A Matter of Honour

The Story of England's Last Fatal Duel


Martyn Beardsley

Ebook and paperback

Once Upon a Time in the Sixties


Peter Maddick

Ebook and paperback

The insults that drew men to duels were often petty - a splash, a scrape or a disparaging word could all lead to pistols at dawn.

When Charles Hawkey watched James Seton make a play for his beautiful wife, there was only one way to respond. The two men were honour bound to meet in a duel, but only one of them could return.

Theirs was the last fatal duel on England's soil, and newspapers clamoured to give news of the death and scandal. Was Isabella Hawkey as blameless as she seemed or did she draw the rich Seton into a fatal romance? Did Charles Hawkey ever doubt his wife’s fidelity? Was honour served?

Quick Boil Some Water

The Story of Childbirth in our Grandmother's Day


Yvonne Barlow

Ebook and paperback

'If you remember the Sixties, then you weren't there'. 

Well Peter Maddick was there and he remembers most of it - the King's Road, Chelsea; the trendy models and hip photographers; the ad men; the road to St. Tropez; the hippy trail from Kathmandu. And let's not forget what the sixties is really famous for - free love! 

Read Once Upon a Time in the Sixties to refresh your own memory or just learn about this amazing time in pop history.

If you like Call the Midwife:

Today, we hear stories of over-worked midwives and short-staffed hospitals, but the truth is that childbirth has never been easier.

For our grandmothers, pregnancy was a journey into the unknown. Rather than ponder which pushchair to buy or fret over towelling versus disposable nappies, they worried about what lay ahead. Home births were often lonely affairs with the midwife or doctor only visiting when birth was imminent. During hospital births, medical staff rarely gave explanations and would push and prod with little offer of pain relief let alone sympathy.  Standard care in labour was the O.B.E. – Oil, Bath and Enema. Nursing staff gave firm rules on how long to stay in bed, how to lie in bed and even when to go to the toilet.

And life didn’t get much easier after giving birth. Taking care of a home and baby was hard work when there were few washing machines, no disposable nappies and heating came from coal carried in from the back yard.