Fiction

Trust Harrison, by Nick Cowen.

With retirement beckoning on the near horizon, recession weary public rights of way officer Victor Wayland has the Friday afternoon of his working life disrupted by the appearance of the uninvited Harrison, a young and streetwise volunteer. The local authority is on its knees, but can the blank-faced and enigmatic Harrison really be the saviour of our public rights of way, and what is it about Harrison and dogs? Trust Harrison is a tale of both hopelessness and hope; a call to arms and damnation by fiscal austerity. Surprising and insightful, this first volume is only the beginning

of the journey; the first leg, the foothills . . . setting off. Familiar to Hobnob readers from his spoof trilogy describing the adventures of an antiquarian pedestrian, Nick Cowen has set his latest novel in the present day, and Hobnob has enjoyed publishing it for him. 217pp, paperback, £7.95, ISBN 978-1-906978-34-1.

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Fathoming the Universe, by Sue Boddington.

Novel set in Elizabethan Wiltshire, which describes the eventful life of a scholar and adventurer, who took part in an expedition to the American coast and found a wife, a force of nature. Now read on . . . Published by Hobnob for the author, formerly librarian of Calne, who is well known in the local literary scene. 2016, 397pp paperback, £7.95, ISBN 978-1-906978-36-5.

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A Tour in Search of Chalk through parts of South Wiltshire in 1807, written in a series of letters by a Pedestrian. An adventure story (!) presented in a format common to book-shelves of two centuries ago. This is an authentic attempt to recreate the genre and illuminate the period when archaeology was in its infancy, and walking – pedestrianism – simply meant that you had insufficient funds to travel properly. South Wiltshire form the backdrop for young Londoner Henry Chalk as he puts pen to paper and his own story unfolds. A remarkable book, hard to classify, hard to put down, and completely anonymous. 2005, 214 pages, subtly illustrated and ‘got up’ in Regency style, paperback, £7.95, ISBN 0-946418-42-X.

A Tour in Search of Flint, by A Pedestrian (a.k.a. Nick Cowen) is the second adventure story in the Henry Chalk series presented in a format that was very common to the bookshelves of two centuries ago; a tour recounted in a series of letters and published anonymously. It is now May 1808 and the young pedestrian tourist is again at large in south Wiltshire where all paths and turnpikes lead to adventure. With antiquarians intent upon opening every prominent barrow in the chalk landscape, Henry Chalk is drawn to the less conspicuous signs of ancient occupation. Somewhere there exists a source of high quality flint that was essential to the everyday life of our ancient ancestors and so Henry’s search begins. August 2009, 210 x 125mm, xiv, 207pp, illustrated paperback, £8.95, ISBN 978-0-946418-75-6.

A Tour in Search of Gold through Parts of Wiltshire, Written in a Series of Letters by A Pedestrian (Nick Cowen)
This concludes a trilogy of adventure stories in the Henry Chalk series and, as before, it is presented in a format that was very common to the bookshelves of two hundred years ago: a tour recounted in a series of letters and published anonymously. A chance discovery and an invitation to visit Wiltshire in September 1808 lures the young pedestrian tourist back for further adventures whilst a shocking encounter awaits. Present at the excavation of Bush Barrow near Stonehenge Henry Chalk ponders upon the evidence of a new horizon for our ancient ancestors with the unearthing of the first rare metals to arrive on these shores. An exciting denouement brings this much-praised series to its fittingly dramatic conclusion. December 2013, 228 pages, paperback, £8.95. ISBN 978-0946418-95-4.

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