Reading offers serenity in hard times

Authored by News Desk

Despite devastating natural disasters or deadly viruses and often because of them, dedicated authors keep on writing and producing books for their readers' pleasure.

Former Exeter College student Fay Knowles (nee Johanson) has just released "Deadly Deceit In Paradise", Book Two in her Buchanan Mystery Romance Series (her sixth published book). The first in the series is "Dangerous...

Torquay penguins inspire novel

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Living Coasts, in Torquay, famous for its penguins, has helped inspire a novelist to write a book featuring penguins – published by Penguin.

The novel, by Exmoor-based writer Hazel Prior, is called Away With The Penguins . Living Coasts' Senior Keeper, Jason Keller, helped Hazel with her research into hand-rearing baby penguins.

Away With The Penguins has been described as a...

UK’s top hypnotherapy practitioner in publishing first

Authored by Duncan Little

One of the country’s foremost hypnotherapy practitioners, Matthew Cahill, is celebrating the launch of his book - which is the first of its kind as it charts the growing popularity of Solution Focused Hypnotherapy.

Plymouth-based Matthew, 45, is the Principal of The Observatory Practice, based in The Crescent, where he has successfully trained hundreds of students on the acclaimed CPHT...

Dr Lucy Durneen Book Launch and Short Story Reading - Wild Gestures

Lucy Durneen's work has appeared in World Literature Today, Hotel Amerika, and Litro and performed on BBC Radio 4. Wild Gestures is her first short story collection, bringing together stories of loss, desire and opportunities missed, all orbiting the painful knowledge that the things we most long for remain the furthest from reach.

£6/£4.20/Friends free. Discounts available via the Artory App and free to Plymouth University students via SPiA...

University Student Launches Debut Novel: Trace This Scar

Authored by Jessikah Hope Stenson

An exciting debut novel by a young writer, Trace This Scar marks a change from the tone of the first offering by Jessikah Hope Stenson.

Following on from her collection of short stories titled A Single Drop Of Perfect & Other Stories, released in February 2016, Trace This Scar is a psychological thriller with a strong crime focus.

Due for release 24th November, Trace This...

Student book goes down swimmingly

Authored by Mary

Two Plymouth University students have created a book aimed at helping children learn how to swim.

Swimming with Bertie was written by second-year English and Creative Writing student Hannah Stamp, and illustrated by third-year Illustration student Chen Zhen Lee; telling the story of a young cat who overcomes his fear of the water.

The book was the brainchild of University...

New book commemorates Battle of Jutland centenary

Authored by Mary

The grandson of a wireless operator aboard HMS Ambuscade, a destroyer that fought at Jutland in 1916, has published a unique book based on his grandfather’s diaries of the battle which is to raise money for the Royal Navy’s principal charity.

On the 100th anniversary year of the Battle of Jutland, "Duel in the North Sea - HMS Ambuscade at Jutland” by Pat Avery has been released,...

Wild Swimming Walks: Dartmoor and South Devon

Authored by News Desk

Here in Devon we are proud of our beautiful landscapes that offer all of us the opportunity to get outdoors and soak up the delicious views.

Just in time for the summer season a new book is coming out which will provide everyone with the chance to get out and explore the wonderful area.

Entitled "Wild Swimming Walks - Dartmoor and South Devon, 28 Lake, River and Beach Days Out...

First biography of local legend and elusive villain

Authored by Mary

An Elizabethan Assassin: Theodore Paleologus: Seducer, Spy and Killer by John Hall

The first biography of a mercurial character from the Elizabethan underworld

Seducer, spy and ruthless assassin, Theodore Paleologus, claimed to be heir to the ancient family of emperors of Byzantium and became intimately involved with the great courtiers and notorious villains of the Elizabethan...

Leading literary lights lined up for International Book Festival

Authored by Mary

Bestselling authors Judy Finnigan, Simon Scarrow and Matt Haig will be among the leading literary lights appearing at the 2015 Plymouth International Book Festival.

Writer and musician John Hegley, Thurston Moore, co-founder of experimental rock band Sonic Youth, comedian and actress Helen Lederer, refugee campaigner Bidisha and whisky connoisseur Ian Buxton are also on the roster for...


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