From paperback to audio book for local writer

beyond this horizonA debut novel by Nottinghamshire-based sculptor and writer David Thompson, published in 2012, has now been released as an audio book.

The 12-CD set is available from Oakhill Publishing and has a running time of 14 hours and 41 minutes.

Also available as an Ebook, Beyond This Horizon is an emotionally charged story which plots the relationships of a 
close-knit group of individuals who irrevocably change one another’s destinies.

Set in the early years of the 20th century, it explores the timeless themes of friendship, art, love, loss and, above all, how the human spirit endures.

With 30 five-star reviews for the paperback version on Amazon, the story of Thomas Arthur Taylor (known to everyone as Tat) is described as ‘a remarkable first novel’ and ‘a compelling portrait of a young man’s journey to adulthood’.

The first 
of his family to spread his wings and leave the Upper Eden Valley in Cumbria, Tat gains a place at University College London, to study law, shortly after the First World War. Introduced to a world he never knew existed, nothing in his background prepares him for what is to come when he is engulfed in a whirlwind of turmoil and confusion…

“Writing this novel has been one of the most exciting and enriching experiences I have had so far,” says David. “Creating the characters and giving them a voice, whilst evoking the world and period in which they live and interact has, for me, been endlessly fascinating. I hope the readers of the novel enjoy a similar experience.”

A sequel to this book, An Inherited Voice, is planned which will take Tat to active service as an army captain, just in time to participate in the bloody battle for Hong Kong and suffer almost four years as a POW under the Japanese.


Coming soon to a town near you

issue 5 coverThe latest issue of Around Town is winging its way to the printers right now and will be hitting the streets this weekend.

Look out for it all over Newark, Southwell, Bingham, Tuxford, Long Bennington and beyond very soon – 40 pages packed with stories we know you’ll want to read!

Here’s a taste of what’s in store

  • Yummy recipes for eating under the sun from our favourite foodie, Lisa Holloway
  • A walk in the park with Emma Sasai
  • Gina Barton‘s ideas for family holidays at home and abroad
  • Angela Sherman on who pays for your parents’ care
  • Lots of Ladies Who’ve Launched – from Nicola Cole‘s juice cleanses and Jenny Samuels house cleaning service to the team behind the transformation of Tuxford
  • Tina on why the WI is much more than just jam and Jerusalem
  • June on facial rejuvenation acuptuncture

There’s a whole spread of being a tourist in your own town too – spend a day exploring and still be home in time for tea!

Keep an eye on our Facebook page – we’ll be updating it regularly with details of when and where to find your copy. And when you’ve read it, don’t forget to tell us what you think!!






A blooming good day out!

flower podOn Saturday 14 June, The Flower Pod will be opening its gate to the public for the first time to show everyone what they’ve been up to in the past two years.

Pop down to Home Farm, Brackenhurst Lane in Southwell between 10.30am and 4.30pm to see for yourself how a rubble-strewn north facing site has been transformed into a south facing terraced landscape, ready and waiting to bloom for years to come.

Overlooked by a beautiful strawbale eco workshop with wide, welcoming verandas to shelter and nurture the volunteers and adults with learning disabilities, it gives everyone a chance to blosssom and contribute towards a sustainable income for Reach, the charity that supports over 150 adults with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire.

Admission is £3 per person – and while you’re enjoying a stroll around the site, don’t miss the chance to sample scrummy scones and tray bakes in the pop up cafe provided by Lucy’s Vicarage Tea Rooms!