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Welcome to the Forest Bookshop website. Our easy-to-use site provides secure shopping and easy access to information on a comprehensive collection of books and other materials relating to the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, the Wye Valley and beyond.

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Wednesday 2nd July
Local publishing -- is it worth it? 7pm
David Adams & Clare Ham of Yorkley A & E, Marilyn Cox and Poet Maggie Clutterbuck discuss getting into print. With readings and performances.


We are delighted to be receiving a visit from Dinah Jefferies, whose debut novel has already been published abroad in several languages, and now in Britain by Penguin. Before becoming a novelist, Dinah worked in education, once lived in a 'rock 'n' roll' commune, and exhibited art. Nowadays she spends her days writing, with time off to make tiaras and dinosaurs with her grandchildren!

The Separation, available for £7.99, is set during Malaya's forgotten war: the Emergency, which took place during the 1950s, and also in Worcestershire. It explores every mother's nightmare - the heartbreaking scenario when children go missing at such a dangerous time.

Now living in Cheltenham, Dinah Jefferies was born and lived in Malaya until she was nine, and will talk about what it was like growing up in a lush, idyllic setting... with the sound of gunfire in the distance. For the novel, she has also drawn on the experience of losing her son.

Deborah Rodriguez, bestselling author of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul says of The Separation: "The tears are still streaming down my face... I have three words to describe this book: Captivating, Powerful and Passionate."

Friday 4th July 7pm
Yorkley A & E **, DAVID Adams launches FW Harvey book ‘The Nightmare Trail’ – The story of the poet and war casualty.

**Since Yorkley Remembered and Forgotten they have published A Native Forester (the life and work of the local eighteenth-century poet Richard Morse), A Disorderly Settlement (a history of Yorkley), In Search of Our Forest Heritage, Forest Poets of Today and The Nightmare Trail. Their next publications will be about the Victorian Etloe writer William Wickenden and the story of the last century in Pillowell.


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