the sundial press

A small, independent publishing house, The Sundial Press is dedicated to introducing distinctive literature to an intelligent readership. Our primary focus is to rescue works long out of print from an undeserved oblivion. From time to time we also publish original new fiction by living authors. To order online visit individual author pages or just click on the link below to the Sundial SHOP; to order by post, simply download an order form here. [We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee: a full refund (less shipping) on all online purchases returned in the condition in which they were sold within fourteen days.] Please browse the website at your leisure. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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A. N. L. MunbyC. Woodforde
THE ALABASTER HAND 
elizabeth myers, mrs littleton powys, sherborne, the sundial press
TWENTY-TWO TALES
by ELIZABETH MYERS
By the time of her early death in 1947 at the age of 34, Elizabeth Myers had already made her mark on the literary scene with three published novels. The first of these, A Well Full of Leaves, appeared in 1943 and made an instantaneous impact and was reprinted in paperback by Penguin. Her third novel, Mrs. Christopher, an original murder story that plays on the psychological aspects of the nature of good and evil, appeared in 1946 and was made into film five years later, starring Dirk Bogarde, Fay Compton and Michael Gough.
She 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.    


a n l munby the alabaster hand
THE ALABASTER HAND
by A. N. L. MUNBY 
In the year of Munby's centenary we're delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of these fourteen superb supernatural tales written in the tradition of M.R. James whilst in a German prison of war camp during World War Two.
 
A Fellow and Librarian of King's College, Cambridge, Munby’s achievements will be celebrated in a conference — Floreat Bibliomania — at King’s in June. 


EMMA West of Wessex Girl

by PETER TAIT
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?
emma west of wessex girl by peter tait, emma gifford, thomas hardy, max gate

The latest novel by Roger Norman: SHADOWBORNE in hardback; RED DIE in paperback; plus a new edition of ALBION'S DREAM.

albion's dream by roger norman

roger norman, red die

SHADOWBORNE by Roger Norman. In the library of Sherborne School in Dorset is a 16th century manuscript, The Book Of Shadowborne, giving a history of Sherborne which suggests an alternative origin for the town’s name, a different reason for Aldhelm’s appointment as bishop and a new explanation for the siting of the Bishop’s palace. Grindlay, the school librarian, is impressed by age of the ms. and by its apparent author, the Abbess of Shaftesbury. He believes the signature to be false – the ideas are hardly those of the Head of a powerful religious house – but is struck by a curious intelligence in the writing ...  Read more here

roger norman shadowborne

phyllis paul, a cage for the nightingale, glen cavaliero, sundial press gamel woolsey, patterns on the sand, barbara ozieblo, south carolina, gerald brenan, sundial press, east chaldon, chaldon herring
A CAGE FOR THE NIGHTINGALE
Phyllis Paul
PATTERNS ON THE SAND
Gamel Woolsey
From one of the great neglected writers in English literature, a novel reminiscent of Henry James’s eerie masterpiece, The Turn of the Screw.
Woolsey's 'long-lost' second novel previously unpublished. A beautifully evocative story from this elegant and sensitive writer.

christopher woodforde, a pad in the straw

A PAD IN THE STRAW

CHRISTOPHER WOODFORDE

With a Preface by

Giles Woodforde

A PAD IN THE STRAW was first published fifty years ago in 1952. Long out of print, this new edition retains Lord David Cecil's Foreword to the original volume but now includes a Preface specially written by the author's son, Giles Woodforde, and an Afterword by Richard Dalby -- making it the definitive edition of this oft-admired collection of 'strange tales for the connoisseur'.  Available
All titles in stock and available to order direct from The Sundial Press.


From the moment she first met Thomas Hardy in 1905, having written him an admiring letter, Florence Dugdale seemed destined for controversy. Her presence at Max Gate, both before and after the death of his first wife Emma, and her clandestine courtship with a man nearly forty years her senior, sparked suspicion among the locals and scorn from the Gifford family. She had wanted to be a writer herself, but was drawn into Hardy’s life as his ‘secretary’ and companion, and within a year of their own marriage was humiliated by his publication of poems commemorating the late Emma and his painful relationship with her. florence mistress of max gate, peter tait
FLORENCE
Mistress of Max Gate
by Peter Tait 
"All of this was to the chagrin of Thomas who was concerned lest the newspapers found out he was there also and in Florence’s company. The great joy of Aldeburgh, as he told Florence, was its anonymity. It was somewhere he could be himself and Wells had no right jeopardising that because of his careless meanderings. ... It appeared to be an unwritten rule of the house that what happened in Aldeburgh stayed in Aldeburgh, and with that in mind Thomas appeared keen that they spend as much time together as possible. "
Author signed copies available

david garnett, the sailors return, chaldon herring, sundial press
SAILOR'S RETURN
 David Garnett

t. f. powys, unclay, john gray, east chaldon, chaldon herring, sundial press,
UNCLAY
T.F. Powys

  alyse gregory, king log and lady lea, llewelyn powys,
KING LOG & LADY LEA
Alyse Gregory

the joy of it, littleton powys, the sundial press
THE JOY OF IT
Littleton Powys
t.f. powys,
KINDNESS IN A CORNER

T.F. Powys
alyse gregory, hester craddock
HESTER CRADDOCK
Alyse Gregory
Sold Out
philippa powys, sorrel barn, the tragedy of budvale, katie powys, peter ursem, chaldon herring, east chaldon
Philippa Powys
philippa powys, the blackthorn winter, katie powys, chydyok, east chaldon
THE BLACKTHORN WINTER
Philippa Powys
Sold Out
llewelyn powys, durdle door to dartmoor
DURDLE DOOR TO DARTMOOR
Llewelyn Powys
llewelyn powys, still blue beauty wessex essays
STILL BLUE BEAUTY
Llewelyn Powys
llewelyn powys, yuletide essays
YULETIDE ESSAYS
Llewelyn Powys

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albion's dream by roger norman 

ALBION's DREAM
by Roger Norman
roger norman, red die
RED DIE
by Roger Norman
roger norman shadowborne
SHADOWBORNE
by Roger Norman
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Three forthcoming titles
elizabeth myers, mrs littleton powys, sherborne, the sundial press
TWENTY-TWO TALES
by Elizabeth Myers
forrest reid, demophon
DEMOPHON
by Forrest Reid

h a manhood, life be still, mark valentine
LIFE. BE STILL!
by H.A. Manhood
  

david tipping like father like son
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON
David Tipping

A tale of domestic disruption and intrigue spanning the course of a year in the not-so-sleepy Dorset village of Lynchets Wood.

THE SUNDIAL PRESS
hree new titles from the sundial press, albion's dream, red die, shadowborne, roger norman

ALBION’S DREAM, RED DIE and SHADOWBORE are not advertised as a trilogy, but share certain elements. The characters belong to different generations of the Yeoman family, which hailed originally from the Quantocks in Somerset and one branch of which ended up in Dorset, which is the setting for some of the first book and all of the second and third. The books travel backwards in time, Albion’s Dream being set in 1960, Red Die in 1916 and Shadowborne in 1877. A pair of unusual dice appear in each book. There is in all three a certain fascination for the ancient and subterranean and odd links with a remote past, Celtic, Nordic, Arthurian and Methusalan. Some readers have wondered why the books are not presented as a trilogy and Norman responds that the books can be read singly, in any order, and that there may be more.



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