Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Book signing at Waterstones for Good Morning, Corfu: a Year on a Greek Island

A great time was had by all at Waterstones, Bridport, on Saturday when Maddie Grigg signed copies of her new book Good Morning, Corfu: A Year on a Greek Island.

Her story of a grown-up gap year has caught readers' imagination, especially those who've been hooked by the first series of The Durrells on ITV, which finished on Sunday night.

Awarding it five stars, the book's first reviewer on Amazon said: 'I was predisposed to like this book as it is set on my favourite island but I really did enjoy it.

'It was a very comfortable read, like sitting and chatting to an old friend. The style of the author's writing is open and unpretentious and I almost feel like she is that old friend.

'Her descriptions of her year on the island made me feel that I could have been there alongside her and her husband.

'It took me to a Greek village that I have never visited but now feel that I know well, along with the various welcoming villagers.'

Says Maddie: 'The signing was a great success, and I'm very grateful to Waterstones and also to Wessex Wines for doing tastings of Thiasos wine from the Peloponnese region of Greece.

'There was a real feel-good atmosphere in the shop and such lovely comments from customers.'

An extract from the book won Maddie a trip for two to Peru in a travel writing competition run by The Telegraph and Saga Magazine. Another extract brought her to the attention of the oldest women's weekly magazine in the world, The People's Friend, for which she is now a regular columnist.

Maddie is also planning to bring out at least two more books about her life in Corfu and, as an unrepresented author, she is keen to find the right publisher to work with her.

TV bosses have commissioned another series The Durrells, which is based on the autobiographical The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell. It will be filmed in Corfu in the summer and broadcast next April.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Book signing for Good Morning, Corfu: A Year on a Greek Island

As the sun-soaked Durrells' television series comes to an end this coming Sunday, it's time to immerse yourself in Corfu again with the latest book in The Bridport Press stable.

Good Morning, Corfu: A Year on a Greek Island tells the story of Maddie Grigg's big, fat, Greek gap year in an honest, warm and affectionate look at life on a Greek island.

Maddie will be signing copies of the book at Waterstones, Bridport, from 10am until 2pm on Saturday 7 May. If you pop in after noon, you can sample some Thiasos wine from the Peloponnese region of Greece, courtesy of Wessex Wines.

You can order the book online from FeedAReada leading independent publisher, programmed with Arts Council funding, or download the Kindle version.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Good Morning, Corfu: A Year on a Greek Island

Maddie's just published a new book, Good Morning, Corfu: A Year on a Greek Island.

Just like the Durrells, Maddie and her husband abandoned rainy Dorset for a new adventure on the Greek island of Corfu. With beautiful countryside, kind neighbours and plenty of sunshine, what could have been better? 

But Maddie was unprepared for the ache for home, which lives in us all. 

Good Morning, Corfu: A Year on a Greek Island is a story of love, friendship and laughter and what happens when two people go on a whim and a prayer to a beautiful but foreign country.

It's available as an ebook on Kindle or as a paperback.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Unique Bridport novels in a unique Bridport venue

A crop of fiction based in and around Bridport will be on sale at Bridport Electric Palace on Saturday 12 December between 10am and 1pm.

Novels by the three founding members of The Bridport Press – Sean Geraghty, Mitch Norman and former Bridport News editor Margery Hookings, who writes under the pen name of Maddie Grigg – will be on sale, along with children’s stories written by the late Jenny Billett.

Margery’s non-fiction book, My Kind of Town, about the history of Bridport over the last 150 years as seen through the eyes of the local newspaper, will also be available, as well as A Year in Lush Places, based on her award-winning blog, The World from my Window. Under her nom de plume, she now writes a weekly column for The People’s Friend magazine.

Mitch Norman’s novel, Well, Fare Thee Well, is a funny and poignant, bitter-sweet coming-of-age story featuring scooters, Tamla Motown and girls.

The Borassic Coast is a dark tale revealing the underbelly of The Jurassic Coast through linked characters and stories.

A Town Like This by Maddie Grigg is a farcical romp featuring a cavernous outfitters with hidden attics and a local newspaper reporter out to make a name for himself. 

The books will be on sale in the Palace’s cafĂ©, where you can enjoy a coffee and a cake to the sound of Mitch’s mellow guitar, on Saturday 12 December between 10am and 1pm.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Grab a piece of fiction set in a land not that far away...

Get your hands on something a little bit different this Christmas.

All our books,including the first three (pictured above) are available online.

Two of our novels are also available on Kindle for immediate download. Go to The Borassic Coast and A Town Like This. 

Maddie Grigg's novella, A Year in Lush Places: Tales from England's Rural Underbelly, is also available on Kindle - check out the reviews.

If you'd like to order Well, Fare Thee Well, A Town Like This or The Borassic Coast in paperback, your best bet is to do this direct from the publishers, FeedARead.com, although we are hoping to organise a pre-Christmas sale. Watch this space!

The Erosian Fairies by Jenny Billett

The third book by the late Jenny Billett is now available.

Liama lives in the Kingdom of Erosana. She is excited because the Fairy Queen is giving her new wings with magic power, but the Queen disappears and the evil goblins sneak into the kingdom.

Liama must search for the Queen to save the fairies. She is helped by Oran, an extraordinary otter-like creature and together they bravely face danger. During their journey they meet dragons, monsters and frightening birds, but also find help and kindness in other kingdoms.

However, the adventure is not over when they discover the Fairy Queen...

The Erosian Fairies is in aid of Riding for the Disabled Association. 

  • Jenny Billett wrote for children using her imagination to create adventure. She was also a singer and an artist working in stained glass and other media. She had an affinity with children and was passionate about the countryside and wildlife. Jenny died aged 25 years in 1994 attempting to rescue a stranded sheep from a cliff top in Dorset. Jenny’s books are published posthumously and proceeds from sales go to charity.

Thursday, 2 July 2015