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Three Courses - Short Stories from Creative Writing Modules By Philip Wadner
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This anthology of short stories brings together some of the author's writing from the Open University's Creative Writing Module. Fifteen stories present the reader with a diverse cocktail of subject... More > matter. Steamy Nights tells of hidden undercurrents within human relationships, Spoiled Pig and Chocolate Surprise portray revenge in quite different ways, and The Last Picnic is a heartbreaking story about cheating at the worst possible time. Penny Bridge is a longer tale which would be categorised as Life Writing, as would The Man with the Smile and Two Minutes Silence. For dessert, the author has included ten microfiction stories. Each one is a complete tale, and is told in less than 250 words. Throw in a haunting ghost story, a splash of humour, and a dash of fantasy, and this eclectic mix should have something to please most tastes.< Less
Thomas Cade Wadner 1885-1971 Captain, King's Royal Rifle Corps By Philip Wadner
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Raised in rural Bedfordshire, Thomas Cade Wadner grew up in difficult and challenging times. He was a man of few words, and like many who endured a tough existence he rarely spoke about his... More > experiences. Following eighteen months of extensive historical research, Philip Wadner reveals the highs and lows of his grandfather's life some half a century after his death. Thomas' story is substantially more than a collection of cold facts. Although nobody alive today remembers much about him, fragments of information have been moulded into a series of vivid biographical sketches. Included are previously buried details of Thomas' ancestry, outlines of his siblings' lives showing how theirs compared to his, a snapshot of his future wife's early days, and how he spent his twilight years. The book closes with vibrant vignettes of his five children.< Less
Thinking in the Cloud and Other Poems from Upstairs By Philip Wadner
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This is a colourful collection of recent poems, which captures universal themes of happiness, despair, love and hope alongside unexpected subjects to surprise and delight. Many follow a traditional... More > form, with examples of pantoum, sonnet, haiku, and villanelle with some comic rhyme, a shaped verse and a rap included for good measure. But most of the poems are simply... poems. There is no single poetic theme to announce, other than that the author enjoyed every moment of writing them. Subjects range from green cows to charity shops, pork pie to Christmas cake, jazz to wireless sets and to ladies who lunch. This entertaining anthology might make you giggle, make you sigh, make you hoot, sometimes make you cry. But there is something here for everyone to enjoy.< Less
Twelve Dozen Limericks : Freshly-Written Humorous Verse By Philip Wadner
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A fresh collection of one hundred and forty four limericks. The verse is witty, varied and modern, and the inclusion of an index of places, names and occupations makes it a handy reference for those... More > occasions when asked to say a few words.< Less
Probate - A Personal Journey By Philip Wadner
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If you are planning to obtain a grant of probate without a solicitor, especially if you are feeling a little daunted by the process, read this book first! After looking after mother-in-law's... More > financial affairs for many years, I decided to carry out probate myself and started out on what I thought could be a lengthy and arduous process. It was not. There were hiccups, of course, but none of any great consequence. The process didn't take long, and it was not expensive. Anyone of reasonable intelligence, who can use a computer, write letters, keep accurate records, and understand official guidance should be perfectly capable of obtaining grant of probate and administering an estate. This is a diary of how it went. It includes some example spreadsheets and letters, the costs incurred and the amount of time spent on each stage. It is not a typical 'How To' guide, but is a record of my personal experience. I hope it will encourage others to take the plunge.< Less
Whomerley Wood Moat, Stevenage - The House in the Clearing. By Philip Wadner
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Believed to have been the home of the de Homeley family in the late thirteenth century, the site of the medieval moated homestead in Whomerley Wood, Stevenage is located about one and a half miles... More > almost due south of the original Saxon settlement around where St. Nicholas Church stands today. Evidence of medieval life has been found there, and excavations on the island have also uncovered relics from Roman times. Most books written about the history of Stevenage mention the moated homestead, but rarely does the subject attract more than a sentence or two. The author has sifted through a huge variety of sources, and has knitted together facts, suppositions and his personal reflections to create a powerful image of times gone by.< Less

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