thomas Hardy and, in particular, the psychological make-up of Florence, her attitudes, feelings and personality. It is a compelling read and will be published next month by Sundial on 7 November.

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Lesley Chamberlain’s article on David Garnett in the July/August 2011 issue of STANDPOINT prompted the following letter published in the current issue (September/October 2011):

Dear Sir,

david garnett, the sailors return, east chaldon, larry mitchellIn her interesting piece on the young David Garnett as would-be terrorist (July/August 2011), Lesley Chamberlain says none of his later novels stands out like his first published work Lady Into Fox. But The Sailors Return, published three years later in 1925 and widely praised by reviewers, surely does – another ‘beautiful piece of English pastoral’ that powerfully weaves fact and fiction and shows Garnett’s continuing interest in the idea of assassination and terrorism. Susceptibility to terrorism may often be, as Chamberlain suggests, the product of parental upbringing, but it also results from unthinking acceptance of prevailing social mores, and this is what The Sailors Return – a story of the terrorizing of an African woman and her English husband in a quiet Dorset village in the 19th century – exposes so devastatingly. The point about Garnett not really hating anyone as a possible reason for giving up his terrorist inclinations and the need for parents not to produce haters is well made, yet in The Sailors Return Garnett shows that whatever else motivates his villagers in their mob mentality, it isn’t actually hatred. Rather it is the lack of individual courage in going against the grain of a simplistic mass mentality.

 His protagonist, the aptly-named Targett, and his wife Tulip, a princess from Dahomey, both become the object of suspicion and distaste despite their initial popularity and the success they make of running the local pub that gives the novel its title (inspired by the real one of that name in East Chaldon where Garnett used to visit T. F. Powys). Assassination is not necessarily a hit by a single individual, and what Garnett reveals in the novel is the latent collective violence in ‘civilised’ communities – all the more starkly for the story’s sleepy rural setting and the fact that he makes his hero an accomplished pugilist. The extraordinary savagery of Tulip’s own culture is a distant backdrop to a seemingly harmless fondness for fisticuffs, which Garnett seems to be showing as the extent of ‘violence’ acceptable in civilised society (as with today’s media coverage of boxing). But the fight that provides the climax of the novel gets out of hand, with its tragic consequences.

The Sailors Return also has claims to be the first modern British novel to have a black heroine, and as with Lady Into Fox it too was danced by the Ballet Rambert (as well as being made into a film). Much of this is expounded on by Prof. J. Lawrence Mitchell in an excellent introduction to a recent edition of the novel by the Sundial Press that also includes as an Appendix one of the variant endings Garnett wrote, which he apparently abandoned because the arrival of prize-fighting damaged the unity of his story. I would recommend this of all Garnett’s novels to anyone interested in his work – not to mention terrorism and assassination.

Yours faithfully,
A. Head

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We are pleased to announce we will be publishing Roger Norman's spell-binding novel for adolescents and adults alike.: ALBION'S DREAM (see bottom of page).

“It is such a brilliant concept, and the writing luminous.” – Dr Susan Ang Wan-Ling (Department of English Language & Literature, National University of Singapore)


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Artist Peter Ursem, with a copy of SORREL BARN by Philippa Powys whose painting provided the striking cover image. 

View further paintings by Peter Ursem.


August 2011

“On Monday August 29 much acclaimed British author Roger Norman (RED DIE and ALBION’S DREAM) will be with our expatriate community in order to read from his previous works. The event in the format of a ‘Literary Team Time’ kicks-off at 1700 hours and will be held at the well-known ‘Yoran Bar and Restaurant’ in the historical part of town close to the Apollo Temple
 
Famous publishing house Faber & Faber took Roger on board with his first two books, ‘Treetime’ and ‘Albion’s Dream.’ His most recent work ‘Red Die’ was published by The Sundial Press. A new book is in the making and perhaps Roger will tell us all about it while he is with us here in Didim.
 
Those who like to attend may drop me a line at Klaus.Jurgens@gmail.com or text to 0555 493 6829; pre-registration appreciated.” READ MORE HERE


Saturday, August 13th: The LLEWELYN POWYS Birthday Walk meeting at The Sailor's Return around noon.
Following lunch, a walk to the coastal headland passing Chydyok Farmhouse with Llewelyn Powys' memorial stone as destination
with magnificent views of the English Channel and The Isle of Portland. All welcome.

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(Frank) With The Sailor’s Return outside The Sailor’s Return
In East Chaldon (Chaldon Herring) 2011

(Copies of the novel are now on sale in the pub.)



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Three Sundial titles in counter display boxes for bookshops


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July 2011 
THE SAILOR’S RETURN is now available from Sundial's webshop . There is an article on David Garnett — 'Bloomsbury’s Teenage Terrorist' — in the July/August issue of the excellent STANDPOINT magazine. "David Garnett, the writer who died in 1981 aged 88, provided one of the last links to the high age of Bloomsbury. Virginia Woolf greeted Lady into Fox, his first fiction published in 1922, as a nonpareil and it sold in quantities worldwide. The young Garnett was the lover of Duncan Grant, the painter who was also the lover of Virginia's sister Vanessa Bell, and David often stayed at Bell's Charleston farmhouse. Of his later novels, although none stands out like Lady into Fox, Aspects of Love lives on as an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. When Garnett wrote his three-volume autobiography, The Golden Echo, in the 1950s, he skated over telling personal detail, leaving his second wife Angelica Bell, Grant's daughter, to write a painful account of his character 30 years later. Yet what he did include, without inhibition, was his brief spell as a would-be terrorist. Bloomsbury is not the obvious source for insight into terrorism, and Garnett's remarkable story seems all the more shocking now that terrorism, rather than sexual misdemeanour, is absolutely unacceptable." You can read the rest of the article here  

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