Books

We will update this page with news of forthcoming titles as we schedule them. At this stage we are not accepting any submissions but we hope you will enjoy the work by the authors we plan to publish.

Our books are available from most retailers via Nielsen but if you are either an independent bookshop or an individual customer or you’d just prefer to order direct, please email us at info(at)thewordmachine.org and we will deliver direct to you. (Independent bookshops, please mention your standard terms and we’ll be happy to comply.)

A dark and unsettling story of one family’s blighted relationship with JM Barrie’s most famous creation. Ranging from Laugharne, the Welsh town made famous by Dylan Thomas, to the frenetic life of London in the 1960s, The Damnation Of Peter Pan tells the story of the twentieth century through a prism of love, literature and the lexicon of the occult. Published 5th April 2019.

 

Spanning a century of idealistic left-wing aspiration, English Arcadia delves into the depths of family rivalry, political ambition and personal tragedy, set against ancient themes of the natural world. ISBN: 9780957629462. Download the Advance Info Sheet here.

 

The physical version of The War In Plymouth, the oral history project of World War Two which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is now out of print, although copies are available at Plymouth Library. A digital version of the book is available on Amazon here: The War In Plymouth, Destruction and a New Beginning.

 

 

Witter Bynner was an American poet who had an intense interest in Eastern philosophy. His translation of Laotzu’s Way of Life is not that widely known but is in many ways one of the most beautiful and subtle renditions of the famous work. A digital version is available on Amazon here: The Way of Life.

 

Simon Petherick’s The Last Good Man is a novel of mystery, passion, loss and longing set on a wild Cornish beach.’The novel speaks eloquently for itself…love, certainty, longing, regret, survival. The story features all that and more.’ Daily Mail. ‘A searing story of love, loneliness and tragedy…powerful plotline and stark imagery…descriptions are deeply evocative of the beautiful yet often savage coastal landscapes.’ 
Cornwall Today  A digital version is available on Amazon here: The Last Good Man.

 

We published this memoir by Big Issue founder John Bird in both large format paperback and ebook formats. It’s both a typical example of John’s insightful and personal writing and a stimulating introduction to his lifelong passion, drawing. The book is out of print currently although contact us if you’d like to know more, or click on this link to hear John talk about the book himself: Why Drawing Naked Women Is Good For The Soul.