Monthly Archives: January 2015

Nell and the Girls

Nell and the GirlsJeanne Gask

‘Goodbye! There’s my good girl.’ The German got hold of Papa’s arm roughly and said, ‘Come on!’ They got in the car and sped away, leaving the two breathless girls standing on the street corner, staring at where the car had been. ‘What on earth was all that about? Why has my Daddy gone with that German?’ It made no sense. It made no sense at all.

France, 1940: The British have retreated, evacuating their forces from Dunkirk. Nell and her girls stand on the beach on a clear day and see the outline of Dover Castle but it will be four and a half long years before they return to Britain. Jeanne, her sisters and their mother Nell are left to fend for themselves in occupied France when her father is arrested by the Nazis and taken to an internment camp. Proudly British, they have also been raised speaking French. Nell is determined to keep going, keep food on the table and see her girls continue in education. She takes in washing, teaches English and tries growing vegetables but the soil is too poor. They apply for Red Cross Parcels but are told, as they are not behind barbed wire, they don’t qualify. Yet amid the struggles come great friendships and pleasure in the smallest things; the rare treat of a piece of cake or tart, a Christmas tree decorated with cotton or singing in church.

Jeanne’s sisters are distinct personalities, one bookish and quiet, the other outgoing. Letters from her interned husband Tom Sarginson and occasional visits to see him only temporarily eases the pain of being parted. Nell falls in love with a kindly German soldier. When liberation comes in 1944 Nell and the girls’ excitement is tempered by a shocking event in their then home village of Rieux-en-Cambresis. There follows an exhilarating and frustrating stay in newly liberated Paris and the shock of arriving back in the war weary Britain of late 1944. Nell and the Girls is a remarkable, dramatic and heartwarming true story of a family told from the viewpoint of young Jeanne Sarginson, later Gask.

 

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Paperback 240 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-910183-11-3
Release Date 7th May 2015
Price £7.99
Ebook 978-1-910183-12-0

 

 

 

 

Jeanne Gask

Jeanne GaskJeanne Gask was born in Calais, France, the youngest daughter of expats Tom and Nell Sarginson. After the Second World War she married and settled in Teddington, Middlesex where she brought up her own family. Nell and the Girls is her story of her family’s wartime experience while trapped in occupied France.

The Horse Changer

The Horse ChangerCraig Smith

ROME 46 BC

Dreaming of service to the great Gaius Julius Caesar, the young Tuscan knight, Quintus Dellius, secures the patronage of the youngest of his generals, the dissolute Cornelius Dolabella. Dellius distinguishes himself in Caesar’s Spanish war against Pompey, becomes a tribune of cavalry in Caesar’s army and looks forward to an assured and glittering career.

But when his hero is assassinated the Roman republic is plunged into chaos as both his heirs and enemies jostle for power. In the civil wars that follow, Dellius is soon caught up in a maelstrom of shifting allegiances and the young soldier will need to discover reserves of both tenacity and ruthlessness if he is to survive.

As he journeys from the orgiastic salons of Rome’s Palatine Hill to the Palaces of Alexandria, the rocky fortresses of Judea and the bloody field of Philippi, he manages to incur the enmity both of Egypt’s queen and Rome’s future emperor, but also to snare the affections of a beautiful and cunning young senator’s wife, Livia Drusilla.

 

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Paperback 384 pages
B Format
ISBN 978-1-910183-13-7
Release Date 7th July 2015
Price £8.99
Ebook 978-1-910183-14-4

Tim Murgatroyd will be celebrating the 2015 Chinese New Year at Sheffield City Hall

Sheffield Chinese New Year 2015: Monday 16th February at Sheffield City Hall

Tim MurgatroydTim Murgatroyd will be one of the speakers at this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations held at Sheffield City Hall. There will be events on throughout the day and will finish with a spectacular evening performance.

The Sheffield Chinese New Year celebration 2015 will be hosted yet again in the beautiful grade II listed building of the Sheffield City Hall, situated in the heart of  Sheffield city centre. A flavour of Chinese culture and authenticity will be promised at this year’s Chinese New Year celebration!

The evening will include traditional Chinese dance and music with glittering authentic costumes throughout the show. The performance also includes the highly visual and artistic Dragon Dance, specialist Chinese performers soaring all the way from China to perform, plus much more to be announced very soon!

After Tim’s event he will be signing copies of his Chinese trilogy in the City Hall Ballroom from 4pm.

Celebrate 2015 Year of the Sheep

Sheffield Chinese New Year Show

China Land of Wonders

4.00pm – 6.45pm Pre-Show in the City Hall Ballroom

7.00pm – 8.30pm Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall Main Performance

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Sheffield City Hall website: http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Sheffield-Chinese-New-Year-Show-