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Sylvia Pankhurst: The Rebellious Suffragette – Shirley Harrison, Foreword by Professor Richard Pankhurst

ISBN: 978-178095-018-1

£17.99, biography, Suffragettes, Pankhursts, women’s history, political history

Sylvia Pankhurst was the daughter of renowned Suffragette, Emmeline Pankhurst, and the sister of Christabel but her passion against oppression was not just limited to the cause of Votes for Women. She fought for better rights for India and helped Ethiopia gain independence. Her ability to attract interest in events and issues was so strong that Hitler placed her on an arrest list should he invade England whilst Mussolini viewed her as a threat. She argued with Lenin who decreed that ‘Comrade Sylvia Pankhurst’s policy... was wrong’ and George Bernard Shaw called her the ‘queerest idiot genius of this age’, whilst she shared poetry and politics with her lover, Keir Hardie. Few women had such an impact as the rebellious Suffragette but, as Shirley Harrison’s fascinating study shows, although surrounded by famous names, she did not have an easy family life following the death of her beloved father, Dr Richard Marsden Pankhurst. Her own mother denounced her as a ‘scarlet woman’ when she became pregnant out of wedlock to the Italian revolutionary, Silvio Corio.

Their son, Professor Richard Pankhurst, has written the foreword for this authorised biography, explaining Sylvia’s impact on the world which saw her honoured with a state funeral in Ethiopia. There are plans to erect a statue of Sylvia opposite the Houses of Parliament where she fought so hard for women to have the right to vote.

Sylvia Pankhurst and the Suffragettes left a lasting legacy which was celebrated in the Opening Ceremony of The Olympics. The granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Sylvia were interviewed on the BBC during the ceremony and are featured in this must-read biography about the woman known as the 'best of the Pankhursts' (Fenner Brockway).

Diligent biography of Sylvia’ Daily Mail

'Her depiction of the lonely Sylvia... is an absorbing one' The Independent on Sunday

‘A riveting story’ The Lady

'A skilfully balanced and very readable narrative' The BookBag

Sylvia Pankhurst’s granddaughter and great-granddaughter, as featured in this book, were interviewed at the Opening Ceremony of The London 2012 Olympics

Follow Sylvia Pankhurst on Twitter – @SylviaPankhurs1

What to Do When You Win the Lottery – Cathy Bussey

ISBN: 978-178095-001-3

£14.99, non-fiction


We all dream about winning the lottery but have you ever thought about what happens next? Journalist, Cathy Bussey guides you through the process from claiming, investing and spending your winnings to avoiding the pitfalls, including lost tickets and coping with your sudden popularity! She explains how syndicate members can protect themselves, the importance of writing a will, whether to quit your job and the pros and cons of going public. Cathy reveals how to ensure a lottery win will only change your life for the better – if you even want it to change at all.

Full of stories of winners – the highs and the lows – and a handy listing of exactly what you can do with winnings from £250,000 to an eye-watering £300 million, this fact-filled book can save you a fortune – and show you just how to spend it!

Did you know?

• 20 million could help you become a near-neighbour of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

• £100 million would buy you your very own country, Sealand

• It takes about two years for the big lottery winners to be at the ‘happily ever after stage’, although this essential book could speed up the process

• Syndicates can be liable to pay tax without the right paperwork in place

  1. In a strange twist of fate, single people who win the lottery often find love at the same time

There's a lot more to the book than just what to do when you've won. It’s readable and entertaining’
The Bookbag

The Classic Guide to Famous Assassinations – Sarah Herman

ISBN: 978-178095-014-3

£9.99, history

The first in the Classic Guides series with its user-friendly format, full of fascinating information – including which US President died because of dirty hands and a metal detector. Discover more about the famous assassinations in history from familial betrayal to power-lust and death by umbrella and sushi.

A must-read guide to some of the most famous and, frankly, bizarre assassinations ever, with a few conspiracy theories on the side.

The next book in the series is The Classic Guide to King Arthur by Dr Keith Souter.

‘Fascinating insight into the assassinations of many famous victims... I really enjoyed Herman's crisp, clear writing style and the relatively short length of each section makes it easy to dip into – although it's hard to put down! This is highly recommended and I love the format; I'm definitely looking forward to reading more in the series’ The Bookbag

The Classic Guide to King Arthur – Dr Keith Souter

ISBN: 978-178095-006-8

£9.99, history/legend

The second in the Classic Guides series is full of fascinating facts about the main Arthurian legends, its characters and the symbolism of the legend throughout the ages, including a belief during the War that King Arthur would return to defend Britain in its hour of need.

It examines the role of Camelot, Excalibur and Merlin, together with the morally confusing Age of Chivalry and the representation of the Grail. The chapter ‘Who, What, Where and When in Arthur’s Realm’ explores different aspects of the legend, including the characters and locations from the tales - such as the castles and magical weapons from the stories.  Dr Keith Souter, also investigates the stories of King Arthur and his knights in literature, art, film and TV and why we’re still captivated by the centuries’ old legend.

Other books in the series include The Classic Guide to Famous Assassinations by Sarah Herman.

Click here for a book trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JJFRmgHVPA&feature=youtu.be

Did you know....?

*King Arthur and Guinevere’s graves were found by monks in Glastonbury in 1191 – Guinevere’s blonde hair was still there...

*The legend of King Arthur has been used as propaganda by landowners and politicians including the Norman invaders and John F. Kennedy with his American Camelot – the comparison with the classic court first being made by Jackie Kennedy

*Sir Gawain’s mighty steed was called Gringalet – which sounds like something out of Harry Potter!

  1. *Lancelot’s main castle was called Castle Joyous Gard – believed to be either Alnwick or Bamborough Castles

  2. *King Arthur’s sword was called Excalibur – and his spear was known as Ron

Dr Keith Souter is a prolific, award-winning author, writing both fiction and non-fiction, and his first children’s historical novel, The Curse of the Body Snatchers, was published by our G-Press Fiction imprint.

‘An impressive addition to the Arthurian cornucopia.’ Evergreen Magazine

‘Keith Souter's book is a treasure trove for aficionados of everything Arthurian. A book to dip into and savour’ Parenting without Tears

‘This is a comprehensive guide to the Arthurian legend... a real boon to anyone looking to find the basics about characters or places’ The Bookbag

Prisoner of War Camps in Britain During the Second World War – Jon and Diane Sutherland

ISBN: 978-178095-013-6

£16.99, military history

At the beginning of the Second World War, there were two Prisoner of War camps in Britain. By the time the War ended, there were over 600. This book explores the role of the camps, their prisoners and workers, together with their impact on the local community. It reveals why locations were chosen and how they were turned into prisons for the enemy. Discover just who got locked up, where and why – including a famous footballer and an artist, as well as determined escapees.

You’ll discover the people behind the names and their stories, including how some fell in love, either with local girls or their new country and stayed after the war, integrating into their former enemies’ community. It’s a fascinating study of a story rarely told and will also compare the treatment of PoWs in Britain to that of British PoWs overseas.

This is the first in the War in Britain Series for Golden Guides Press and will be followed by Military Airfields in Britain During the Second World War by Jon and Diane Sutherland.

'Fills a gap in the history of the Second World War' Yorkshire Gazette and Herald

Military Airfields in Britain During the Second World War – Jon and Diane Sutherland

ISBN: 978-178095-017-4

£17.99, military history

A fascinating study of the military airfields in Britain during the Second World War which focuses on their location, the international pilots and crews who served there, as well as the civilians, the planes they flew and the stories of what happened there.

Did you know?

•There is a memorial at the site of the Woolston aircraft factory, which was involved in the development of the Supermarine Spitfire, to R.J. Mitchell who designed the Spitfire

•Stanley Park is now part of Blackpool Zoo and one of the old aircraft buildings is now the elephant house

•The ‘Carpetbaggers’ (801st Bombardment Group, Provisional), part of the USAAF Mighty Eighth, were based at Harrington Airfield, near Kettering

•Both Group Captain Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire, VC OM DSO DFC, the famous bomber pilot, and Clark Gable served at RAF Marston Moor

•The TV presenter, Hughie Green, was a ferry pilot based at Largs. His logbook is one of the artefacts held at St Columba’s Parish Church

•Comedian Frank Muir was assigned to the No 1 Parachute Training School at Ringway. As well as taking slow-motion film of the parachute drops, he took photographs of SOE agents for their faked identity cards

•People would sit on the tails of the planes to prevent them from overturning on grass fields. One pilot forgot that WAAF Margaret Horton was on the tail of his Spitfire – and took off

•Oberleutnant Franz von Werra, an escaped German prisoner of war, tried to steal an aircraft from Hucknall in December 1940. He pretended to be a Dutch pilot

This is the second in the War in Britain Series. The first was Prisoner of War Camps in Britain During the Second World War, also by Jon & Diane Sutherland.

Award-winning authors, Jon and Diane Sutherland, are renowned military historians and have written over 200 books. Their titles have won the New York Libraries Best of Reference, Booklists Editor’s Choice and the Portsmouth Book Award and have been published in numerous countries including China, Russia, France and Italy. This is the second book for Golden Guides Press by the Norfolk-based authors.

Death and Destruction on the Thames in London – Anthony Galvin

ISBN: 978-178095-007-5

£12.99, London history, true crime, history

The history of the Thames in London is full of death and destruction, not just of people but the buildings along its banks and the bridges that span its murky depths which hide drownings, suicide and murder – including with a poisoned umbrella. This fascinating book tells the story of those who sailed to their doom, whether on infamous shipwrecks such as the Princess Alice or after travelling through Traitors’ Gate to their execution like Anne Boleyn. It records the destruction of buildings through fires, bombs or collapse and also reveals the changes to the Thames’ banks which saw an end to Frost Fairs and elephants walking across its thick ice…

As well as the notable and bizarre deaths, the murders and executions, the book explores the positive life-saving methods in place, including the Thames Barrier.

Did you know?

•The lights on London Bridge were made from cannons captured from Napoleon’s fleet

•The Thames has been in the path of some of the most destructive fires in history, including the Great Fire of 1666 and the burning of Parliament in 1834

•650 people died when the Princess Alice sank on a pleasure cruise – Britain’s largest peacetime loss of life

•The many ghosts along the Thames include an executed baby farmer and Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s most notorious wife

•The polluted Thames has been beset by smells including The Great Stink of 1858, and The Big Smoke of 1952 which saw thousands die in the worst smog ever recorded in London

•Prisoners who were hanged at Execution Dock were taken to the pub first – a drunk man was less likely to struggle…

This is the first in the Death and Destruction series.

Renowned crime author and journalist, Anthony Galvin, is descended from ‘the funniest man alive’, London music hall comedian Dan Leno, and also the world’s first Panto Dame. As well as being a best-selling author and record-winning public speaker, he is a magician and stage hypnotist and works around the world, including Lapland. Anthony is spellbound by the dark stories of the Thames in London and was inspired by Charles Dickens’ tales of the murderous element who haunted the banks of the great river to catch the unwary. It led to him discovering the real stories behind the tales – and they’re even more dramatic (and gruesome) than fiction.

How to Write and Publish Non-fiction

ISBN: 978-178095-009-9

£16.99, writing guide, non-fiction writing, writing study guide, publishing guide

USP – Written by Fiona Shoop:

  1. Publisher

  2. Commissioning editor

  3. Best-selling author

  4. Lecturer in Non-fiction and Publishing

  5. Former library Reader Outreach Worker

  6. Book reviewer, columnist and former magazine editor

Using her years of experience as a commissioning editor, publisher, non-fiction lecturer, book reviewer and best-selling non-fiction author, Fiona Shoop, shares her unique knowledge of the publishing world and helps you avoid the common mistakes most authors make when trying to get published.

She’ll help you to understand exactly what publishers and agents want to see and what they really mean when they contact you. Discover which words you need to use (or avoid) to get a book deal – and what you must do if you want your book to succeed. She reveals the secrets of publishing through entertaining and informative anecdotes, as well as practical advice and top tips. This must-read book will appeal to everyone who wants to be a published author or self-publish successfully.


  1. How your covering letter could make – or lose – you a book deal

  2. How to find the right agent or publisher for your market

  3. The secrets of writing, researching and structuring best-selling books and eBooks

  4. How to avoid copyright and libel issues

  5. The right way to submit your book, including software and fonts

  6. How to turn a rejection into a future book deal

  7. What to look for in a book contract

  8. Where to source images for your title

  9. Tips on self-marketing – whether you’re a traditionally or self-published author

Commissioning editor and best-selling author, Fiona Shoop, has commissioned over 120 books. The former TV presenter and regular radio expert runs a publishing group, and teaches non-fiction writing at Sussex Downs College. She’s also the publisher at Golden Guides Press. This gives her a unique understanding of the publishing process which she’s sharing in this invaluable book. Fiona is a columnist for The Lady and lives in East Sussex with her two chocolate Dobermans who were a present from one of her authors.

‘This book is undoubtedly one of the best you will find in its category... What is so impressive is the breadth and depth of How to Write and Publish Non-Fiction plus its readability.’ Anne Coates,  Writer’s Block

London Gin: The Gin Craze

ISBN: 978-178095-008-2

£17.99, Gin, food & drink, drink history, London history, spirits

Did you know that London Gin is a style of gin and doesn’t just mean gin made in London?

Have you ever wondered why London has been the location of choice for so many gin distilleries, right up to the present day? Or why some gin made in other countries is known as London Dry Gin?

This spirited book will reveal why London has been so important to gin makers for centuries and why, in the Eighteenth Century, the popular drink sparked riots. At the time, Parliament believed gin was so central to the nation’s problems with alcohol and vice that it passed five different Acts. Even now, you’re not allowed to distil your own gin.

This book isn’t just a history of gin in London and the London style of gin but contains often startling facts about the recently revived favourite. London gins are proving a tonic to the drinks’ market!

Gintriguing facts...

• London Gin is a type of gin which is made around the world, not just in London

• Gin might have been dubbed ‘Mother’s Ruin’ in the past but, in more recent years, it’s been claimed as a remedy for arthritis

• The term ‘Dutch courage’ originated when soldiers would drink what was then known as Dutch gin before going into battle

• Plymouth Gin was specified in the earliest-documented recipe for a Dry Martini in 1896

• Add a shot of London Gin to a pint of ale or stout to create a Dog’s Nose cocktail

• In 1837, Mr Gordon provided six bottles of Champagne to celebrate the engagement of his daughter to Mr Edward Tanqueray

• In the late-Eighteenth Century, Sir Robert Burnett, founder of Burnett’s White Satin Gin, kept 2,000 pigs at the Vauxhall distillery and fed them the waste grain from the distilling process

Thea Bennett has written novels based on the TV series, A Little Silver Trumpet and The Gemini Factor, amongst other books, and has also worked as a researcher. Sloe gin-making Thea is an accomplished actress and has worked with Stephen Poliakoff. She has appeared on EastEnders and other popular TV series – and even created her own gin while writing this book.

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