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Some Examples of Our Work

The following books are examples of self-publishing projects from a small selection of our authors. 
Most of our books are available through the major bookselling channels including Amazon and Book Depository. 


Archive by category: Humanities (History, Archaeology, Philosphy & Religion)Return
Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and Ladders

Book Description: Snakes and Ladders, Stephen Verney's sixth book is a personal account of how we are challenged by the coincidence of opposites throughout our lives. The main focus of the book rests on the author's vivid account of daily life during World War Two – first as a Red Cross worker with the Quakers, in Norway, Finland, Libya and Syria; and then as a Resistance fighter in German occupied Crete. It was an incident in Aleppo that led Verney to the agonising decision to leave the Quakers and join the Army. This agony persisted throughout his time in Crete, where, disguised as a Cretan cattle dealer, he carried in his pocket a ready cocked pistol cushioned by his small bible. The clash of opposites reverberates throughout Verney's war – delicious food, famine, squalor, beauty, hatred and compassion. The vividness of this book and its charming details spring out of the letters that he wrote to his parents – letters which were carefully archived in Claydon House, his family home in Buckinghamshire, and later also recorded by The Imperial War Museum. Verney writes with an effortless humour, a humility that is never pious and an acceptance that does not judge. War is a part of life and manifests itself through human love and goodness, as well as through evil.

Publisher: Verney Books

ISBN: 9780992685621

Price: £7.99

Format: Pbk

Height (mm): 203

Width (mm): 127

Pages: 140

Author(s): Stephen Verney

Heresy Unlocked

Heresy Unlocked

Book Description: Heresy has shaped Christianity although churches do their best to ignore this fact. The history of efforts to stamp out heresy is one of appalling and gratuitous cruelty. Churches also shaped their doctrine to embrace, or to counter, heretical ideas.

Roger Wilson started to explore the influence of heresy when he was recovering from treatment for advanced cancer. In this book he tracks heresies from the early years of the growing religion to the 17th century when the acceptance of Protestantism gave new purpose to those with divergent ideas.

Among the many questions this investigation raised is where was the spirituality amid the cruelties committed in the name of Christianity? This challenged Roger's own beliefs. He describes himself as having faith but he saw religion today as being more about doctrine and packaging than about the personal spiritual relationship with a loving God. He needed something better. The second part of the book describes his journey, arriving at answers which established churches will doubtless describe as heretical.

Publisher: The Choir Press

ISBN: 9781910864548

Price: £12.95

Format: Pbk

Height (mm): 216

Width (mm): 140

Pages: 210

Author(s): Roger Wilson

Pitstone windmill

Pitstone windmill

Book Description: Four hundred years ago windmills could be seen almost anywhere in England, but with the invention of the steam engine the windmill became obsolete. One by one they were abandoned. Many fell into ruin and were demolished, and soon a surviving windmill became something unusual in the landscape.

Pitstone Windmill is one of a minority that did survive, thanks to swift remedial action by the National Trust, the vigilance of one man, and the hard work of a group of volunteers. It is now acclaimed as the oldest dated windmill in England. However, although it has been written about and referred to countless times in many publications, this is the first book exclusively about this mill to be published since the original 1972 booklet Pitstone Windmill.

Pitstone Windmill – The Rescue of an Ancient Landmark brings together new text, drawings and photography to describe the history and restoration of the mill, and introduces the reader to some of the people who saved it from oblivion. In addition, the structure and workings of the mill are described more clearly than ever before, thanks to John Brandrick’s stunning three-dimensional drawings.

Publisher: The Choir Press

ISBN: 9781910864470

Price: £8.00

Format: Pbk

Height (mm): 245

Width (mm): 170

Pages: 80

Author(s): David Wray and Roger Hillier

Stuff and Consciousness: Connecting Matter and Mind

Stuff and Consciousness: Connecting Matter and Mind

Book Description: What is consciousness? Does it exist? Is it a physical phenomenon or somehow beyond the physical? Does it have any real influence on your behaviour? Can you be sure that you are the only consciousness arising from your brain? Stuff and Consciousness is a fascinating philosophical exploration into the forest of questions surrounding consciousness, encountering along the way many thickets and creepers including randomly firing brains and multiple copies of your own brain and body. Although these are questions that cannot yet all be answered, Pereira sets out the possible solutions being considered in the field of philosophy, assesses their plausibility and argues towards a stance from which the remaining answers may be found.

Publisher: Toby Pereira

ISBN: 9780992909109

Price: £15.00

Format: Pbk

Height (mm): 216

Width (mm): 140

Pages: 196

Author(s): Toby Pereira

The Dance of Love

The Dance of Love

Book Description: In The Dance of Love, Classics scholar Bishop Stephen Verney revisits the ancient Hebrew and Greek to explore the original meaning of key Christian words such as 'glory', 'repentance' and 'forgiveness'; words that have lost their original significance and are often diametrically opposed to their true meaning; words that will unlock the doors that block us from knowing God, others or our true selves.

Verney's God is not a vengeful God, but a God of love. When people call for repentance they should not grovel in front of an angry and powerful God but instead forge new relationships. They do not hear the truth in the noise of materialistic culture and ask the questions to which these key words provide the answer - questions about relationships with God, one another and Nature, or the question: 'who am I?'. Verney urges us to return to the traditional truth of Christ and rediscover his words in the true context of today. Christ's truth can save the world but people must know how to read the signs that point to the true mystery of God.

Stephen Verney (1919-2009) was born at Claydon House in Buckinghamshire, where his family had lived since 1456. He went to Harrow School and then on to Balliol College, Oxford where he read Classics. During the Second World War he served with the Friends Ambulance Unit during which he drove ambulances across The Artic and then ran a hospital in Aleppo where he worked as an anaesthetist and was then recruited into the Greek Resistance. He was sent to Crete where his brief was to undermine the morale of the Germans who had occupied the island, and to persuade German soldiers there to defect. He was made a Citizen of Athens in 1990 when Kostas Mitsotakis, a member of his Cretan gang, became Prime Minister of Greece. After the war he returned to Oxford to continue to read Classics and he was ordained as an Anglican clergyman in 1951. In 1964 he became Canon Residentary of Coventry Cathedral, and wrote Fire in Coventry, his first book. While in Coventry he brought together people from thirty-three nations - people who were searching for a positive version of the city of the future - in a conference called 'People and Cities'. His second book, People and Cities, was published in 1969. From Coventry he went to Windsor Castle as one of the Queen's Canons where he shared responsibility for worship at St George's Chapel, and the training of new clergy and laity at the College of St George. He wrote Into the New Age at Windsor following the death of his first wife, Scilla.

Between 1977 and 1986 he was Bishop of Repton, during which time he became the first bishop to marry a divorcee. He wrote Water into Wine, his best-known book, after the birth and death of his son Harry in 1982. He and his wife Sandra moved to Blewbury in Oxfordshire in 1986 and he began running conferences at The Abbey in Sutton Courtney where he gathered together groups of people with opposing points of view - nuclear physicists and Greenpeace activists, proponents and protagonists of the ordination of women and decision makers from all political parties. His vision of The Abbey was as a place where people could stop and think, voice their differences, learn to listen to each other and begin to understand different points of view. He spent the last ten years of his life exploring in depth themes involving the coexistence of opposites, such as good and evil, war and peace, sexuality and spirituality, masculinity and femininity and relates these themes to his own personal experience of life. This fascinating exploration is realised in the publication of his last book Snakes and Ladders in 2016.

Publisher: Verney Books

ISBN: 9780992685607

Price: £7.99

Format: Pbk

Height (mm): 203

Width (mm): 127

Pages: 166

Author(s): Stephen Verney

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