Orion Autobiography HB March £8.99 256pp 978 1 4091 5098 5 eBook: £11.99 / 978 1 4091 5099 1
MALCOLM CASTLE Going to Blazes
More extraordinary real-life anecdotes from Shropshire’s longest-serving fireman, the author of All Fired Up and Great Bales of Fire. Going to Blazes shows the endlessly varied nature of life as a country fireman, and includes some of the most heart-warming and dramatic incidents of Malcolm Castle’s career as he qualifies to crew the two-man Emergency Tender. Back at base he’s in the thick of it as colleagues face a series of challenges to the old order. First come plans to halt drinking on duty and close down the fire station bar. Then there are calls to heed embryonic health and safety warnings and stop playing fiercely competitive sports in the station grounds. Finally there is the wild rumour that women may soon be allowed to join the fire brigade! Life in the fire service is as crazy as ever, and Going to Blazes continues Malcolm Castle’s celebration of the glorious English countryside. Malcolm Castle joined the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service as a very young eighteen-year-old in 1980. He recently retired after thirty-one years on Red Watch at Shrewsbury Fire Station.
Location: Shrewsbury Available for interview www.malcolm-castle.co.uk @MalcolmCastle
Orion Autobiography PB April £7.99 304pp Illustrations 978 1 4091 5347 4 eBook: £7.99 / 978 1 4091 5348 1
JANE DOLBY Song of the Sea
The touching story of Jane Dolby and the Fishwives Choir, uniting fishing communities around the UK. Jane Dolby’s husband was a fisherman from Leigh-on-Sea who tragically disappeared at sea off the Essex coast in 2008. His body was found nine months later. Jane struggled with her grief but due to the tremendous support she received from her local fishing community, she founded the Fishwives Choir. The choir includes 80 women from fishing communities around the country. Their charity single ‘When the Boat Comes in’ charted at No. 1 on the iTunes vocal charts. Jane Dolby is the founder of the Fishwives Choir and has appeared on BBC Breakfast and featured in the Daily Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday.
Location: Leigh-on-Sea, Essex Available for interview www.fishwiveschoir.co.uk f/TheFishwivesChoir @FishwivesChoir
Orion Non-Fiction / Autobiography • March / April 2015