the sundial press, sherborne dorset, sherborne publisher

An independent publishing house founded fourteen 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. 
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WOODFORDE


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phyllis paul, a cage for the nightingale, the sundial press, glen cavaliero
phyllis paul, pulled down, the sundial press


A CAGE FOR THE NIGHTINGALE
by Phyllis Paul

PULLED DOWN
by Phyllis Paul








THE ALABASTER HAND

anl munby, the alabaster hand, the sundial press

"The one writer who comes closest to inheriting the mantle of M.R. James."

The hardback edition has completely sold out.
The softback edition will be available soon.


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PATCHIN PLACE


raymond crozier, patchin place, the sundial press








christopher woodforde, a pad in the straw, sundial press w j wintle, ghost gleams, sundial supernatural     richmal crompton,  mist and other ghost, sundial supernatural, the sundial press

h a manhood, life be still, mark valentine, sundial press, harold alfred manhood
A PAD IN THE STRAW
Woodforde
GHOST GLEAMS
Wintle

MIST
Crompton
LIFE, BE STILL
Manhood








sheila rainey, innocents in london, sundial press
INNOCENTS IN LONDON
by Sheila Rainey


beyond mortal bounds
BEYOND MORTAL BOUNDS
by Gina Easton



phyllis paul, a cage for the nightingale, the sundial press, glen cavaliero
A CAGE FOR THE NIGHTINGALE
by Phyllis Paul
 phyllis paul, pulled down, the sundial press
PULLED DOWN
by Phyllis Paul








The Greatest overlooked Novelist of the 20th century?



tim blanchard, powysland, the discovery of john cowper powys, sundial press tim blanchard, powysland, the discovery of john cowper powys, sundial press, sherborne publisher

tim blanchard, powysland, the discovery of john cowper powys, sundial press




POWYSLAND
The Discovery of John Cowper Powys
by Tim BLANCHARD
















Launched at The Mere Literary Festival


A few signed copies available
adrienne howell, the fox's lament, mere, sundial press
adrienne howell, the fox's lament, mere, the sundial press


THE FOX's LAMENT
Nineteen stories
by Adrienne HOWELL











The long-awaited and keenly-anticipated:






h a manhood, life be still, mark valentine, sundial press, harold alfred manhood
h a manhood, life be still, mark valentine, sundial press, harold alfred manhood


LIFE, BE STILL!

And Other Stories

by H. A. MANHOOD


with an Introduction by

Mark Valentine


H. A. MANHOOD
My greatest personal discovery since Lovecraft and Aickman.”















Following the hardback, the paperback edition of:


A PAD IN THE STRAW

Twenty Supernatural Tales

by CHRISTOPHER WOODFORDE


with a Preface by

Giles Woodforde
christopher woodforde, a pad in the straw, sundial supernatural christopher woodforde, a pad in the straw, sundial press


Christopher WOODFORDE














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

Two of Sundial’s supernatural titles were reviewed by Michael Dirda
in THE WASHINGTON POST


'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.'




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, sundial press, east chaldon, chaldon herring
t. f. powys, kindness in a corner, theodore powys, east chaldon
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






alyse gregory, she shall have music, sundial press






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

“Moonbeams on the dewy wet roofs gave a blue eerie light of the consistency of sea-shells, looking as if it could be scraped off with a knife.”
Elizabeth Myers
elizabeth myers, mrs christopher, the sundial press, sherborne


forrest reid, demophon

TWENTY-THREE TALES
Elizabeth Myers
Paperback

MRS CHRISTOPHER
Elizabeth Myers

DEMOPHON
A Traveller's Tale
FORREST REID





the joy of it, littleton powys, the sundial press, sherborne school
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peter tait, emma a woman betrayed, emma gifford

THE JOY OF IT
Littleton Powys

FLORENCE
Mistress of Max Gate
Peter Tait

EMMA
A Woman Betrayed
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










SHERBORNE

sherborne abbey, the sundial press central sherborne, dorset
alan turing, sherborne, the sundial press




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.

05 February 2019. Sherborne-educated Alan Turing has been voted the greatest and most influential figure of the 20th Century in the BBC’s Icons series. Whilst he features on a mural in the town there really should be a statue to acknowledge his genius and far-reaching influence on all our lives.



Sundial authors with Sherborne connections:
Littleton Powys, Elizabeth Myers, John Cowper Powys, Llewelyn Powys,
Roger Norman, Peter Tait and David Tipping.







valerie singleton, sundial press, a pad in straw
Valerie Singleton with two Sundial books











brenda parker the cilento dove david tipping, like father like son, sherborne

THE CILENTO DOVE
A novel by Brenda Parker
LIKE FATHER LIKE SON
A novel by David Tipping

david forsyth, gas masks, galaxies and time, sundial house press
GAS MASKS GALAXIES And TIME
by David  Forsyth


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