Remarkable unpublished diaries

 On March 22nd we are publishing A Constant Heart, the result of three years work by Emily Russell editing the diaries kept by her grandmother during the Second World War. The book is available for pre-ordering at the special price of £20, inclusive of post and...

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...

Dorset Life on Rena Gardiner

‘The word autolithography – whose component parts mean to write with stone –could have been created for Rena Gardiner, and in particular her 1969 book Dorset: The Isle of Purbeck, which has just been republished. The landscape of Purbeck and its buildings, and...

A Brush with Brown reviewed

‘If the really big players in Brown’s world (Burghley, Chatsworth, Longleat, Sherborne, Harewood, Audley End and Blenheim for a start) are elsewhere then Tim Scott Bolton has painted them all for A Brush with Brown.  Here are more than forty places, arranged...

A Brush with Brown and The Prince of Wales

‘Capability Brown transformed the gardens of England, Buckingham Palace included. So who better to introduce a book to mark his 300th anniversary – packed with exquisite paintings of his landscapes – than our most blue-blooded and green-fingered amateur artist.’ The...

‘Capability’ Brown in 2016

A BRUSH WITH BROWN, THE LANDSCAPES OF ‘CAPABILITY’ BROWN A contemporary of ‘Capability’ Brown’s once said to him, ‘I very earnestly wish I may die before you, Mr Brown.’ ‘Why so?’ he replied. ‘Because I would...

New edition of Dorset: The Isle of Purbeck by Rena Gardiner

Our new edition of Rena Gardiner’s celebrated illustrated portrait of the Isle of Purbeck will be published in the spring of 2016. The artist and printmaker Rena Gardiner’s four books about Dorset are now regarded as some of the most unusual books about...

Perceptive review for ‘The Starlight Years’

The latest issue of Perspective contains a lengthy and perceptive review by James Stevens Curl, of which the following is an extract: ‘This extraordinary book contains samples of the paintings, drawings, and writings of Edward Fell Scott-Snell (1912-88) and...
A long overdue celebration of Rena Gardiner, artist & printmaker

A long overdue celebration of Rena Gardiner, artist & printmaker

RENA GARDINER is one of the unsung heroines of British post-war art. Her books on Dorset, which she illustrated, printed and bound herself, are a remarkable record the county’s character and landscapes through a period of immense change. Living and working in a...

Love and War at Kelmscott Manor

     Joscelyn Godwin’s account of the years his parents, the artists Edward and Stephani Godwin, spent in William Morris’s house during the Second World War is now...

New Spring 2015 books

THE STARLIGHT YEARS, Love & War at Kelmscott Manor 1940 – 1948. Joscelyn Godwin’s memoir of the years his parents spent at Kelmscott Manor. RENA GARDINER. The long awaited illustrated biography of the great Dorset artist and print maker. WALKING IN...

Great Faces of Dorset – update

Delivery of GREAT FACES OF DORSET has been delayed by about a week, and copies are now due at the very beginning of November. All subscribed copies will be signed by the authors and sent out as soon as possible after that. Happily, a handful of advance copies have...

New Website!

After ten years loyal service our website was looking tired and dated. Thanks to Rachel Saddington, a mum with three children living in the lovely north Dorset village of Thornford, we now have a new completely redesigned website. We will gradually be adding...

Great Faces of Dorset Printed

The books are being printed and bound at the moment, and delivery is now expected at the end of October, when all subscribed signed copies will be packed and sent...

A Hundred Years Ago

Volunteers for the Dorset Regiment outside the Crown at Marnhull following the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914. The Regiment lost 4,060 men during the course of the...

Great Faces of Dorset

The advance subscription list for Great Faces of Dorset has now closed, but a big thank you to all those who  subscribed. Without your support the book might never have become a reality. Publication is scheduled for October, and to whet your appetites some of Millie...