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Horace Burp,

  Lizard Boy

by Christine Tennent

*Finalist in the 

Wishing Shelf Awards 2016*

Category 2 Books for 6 – 8 Year Olds

Horace Burp 

Book Two will be along in a minute...!



***New Title***


The Driftwood Tree

by John Benn &

Catherine Edmunds




Gustav Holst

the Man and his Music

by Michael Short



***Coming Soon***



An Abridged History of

The Trades and Labour


by Terry McCarthy

New Edition





Guest publication


CORBYN: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics

by Richard Seymour



Guest publication:

The Prostitute State


The Prostitute State

by Donnachadh McCarthy





The meeting place of eight poets

*eight of the best from the Earlyworks Press Poetry Collection Competition*


Georges Perec is my hero

by Caron Freeborn

*Winner of the Earlyworks Press Poetry Collection Competition, 2014*


     Why do so many artists seem hell-bent on self-destruction?

Serpentine by Catherine Edmunds cover pic


Paperback ISBN 9781906451639  The paperback made its first appearance at Books Born in Hastings on 6th October and is now available from book stores, libraries and from this site.  The London launch for 'Serpentine' was hosted by Gruntlers Theatre, at the Poetry Cafe, Betterton Street, Covent Garden, on Monday November 26th, starting at 7pm. Cake and wine and song. Henry the Eighth attended!


        7.99  + £2.75 p&p to UK

                     + £5 p&p to Europe



                     + £7.50 p&p RoW


Art is the proper task of life

(Friedrich Nietzsche)

Painting isn't a job – it’s the reason for Victoria’s very existence – so how is she to bridge the gap between her art and her private life? José gives her the intensity she craves, but has no interest in her as an artist. Simon offers a mature and loving relationship, but his gentleness and inability to understand her compulsions drive her to distraction. And then there’s John – a man who understands exactly who she is, but unnerves her with his perspicacity and potentially violent nature. Victoria’s friend Emma has bruises on her face and Victoria thinks she knows who put them there.

Throughout it all she paints: tying down memories in cadmium yellow, burning canvases that reveal too much, hoping to find a way to pay the bills. 

The novel poses many questions. Why do contemporary artists do what they do? Why are they so seemingly hell-bent on self destruction? And above all, what does all that stuff in Tate Modern really mean?

The story is set in London and the North East of England. The author knows these locations intimately. She has visited the London galleries and seen the work that has moved Victoria to tears; she’s walked on the beach at Alnmouth as the haar rolls in; and she’s been drawn back time and time again to the glory that is Durham Cathedral. Most importantly, she’s sat shivering with her easel next to the cold grey North Sea and understands the compulsion that drives Victoria: the absolute need to paint.


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Author interview 




       Also by Catherine Edmunds

         Bacchus Wynd cover pic


Bacchus Wynd

The long awaited prequel to 'Serpentine'



Small Poisons

Ruthless magical realism in your own back garden



wormwood, earth and honey


Selected poems including echoes of the big bang and seafaring cows





The Driftwood Tree

A novel by John Benn, illustrated with poems and drawings by Catherine Edmunds

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