Friday, 1 June 2018

Book of The Month: Lucky Break

Book of The Month


Lucky Break

by Rob Stevens 





Rob tackles complex subjects in 'Lucky Break'. We follow school boy and lead character, Leon on his journey dealing with the death of his twin brother, an estranged family and a boy called Arnold who doesn't communicate like his peers. In the way that true masters of their craft do with apparent effortlessness, Rob is able to allow the reader to become Leon and travel along his journey with him on the emotional roller-coaster of a weekend when Arnold comes to stay. With unusual experiences and new discovery's, Lucky Break is a touching novel that will appeal to everyone and well worth a read.

'Lucky Break' is 'un-put-downable' and I'm not a pubescent boy with a love of rugby! Rob should anticipate the film rights to be snapped up - it's a cracker. So is Rob himself, who did a signing and talk at Beatons New Milton’s Open House and generously donated £2 from the sale of each book to Helping Older People New Forest (Beatons New Milton’s charity of the year).


Why not come and take a look at Lucky Break in any one of our tearooms whilst enjoying a delicious pot of tea, perhaps our Tea of The Month: White Peony?

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Book Signing with Nicola May

Book Signing


If you're like us you love books nearly as much as you love tea. This is why we're very excited to announce that on Wednesday 9th May we will be hosting a book-signing with best selling, local Crowthorne author Nicola May!
 
Nicola will be in Beatons Crowthorne with her latest book - The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay, discussing and enlightening us all about her wonderful character Rosa Larkin and her journey when she inherits a near derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village. With doubts, questions and discoveries along the way, can Rosa and her little sausage dog Hot get the corner shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay?

Please come along from 10am Wednesday 9th May to enjoy the tales of this book with us and meet the wonderful Nicola! 

We look forward to seeing you. 


Friday, 4 May 2018

Review: Horses and Rugby - Children's authors Mica Ford and Rob Stevens


Angela - Beatons New Milton's Tearooms Owner - discovered two local authors over the launch of her tearooms in New Milton: Rob Stevens and Mica Ford. Putting on our younger selves, we've reviewed their books and recommend them!


Mica Ford is no doubt breeding future generations of horse and pony lovers.  She writes accessible, gentle adventures drawing on a wealth of expertise and familiarity with the noble 'four-leggeds' who grace the New Forest. I read 'Forest Summer', Mica's latest book. If you're looking for high tech, fast paced drama and scary villains, this isn't for you!  But it's perfect for girls or pony or nature-loving boys wanting to escape into the country and join sisters Niki, Beth and Lolly as they work towards the highlight of the holidays - competing in a gymkhana!


Rob Stevens - who happens to be a British Airways Captain  (how cool is that) writes in his spare time. He tackles a complex subject with aplomb in 'Lucky Break' (pub. May 2018 by Andersen Press): death of a twin brother, an estranged family and a boy called Arnold who doesn't communicate like his peers. In the way that true masters of their craft do with apparent effortlessness, I became Leon,  the teller of the tale and journeyed with him on the emotional roller-coaster of a weekend when Arnold comes to stay. Boys don't cry, but I did at the end.


'Lucky Break' is 'un-put-downable' and I'm not a pubescent boy with a love of rugby! Rob should anticipate the film rights to be snapped up - it's a cracker. We're even more delighted Rob is supporting Beatons New Milton's Charity Open House Event on May 7th, 2018  - full details here now we've read his book.

Liz Darcy Jones
House Poet

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Book of The Month: Factfulness

Book of The Month


Factfulness: Ten reasons we're wrong about the World and why things are better than you think. 

by Hans Rosling





Hans Rosling's final Book, written before he died last year, is the perfect memoir for a Man who saw the World differently, challenged perceptions and fought the 'Fake News' manufacturers right to the end.

Factfulness explains why Journalists and 'Experts' systematically get the answers to so many of the simple, yet big, Global questions wrong. Rosling shows that, from poverty to politics, and education to employment, answers picked randomly by a Chimpanzee consistently proved more accurate than those provided by Academics and so-called Experts.

This is a moving, inspiring and essential Book that will change the way you see the World. 


Thursday, 12 April 2018

Book of The Month: Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: Volume 2

Book of The Month


Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: Volume 2

by Francesca Cavello and Elena Favilli



One hundred more inspiring reasons for your daughters, granddaughter's, sisters or any other of your favourite females to rush up to bed, leave the game consoles alone and open this book!

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls is filled with wonderful illustrations and more true-life tales of real women to inspire our next generation of rocket scientists, poets, politicians, Business women, Queens and law changers. 

Friday, 2 March 2018

Discovering our Humanity - Ecological Book for Year of the Earth Dog

This is a review of our House Poet's Book of the Year, reproduced as an podcast. 'Becoming Animal' by David Abram is a dive into the visceral nature of 'real life' - a literary device detox! Highly recommended and perfect to sit on the shelves of Beatons New Milton when it launches in Early April.






Thursday, 1 February 2018

Hampshire Authors Page

Hampshire has proved a fertile ground for many celebrated writers over the last few centuries, often drawing on the beauty of its countryside and heritage as inspiration. Hampshire is our first county to embrace two Beatons Tearooms within it: Beatons New Milton and Beatons Petersfield. As always, let your local tearooms owner know if you should appear here - they'll make it happen!

Agata Andryszczak
Agata is a dairy-free and healthy eating lover who blames Agatha Christie for people adding an 'H' to her name since moving to the UK!
Agata loves to cook and travel the world. Her debut book, published April 2018 is a glossy paperback filled with mouth-watering photographs entitled 'Spoons of Taste'. It's focused particularly on breakfast eaters ho are passionate about great tasting food and healthy living. Agata is on a mission to show that dairy-free, nutritious food is not about deprivation! 

Note! Beatons Petersfield will be hosting a ticketed talk and book signing on Sunday 1st July at 2.30 pm in aid of its local charity of the year, Fitzroy. Tickets £6 per person including tea or filter coffee and a slice of Vegan Cake. Full details to follow on the main blog from 1st June when tickets will be available to purchase direct from the tearooms. Make a note in your diaries now!


Rob Stevens
Rob is a children's author based in New Milton when he's not flying round the world as an airline Captain for British Airways! He does most of his writing in hotel rooms and his first book 'The Mapmaker's Monsters: Beware the Buffalogre!' was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2009. Since then he's gone on to write 'S.T.I.N.K.B.O.M.B.' and his last book, 'Would the Real Stanley Carrot Please Stand Up'.

Rob's newest book is entitled 'Lucky Break' (May 2018) - details of our involvement with it here.


Charlotte Brightwell
Charlotte’s always loved creating: from drawing and painting to up-cycling and renovating. She studied Art and Primary Education at University and combines her arts background with rhyming verse in books for the very young. Her passion is underpinned by her experience as a Primary School Teacher. The call to write short stories and poems to inspire her pupils led her to write her first book ‘Jungle Show’ which came out in Jan 2018 published by Blossom Spring.  We’re right with Charlotte in believing it’s important to instill a love of words, rhyme and story in young children and look forward to showcasing more of Charlotte’s work in interactive signings and readings at Beatons Petersfield - click here to find out more about the next one! 


Agata Andryszczak
Agata is a dairy-free and healthy eating lover who blames Agatha Christie for people adding an 'H' to her name since moving to the UK!
Agata loves to cook and travel the world. Her debut book, published April 2018 is a glossy paperback filled with mouth-watering photographs entitled 'Spoons of Taste'. It's focused particularly on breakfast eaters ho are passionate about great tasting food and healthy living. Agata is on a mission to show that dairy-free, nutritious food is not about deprivation! 

Note! Beatons Petersfield will be hosting a ticketed talk and book signing (with Agata eats!) on Sunday 1st July at 2.30 in aid of its local charity of the year, Fitzroy. Tickets £6 per person including tea or filter coffee and a slice of Vegan Cake. Full details to follow on the main blog from 1st June when tickets will be available to purchase direct from the tearooms.






Tony Flanagan
Tony Flannagan was born in Portsmouth and has been based in the Petersfield area for the past twenty years. He has written many articles on horse racing for Racing Ahead magazine, self-published a number of books on the sport of kings under the pseudonym: ‘Larkspur’, and is the author of The Larkspur Method which is published by Raceform. Tony’s first children’s novel, The Most Curious Case of the Runaway Spoon, was published by Pegasus in May 2017; his second book, Mozzarella Bella and the English Fella, is set to be released in December 2018. In his spare time, Tony can be found buzzing around country lanes on a temperamental Vespa or watching football at Fratton Park.


Monica Fulford - pen name Mica Ford
Monica lived on a dairy farm on the outskirts of Sway, in the south of the New Forest.  After reading English and a brief stint in London she returned home to get married.  From an early age she pursued an interest in horse-riding.  Her non-horsey parents resisted her continual entreaties for a pony until she was 10, when bought her a New Forest mare - and from there the family grew! With longstanding links to the Pony Club and now a grandmother, she no longer rides but still helps her daughter and grand-daughter with their horses and ponies.  She has always written - mainly for her own pleasure. Monica's also had some articles and stories published in magazines, both local and national.  She's a member of the New Milton Writers’ Group, and her latest book - Forest Summer is the first in a series of four, called Forest Adventures. 

Lucy Clarke
Lucy grew up in the New Forest in Burley, and went to school in New Milton. Novelist, traveller and fresh air enthusiast, she has four novels under her belt and another planned for September 2018. She’s also a 'frequent traveller' and fresh air enthusiast. Despite graduating from university with a first-class degree in English Literature, it wasn't until she was on a six-month road trip across the US and Canada, that she decided she'd love to be a novelist.

Many twists and turns later, Lucy's debut novel, The Sea Sisters was an instant best-seller, and a Richard & Judy Book Club choice.  Lucy is married to a professional windsurfer, and together with their young children live in Southbourne. They spend their winters travelling, summers at home with Lucy writing in that most charming incarnation of a writer's shed - a beach hut at Hengistbury Head.

Victoria Lambert and Jennie Miller
Victoria Lambert was born in Somerset girl and today is known as one of the UK's most respected and journalists, holding a number of awards including the Ferring International Media Award. Her first book - 'Boundaries' - co-authored by Jennie Miller (a psychotherapist and couples expert) launched at Beatons Petersfield in early 2018. It has won critical acclaim from both therapists and a hungry readership wanting to find ways to carve out a rewarding life/work balance. Victoria and Jennie both live near Petersfield and we are proud to have hosted a signing and talk for them.




Tiffany Francis

Tiffany is a writer and naturalist from Petersfield, specialising in wildlife, landscape and rural heritage. Having grown up in the chalky hills of the South Downs, she later spent five years between Bristol and London where she completed her Masters degree in English at UCL. Most of her inspiration is rooted in the South Downs landscape, where she works at Butser Ancient Farm as creative developer and goat keeper. She writes a monthly wildlife column for Hampshire Life, as well as various pieces for the Guardian, Countryfile, Woodland Trust and the Wildlife Trust among others. She has also appeared on BBC Radio 4's Tweet of the Day and Saturday Live. Her first book 'Food You Can Forage' is all about wild food and embracing the countryside, published in March 2018 by Bloomsbury.


Jill Turner
Jill Turner has been a Fleet Street journalist for much of her career, before heading to Cornwall where she transformed Cornwall Today into the glossy lifestyle magazine which led to it winning Regional Magazine of the Year at the Press Gazette awards. The Petersfield based author's first novel 'The Children of Albion' - described as 'an urban 'Lord of the Flies' for our time' was published in September 2016 to critical acclaim.  

Lucy Cousins 
Maisy, the famous mouse, “drew herself” one day, when Lucy was doodling various animals on a piece of paper, looking for inspiration, and the first Maisy book was published soon after Lucy left college. Maisy, who also stars in her own television show, has become one of the best-loved characters in children’s books, and is recognized the world over. Lucy lives in Hampshire with her husband and has four children.



                                 Chrissie Manby

Although Chrissie Manby isn’t officially a Hampshire author, she has family living in the county and is Guest of Honour at our private launch Soirée so we thought we’d adopt her. Not least because our customers will love her wherever they find her! Chrissie has words flowing through her veins and her first short story was published in 'Just Seventeen' at the age of fourteen! She wrote a few rather racy novels at the start of her career under the pen name Stephanie Ash. Then, having attracted a literary agent she began writing as Chris/Chrissie Manby.

Chrissie is a prolific romantic comedy novelist and has thirty-six books to her name at the time of posting. The latest, ‘The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club’ is – obviously – right up our street. 


Michelle Magorian  
An English author of children's books, Michelle is best known for her first novel, Goodnight Mister Tom, which won the 1982 Guardian Prize for British children's books and has been adapted several times for screen or stage. She is also a celebrated actress.

Two other well-known works are Back Home and A Little Love Song. Michelle now lives in Petersfield, Hampshire, with her two children Tom and George.







Ursula Moray Williams
(19 April 1911 – 17 October 2006). Ursula was an English children's author of nearly 70 books for children. Her classic 'Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse', written while expecting her first child, remained in print throughout her life from its publication in 1939.
Her stories often involved brave creatures who overcame trials and cruelty in the outside world before finding a loving home. They included 'The Good Little Christmas Tree' of 1943, and 'Gobbolino and the Witch's Cat'. Williams was born in Petersfield, Hampshire. She and her twin sister Barbara Árnason were talented artists and for six years from the age of ten wrote and illustrated books for each other's birthdays and at Christmas.




John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris  
(10 July 1903 – 11 March 1969). Wyndham was an English science fiction writer best known for his works written using the pen name John Wyndham, although he also used other combinations of his names, such as John Beynon and Lucas Parkes. Many of his works were set in post-apocalyptic landscapes. His best known works include 'The Day of the Triffids' (1951) and 'The Midwich Cuckoos' (1957), the latter filmed twice as Village of the Damned. John Wyndham was educated in Petersfield and lived there for part of his life.






Edward Thomas
(3 March 1878 – 9 April 1917) Poet Edward Thomas lived in the village of Steep, very close to Petersfield from 1913 - 1916, taking inspiration from the countryside around him.

He continues to inspire artists and poets today. Our House Poet, Liz Darcy Jones, nods to one of his most famous poems 'Addlestrop' in the first line of the Beatons Petersfield Rubai.



And during the summer of 2017 a wonderful exhibition of works of art inspired by Jane Austen, Gilbert White and Edward Thomas 'Inspired by the Word' was shown at Selborne, Gilbert White's house, link here.  A collection of sculpture, part of the same exhibition, inspired by Edward Thomas's work was also exhibited at Petersfield's Physic Garden earlier in the summer.









Gilbert White

(18 July 1720 – 26 June 1793) Selborne was home to the Reverend Gilbert White, whose 'The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne' (1789) still receives international recognition.











Jane Austen
(16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) Arguably Hampshire's most celebrated writer,  the village of Chawton is where Jane Austen's lived and where she wrote or revised her six great novels. She was buried in Winchester where she died in 1817.







Flora Thompson

(5 December 1876 – 21 May 1947)
Flora Thompson came to Liphook in 1916 and based her classic trilogy, Lark Rise to Candleford, on her observations of local natural history and rural life.











Thomas Hardy
(2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) Many of Hardy's novels concern tragic characters struggling against their passions and social circumstances. They are often set in the semi-fictional region of Wessex; initially based on the medieval Anglo-Saxon kingdom. Hardy's Wessex eventually came to include the counties of Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, Hampshire and much of Berkshire, in southwest and south central England.






John Keats

(31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) John Keats stayed in Winchester in the summer and autumn of 1819, during which time he produced a series of masterpieces. Visitors can follow the 'Keats Walk' celebrating his famous ode 'To Autumn', written after a walk along the River Itchen.




Charles Dickens
(7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, the second of seven children, and his birthplace is now a museum. Hampshire provided inspiration for several of Dicken's novels, including the notorious Victorian workhouse in Andover and Dickens returned to Portsmouth in his late twenties when researching 'Nicholas Nickleby'.








Gilbert White

(18 July 1720 – 26 June 1793) Selborne was home to the Reverend Gilbert White, whose 'The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne' (1789) still receives international recognition.











Arthur Conan Doyle
(22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) 
Author of Sherlock Holmes, lived in Portsmouth and is buried in Minstead churchyard in the New Forest.