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Four exciting new books from Rockingham

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Four new poetry titles – just published – plus two non-fiction books. To purchase copies, go to – where you will find nearly all of our titles.


9781904851738A Shoal of Powan is a first collection by Andrew Geary.  The ‘powan’ of the title – a whitefish found notably in Loch Lomond – is a metaphor in his poem ‘Homing’ for two friends who are far from their origins, one with ‘Shannon freckles’, the other with ‘Ganges skin’.  “He peoples this selection of poems with the vulnerable and tragic, the displaced and dispossessed – entering and understanding his subjects’ emotions and feelings in a profound way … a collection I can thoroughly recommend” – Patrick Osada, SOUTH Poetry Magazine

Paperback      £9.99      ISBN 978-1-904851-738

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Sanctuary is Isabel Bermudez’s second collection, coming 9781904851745a year after her much acclaimed Small Disturbances.  Emma Lee described it as “a gentle, well-crafted collection that carries its weight very lightly” (London Grip 11).  And Dilys Wood wrote “the main drive here is exploring how metaphor – including landscape and birds often used with metaphorical purpose – can help clarify the subtle essence of relationships” (Artemis, 17)

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On and Off Parnassus is subtitled ‘a book of Oxleydotes’.  These are the memoirs and a9781904851721necdotes of poet and critic William Oxley, recalled from many years of labouring in the literary vineyard.  Many poetic funerals were attended – and readings, of course.  But there are surprises, as when Oxley found himself ‘sleeping with John Heath-Stubbs’ and when he was ‘blackmailed into fame’ as a local laureate. As Penelope Shuttle writes: “Poets are rare creatures, like unicorns, and William Oxley is the perfect curator for these fine beasts.”  “On and Off Parnassus” – observes Martyn Crucefix – “vividly evokes the eccentric pleasures and mortifications of a life well spent among the poets.”

Paperback      £14.99       ISBN 978-1-904851-721

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The Crocus King tells the story of one of the great gardeners of the Twentieth Century – E.A. Bowles or ‘Gussie’ as his friends and admirers called him.  The propagator of hundreds of plants still cherished today – particularly crocuses – he asked in his will that his garden at Myddelton House, Enfield, should remain as he left it in 1954.  But it is only recently that his wish has come true and his garden has been revitalised, due mainly to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  This expanded edition of the Bowles’ biography tells the story of the new and popular gardens – with a new Foreword by Gussie’s great-nephew, Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles.

Paperback      £9.99       ISBN 978-1-904851-707