It has been six months since the launch of ' The Half-Shilling Curate ' and I thought it was time for a little news. The book is selling well and reaching folk across the country, in France, Belgium and across the world in America and Canada! The book is now available at: Belsay Shop (Northumberland), Alnwick Castle (Northumberland), Northumberland Fusiliers Museum (Northumberland), Durham Cathedral (Co.Durham), Palace Green - DLI Exhibition (Durham), York Army Museum (York), National Army Museum (London), Hatchards Bookstore (London), Museum of Methodism (London), Foyles Bookshop (London), National Memorial Arboretum (Staffordshire), Holyhead Maritime Museum (Hoyhead), Victoria Bookshop (Haverfordwest), Thiepval Memorial (France) and many other locations across the country. Although, remember that a personalised and discounted copy of ' The Half-Shilling Curate ' can be ordered from this website. Feedback on the book has been wonderful. My favourite letter, to date, received from a gentleman who had read the book commented:
' Certainly an intimate book and I feel I knew your grandfather. Terrible times. Not one but two world wars to endure.
The roll of honour towards the end was very welcome. Nice to have a bit more information on his colleagues and friends.
Finally to round it off – “fond memories” at the end – a perfect end to the reading experience. '
The letter ends:
'This book is now for reference library shelf alongside my late wife’s collection of poetry and the complete works of Shakespeare. Again, many thanks, and, well done !
I think it should be made into a feature film. If approached, go for it ! '
Thanks go to Hugh Pym who has written a great Foreword for the book. I approached Hugh Pym because his grandfather was the famous WW1 Army Chaplain, the Rev. Thomas Wentworth Pym. Also, Hugh Pym has been involved with the BBC on the subject of WW1 Army Chaplai ns:
THANK YOU Sir Peter de la Billière (who knows first hand the valuable role of the Army Chaplains in war), the Rev. Dr Peter Howson (who is one of the leading authorities in the academic world of Army Chaplaincy) and Dr Emily Mayhew (a leading authority on the subject of medical matters and WW1) for three beautiful endorsements which will feature on the back cover of the book!
We now wait until the week beginning Monday, 17th October ...