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Latest book reviews

A History and Celebration of the Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare

‘With contributions from staff, ex-staff, volunteers and audience members, plus the usual quota of mishaps and ghost sightings, Samantha Ball, who works in the Playhouse’s box office, has written an affectionate history of a theatre she obviously adores.’

Geoff Bowden, The Call Boy Magazine Autumn 2019

‘There’s dedication and then there is dedication…Samantha Ball spent the best part of three and a half years (in between the day-job and the part-time job) researching the history of the Playhouse Theatre. This, she decided required her to look through every single edition of the Weston Mercury from 1946-2000. Anyone reading this who has researched local history and has spent any time in the library going through old editions of the local newspaper on microfilm will understand what a mammoth task this was. It’s not just that it’s hugely time-consuming, it’s also that with every single page you run the risk of being distracted by some fascinating news story from years ago.

The end result is her book A History and Celebration of the Playhouse Theatre Weston-super-Mare, a well-told account of a much-loved local institution.’

Eugene Byrne, Bristol Post & Western Daily Press 15th October 2019

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New Bridport Prize Anthology

We are delighted to be publishing the inaugural anthology of extracts from the Bridport Prize Novel long-list.  This accompanies the Bridport Prize Anthology of poetry, short stories and flash fiction.

The winners and runner-up will be announced on Saturday 19th October.

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Hit and Miss: The John Barry 7

Three great reviews of Hit and Miss this month, with much acclaim for the text and the wealth of images reproduced.  You can order your copy here or from your local bookseller.

‘Remarkable piece of work’ [Cinema Retro]
‘The authors present a wealth of new information …’ [Best of British]
‘Immersive and fascinating text’ [The Beat}

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Meet the author

Our author Robin Tetlow will be at Taunton Leisure, Bedminster on Thursday 22 November at 6.30 to chat about his book Beyond Bristol: 24 Country Walks.

‘In the process of getting-to-know the area down the years, I have completed more than 300 different walks and got the idea of producing a ‘best of’ compilation that would help others to enjoy the easily accessible and diverse landscapes here on our doorstep. I’ll be sharing my knowledge and experience of walking during my talk.’

For more information, please visit or ring Taunton Leisure on  0117 9637640.