Books Ltd is a family-owned, independent publishing company
founded in 2004. The company's creative headquarters are at Cwrt
Isaf in the Glamorgan village of Tythegston in Wales. The company
name derives from the familiar sight of kestrels hovering and swooping
kestrel ['kestrl] n small falcon (especially Falco
tinnunculus) often hovering in the air with its head to the
(Oxford Concise Dictionary)
and contributors (in alphabetical
Meg Anthony holds an MA in The History of Art from the Courtauld
Institute, London. She worked as an art conservator and a curator
at the Glyn Vivian Art Museum, Swansea, where she curated several
shows of national importance. She is currently senior curator at
the Oriel Myrddin Gallery in Carmarthen, Wales.
Bennett gained a First at the Camberwell College of Art and is now
a highly regarded illustrator working for publications in both the
UK and USA.
Cutler. Born in the UK. He read History at London University. He
is the author of more than 20 EFL publications available in the
UK and mainland Europe.
Doubleday was born in the UK and has substantial experience in teaching
EFL at all levels. She has an MA in Teaching English to Speakers
of Other Languages and holdsa position at the University of Southampton,
Fovarge. Born in Chatham, England, Fovarge experienced a peripatitetic
childhood in the UK, central Europe and Africa. His circumstances
dictated the development of a playful, dry but humane sense of humour.
Howells. Born near Rugby, UK, Joanna Howells read Medicine at Cambridge
University before going on to art school, then training as a studio
potter. Howells has an international reputation as a ceramicist
and also illustrates when time permits.
Jacobs is Professor Emeritus at the University of California Pomona.
An inter-disciplanarian he helped establish a national US interdisciplanary
curriculum. He is also a noted collector of craft and has a growing
international reputation as a commentator on modern studio ceramics.
Ladislaw read Medieveal and Modern History at King's College, London.
He has been a freelance writer for thirty years, living and travelling
in Scandinavia, the Balkans and the Middle East. The major concern
in almost all his writing is for the individual caught up in the
sweep of history.
J Lyddon. Born in the UK, he took a First Class Honours in Politics
with Social Philosophy with Applied Ethics. Matthew is now completing
a PhD at Cardiff University.
Magnus-Andersen. The daughter of WWII chanteuse Lale Andersen, she
married a Canadian national at war's end. The 1981 biography of
her mother 'Lale Andersen - Die Lili Marleen' corrects many of the
myths associated with her mother's life and the period.
Mats Oscarson. Born in Sweden, Prof Oscarson is an international
authority in Language Testing and Assessment as well as a language
teaching materials writer.
Regan was born in County Cork, Ireland. He studied drums and piano
as well as attending Drama School. By his mid-teens Colum had already
been in many stage productions and was drumming with two different
rock bands. Colum teaches music, performs solo and with groups such
as Mabons and is a regular at World Music festivals.
Sanson was born in Manchester. After Drama School she taught music
and drama to children and adults of all ages as well as touring
worldwide as a performer with Spin Rock Candy and New Druids. She
holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and continues to teach and
Robert Teed read English at Cambridge University. He taught English
at secondary level before becoming a freelance journalist. He is
the co-creator of the 'Yooni' strip cartoon for the Times Higher
Educational Supplement and 'Lexiconfusion' for the Times Review.
is a tiny village between the towns of Bridgend and Porthcawl, which
are themselves about halfway between Cardiff, the capital of Wales,
and the city of Swansea.
is about one mile from the sea, where part of the Atlantic Ocean
muscles up the Bristol Channel to create the highest tide in Europe.
At Rest Bay in Porthcawl surfers enjoy one of the best spots in
Britain for surfing. Nature lovers can roam the high sand dunes
between Porthcawl and the estuary of the river Ogmore. The dunes
are so impresive that they are regularly used as film locations.
Credits include some scenes in David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia'.
Famous athletes, including world champion hurdler Colin Jackson
and legendary international rugby players like JPR and JJ Williams
trained there, and still do, for the sheer, exhilarating beauty
of the place. The scenery has provided long-term inspiration for
poets and novelists, such as Dannie Abse and Robert Minhinnick.
hunters can enjoy the geological formations laid bare by wind and
sea at Southerndown, or walkers to the west of Porthcawl can stand
at the top of a sand dune and look down into the tower of an eleventh
century church buried by the encroaching sand hundreds of years
Books is delighted that modern technology allows companies like
ours to establish themselves in such places and still communicate
swiftly and effectively with the rest of the world.