the sundial press, sherborne dorset, sherborne publisher
David GarnettAlyse Gregory H. A. ManhoodElizabeth Myers Phyllis PaulLittleton PowysLlewelyn Powys
Philippa PowysT.F. PowysForrest ReidGamel WoolseySupernaturalA. N. L. MunbyC. Woodforde
Contemporary Authors: Brenda Parker Roger NormanDavid TippingPeter Tait

Forthcoming Titles

   New for 2021

July 2021

rosemary timperley   phyllis paul, a cage for the nightingale, the sundial press   phyllis paul, pulled down, the sundial press  ray crozier, patchin place, the powyses and literary new york, llewelyn powys, john cowper powys, sundial press

flora mayor, the room opposite


With an Introduction by Richard Dalby

First published in 1935, Flora Mayor’s THE ROOM OPPOSITE and Other Tales of Mystery and Imagination is impossibly scarce to find 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 an informative Introduction by Richard Dalby.

forrest reid, demophon

DEMOPHON by Forrest Reid

With an Introduction by Michael Matthew Kaylor   

‘Beyond the grave of laurels sacred to Artemis lay a blue, crinkled sea. It glittered dazzlingly in the hot sunshine; and far out in the bay where water and sky met, the dark rocks of Salamis rose like a dream-island, because a God had dropped a haze about them.’

So begins this magical odyssey of ancient Greece, a tale of enchanted seas and islands, where all the world was young; a romance of wonder and adventure, of Gods and men and beasts, of the strange and familiar.

Admired, amongst others, by E.M. Forster and Walter de la Mare, Forrest Reid brought to literature something new, creating a world unlike any world that has been created before, a vision and a perception of beauty, previously unexpressed.

elizabeth myers, mrs christopher, the sundial press, sherborne

MRS CHRISTOPHER  by Elizabeth Myers

With an Introduction

The following titles also due 2021

Two novels by LOUIS MARLOW:



the higgler THE HIGGLER and Other Tales by A.E. Coppard

Coppard’s stories, or tales as he preferred to call them, are frequently compared to those of Anton Chekhov and Thomas Hardy, whose influence Coppard acknowledged, and also to those of his contemporaries H. E. Bates and D. H. Lawrence. Coppard’s prose is eloquently lyrical, its evocation of mood and portrayal of emotion particularly noteworthy.

His tales often combine the ordinary and the extraordinary in unexpected ways. His characters usually are plain people pursuing the everyday business of life when, suddenly, the supernatural or the inexplicable intrudes. Imagination and playfulness are rewarded in this encounter, and both simple country folk and modern sophisticates may possess these qualities.

Coppard often adopted lively colloquialisms. His style is a showcase for playful language; he loved words and relished them for their own sake as well as for the effects they have on his readers. For those who have yet to discover the delights and many pleasures of his work, satisfaction is guaranteed!

t f powys, fables, ali shaw


With an Introduction by Ali Shaw

If ever Powys’ fatalism makes his writing hard-edged, it is his faith in the marvellous ordinary that steps in to lift the spirit through pure delight in the unexpected.  A corpse in its grave calls happily to his friend above the soil, a wedding is celebrated between a footstool and a pair of spectacles, a dead man is temporarily resurrected to converse with the fleas and spiders dwelling around his coffin, and far more.  Such fantastical but mundane perspectives offer us the greatness in smallness, the extraordinary in the ordinary.  Powys said that, ‘To have the soul and teeth of a lion and the body of a tramp, is the way to tread on this world as it ought to be trodden on.’ And although he believed that a man should never resist his own eventual obliteration, it is my firm hope that this, his fine collection of fables, will persist for countless years to come.


A story  for 'those who admire and respect the essential animal characteristics of this most beautiful, interesting and fundamentallly wild creature.'

Ethel Mannin (1900 – 1984) was a popular British novelist and travel writer. Her writing career began in journalism. She became a prolific author, and also politically and socially concerned. She married twice: in 1919, a short-lived relationship which produced one daughter, and in 1938 to Reginald Reynolds, a Quaker and go-between in India between Mahatma Gandhi and the British authorities. In 1934-5 she was in an intense but problematic intellectual, emotional and physical relationship with W. B. Yeats  and she also had a well-publicised affair with Bertrand Russell. Of her 95 or so books none, with the exception of the forthcoming SO TIBERIUS, are currently in print; an oversight which we plan to rectify. 



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