Exeter author unites with UK writers to lift lockdown spirits

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 04/21/2021 - 3:54pm
Local author to launch first fiction book

Bestselling author and breast cancer survivor, Emma Davis, 41, from Exeter, is set to launch her first fiction book as part of an extraordinary collection of short stories, ‘Connections’- which brought together 23 writers from across the country during lockdown.

Spearheaded by award-winning book publisher, Fuzzy Flamingo, ‘Connections’ is a captivating short story compilation originally created to provide professional and amateur writers with an escape from the reality of lockdown life, using writing as a tool to get them through...

Exeter researcher writes book for Attenborough series

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 02/27/2021 - 8:59pm

A University of Exeter scientist has written a book to accompany a new Sir David Attenborough TV series.

Life in Colour, by Professor Martin Stevens , is now available – while the series of the same name begins on BBC One tomorrow (Sunday) at 7pm.

The book and series provide a dazzling exploration of how colour works in the natural world.

"Working on a book to accompany a new Attenborough TV series has been really exciting," said Professor Stevens, of the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at Exeter's Penryn Campus in Cornwall.

"The book was also a...

Rachel Bolton - Sam And The Magic Tree

Sam And The Magic Tree - a tale that could help to save our planet!

My mission to sell 1 millions copies of my self-published book and to donate 50% of the profits to my chosen charities: Tree Nation, Whale & Dolphin conservation, Hope For Life, Water Aid, Forgotten Women, International Animal Rescue and smaller Animal rescue centres.

The beautiful land of Amazonia suffered an ecological and emotional demise after being invaded by the Mopheads. Siegfried, the dwarf from underground crystal caves and friends who live upon the land, devise a plan to restore love and light to their world. Meet with walking and talking trees, inter-dimension...

Little Miss Homeless

Little Miss Homeless out to raise awareness 

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 08/20/2020 - 11:55am

A book about Little Miss Homeless has been created to raise awareness of women's homelessness.

A not-for-profit parody of the Mr Men series, the story's main character leaves home due to domestic violence, stays in a night shelter, on a friend's sofa and on the streets.

Issues raised in the story (which is not for children) include drugs and sexual violence – and there is no happy ending for Little Miss Homeless.

Written by Harriet Earle-Brown, a PhD student at the University of Exeter, the story is available for free online.

"I initially produced this...

IRMA: Lessons from the Worst Storm in Atlantic History by Mark R Wilson

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 06/21/2020 - 12:41pm

Local man Mark R Wilson has released his first book, IRMA: Life Lessons from the Worst Storm in Atlantic History and is already receiving 5 star reviews. A memoir which takes a hard look at how life, the ups and downs, lead him to the fateful day when hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean island of Saint Martin, raging 200mph winds ripping apart the building around him and facing certain death. Mark tackles the big questions of life head on, to ultimately find his peace. An inspiring book which does not shy away from the good or the bad of life. IRMA: Life Lessons from the Worst Storm in...

Westcountry author writes 'Tales From The Lockdown' to raise money for Hospice UK

A well known Westcountry journalist and writer has used the power of his pen during the lockdown to raise money for a health charity. In doing so, newspaper columnist Martin Hesp believes he is the first person to write a book filled with stories which focus solely on the coronavirus lockdown and to publish the work while the pandemic continues. “I wrote Tales From The Lockdown in the first 30 days after the nation was told to stay at home,” says Martin, who is Editorial Director of RAW Food and Drink PR. “It is subtitled Six Short Stories of Rural Life Written During the Coronavirus -...

socially awkward misfit comic book

Exeter cartoonist creates comic book about struggles with anxiety

Authored by dizzypop
Posted: Fri, 05/08/2020 - 12:17pm

Exeter cartoonist Ross Hendrick has recently completed his latest work, a comic book which humorously yet thoughtfully documents the struggles with social anxiety.

Ross, who has previously worked for such publications as The Beano, Viz and the Express & Echo, is the creator of a popular webcomic called Socially Awkward Misfit. The protagonist is a character called Sam (an acronym of Socially Awkward Misfit) who is loosely based on Ross's own life.

The webcomic deals with issues relating to anxiety, depression and introversion, and has become popular with people from all...

Torquay penguins inspire novel

Torquay penguins inspire novel

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Tue, 03/31/2020 - 1:52pm

Living Coasts, in Torquay, famous for its penguins, has helped inspire a novelist to write a book featuring penguins – published by Penguin.

The novel, by Exmoor-based writer Hazel Prior, is called Away With The Penguins. Living Coasts' Senior Keeper, Jason Keller, helped Hazel with her research into hand-rearing baby penguins.

Away With The Penguins has been described as a life-affirming adventure featuring a cranky older lady and a lot of very engaging penguins. Living Coasts spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “We’re used to people carrying out research here – but it’s...

Reading offers serenity in hard times

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 03/24/2020 - 9:17pm

Despite devastating natural disasters or deadly viruses and often because of them, dedicated authors keep on writing and producing books for their readers' pleasure.

Former Exeter College student Fay Knowles (nee Johanson) has just released "Deadly Deceit In Paradise", Book Two in her Buchanan Mystery Romance Series (her sixth published book). The first in the series is "Dangerous Devotion" (formerly "Love at Sunset").

"Deadly Deceit In Paradise" tells how a mysterious death in paradise leads a young woman down a path that will determine her future. Natalie Barrett flies...


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Posted: Sat, 04/27/2019 - 11:58pm

A new book launched on 25th April by Exeter’s own taxi driver Jack the Hat about the untamed lives of Exeter students and locals alike.

“It was always strange how sometimes it felt easier to reveal very personal events in our lives to complete strangers, as if the shame or the hurt would somehow melt away…”

Shane O’Sullivan was born in Nottingham in 1953. He attended Benedictine Monastery School, which he escaped at the age of 16. He has been on the run ever since. As a jack-of-all-trades, his litany of previous occupations includes: a hotel porter, a chef, a bar manager at...