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Latest books from our local and regional authors

A Million Dreams By Dani Atkins Published by: Head of Zeus Out now The story tracks Beth Brandon and Izzy Vaughan and their mutual families, through love and friendship. Both must make heart-wrenching decisions that will affect the rest of their adult lives. A superb read that will grip you from the first page! Dani […]

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Covid-19 Inspired Creative Writing

Berkhamsted-based Michelle Stevens tells us how and why she and old school friend Clair Whitefield set up a website to showcase creative writing inspired by Covid-19 and lockdown. Due to the global Coronavirus pandemic, we have all been living through challenging times. Lockdown, the impact of Covid-19, and the new ‘normal’ that we find ourselves […]

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The Best Summer Reads by Local Authors

You may not be sitting by the pool this summer, but it’s the perfect time to relax in your garden with a good book. Here’s our pick of some of the best books from our super-talented local authors – plus, the chance to win signed copies of them all! The Mother’s Secret By Clare Swatman, […]

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Book Reviews Spring 2020

The Little Village Library By Helen Rolfe Orion, £7.99 Release date 6 February 2020 When Jennifer opens the Library of Shared Things, she hopes it will bring her little town of Cloverdale closer together. When her younger sister Isla moves back home and single dad Adam agrees to run a mending workshop, friendships start to […]

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Book Reviews Winter 2019

Unfortunately we just won’t have space within the Winter issue of the magazines to include our normal books feature, so here it is online instead! The Vanished Bride By Bella Ellis Published by Hodder and Stoughton, £4.99 Kindle, £14.99 hardback Bella Ellis is the non-secret pseudonym adopted by our very own Rowan Coleman for her […]

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McFinnia

McFinnia By Pam Howard £6.99 This is local author Pam’s third novel in the series; McDragon came first, followed by Effel. While on a school trip to Wales, Peter and his sidekick Biffy come across a red Welsh dragon who desperately needs their help to hide from an evil witch’s flying gargoyles. Their journey takes […]

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Monique

Monique By Mike Walsham £12.99 paperback, £3.50 Kindle. Austin Macauley Mike Walsham lives in Ringshall, Little Gaddesden, and this is his first historical fiction novel. Set in WW2, it tells the story of Andrew, who joined the British Secret Service and got involved in a daring raid in enemy territory in France. It’s a compelling […]

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Impossible Causes

Impossible Causes By Julie Mayhew £12.99 hardback, Bloomsbury Press Release date: 17 October 2019 Another Berkhamsted author, this is Julie’s first foray into adult fiction, having previously written several wonderful books for young adults. Never one to shy away from a controversial subject, this time Julie turns her attention to the deeply religious inhabitants of […]

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The Girl at the Window

The Girl at the Window By Rowan Coleman £7.99 paperback and eBook, Ebury Press. I love Rowan’s writing, and I know she has a real interest in the Brontes – so this story, based in the place where the Bronte sisters wrote and set their novels, sounded amazing. It’s both a ghost story and a […]

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The Northern Lights Lodge

The Northern Lights Lodge By Julie Caplin £7.09 paperback, Harper Impulse. A brand new book from Tring author Julie Caplin. With a shattered heart and her career in tatters, Lucy needs to get away from her life in the UK. But when she takes a job as hotel manager of the Northern Lights Lodge in […]

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Stand Tall Like a Mountain

Stand Tall Like a Mountain: Mindfulness and Self-Care for Children and Parents By Suzy Reading £12.99 Aster. This is local author Suzy’s second book, which aims to help parents empower their children to: learn tools for dealing with everyday emotions; express how they’re feeling; and learn about their bodies and minds, along with some easy […]

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Our Life in a Day

Our Life in a Day By Jamie Fewery £7.99 Orion. This is a debut from Berkhamsted author Jamie – and it’s a corker! It’s a love story with a difference. On their 10th anniversary, Esme asks Tom to come up with significant moments in their relationship for every hour of the day. Although these moments […]