Everybody knows about Charles Darwin, and many know about others in his family, from Erasmus Darwin and Tom Wedgwood, the first photographer, to composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and poet and radical John Cornford, the first Briton to be killed in the Spanish Civil War. But when Charles and Emma Darwin's great-great-granddaughter, another Emma Darwin, tried to root her new novel in that history, the conflict between her complex heritage, and her own identity as a writer, became a battle that nearly killed her. This is Not a Book About Charles Darwin takes the reader on a writer's journey through the Darwin-Wedgwood-Galton clan, as seen through the lens of Emma's struggle. Along the way, her wry, witty and honest memoir becomes a brave book about failure - and, above all, a book about writing and how stories are told. Richly illustrated with over 40 black and white images.
Maria Donovan is a prize-winning author known for her off-beat short fiction. Her first book was a collection of ultra-short stories, Tea for Mr Dead, followed by collected stories in Pumping Up Napoleon (Seren).
Her new book at the time of writing, The Chicken Soup Murder (Seren), is a psychological tale about a hidden murder and the loss of loved ones, told by a boy. It is her debut novel and was a finalist for the Dundee International Book Prize.
Drawn to flying by his memories of a World War II bomber pilot, his adventures spread from Belem to Berlin; Ramsgate to Rio and Tangier to Toronto. Inadvertently he became involved with the Mafia and aroused the wrath of the Libyans, when he rescued a beautiful blonde from Tripoli. So ‘fasten your seatbelt’ for this autobiography as you are taken on a rollercoaster ride of your emotions!
With Stand Up and Sock It to Them Sister, writer, actress and performer Gwenno Dafydd looks at the genesis of female comedy from the time of music hall and supper clubs in Victorian London through to the excitement and challenge of the international world of stand-up from Edinburgh to Cape Town to Mumbai to New York and Los Angeles before finally returning to the comedy clubs of London.
Meet Tom. Tom is a cabin boy on the pirate ship The Puffin and loves it very much. When Captain Cutlass Crank goes ashore on Pirate Island, he tells Tom to look after his favourite treasure…but when he returns, the treasure is missing! Very angry, the captain says that Tom must find his treasure – or stay behind on Pirate Island for good.
Tom asks his parents, his parrot, Giggles, and the crew too, but none know what has happened to the treasure. Determined to find it, Tom takes a boat and rows to lots and lots of strange islands searching for the treasure. Can the fire tigers help him? What about the jigsaw people or the fish under the waves? Will Tom ever find the treasure?