the sundial press, sherborne dorset, sherborne publisher

An independent publishing house founded ten years ago THE SUNDIAL PRESS has an established UK and International customer base. Dedicated to introducing distinctive literature to a discerning readership, we both liberate works long out of print and publish original new work by contemporary authors. Unlike many small presses who focus on a niche genre our list is somewhat eclectic.  Please browse the website at your leisure. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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WOODFORDE





AUGUST 2018



Greetings!


All overseas orders are dispatched by AIRMAIL

Announcing the August publication of the long awaited and keenly anticipated


h a manhood, life be still, mark valentine, sundial press, harold alfred manhood
christopher woodforde, a pad in the straw, sundial supernatural christopher woodforde, a pad in the straw, sundial press

LIFE, BE STILL!

And Other Stories

by H. A. MANHOOD

with an Introduction by

Mark Valentine




A PAD IN THE STRAW

by CHRISTOPHER WOODFORDE

with a Preface by

Giles Woodforde



COMING SOON:




tim blanchard, powysland, the discovery of john cowper powys, sundial press peter tait, the well-beloved, sundial press
flora mayor, the room opposite, the sundial press w j wintle, ghost gleams
POWYSLAND
The Discovery of
John Cowper Powys
by Tim BLANCHARD
THE WELL-BELOVED
The Women in Thomas Hardy’s
Life And Fiction
by PETER TAIT

THE ROOM OPPOSITE
Flora Mayor

Intro by Richard Dalby
GHOST GLEAMS
W.J. Wintle
Intro by Richard Dalby


















'Stories that are strange, fantastical — and utterly engrossing'

Two of Sundial’s supernatural titles were reviewed by Michael Dirda

in THE WASHINGTON POST (25 April 2018)


'A somewhat younger contemporary of Machen, Richmal Crompton — still revered for her “Just William” children’s books — was also the author of the scarce and much sought-after Mist and Other Ghost Stories, now reissued by the Sundial Press.'

'Until From Another World and Other Ghost Stories (Sundial Press), Timperley’s work could only be found in scattered anthologies, even though Roald Dahl chose two of her ghostly tales as being among the 14 best in English. Read “Harry”— about a little girl’s seemingly imaginary playmate — to see how terrific Timperley is.'








FROM ANOTHER WORLD And Other Ghost Stories by ROSEMARY TIMPERLEY
New Edition

rosemary timperley, from another world, the sundial press

Rosemary Timperley
FROM ANOTHER WORLD And Other Ghost Stories jacket

Price: 17.50 | Hardback | ISBN-13: 978-1-908274-28-1| Dimensions: 210 148 mm | 294pp

Rosemary Timperley published over sixty novels and successfully authored radio and television scripts for broadcast and dramatisation. She also contributed several hundred short stories to magazines such as Reveille and the London Mystery Selection while numerous others regularly featured in the Evening Standard and the London Evening News.
Eloquent in a range of genres, a recurring theme in Timperley’s work is the supernatural which she employed deftly and explored imaginatively. Increasingly, her ghost stories appeared in various anthologies eventually leading to her being invited to edit several volumes of the Ghost Book series. 
Long overdue and keenly anticipated, this is surprisingly the first single volume anthology of Timperley’s supernatural short stories to be published.

 
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Pages from the bound proof copy of
FROM ANOTHER WORLD.
The first copies relaesed from their box and onto the shelf for despatch.
June 2016: reviewed.
Pages from the bound proof copy of
FROM ANOTHER WORLD.



Always a very rare book, and virtually unotainable for decades, Richmal Crompton’s sole collection of supernatural tales emerges from the mist.
       MIST And Other Ghost Stories by RICHMAL CROMPTON
richmal crompton,  mist and other ghost, sundial supernatural, the sundial press
Review


Richmal Crompton (1890-1969) has always been best known for many entertaining stories about the mischievous schoolboy William Brown, widely recognised as one of the most popular fictional characters in English literature.

Many of her fifty books for adults (forty-one novels and nine short story collections) have been unjustly neglected in recent years, none more so than MIST (1928), her only collection of thirteen occult tales and ghost stories, always a very rare book and virtually unobtainable for decades.

The author had a life-long interest in the supernatural, mysticism and reincarnation, which are all reflected in these memorable tales, now reprinted for the first time since their original publication.



Crompton seems to have felt her William stories to have been potboilers – boiling 12million copies in the UK alone – and preferred to be judged by her books for adults. These included THE HOUSE, a novel about a haunted mansion, and a collection of ghost stories called MIST which went through a single edition in 1929 and has become impossibly rare on the second-hand market. Now the small Sundial Press . . . is bringing it back to life (Mist and Other Ghost Stories). — The Daily Telegraph

" . . . a welcome reminder of the golden age of the ghost story." Peter Bell in A Ghostly Company (Newsletter 52) Read the review here

If the content appears over-familiar in 2015, derivative they are not. . . . Those presuming her out-of-date should take a second look.
— The Pan Review


Mist and other stories (1928) by Richmal Crompton . . . was published last year in a nice (limited) edition by Sundial Press, in a series called Sundial Supernatural. I’ve been aware of this collection for many years, but it was virtually unobtainable – so this reprint is very welcome. Stuck in a Book (2016)


richmal crompton,  mist and other ghost, sundial supernatural, the sundial press

“Here many strange happenings are related and curious viewpoints expressed. We find the old god Pan playing his part—and pipes—in modern conditions, and we read of the rather vulgar young Miss who loved Apollo. There is the mysterious cottage and the gypsy woman, both of whom had long since passed, the one into ruins and the other into oblivion; and many other stories of equally startling composition.”






a n l munby the alabaster hand, the sundial press
richmal crompton,  mist and other ghost, the sundial press, sundial supernatural

w j wintle ghost gleams, the sundial press
THE ALABASTER HAND
A.N.L. Munby

MIST
Richmal Crompton

GHOST GLEAMS
W.J. Wintle





david garnett, the sailor's return, the sundial press

t. f. powys, unclay, john gray, east chaldon, chaldon herring, sundial press,
t f powys, throdore powys, kindness in a corner, sundial press, glen cavaliero
THE SAILOR'S RETURN
David Garnett

UNCLAY
T.F. Powys

KINDNESS IN A CORNER
T.F. Powys





alyse gregory, she shall have music, the sundial press

alyse gregory, king log and lady lea, llewelyn powys, the sundial press
alyse gregory, hester craddock, the sundial press
SHE SHALL HAVE MUSIC
Alyse Gregory


KING LOG AND LADY LEA
Alyse Gregory

HESTER CRADDOCK
Alyse Gregory





philippa powys, sorrel barn, the tragedy of budvale, katie powys, the sundial press, chaldon herring, east chaldon
philippa powys the blackthorn winter, the sundial press
gamel woolsey, patterns on the sand, barbara ozieblo, south carolina, sundial press, east chaldon, chaldon herring
SORREL BARN and BUDVALE
Philippa Powys

THE BLACKTHORN WINTER
Philippa Powys

PATTERNS ON THE SAND
Gamel Woolsey





 llewelyn pwys, still blue beauty, sundial press

llewelyn powys durdle door to dartmoor, the sundial press

llewelyn powys, yuletide essays, the sundial press
STILL BLUE BEAUTY
WESSEX ESSAYS
Llewelyn Powys

DURDLE DOOR TO DARTMOOR
WESSEX ESSAYS
Llewelyn Powys

CHRISTMAS LORE AND LEGEND
YULETIDE ESSAYS
Llewelyn Powys





elizabeth myers twenty-three tales

forrest reid, demophon


phyllis paul, a cage for the nightingale, glen cavaliero, the sundial press
TWENTY-THREE TALES
Elizabeth Myers
Paperback

DEMOPHON
A Traveller's Tale
FORREST REID

A CAGE FOR THE NIGHTINGALE
Phyllis Paul
Last few copies





the joy of it, littleton powys, the sundial press, sherborne school
florence mistress of max gate, peter tait, the sundial press

emma wessex of wessex girl, peter tait

THE JOY OF IT
Littleton Powys

FLORENCE
Mistress of Max Gate
Peter Tait

EMMA
West of Wessex Girl
Peter Tait





roger norman, albion's dream, the sundial press
roger norman, red die, the sundial press, cerne abbas, sherborne
roger norman, shadowborne, sherborne, the sundial press
ALBION'S DREAM
Roger Norman

RED DIE
Roger Norman

SHADOWBORNE
Roger Norman







david mcgowan, the myths of time, sundial supernatural
THE MYTHS OF TIME
Twilight Tales
 by David McGOWAN



      Three Forthcoming Powys titles:



t f powys, the complete fables, sundial press, ali shaw
COMPLETE FABLES
T.F. POWYS
  2018

john cowper powys, a philosophy of solitude
A PHILOSOPY OF SOLITUDE
John Cowper Powys
2018
llewelyn powys, impassioned clay
IMPASSIONED CLAY
Llewelyn POWYS
  2018





“No sight is more provocative of awe than is the night sky.”


SHERBORNE

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We are based in the beautiful historic town of Sherborne with a fine abbey, two castles plus annual music and literary festivals . . . and two bookshops!
[Above: Sherborne Abbey.]

Central Sherborne, Dorset
M. G. Rendell
The Pitman Art Collection,
 Sherborne Museum
The Sherborne Mural situated in the Old Market Car Park in the centre of the Town.
End panel featuring Alan Turing - Sherbone schoolboy, computer scientist and Enigma code breaker.
The mural was mounted in June 2015.





THE
SHERBORNE SHORT STORY
Competition 2017
sherborne short story competition, judith spelman, helen stickland, frank kibblewhite, the sundial press


The competition is now closed.
Thank you to all who entered
sherborne short story competition
SINGULAR VOICES | PAINTING WORDS
will be published soon in tandem with the launch of the
SHERBORNE SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2018

(Publication unavoidably delayed. Full details will be announced soon)









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THE WELL-BELOVED
The Women in Thomas Hardy’s Life And Fiction
by PETER TAIT

Publication: 2018


Peter Tait was  a speaker at the 2017 Mere Literary Festival
on The Women in Thomas Hardy's Life And Fiction
His talk proved the most popular event of the festival week!


Details of other events will be posted here when finalised


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A full house for Peter Tait at the MERE LITERARY FESTIVAL 13 Oct 2017


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sherborne short story competition, the sundial press






THE FOX'S LAMENT
And Other Stories

by Adrienne Howell


adrienne howell, the fox's lament, mere, the sundial press

Publication date: October 2018



SUNDIAL HOUSE PRESS

david forsyth, gas masks, galaxies and time, sundial house press

GAS MASKS GALAXIES And TIME

by David  Forsyth
Paperback
ISBN 978-1-908274-47-2

david tipping, geraldine and other stories, david guy tipping, sherborne
GERALDINE And Other Stories
David Tipping
Paperback
ISBN 978-1-908274-47-2

david forsyth a double romance, sundial house press, sherborne
A DOUBLE ROMANCE
A novel by David Forsyth
Paperback
ISBN to be announced
(July 2018)

david tipping, like father like son, sherborne
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON
David Tipping

david forsyth, a seat on the sand, sundial press, sherborne
A SEAT ON THE SAND
Ten stories by David Forsyth
(July 2018)



brenda parker the cilento dove
THE CILENTO DOVE
by Brenda Parker
Paperback
ISBN 978-1-908274-25-0









frank kibblewhite on his 66th birthday! (14 Sept 2017) sherborne short story competition, the sundial press

Frank on his 66th birthday.
The nearest he's got, so far, to taking a selfie!
Fiona
responsible for general secretarial duties.







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