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All aboard for The Railway Adventures

Congratulations to Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall, whose book The Railway Adventures: Places, Trains, People and Stations is published today.

In 2017, Vicki and Geoff took a crowdfunded trip to visit all the stations in the UK, and their funny and informative videos of their journey gained a massive fan base on YouTube.

Now, in their book, they help you have your own adventures. Discover the hidden stories that lie behind branch lines, meet the people who fix the engines and put the trains to bed, embark on unknown routes, disembark at unfamiliar stations, explore new places and get to know the communities who keep small stations and remote lines alive.

On the shelves at Waterstones, Hull (photo )

In Monday’s Metro, you could win one of five copies of The Railway Adventures.

You can see Vicki and Geoff at two London events. On Thursday they will appear at the London Transport Museum, and on Friday 25 October at Southwark Cathedral. Big thanks to Southwark Cathedral, who have given us two tickets for their event to run as a competition giveaway which ends at 1pm today:

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What will you confess?

What times have you feared for your life? Who do you most love to make laugh, and why? When, if ever, has it been necessary to take revenge?

The Confession Album is a gorgeous guided journal, perfect for connecting with loved ones – and yourself! – or for writers looking to get their creative juices flowing.

Published today, The Confession Album is a thoughtful gift and a timeless keepsake, designed to share and store one’s deepest confessions.

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Out now! Times Like These

Happy publication day to David Ziggy Greene for Times Like These, his collection of graphic reportage from his Scene & Heard column in Private Eye.

The comics community is loving the book, with fantastic coverage from Forbidden Planet International (including a Director’s Commentary by David) and Bleeding Cool. Orbital Comics made it a staff pick!

‘Scene and Heard does the opposite of that soul-crushing dehumanisation that much of the modern media creates … Times Like These is a beautiful example of the power of the comics medium.’ Forbidden Planet International

‘[Times Like These] is a ride through humanity. Which, yes, is often hideous but the details are fascinating. Greene’s pen-line makes sure of that.’ Bleeding Cool

Super-fans can pick up a copy with an exclusive signed bookplate from Gosh Comics.

David Ziggy Greene’s reports will be on display during an exhibition at Orbital Comics from May 11th-31st, with a special signing and Q&A taking place on May 26th.

David will appear at a special V&A members’ event on May 24th.

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Press on publication for The Bridesmaid’s Daughter

Deeply moving memoir The Bridesmaid’s Daughter by Nyna Giles and Eve Claxton was published last week. Press started on Sunday ahead of publication with a five page serialisation in You magazine.

And followed later in the week with a full-page interview in the Express.

If you’ve read and enjoyed the book, you’ll find lots more photos of Carolyn Reynolds and Grace Kelly on the book’s Pinterest page.

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Happy publication day What My Girlfriends Told Me!

Congratulations to Sonja Bajic on the publication of What My Girlfriends Told Me, which is full of the best advice from Sonja’s friends – for times of heartache or uncertainty, long nights and new beginnings. It’s a perfect empowering treat for International Women’s Day.

 

And publicity has kicked off with an interview in Female First.

 

 

 

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The Enchanted Life on publication day

‘Engaging and inspiring, Sharon Blackie’s beautiful book will empower people to find wonder in everyday life’ – Chloe Stroud, author of The Wild Other

Congratulations to Sharon Blackie on the publication of The Enchanted Life: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday!

To celebrate, you’ll find postcards in selected bookshops featuring Sharon’s beautifully formed words with artwork from cover designer Leo Nickolls. There are eight to collect!

Reviews are already appearing from bloggers. Including this from Christine Cleere’s Dancing in the Mist.

‘As someone who believes that myth and stories, the land and all of nature has so much to teach us; and as someone who believes that small steps and small changes can (and must) bring about changes to how we live and how society operates, this is a wonderful and important book . . . this is thought provoking, beautifully written, and well researched book (I love the fact there are references throughout the whole book – so many authors don’t bother or can’t back up hoer work in this way) and one I would highly recommend.’

And Monique Mulligan says on her blog:

‘It’s inspiring, yes, but so much more than that – it’s empowering. Readers are encouraged to take action to live a life that is enchanted – filled with creativity and play and meaning and belonging. For me, it’s exactly the kind of book that my soul is searching for – one that digs deep, prods and turns over the self-limiting beliefs that hold me back. Complex, intelligent and thought-provoking, this is for seekers of authenticity and purpose.’

Sharon is holding a full day Enchanted Life workshop in London on 10 March. This is an exciting opportunity to work with Sharon outside of Ireland and is highly recommended.

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Re-enchanting ourselves – an extract from The Enchanted Life

With just one week until The Enchanted Life: Unlocking the Magic of the Everyday by Sharon Blackie is published, here is an early extract from the book:

Re-enchanting ourselves

Once, we had contracts with the plants and animals who share this world with us. We would treat them with respect; like them, we would take only what we needed from this earth and no more, and they would share their wisdom and medicine with us. They’d be companions on our journey through a life that can sometimes be hard, but whose loads are always lightened by communion.

We’ve come so far from that old wisdom. We want to know the stars, to solve all the great mysteries of the universe – but we don’t even know ourselves, or how to be in relationship with the land, animals and plants around us. Now, we occupy a world in which there are no longer penalties for cutting down a sacred tree; instead, the greatest of rewards can be found in extinguishing entire forests. We have created a world for ourselves in which the president of one of its largest countries can gleefully sign a law which facilitates the shooting of hibernating bears and wolf cubs, and large sections of its population actually applaud. This is not a sane world. And as a consequence of our multiple insanities, this world we grew up in, which we have taken for granted, is not only changing – much of it is dying.

To alter that state of affairs, we need not only to act differently, but to be different. It’s not enough to march against this and that, or to sit at our desks signing online petitions protesting against the destruction of more green places to indulge our avarice, or more heartless culls of wild animals to avoid inconvenience. All of these are good and important things to do, but to create real, permanent change we’ll need to fundamentally shift the way we see the world and our place in it. If we can re-enchant ourselves – fall in love with this complex and mysterious, animate world all over again – then we might stand a chance.

Begin, if you will, with a tree. Congratulate a young, fragile willow on its summer growth. Watch the first turn of the leaves of an old ash, all scars and stories, as she begins to grow autumn sleepy, just as you are. Feel the dreadful heave at the roots of the tall birch after the winter storm, and wonder what sense it is that tells you how the deep roots had nearly lost their hold, down there past the iron lick of the lower soil and onto the fractured rock. Do you hear the bruising of the deep roots, find yourself wanting to reach out and touch the bark of the tree that withstood the wind – knowing that you too have withstood a storm or two in your time? The graceful birch, that lady of the woods whose silver-white bark is like no other’s, and you.

The Enchanted Life by Sharon Blackie is published on 27 February 2018.