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Forthcoming titles due this month: (i) THE PRINCESS OF SERENDIP + (ii) THE LANE
March 2021

A novel

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A beautiful hotel in an idyllic coastal setting. A large bay, a town and harbour, a wood, and a huge headland steeped in history. 

This is the chosen venue for four couples to take a much-needed break. 

A storm occurs, but then comes puzzlement. This leads to excitement and discovery, and then to danger and a wholly unforeseen development with a dramatic outcome.

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Ten Short Stories

david forsyth, a seat on the sand,A vivid collection of stories inspired in the mind of a figure slumped in a deckchair on the sand, so completely relaxed that he is without conscious thought. His mind hovers a degree above total oblivion, but aware of images sparked into being by surrounding stimuli — hot sun, voices, sounds of the sea. These all ride on a deep undercurrent of ‘holiday’ and ‘leisure’: a random record of former events, experienced or described, intermingled with flights of fancy; concocted whims that seem in all their detail just as real but entirely imagined. Oxford is the background for many of these short stories, as a place to set out from, a source of companionship; or where life is to be lived in all its facets.

[The story begins]

I should never have come. I knew that now. Not in weather like this. The forecast had been rain, gusting gale-force winds, and worsening: but not as ferocious as this. Sheets of water sluiced down the windscreen, obscuring the view, and the wipers were of little help. Visibility was limited to brief glimpses only, courtesy of the squalls that buffeted the curtain of water and the car. 

These moments revealed the narrow, twisting country road, rising and falling, and the high banks on either side crowded with a dense mass of tall trees, the wildly whipping branches threatening to part company from the trunks. Although only 4.30 in the afternoon, outside it was as black as night, making driving a nightmare. But it would be dangerous to stop and there were no side-turnings. 

Knowing that I was nearly there I kept glancing keenly to the right to catch sight of the two lamps, one on the top of each pillar, that would indicate the gateway to The Ambrose Hotel. In this murk they would be hard to see. But suddenly they were there, dimly seen, and with relief I turned cautiously between them. ...

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david forsyth, a double romance
Two young men and two young women, pursuing their own careers, meet by chance. Initial strong attraction soon becomes something more — and a firm friendship is formed for all four.
   Problems arise — the path of life is never smooth! These are faced with a determination to find a way, spurred on by their new-found happiness, its natural compromises and hard work.
   Even when their very lives are threatened they rise to the occasion, with the vital assistance of the fast and efficient forces of law and order.
   From the outset they are supported by the understanding, goodwill and kindness of their families, and their extraordinary generosity.
   The triumphant climax is the true reward for all this endeavour.

Chapter One
It was one of those days. Lately there had seemed to be more of them. James Baker sat back from the desk in his small office and stared at the park through the window. Mown grass and a mass of large trees of different hues stretched away into the distance. He had looked at this view nearly every day for many months. Heaven knows it was one that anyone at work would dream of seeing through their window.
   But it was one of those days because of the season. The sun was shining, spring changing to summer, and awareness of this was again disturbing his concentration. A yearning to be in the warm air, to feel the sun on his back, to be serenaded by the soothing sound of mowers and suffused by the very smells of summer. He felt a strong urge to obey their calling; to go outside and enjoy them.
   Yet as he gazed he counted his blessings. The work was going well. After a good Physics degree he had been allowed to study for a Doctorate, and in addition to the use of a laboratory he had been given this small office in the Physics Department. Here he planned the programme of his original research and read up all the background knowledge to it. 

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david forsyth, dilemma danger and drones
Devastating terrorist activity in Europe. But by whom … and why? The usual leads that the security services rely on have all but dried up. Why? 
This crisis triggers international security co-operation to an extent and degree never seen before. 
   The new UK system is unique. Determined that ‘There is always a way!’, it gives rise to a revolutionary means of investigation and action with startling success. 
   Intelligent ingenuity, development and adaptation, combined with dedicated individual effort and teamwork, all play their part in a mission that is full of danger and excitement. 
   While all this is in train, life and love must continue in tandem with it, intertwined with events as they develop, and resulting in ultimate fulfilment.

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Publication: January 2020
david forsyth, mary westwood's legacy
In her study, on the evening prior to her retirement the following morning, Mary Westwood reflects on her considerable achievements and widely-acknowledged success as headmistress.

 With thoughts necessarily focused on the immediate future, she must also carefully consider the content and presentation of her valedictory speech at the staff dinner the ensuing evening. This proves a more difficult task than she initially anticipated.
 Fortunately, two unexpected sources of inspiration provide a surprise for all concerned – not least for Mary Westwood herself!

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Three books for children and the young at heart



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When Susan and Tim climb to the top of a hill and rest under an ancient oak tree they have no idea they are about to encounter a hidden world they could never have imagined.
   But can they – should they – keep their surprising discovery a secret?

[Reading age 5—7]

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david forsyth, the tree folk to the rescue

Human beings, both adults and children, are some-times confronted with problems, and even danger, they aren’t always able to solve themselves.

Fortunately, as you’ll discover in these wondrous stories, assistance is often at hand from hidden helpers.
[Reading age 5—7]
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david forsyth, the tree folk turn up trumps

The Tree Folk are always ready to lend a helping hand to human beings who find themselves in trouble, and naturally come to the aid of their own kind.
Find out what happens when Bud and Blossom see their father, Hornbeam, hoisted into the air by the sail of a windmill, and how Fircone and Conker rescue three Tree Folk imprisoned in a caravan, and their many other exciting exploits.
As you’re about to discover, there’s rarely a dull moment in the daily lives of these resourceful woodland inhabitants.
[Reading age 5—7]
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david forsyth, the boy who talked to himsself

Peter is an only child who lives happily with his parents in the countryside with no other homes or children nearby. 

He has lots of toys and several imaginary friends whom he talks to every day. But will he ever make any real friends?

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In GAS MASKS, GALAXIES AND TIME, David Forsyth describes in vivid detail the events and restrictions of his wartime childhood and early years.
  Then contrasts with today some aspects of running a home (heating, clothes washing, etc), a child’s life (rationed chocolate, fewer toys, but greater freedom), and public dress codes.
  He pictures the impact on his life of his father’s return home after six years of war, with tales of his own childhood and extraordinary war experiences (England and Africa), and his invaluable guidance on attitudes and thinking, by both example and advice. 
  'Time and the Universe’ puts into perspective a retirement study of the Universe, Solar System, geology and evolution – a lifelong desire – appreciating the value of factual knowledge after a broad education (History and Medicine at Oxford) and a practical medical career (RAF and GP).
  Finally, he applies this rational approach to satisfactorily conclude years of rumination on religion. 

Price: 9.99 GB | Paperback | ISBN: 978-1-908274-50-2| Dimensions: 210148mm |
Page Extent: 162 (plus 47 photos and illustrations) |
Publication Date: 20 May 2016

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From the Introduction by David Forsyth:

david forsyth, gas masks galaxies and time This is not an autobiography. It is a collection of reminiscences and the thoughts that follow them. After chance recounting of stories from the past I have often been met with the encouraging remark: “You should write that down, or it will be forgotten!” So in the end I felt constrained to do just that.
    Detailing how I remember life in the War (from my own perspective), and the years immediately after it, led to thinking about how things have changed since then. The contrasts simply had to be made and emphasized.

    [A point of interest: when I recently swapped memories with my cousin, with whom I lived and shared my childhood throughout the War, she found that she gave prominence to memories that were different from mine, and suggested that perhaps boys and girls viewed events from different angles.]

When I was nearly six my father returned from the War, and for the first time became a part of daily life. I explain the impact this had on what had been a rather narrow and settled experience up to that time. It occasioned a blossoming of thought and a new awareness of so much that existed. My horizons were opened wide.
    Rightly shielded from it for so many years the recent War now became a fascinating and exciting reality. As any boy would do I eagerly devoured knowledge about guns, tanks, ships and ’planes and the roles of the three Services.
    This awakened desire ‘to know’, and to know in detail, has been with me ever since: not just the headlines and sub-headings, but also the substance.
david forsyth, gas masks galaxies and time   All my subsequent studies and career have brought home to me the importance of factual knowledge, and of the reasoning both to discover it and to evaluate and make use of it. My studies were a deep and broad education: a Major Open Scholarship in Modern History to Merton College Oxford; three Degrees in Modern History, Medicine and Surgery at Oxford; and a Diploma in Obstetrics. My career was as a Medical Officer in the RAF for six years, and then as a GP—first, in Worcester, then in Oxford, where I was also a Police Surgeon.
   After retirement I satisfied a life-long desire to learn about everything around me, delving into Geology, Botany, Evolution, and the latest information about the substance, history and future of the Solar System and the whole Universe.
   Hence my book on ‘Time’ to put it all into perspective.
   So finally a reasoned approach to religion in general, the gradual crystallizing of my thoughts after much consideration over the years.

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"TIME was the first part of the book to be written; this provided a framework to which everything could be related. My brother suggested that it might also be useful to others.
So TIME was privately printed and circulated. It is in plain English with no formulae. It met with great acclaim." The author
Readers' Comments on TIME:
“…has been read from beginning to end with great interest. It puts such items as ‘Black Holes’ which we are constantly hearing about in their proper context and makes sense of them. There are individual treatments of items like Longitude… but no overall treatment like yours, as far as I know.”
“I read it straight through and it is eminently readable. As a non-scientist I was not tied up with any difficult words.”
Dr. J.R.L. Highfield
Former History Tutor, Merton College, Oxford
“I think that your book is very good and should be part of general knowledge and education – especially physics.
I think I now understand most of the problems using watches, navigation tables and sextants. It became more and more interesting when you came up to Greenwich Time and Atomic Clocks used today…I must admit that I never thought about using time and watches or clocks to estimate or measure the position of a ship at sea…”
“Carbon dating was known to me, but I had never heard of Dendrology, Rock Strata and the many isotopes and their decay to be used in dating.”
Dr. Utz P. Merten
Former President of the World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and also of the World Pathology Foundation

“We are both most impressed. Your book is just what is needed and should be part of education.”
Dr. M. Hawkins (Chemistry, and Company Finance) and his wife.
“We are both very impressed. It should be published and be used in education.”
Former Prof. J.K. White (Engineering, King's College, London)
Wife, former Headmistress, suggested: that there should be pictures. They have been included in this publication.
“I understand the fascination that led you to write this and agree it is an interesting book to dip into.”
Steve Adams (Head of Science, Shrewsbury School)
“I am enormously impressed by this. I wonder what is coming from you next. When are you completing the Magnum Opus?”
Dr. Mary Faquharson (Former Consultant Chest Physician, London)
Author: her query has now been answered!
“A most interesting publication…A most erudite exposition…full of admiration for the amount of research you carried out.”
C.C. Saunby (Solicitor) and his wife

Reader comment (on the book as a whole).
“I have read all of them (the five parts) with great interest. They are all exceedingly well written in excellent English and most interesting.”
“They are a gripping reading – should interest readers in Kenilworth and Coventry. I compared my own memories of 3+ years of age with yours and found them fascinating. I compared them with my own memory of the Wembley Exhibition of 1924, and my surprise at sleeping in one bed with my elder brother, head to toe and toe to head, on a short visit to an hotel in Lyndhurst with a potty under the bed. The aspects of wartime are all precise, and especially interesting because of your juxtaposition to Coventry. The changes in heating are also precise as are the extreme cold in the house outside the sitting room, the changes to coal and gas, the coal bucket and the gas stoves, and clothes washing and the spring cleaning.”
Dr, J.R.L. Highfield (Former History Tutor, Merton College, Oxford)

Reader Comment on Part Five (RELIGION)
“I was very impressed by your paper – as was Joanna. You managed to reflect what I guess a lot of people must think – however it is one thing to have thoughts and yet another to get them down onto paper in such a succinct way.”
Former Prof. J.K. White (Engineering, King's College, London)

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