I’m delighted to say that I have started working with Chelsea Green, a leading US publisher, to help them spread the word in the UK about their remarkable books and authors.

Since 1984, Chelsea Green has been publishing books on the politics and practice of sustainable living. A founding member of the Green Press Initiative, Chelsea Green has been printing books on recycled paper since 1985 and leads the industry both in terms of content—foundational books on renewable energy, green building, organic agriculture, food, and ethical business—and in terms of environmental practice, printing 95 percent of their books on recycled paper with a minimum 30 percent post-consumer waste and aiming for 100 percent whenever possible.

The company, which became employee-owned last year, had its best sales year ever in 2012, with its fourth New York Times bestseller The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz (over 50,000 copies sold) and Jorgen Randers’ 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years contributing to its success.

AOF_LR2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years by Jorgen RandersTop-Bar BeekeepingCheese and CultureCows Save the PlanetSowing Seeds In The Desert

Chelsea Green has also set up a sales and distribution partnership in the UK with agency Publishers Group UK, with warehousing and fulfillment through Grantham Book Services.

“We are looking forward to a long and happy relationship with PGUK. Their track record representing U.S. publishers in the UK is excellent, and they really ‘get’ our books,” says Michael Weaver, Chelsea Green’s trade and export sales manager. “Having a strong distribution partner in this market can only help us expand our reputation for producing quality resources for sustainable living, as well as provocative and timely political titles.”

“We are delighted to be working with Chelsea Green,” says PGUK joint managing director Cathy Parson. “We have a great respect and affinity for their publishing programme and look forward to working closely with them to develop sales in the UK and Europe.”


For sales information, please contact Adam Gordon at PGUK [T: 02074 051105; Adam.Gordon@pguk.co.uk]

For publicity enquiries, please contact me! [T: 07761 836782; shallam @ chelseagreen.com]


Perfect May Day

May in Devon is truly a beautiful month and it started well today. Spent a couple of hours on Dartmoor and could hardly hear myself think with all the lambs bleating, cows mooing and skylarks singing.



Home baked

Nordic Recipes and Techniques for Organic Bread and Pastry

This fabulous book, Home Baked by Hanne Risgaard, is published by Chelsea Green and distributed by Green Books. It’s a real treat for the eyes and all the more wonderful for coming from a small-scale, organic farm on an idyllic island off the coast of Denmark. The Skaertoft mill is run by the Risgaard family and produces organic, stoneground flour of the highest quality.


Baguettes. Photo: Thomas Tolstrup

The growing movement of Nordic cuisine centres on its devotion to high-quality regional produce, the creativity of the chef, and a sound awareness of the workings of nature—a set of principles that guides author Hanne Risgaard in Home Baked.


The Old Bakehouse. Photo: Marie-Louise Risgaard

With enticing, full-colour photographs throughout, Home Baked offers recipes and techniques for baking artisan bread and pastry using organic, nutrient-rich grain and stone-milled flour grown and milled on Skærtoft Mølle, the Risgaards’ farm on Als, an idyllic island in the southeast of Denmark. Copenhagen’s celebrated restaurant NOMA, recently accorded a ‘World’s Best Restaurant’ award, uses Skærtoft Mølle products.

Risgaard family

The Risgaard family. Photo: Thomas Tolstrup

Risgaard’s recipes include unique ingredients like foraged herbs and greens—such as the Cocotte with Ramsons, elderflower muffins, and ‘Green Knots’ made with stinging nettle—that emphasize the distinct Nordic approach to bread baking that is worlds away from most conventional baking books. The book includes a guide to basic equipment and kitchen set-up, ingredients, and the history of Skærtoft Mølle and their philosophy.

Nordic Recipes and Techniques for Organic Bread and Pastry

Home Baked is available from the Green Books website for £21.13 (this is 35% off the RRP of £32.50), with free p&p in the UK. Order by Mon 17th December for delivery before Christmas.

Discover Britain’s amazing royal palaces, battlefields and secret retreats in new guidebook
A unique new guidebook to the palaces, battlefields, castles and hiding places of Britain’s royals – perfect for exploring in this Jubilee year

For more information, or requests for review copies or pictures, email susiehallam1@gmail.com
The Most Amazing Royal Places in Britain
The palaces, battlefields and secret retreats of Britain’s kings and queens
As The Queen and the Royal Family visit British regions this year as part of the Jubilee celebrations, this new guidebook acts as a reminder of the many places in Britain with royal associations. Walk in the footsteps of the kings and queens who have ruled over Britain’s landscape for over 1000 years, from Celtic warlords to our present-day monarch and her family. This fascinating, beautifully illustrated guidebook takes you on a round-Britain tour of the places that have made royal history, from famous royal castles to forests and caves, and from stately homes to secret hiding places.  Most of the places are open to the public for at least part of the year.

Discover, for example:

  • In a Cornish roadside streambed, the 6th-century stone where King Arthur met his nemesis;
  • London’s many royal treasures, including the famous palaces and over 50 other locations with royal connections – among them the restaurant Maggie Jones, formerly frequented by Princess Margaret;
  • Boscobel House in Shropshire, where the uncrowned Charles II hid from Cromwell’s men in a nearby oak tree;
  • Plas Dinas in Gwynedd, a country-house hotel owned by the Armstrong-Jones family. Prince William recently dropped in for a lunchtime aperitif;
  • The Cistercian abbey where Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night in Scotland in 1568, Dundrennan Abbey in Dumfries & Galloway;
  • The Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh, so much enjoyed by the Queen and her family for many years, and decommissioned in 1997.

If you would like to interview Rose Shepherd, the author of this book, please contact susiehallam1@gmail.com.

The Most Amazing Royal Places in Britain
The palaces, battlefields and secret retreats of Britain’s kings and queens
ISBN: 978-1-78020-102-3  RRP: £14.99
Paperback with flaps  100 colour photos, 10 maps  224 pages
Published by Reader’s Digest
For more information, requests for review copies or extracts, or to arrange an interview with the author of the book or a discounted reader offer, please contact:
Susie Hallam Marketing and PR
susiehallam1@gmail.com  T: 07761 836782
Reader’s Digest UK trade books are distributed by F&W Media International

Here’s a book that aims to do the impossible – it tells you how to do just about anything. And it pretty well succeeds. There are 1,001 practical, quirky, essential (and not so essential) tips and solutions for almost any task you can think of.

  • Stuck in quicksand? Find out how to get out.
  • Got embroiled in an argument? Here’s the advice you need to win.
  • Friends coming round for drinks? Make a perfect margarita.
  • Your partner has just fainted? Here’s what to do.
  • Not sure how to prune your shrubs? Now you can.
  • Need to change your locks? Save money by doing it yourself.
  • Want to launch a rocket? Discover how.

Your A-Z guide to 1,001 practical skills and household solutions

How to Do Just About Anything

Your A-Z guide to 1,001 practical skills and household solutions

As it says on the cover, this book will show you how to do just about anything. Here are 1,001 things to look up in an emergency, ideas for improving your home and garden, things to cook, make or play, and surprising things you didn’t even realise you wanted to do. And, unlike advice you might find on the internet, these solutions are tried, tested and readily to hand when you need them. 

This fully illustrated A–Z book includes 1,001 practical skills and household solutions, with instructions on how to trim a beard, keep cacti alive, impress on a date, use eBay, face-paint a child, deal with a gas leak, cure a hangover, make jam, fly a kite, compose a limerick, win at Monopoly, paint your nails, open an oyster, reverse a caravan, read Roman numerals, understand teenagers, repair an umbrella, digitise old videos, store wine, try the xylophone, learn a yoga position, repair a zip and much, much more.

Published by Reader’s Digest
ISBN: 978-1-78020-123-8    Over 1,200 colour illustrations    224 pages
RRP: £14.99  Paperback with flaps
Available from Amazon and leading retailers

Coming from Dover Publications in April is this fabulous new compilation of over 120 illustrations from artists who have illustrated Lewis Carroll’s Alice, dating from the first publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865.

Few books of the past 200 years have captured the imagination of illustrators as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has. The original edition of Lewis Carroll’s 1865 masterpiece featured 42 woodblock engravings by John Tenniel. Created in close collaboration with the author, Tenniel’s visions of the young heroine and her extraordinary encounters were but the first of many interpretations of Wonderland.

Sir John Tenniel illustration from Alice Illustrated

Alice Illustrated, an new compilation published by Dover Publications, explores a century and a half of exuberant, imaginative artistic conceptions of Alice’s world. More than 100 images include Tenniel’s engravings, together with colour and black-and-white illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Charles Robinson, Bessie Pease Gutmann, Margaret Tarrant, Millicent Sowerby, Milo Winter, Thomas Maybank, and many others.

Editor Jeff Menges offers commentary on the illustrators and their work, and noted collector Mark Burstein shares a bibliophile’s perspective.

Shown here are some examples of the captivating illustrations from the book.

Margaret Tarrant illustration from Alice Illustrated

one of 120 illustrations in Alice Illustrated

A Mad Tea Party: illustration by Willy Pogany, from Alice Illustrated, published by Dover Publications

Illustration by Gwynedd Hudson from Alice Illustrated

A. E. Jackson illustration from Alice IllustratedArthur Rackham image from Alice IllustratedIllustration by George Soper from Alice Illustrated

A major contribution to the history of modern book illustration, Alice Illustrated will delight lovers of English literature and children’s books, collectors of Lewis Carroll’s works, and fans of the great illustrators.

Alice Illustrated, edited by Jeff Menges

Alice Illustrated (ISBN 978 0 486 48204 0, RRP £20.99, published by Dover Publications), will be available in the UK in April 2012 from the Book Depository, Amazon and major online and bricks and mortar book retailers.

Reviewers please contact susiehallam1 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Lending rights

Hearing that Amazon has decided to allow US libraries to lend out Kindle editions made me think again about some of the effects that libraries lending out ebooks will have.  When I download a novel to my phone or iPad for free, courtesy of my local library and the Overdrive Media Console, I do wonder whom I am potentially putting out of a job.

Presumably the librarian, who may before long be sitting behind a desk with no customers because they will all be borrowing their ebooks without needing to visit the library.  Also the local high street bookshop and its staff for much the same reason.  Plus of course the books’ printer; and the book shipper and delivery truck driver who takes the books from the printer to the warehouse.  And the warehouse staff who could soon need to be thinking about to whom they can rent out their huge sheds and miles of racking. Possibly not the publisher, or at least not the editor at this stage.  Not the author, who will continue to get royalties on the e-book I have borrowed.

But then I guess I am saving paper, energy and carbon emissions (although I believe this can be up for debate). So how guilty should I feel for taking advantage of the new technologies?