Fiction and Poetry

Novels and Poetry
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Yembury is an attractive Dorset village which would catch more than a second glance from a visitor, but beneath the seemingly placid surface all is not well. Well-to-do new-comers have purchased all the “character” homes in the neighbourhood and have taken over the running of village affairs The natives find themsleves marginalised and resentful.
A pop music festival sponsored by the new owner of the manor proves to be the spark that ignites hostilities. Over a weekend there is a “peasant’s revolt”, a guillotine on the village green, two murders, of which one is unsolved and the other results in the conviction of an innocent man.
Does Yembury return to normal? Is justice finally done? All may depend on a young but tenacious Woman Police Detective, Joyce Agate, to find a solution to the Yem-bury murders.
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Rosemary Parrott’s first collection of poems takes the reader on a journey that is both physical and spiritual, moving from Guernsey to Crete, from Exposition to Development to Recapitulation. Richly descriptive, her words capture emotions and sentiments that will strike a chord in most readers’ minds and hearts. Whether she is describing the fertile imagination of a child, the beauty of the morning on a bus journey in Crete, her images are perfectly chosen and thought-provoking. Rosemary Parrott en-courages us to pause for a moment to enjoy and appreciate the music that is life.
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Readers of A Patch of Nettles will welcome this second adventure in the fictional Dorset village of Yembury, a socially divided village where tensions often run high. New characters join the village and some of the survivors from the first novel take centre stage.
The sexual adventurer India Flynt-Harbidge reappears and her casual adultery contrasts with two genuine love affairs in this story.
Another unpredictable murder baffles the local police. Will they solve the crime? Will the murderer escape prosecution?
Read on to discover the answer in this blackly humorous novel of English country life.
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In this second volume Rosemary Parrott continues her personal journey by exploring the effects of various kinds of light on the human condition. Readers will enjoy her close observations of the small but significant moments in life, as well as her style of humour.
The poems are made accessible by her directness of language, particularly through the skilful use of the sound and rhythm of the words. This comes as no surprise, given that Rosemary is herself an accomplished musician. She is also a visual artist and the illustrations and cover of this volume are her own work.
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“What is it about Yembury?” wonders Joyce Agate, now a detective sergeant, as she tries to solve yet another murder in Yembury.
In this third excursion into the apparently cosy Dorset village of Yembury, Geoffrey Lloyd takes us deeper into the geteel and not so genteel lives of Yembury’s inhabitants, and their apparent propensity for leaving dead bodies around the village. Some characters from the two previous novels reappear and some new residents make their introductions. Again the mixture of new and old, rich and poor, country and city, aggressive and passive, combine to conjure new tensions in Yembury.
The author continues to sprinkle moments of black humour and social comment in this entertaining murder mystery - perhaps another insoluble crime.
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“Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,”
Thus does T.S. Eliot, writing 80 years ago, open his exploration of the impact of the past upon the present and future. Rosemary Parrott too, wonders about echoes from the past, recurring cycles of relationships, and the behaviour and actions of our ancestors, which, unbidden at times, infiltrate our present day lives. This is one theme which runs “Like an ever-rolling stream” through this third volume of poetry.
As with her previous volumes, Sonata in the Key of Life and Lanterns in Wet Leaves, Rosemary continues her spiritual quest, but, in common with the earlier collections, the everyday, the concrete, the wryly humorous are used as foundation blocks for her lively and passionate poetic explorations.
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It is just before Christmas. An abandoned baby is found in the woods; another newborn infant is snatched from its pram. Here is another challenge for the woman police detective Joyce Agate. Neither case is easily solved. In the background, the usual assortment of Yembury folk struggle with their families and their social relationships, until, at the end of the Christmas season, Yembury once more returns to some normality.
This is the fourth novel in the Yembury crime series set in a fictional Dorset village, where the affluent and the less well-off uneasily co-exist with comic and sometimes tragic outcomes.
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When the police investigate the embers of a bonfire on Clunch Hill they discover a charred body. It appears to be that of a local author who has immolated himself using all his unpublished manuscripts to fuel the flames. It appears to be a shocking suicide.
Mysteriously, any legacy his son and daughters were expecting has vanished and his house has been sold. The author’s favourite grandson, an aspiring writer himself, receives a letter with instructions about what to do with his grandfather’s digital files. So equipped he heads for London to make his name.
The police see this as a simple case and wish to close the file, but Joyce Agate, now an inspector, has some nagging doubts and pursues the matter in her own time.
Intrigue now centres on the world of publishing as the manuscripts of the dead author become best sellers and a manuscript purporting to be a true account of the death of Princess Diana comes to light. Fatal accidents seem to follow this manuscript and Joyce Agate is faced with another challenging mystery.
Geoffrey Lloyd once again skilfully interlaces character and plot in another novel which shows a less-than-tranquil side to Dorset life.
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Peter Bennet, a boat builder in Cornwall, naively undertakes some unfinished business for a friend, who has just been murdered by a hit man in mysterious circumstances. Before long he finds himself in the midst of the murky world of arms dealing, drug smuggling and working with British Intelligence in Afghanistan. The year is 1982. The Russians have invaded Afghanistan and the Western powers are working together to undermine the occupation.
A generation later, in 2006, Peter's experiences are reawaken when his grandson is captured while serving in the British occupational force.
In the meantime Peter's intervention has ruined the plans of sone drug smugglers who order his assassination by their hit man.
The author moves the story along at a fat pace and skilfully interweaves the various threads of the story to its thrilling climax in Cornwall.
As a coda to the story, and one full of irony, Peter finds himself once more in Afghanistan on the opposite side to his former comrades, who are now committed to the Taleban.
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Inspector Joyce Agate, exiled to Australia after her investigations touch uncomfortably on information
relating to the death of Princess Diana, is now married
to Patrick MacNamara, a farmer and former journalist. When he learns of her account he takes up the investigative trail and before long theyareback in England asking more questions that the authorities don’t want answered.
In this thrilling story, set in England and Australia, they and some of the survivors of the previous novel Flames, find their lives and liberty under threat while the Inquest into the death of Princess Diana runs its course.
This is the sixth novel in the Yembury crime series set
in a fictional Dorset village.
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An initiative by ramblers to open up a long forgotten path leads to the discovery of two skeletons in a shallow grave beside Pellyn Cottage, home to John Trevail, a Cornish excise officer, and his wife Sylvia. Pellyn Cottage then becomes the focus of a murder investigation as it becomes clear that the 40 year-old skeletons were the victims of foul play. The police are not greatly interested and John Trevail allows his curiosity to lead him into his own enquiries.
It turns out that the murderer is very much alive and very much a presence in this part of Cornwall.
The author, who worked in Cornwall for Customs and Excise for many years, skillfully captures the culture and atmosphere of these communities on the south-western tip of England and the story trails through a cast of interesting characters on the way to its conclusion.
The “six men standing” are megaliths on the moor who silently and impassively observe the passing passions of human life.
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The seventh novel in this series returns the former police inspector, Joyce MacNamara, to the Dorset village of Yembury, where she made her reputation many years before by solving a series of murders.
As before, this seemingly tranquil rural haven is not immune to further crime - and murder.
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A failing marriage, an affair, some very dodgy characters and a couple who have set their hearts on buying a special cottage, interlace this crime novel set in Hampshire.
All these goings on are interrupted by an apparently motiveless murder.
A charming Hampshire cottage is a focal point
for the central characters as the hunt for the killer reaches its conclusion.
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Yembury has a new resident - a retired judge who has scarcely settled into his retirement before he re-opens investigations into the murder cases he considers to be unsolved. Old wounds are re-opened and there are more deaths to puzzle over before peace is once more restored to Yembury.
This is the eighth novel in the Yembury crime series set in a fictional Dorset village.
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These three novels are set in the mountainous Algarve region at the southern end of the Iberian peninsula. The period is the early 1990s when IRA terrorism was at its peak and Islamist terrorism was just emerging. Both organisations feature in these stories as well as drug dealers, and between them they bring murder and mayhem to this quiet part of the world.
The three novels are separate and distinct, but carry some of the same characters throughout. At the centre are Capitao Luis da Silva Pereira,, a local police chief and John Hennessey, a holidaying Scotland Yard Commander.

Zauber Editions

Zauber editions specialise in reviving literary works from the past.
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William Cowper (1731-1800) spent the creative years of his life at Olney, and later at nearby Weston Underwood in North Buckingham-shire. Although he had written poetry ear;ier in his life, he was 50 years old when he began to apply himself seriouisly to his art. His poetry was well-received and he became much admired in his day and his celebrat-ed blank verse poem, The Task, set down an important marker for poets of the next generation.
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William Cowper (1731-1800) spent the creative years of his life at Olney, and later at nearby Weston Underwood in North Buckingham-shire. He became much admired in his day and his celebrated blank verse poem, The Task, set down an important marker for poets of the next generation.
During his life he corresponded frequently with his many friends and much of that correspondence was collected and published by Thomas Shuttleworth Grimshaw in 1849. These letters are presented in a new edition in this volume.
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Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1807) was an 18th Century poet and novelist who achieved success in her day. Her popularity was mainly due to her ‘gothic’ novels, but her lasting fame comes mainly from her poetry. She was admired by Wordsworth for her revival of the sonnet and in the 1790s became a friend of the poet William Cowper. The revolutionary impact of Wordsworth and Coleridge at the beginning of the 19th century somewhat dimmed interest in the late 18th century poets, who in some respects laid the groundwork for the Romantic poets. Charlotte Smith’s poems are very accomplished and worth the attention of all poetry readers. This edition of her poetry is designed to bring her to modern attention.
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This sprawling work from the fluent pen of S T Coleridge was first published in 1817. It began as a preface to a collected volume of his poems, but grew to become a literary autobiog-raphy. Coleridge's philosophical views gain prominence in this work, which also has several chapters on William Wordsworth's theory of poetry. Wordsworth believed that the language of ordinary speech was a proper vehicle for poetry and Coleridge departs from this view.
Coleridge held to the concept of genius, which he believed could transcend mere talent, although the boundary between the two was no more than that between "an egg and an egg-shell".
He was much influenced by German philosophers, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling in particular, and he presents many of their ideas in this work.
Finally, Coleridge adds much to the development of literary criticism and the critical concept of the “willing suspension of disbelief” derives from this book.
The original publication was printed in two volumes. This paperback edition is a single volume.