The story of a young vet learning his trade and discovering much about his own character along the way, The Vet: My Wild and Wonderful Friends is Luke Gamble?s touching hardback memoir. From his mixed practice in Dorset, Luke has to deal with the drama and heartache of the foot and mouth outbreak whilst being thrust straight from University into the difficult world of hostile farmers, biting squirrels and frog?s eyeballs. There is also a poignant account of his marathon attempt to win the heart of Cordeila ? the woman of his dreams ? as he embarks on a 152-mile run across the Sahara for charity.
A year after his experiences in the bestselling All Teachers Great and Small and after two years in his teaching job, Andy Seed returns to Craigthwaite Primary school brimming with confidence and looking forward to a year he believes will bring its own rewards. But he hasn't counted on Sheena, a nine-year-old with a permanent scowl, exploding piggy banks or bottle-rocket missiles. All Teachers Wise and Wonderful is the second in Andy's trilogy about life as a Yorkshire Dales teacher and is a warm, witty and refreshing memoir. A heart-warming read full of colourful anecdotes about school and village life.
The longest serving fireman on the watch in Shrewsbury, Malcolm Castle provides a funny, moving and gloriously nostalgic account of just how surprising a fireman's life can be in All Fired Up: Tales of a Country Fireman. When he was 18, Malcolm became a fireman and pictured himself rushing into burning buildings to save fair damsels in distress. Little did he know he would also be jumping into slurry pits to rescue cows and saving stuck sheepdogs from fence panels. Nothing about working for the fire service was quite what he expected and this warming hardback gives an intriguing portrait of both life in the service and rural Britain.
Northerners is a portrait of a no-nonsense people. It contains Sefton Samuels's stunning photography of everyday life in the north of England across the last four decades and features everything from the bleaker side of life with the riots in Moss Side through to legendary figures like Alan Bennett and Morrissey. This beautiful hardback shows that beyond the cliches of Northern life lies an altogether different portrait. The Guardian has described this book as "the photographic equivalent of Ken Loach" and it is sure to take pride of place on anyone who loves the North's bookshelf!
Written by Nanny Pat, the star of ITV2's The Only Way is Essex, Penny Sweets and Cobbled Streets: My East End Childhood vividly captures a lost way of life as she looks back over her colourful youth. Nanny Pat has always been at the heart of her family and her children and grandchildren still regularly pitch up at her house for a cup of tea, her famous sausage plait and some wise advice. Now, with her trademark warmth and humour, she evokes the East End of her childhood. With great character and wonderful anecdotes, this delightful memoir vividly captures a lost way of life and will appeal to any fans of TOWIE and the book even includes a recipe for Jellied Eels!
Described as a cross between All Creatures Great and Small and Lovejoy, the entertaining books in the Tales from the Dales set tell the story of Max and Vicky Hardcastle. Having always dreamed of moving their antiques business to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, they soon become the proud owners of a collection of ramshackle buildings and the newest members of a close-knit and eccentric community in the area. From the antics of the antiques trade to the uproarious incidents of village life, it turns out rural living isn't quite as tranquil as the married couple had imagined and hoped!
The story of her childhood on the road as a part of the travelling community, Rosie McKinley?s Gypsy Girl is a moving and eye-opening memoir that sheds new light on the real lives of the Irish gypsies that roam Britain. A heart-breaking family tale, this hardback edition of McKinley?s story tells of her hardships as she dealt with the upheaval of being constantly uprooted as a child. Tragedy and family struggles punctuate this remarkable book that is a far cry from the recent portrayal of gypsy communities in the media.
Packed with Steve Haywood's inimitable humour, the Narrowboat Dreams set is a fantastic collection for anyone who loves life on the waterways. With generous helpings of mayhem, mishaps and torrential rain, the trio of narrowboat tales see the Canal Boat magazine writer and author take the reader with him as he attempts to outwit a mid-life crisis, try to redefine himself alongside the magic of England's appealing waterways and also take on board a new member of crew to his narrowboat - a cat called Kit, who seems intent on causing trouble!
Growing up in rural Yorkshire in the 1940s and 50s, Terry Wilson spent his days 'out-fishing' the adults with his home-made rod, grouse-beating for the lady of the manor and helping to bring in the farmers hay in exchange for rabbit shooting rights. A Boy's Own Dale is told with affection, dry humour and a respect for the landscape and its people, and through Terry's eyes we meet farmers, mill owners and 'gentlemen of the road' in this beautifully illustrated tale of a long-lost world.
Mike Pannett used to work the beat in Central London tackling drugs and knife crime, so when he moved back to Yorkshire he was hoping for a quieter life. But it seems the moors and villages of his native county aren't as sleepy as he once thought... The third book in this successful series combines a fascinating insight into modern policing methods with wonderful tales of Yorkshire folk.
After cutting his teeth as a vet in the West Country, Luke Gamble now has to see if he can stand on his own two feet. Wild stallions, drowning cows and constipated snakes aside, his challenges have only just begun. Luke was described by the actor Martin Clunes as: "Like Dr Dootlittle but real", and The Vet: The Big Wild World is a hardback that tells how he is marrying the girl of his dreams while also attempting to launch his own practice. On top of this, he's also managing an international veterinary charity! Packed with startling true stories, you will have so much admiration for Luke as he swaps the familiar farms for the refugee camps of Africa, all as part of his idealistic quest to make a difference to the lives of animals!
Stolen: Escape from Syria describes how, as one of the worst civil wars in Syria's history raged throughout the country, Louise Monaghan walked across a heavily guarded border to save her six-year-old child from the father who had so callously kidnapped her. She encountered captivity, beatings and cruelty beyond belief along the way, but miraculously both Louise and her little girl escaped. Their journey back, led by illegal people-smugglers, took them through bomb attacks and sniper fire and is actually a miracle in itself. This emotional read is a breathtaking true story about survival.
A Spoonful of Sugar is a heart-warming memoir from 91-year-old Brenda Ashford as she looks back over the 62 years of her life she spent working as a Norland Nanny. As a young trainee at the outbreak of World War II, Brenda worked with poverty-stricken evacuees from London's East End as well as in the nurseries of smart Kensington homes. She also frequently put her life at risk and made a number of sacrifices for the children she loved so much. Throughout the course of her career, she looked after over 100 children and this book shows how much she cared for every single one of them. Warm, funny and moving, this is a true story that brings to life the colourful world of wartime England.