Two Books from local author N B Dixon who is an author of historical fiction. Her love for the Robin Hood legend began in a neglected corner of the school library and has continued ever since. She is a self-confessed bookworm and a musician living in Fleet, Hampshire

The legend of Robin Hood is known to millions around the world. It has delighted audiences for centuries, and has been told through ballads, novels, television and films. But what of the story behind the legend? In the outlaw’s legacy series, author N.B. Dixon attempts to do just that. This planned five-book series will chronicle the life of the famous outlaw, from his disturbed childhood, through his outlaw days and beyond.

Book One - Heir of Locksley
By N B Dixon

Heir of Locksle is the story of the Boy, Robin Hood. A historical coming-of-age tale that shows the shaping of the Boy into the man he will one day become. On the surface, Robin of Locksley appears to have it all. The son of a nobleman, highly skilled in the use of sword and bow, and popular with all who know him, save one. Guy of Gisborne, his neighbour, is jealous of Robin’s abilities. For too long he has walked in Robin’s shadow, and he yearns to make a name for himself. As well as exploring Robin’s childhood, Heir of Locksley also introduces the theme of homosexuality into the Robin Hood legend. Though Robin is happy enough to flirt with village girls, his interest in the stable boy, Will Scathelock, threatens to undo everything he thought he knew about himself. As Robin grows up, he becomes more and more aware of the divisions in society. He witnesses the cruel treatment of the poor, and chafes against his father’s rules. The decisions he makes in these formative years will mould him into the legendary figure he is to become. Meanwhile, the schemes of Guy of Gisborne and his family grow ever more ambitious, and the once childhood friends become deadly enemies. Blurb Robin of Locksley is a rebel, more comfortable roaming Sherwood Forest with his longbow and courting the village girls than learning how to run a manor. An innocent flirtation with a peasant girl soon lands Robin in trouble, and worse, he finds himself inexplicably attracted to Will Scathelock, his best friend since childhood. Robin must decide whether to follow the rules of society or his own conscience. Meanwhile, his neighbour, Guy of Gisborne, is anxious to get his hands on the Locksley estate and he will do anything to make it happen—even murder.

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Book Two: Knight of Sherwood Outlaw’s Legacy
By N B Dixon

A unique and vivid retelling of the story of the mythical outlaw, Robin Hood - deeply researched, emotionally resonant, action-packed and with a surprising and believable new take on the sexuality of Robin of Locksley.

The sequel to Heir of Locksley) continues Robin’s fight against injustice and the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. But at the same time Robin must make a choice between his secret love for Will Scathelock and the Heiress Lady Marion. 

• Thoroughly researched and full of realistic details, this new narrative of the legend rings true, both physically and emotionally. A rollercoaster ride of family feuds, betrayal and a fight for what is right. 

Perfect for lovers of historical fiction and pure adventure. 

What do you do when to love a man is considered a mortal sin? How do you protect your people when you have nothing? Who do you owe most loyalty to, your family or yourself? Robin returns to England after four years fighting in the Holy Land. On arriving at Locksley, he discovers that Guy of Gisborne, his most hated enemy, has been made Sheriff of Nottingham. Forced to flee into Sherwood, Robin becomes the champion of the poor. But Robin has a secret. His feelings for his friend Will Scathelock have deepened, but to acknowledge the truth would mean facing up to his past. Meanwhile, Lady Marian Fitzwalter, heiress to the vast Huntingdon estate, is determined to claim Robin for her own. 
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Knight of Sherwood and Heir of Locksley are available at all good bookshops and online outlets. For more information visit 

Contact: Ben Cameron  
07903 951957 

“I wanted to look at the myth of Robin Hood in a completely new way that both respects its traditions and adds realistic possibilities, such as Robin’s bisexuality.” N. B. Dixon



The Authenticity Dilemma Resolved by Local Author
Talita Ferreira

This book is the start of a revolution of authentic change, led by inspirational business woman and thought leader Talita Ferreira. Her vision is to establish the UK's first Academy of Authentic Change. This is the first step on that journey - the launch of a much-needed book designed for all those people seeking to unlock their true purpose and potential, manifest their destiny in the world and inspire others to be with them, or led by them. Talita writes openly, from the heart, and her writing is grounded in decades of high-level corporate experience. Having dedicated much of her life to seeking out the deeper meaning of true happiness, this book will help others do the same. Authenticity is a buzzword bandied about in business, but it is rarely examined in such a powerful way in the context of work and life. 

The Authenticity Dilemma Resolved is a book for people of all ages, not just leaders, but anyone committed to the pursuit of authenticity. "The thoughts and emotional force put behind this tremendously important topic - authenticity - will be invaluable for many," explains Hanno Burmester, Das Resultat. 

The Authenticity Dilemma Resolved shows you how to define who you are and find congruence, balance, wellbeing and integration between your work and your life. It launches a new model to live and work by: The Authenticity POWER Model. The book helps readers to define who they are and how they connect with others. Although people believe they are authentic, the rapid changes in the world require a new perspective. Where consciousness and connectedness collide, everything we do becomes purpose-driven and intuition-based. 
Talita has spent more than 20 years working across Europe and South Africa as a CFO and consultant for organisations including BMW and KPMG. In this powerful book, she reveals how two separate traumatic incidents in her early years - in which she lost both her father and her brother - sent her on a life-long journey to understand what it is that drives and motivates people in their personal and professional lives. Understanding the impact technology has - creating a world where we are all permanently 'switched on' - she hopes this book will help people realise that only by unlocking their inner authenticity will they be able to achieve their highest potential.

 "Every change we make can be an incremental gain to create a ripple effect in the universe. It can be a ripple, which gains momentum and creates an authenticity movement and gradually demands a revolution of authentic change." Talita Ferreira 

About the Author: Talita Ferreira is an entrepreneur, business owner and experienced executive who has chosen to step away from her career in corporate.

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  First Book from Local Author Kristen Bailey

Mother-of four, gin-drinker, binge-watcher, receipt-hoarder, enthusiastic but terrible cook....Kristen Bailey is a writer from Fleet, Hampshire whose debut novel, Souper Mum was published in June by Accent Press. Kristen's been writing for ten years and had short fiction published in Mslexia and Riptide Journal. Her novels take a refreshing look at family and modern life. The sequel to Souper Mum will be published later in the year. She writes a weekly blog about being a modern mother. That and more can be found at her website: . You can also find her on: Twitter @baileyforce6  and Facebook 


Souper Mum is the story of Jools Campbell, a stay-at-home mother of four, who becomes an unlikely foodie hero when she stands up to a pompous celebrity chef, Tommy McCoy on a reality show. Armed with fish fingers and a severely limited cooking repertoire, we watch as she becomes a reluctant celebrity and learns some important life lessons about love, family and the joyless merits of quinoa.

Souper Mum is available to order and buy from all good bookshops as paperback and e-reader.

First Book by Local Author Cheyenne Kai

Cheyenne lives in the Pondtail area of Fleet and started writing All The Lost Souls when she was just thirteen years of age, she is now 22. The text has been revised, changed, re-edited and reconstructed many times as Cheyenne went through the learning curve of taking her GCSE’s, “A” levels” and then her Degree.

This long period, finally leading to this completed book, has resulted in a fascinating mix of her incredible imagination and colourful English as a young teenager, and her more mature writing later as a student taking her degree. Put the two together and you have this wonderfully creative, and unique novel.

This book is perfect for the young adult/teenager but will be enjoyed by anyone with a love for imaginative and colourful writing.

Cheyenne is now working on the sequel "All The Lost Souls - Redemption"

Synopsis: Kaelem is just like every other teenager struggling to come to terms with his life and homework. Then there is a knock on the door that changes his whole future.
He gradually discovers his true identity and is drawn into a destiny he doesn’t want. It leads to a struggle to discover the truth about his role in what he is convinced is the redemption of the human race, leading to conflict within his family and between three very differing worlds. Kaelem was not only unknowingly born into a war, he also finds out that he is the son of parents on opposite sides: two worlds, one with the power over ice, one of fire. The two powers fused in Kaelem, causing him to be unique in his ability.

This ultimately leads to a horrific path that will leave in its wake devastation, desolation and death.

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Note: Initial orders for this book from buyers living in the GU51 and GU52 areas of Fleet and Crookham will have their copy signed and delivered FREE OF CHARGE -  Phone 01252 629420 for more details.


Terence Pettigrew

Terence Pettigrew first gained the attention of the media with the publication in 1977 of his biography, 'Bogart'. Other books followed. These include 'British Film Character Actors' (1982), 'British Films' (1985, sponsored by the Post Office), 'Raising Hell' (1993), and a second biography, 'Trevor Howard' (2001).

During these years he also wrote and presented documentaries on BBC Radio 4. These include profiles of Hollywood legends Humphrey Bogart, Montgomery Clift and James Dean, plus a 6-part series, 'Screen Partners'. Two of Pettigrew's documentaries for BBC Radio 2, 'Caught In The Draft', about National Service, and 'Nobody Cried When The Trains Pulled Out', about the wartime evacuation of children from England's major cities, were narrated by Michael Aspel.

In more recent years, he has turned from prose to writing poetry. To date, he has published three collections, with a fourth due out later in 2014. The first was 'Brotherly Sisters', about the Brontes. Then came 'Love And Other Weaponry', a collection of sixty poems about love and hate and other strong emotions which love can arouse. His third poetry collection, 'Gaius And The Lady', is a 90-plus poetry collection which he describes as 'a love story of ancient Rome.' All three are available in paperback and on Amazon Kindle. The book awaiting publication in 'Darling Josie', the harrowing story of a young married woman dying of cancer.

Terence Pettigrew is widowed, with two grown-up, married children and two grandchildren. He moved recently from Hertfordshire to Fleet to be nearer to them. He has had the same literary agent for 35 years. She is Shelley Power, who has handled all his books, and lives in Newhaven, Sussex.

Darling Josie - A new book of poems and fourth collection of poems tells the story of Josephine Brett, a young wife in her mid thirties who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Mr  Pettigrew'c wife also died of cancer and this is a "uniquely personal" story of his own experiences. 

Letter to Evangeline - A sixth collection of poems released on Amazon on September 12th email for more info


  New Book by expat Nigel Hicks

After serving his apprenticeship at what was the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, Nigel Rowland Hicks worked man and boy for the Ministry of Defence in a number of aeronautical engineering jobs. He was brought up in Fleet, Hampshire and, after marrying lived in Aldershot, Bordon, Aldershot again, Stubbington and Hillhead on the south coast, Farnham and the beautiful hamstone village of Chiselborough in Somerset. He now resides in Highcliffe, Dorset, having bought a ‘tired’ bungalow as a retirement project.

As well as writing, DIY and travelling in the motorhome, he plays both squash and racquetball, likes swimming, relaxing in the sauna, going to the theatre and rambling. (Some people say he rambles too much!)

He has always enjoyed reading, especially biographies – he likes to know what makes people tick – as well as nostalgia, travel and humour, and always has a book on the go. Sometimes when he’s been disappointed with a certain book, he’s thought he could have written a better one himself, but never found the time to do anything about it. Whilst a senior manager at Yeovilton, he often thought that embellishing annual staff reports and bonus reviews to be excellent practice for writing fiction!

So, when he and his wife bought their motorhome and everything started to go wrong, he decided to record everything that happened and then write it up. Although not fiction – it couldn’t possibly have been made up – Some People Prefer Hotels is the result.’


  Play Colours with Zooby

A children's book by Author's Wendy and Alisdair Mclean who lives in Church Crookham.

 It was inspired by family pet beagle Zooby. It can be used to help pre-school children to learn colours. 

  Beatles Book: Church Crookham journalist Martin Creasy has written a new book called "Beatlemania! The Real Story of the Beatles.

It features a Gig by Gig account of the six UK tours between 1963 to 1965 and includes many interviews with stars who joined the tours.

Martin is a sub editor if the News and Mail.


Beatles UK tours 1963-1965. The book is available through Amazon and all good bookshops.

  Two new books by Church Crookham author Leonard D. Dobson are now available. Leonard started his professional career in the early 1960’s following a five year course at Guildford School of Art, Surrey, UK

A thirty five year career in graphics, during which Leonard was awarded a Life Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Designers - the highest professional qualification in graphic design. In 1982, and in his spare time, Leonard became a fully registered full healer- member of two world spiritual healing organisations, gaining experience and knowledge through his twenty five years as a practicing spiritual healer.

In 2007, a chance photo he took of a fall of snow, changed his direction in life and he took up the study of UFO’s and the paranormal. It was Leonard’s experience in graphics and his constant search for a greater spiritual purpose in life, that combination which led him into taking a unique and different angle into exploring the hidden world of the paranormal.

The books are called "10 Cents for the World" and are a study of extra-terrestrial influence in the world.

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  NEW BOOKLET: FLEET POND SOCIETY - THE FIRST 30 YEARS by Society President Peter Martin.

Available from:

Peter Martin 17 Longmead,
Fleet, Hampshire.
GU52 7TX
(Tel: 01252 684828)

at £3 per copy (add £1 if you want it posted).

In order to avoid using Society funds, which are raised to help protect and enhance Fleet Pond Nature Reserve, the printing costs were raised by sponsorship and special thanks are due to the following:

  • Waitrose Fleet Branch
  • The Rotary Club of Fleet
  • The Rotary Club of Hart
  • Hart District Council
  • Saunders, Wood & Co - Accountants (
  • W. C. Baker & Son (Hardware suppliers in Fleet for 100 years)
  • TM Roofing & Building Contractors (Tel: 01252 851719)
  • Roy Hewett (Member of Fleet Pond Society)

The booklet begins with a Foreword by the Society’s Patron, Chris Packham.

The booklet is a “must have” for all who have supported the efforts of the Society over many years and would like a reminder of its achievements. For newer Members, it will help to paint a picture of what our volunteers have done. It deals with the reasons for forming the Society, what happened in the early years, how the footpaths were constructed, the installation of the bridges and landing stage, pollution incidents, wildlife rescues, voluntary wardening, fire fighting, fund raising, the Twinning and the conservation working parties. It is not only a historical record of what the Society has accomplished; it is a tribute to all that the volunteers have done to make sure that the flora and fauna within the Reserve is protected, whilst still providing an area for quiet enjoyment for local residents.

All monies received from sales will go into the Society’s funds for the protection and enhancement of Fleet Pond Nature Reserve.

Crookham author spotlights the 1960s pop legends.
THERE was a time when stars like Jimi Hendrix, Cat Stevens, The Walker Brothers and Engelbert Humperdinck strutted their stuff before fans in Aldershot.
In fact, that diverse collection of pop talent shared the very same stage at the ABC cinema in High Street, Aldershot, on the very same night in April 1967 when they were in the middle of a month-long UK tour.
The cinema staged seven shows between 1965 and the end of 1967 featuring the top names on both sides of the Atlantic and those concerts provide the central spine of the book Legends On Tour - The Pop Package Tours Of The 1960s penned by Martin Creasy, who has lived in Church Crookham since 1988.
The book follows those seven tours across the country with anecdotes from 21 pop stars and dozens of local fans who attended the shows. The stories are illustrated by dozens of previously unpublished photographs from the files of the Aldershot News of stars like Hendrix, Roy Orbison and The Small Faces, both on stage and relaxing in their dressing room at the cinema.
Legends On Tour is published by Tempus Publications of Stroud  and is also available from 
More information is available on Martin’s website at
Martin is pictured at a signing session at Maher the Bookseller at the hart centre in Fleet. Picture taken by David Searchfield
  The following books are available from If you wish to purchase them simply click on the appropriate link and you will be taken to the exact page   

Back to '66

Local Author Bob Cox's book "Back to '66. 

  Fleet Street Map  
  Family Walks Around Fleet, Crookham, and Crondall (Family Walks Series)

Written by Bob Rose.


Ashes Book from Local Journalist Rob Wightman

Rob Wightman’s exciting new cricket book has been published to coincide with the Ashes. Match of My Life - The Ashes relives 12 classic matches from past series through the eyes of the men on the pitch.


The book features exclusive contributions from 12 Ashes heroes: 2005 Ashes winner Ashley Giles, Geoff Boycott, David Gower, Glenn McGrath, Justin Langer, Merv Hughes, Bob Willis, Ray Illingworth, John Emburey, Mark Taylor, Jeff Thomson and Neil Harvey.


Match of My Life - The Ashes, edited by Rob Wightman and Sam Pilger, (Know the Score Books, £16.99), is available from and major bookshops, including Maher and WH Smith in Fleet. 






About Rob Wightman


Rob Wightman has lived in Church Crookham, Fleet, since 2002. His first book, a biography of footballer Eric Cantona, was published by Virgin Books in the same year.


Rob was brought up in the village of Long Sutton, Hampshire, and returned to the county in the late 1990s after spells living in Exeter, New Zealand, Spain and Hertfordshire.


His latest book, Match of My Life - The Ashes, is the product of a summer of toil.


Local Author Malcolm Noble

Author Malcolm Noble spent his teenage years in Crookham Village (Veronica Drive -- then a new house) and kept close ties with the place until his parents moved away in the 1980's.  He spent his wedding night in the Oatsheaf


Malcolms first novel "Liking Good Jazz" has been taken by a number of libraries in the area -- Fleet, Aldershot, Yately and Farnborough -- suggesting something of a local readership. thought that his readers would find it useful to keep in touch with the series of books -- 



Timberdick is back in Malcolm's second novel "Piggy Tuckers Poison"  She's living in a church vestry and working nights in the Curiosity Shop, when a stranger is murdered at the top of the stairs. Timberdick's girls are the likely suspects.

Setting out to find the real killer, she is soon on the run herself from the Police and the pavements of Goodladies Road offer no hiding place. It's 1965 and the world has gone crazy... her favourite policeman is moonlighting as a DJ on a pirate radio ship, and Bugger McKinley's ghost is loose on the town. Timbers is arrested, but she has no time to waste in a police cell -- she has a murder to solve... and a bun in the oven.





In Malcolm's book "The Case of the Dirty Verger" the story has some extra Hampshire ingredients -- a night ride down the old Meon Valley branch line and the ghost of Sweet Fanny Adams from Alton!

1947 brings no peace to Goodladies Road. Men without a war and girls without homes is a cocktail for murder...

When Ned Machray, an out of work policeman, is dispatched to help an old soldier flee the country, he finds that the old tavern has been bombed, Ma Shipley is working her girls from a smutty tearoom, and the manor is controlled by an embittered Chief Inspector who works from the back of a taxi office. 

A body is found beneath the railway arches... the Dirty Verger holds the key to the mystery, but who would deal with a man like that?

Well, Timberdick might. A teenage runaway, who can't escape the lies and treachery of her childhood. "Every grown up comes with a cakeload of cruelty," she says, and the Case of the Dirty Verger is no different.

This latest Timberdick Mystery explores our protagonist's first nights on the Goodladies Road, and offers clues to many of the characters who have already appeared in her later murder cases.

Another Timberdick novel The Parish of Frayed Ends





Malcolms Latest Book - It's 1937. Ned Machray has been a policeman for only a few weeks when he finds his first murder. But five nosey housewives think he is too much of a tenderfoot to solve the crime on his own. These women are sure that one of them is guilty,A" Ned explains to his superior. But they can't agree which one.A" His investigation takes him into the city's slums, illegal dogfights and a back street clinic for particular diseases. He gets to the bottom of gossip and cracks a murder that has baffled Scotland Yard, Whitehall and the local CID. A Mystery of Cross Women is a prelude to the author's Timberdick Mysteries.


Malcolm would like to thank local residents for their continued support.

To check out Malcolm's books visit his website at or amazon.


Basingstoke Canal - a new book by Dieter Jebens and Roger Cansdale both from Church Crookham.

Priced £12.99and available from local bookshops - also from Amazon click here