A BUSY BOOK AUTUMN

We’ve five books coming out this autumn, two of them reprints and three brand new.

Another 1,500 copies of  Anne Sebba’s The Exiled Collector, William Bankes and the Making of the English Country House, have just been delivered. This is its third reprint and no wonder. As the Financial Times said in its review, ‘Sebba illuminates this bizarre but brilliant project by bringing Bankes back out of the footnotes to which history consigned him and back to life.’ Kingston Lacy, the house that once belonged to Bankes and houses his collection, is only a few miles from here. Anne’s website is www.annesebba.com

Richard Edmonds’ Discover Dorset: Fossils is one of the most successful titles in our ‘Discover Dorset’ series. After 17 years in print in black and white only, and numerous reprints, it needed a facelift. The result is a fully updated new edition which is in full colour throughout. At £5.95 it’s a bargain.

Another book in desperate need of a facelift was Stuart Morris’s Portland, An Illustrated History, which we first published 31 years ago and until recently had never been out of print. Stuart is the Royal Manor’s most distinguished historian, with a unique archive of photographs and other illustrations, all of which he’s drawn on for this new edition. There are lots of new photographs, a brand new chapter, and 16 pages of colour plates. All for £12 in a large format sewn paperback with flaps.

When the wooden boatbuilder Luke Powell first approached us in 2011 with the rough manuscript of Working Sail, A Life in Wooden Boats the whole project seemed foolhardy and doomed to failure. But Luke’s passion for his craft was contagious, and we went ahead, printing a worrying 1,000 copies. The book went on to win a Mountbatten Maritime Book Award and a corner of the barn is now piled high with what will be the third reprint, making a total of 4,500 copies altogether. For more information on what Luke’s up to keep a watch on his website: www.workingsail.co.uk

And last, but certainly not least, we are delighted to be publishing Princess Josephine Loewenstein’s memoirs, Wind in My Hair, A Kaleidoscope of Memories. It’s an irresistible read, for as Hugo Vickers says ‘Josephine Loewenstein has lived most of her life in the whirlwind wake of husband Rupert, amidst high society, the Rolling Stones, royalty and the fast lane of the 20th century. But here is a surprisingly dispassionate and acute observer of this passing show, by no means mesmerised or dazzled by it.’ It’s also well illustrated and a big hardback.