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Read All About It!

Interviews and articles are an integral part of the process of introducing a new book to the world. It’s a great opportunity to meet some varied and interesting people.

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With that in mind, it has been a real pleasure to chat with journalists and representatives from the communities featured in the first in the changeling series, Legend of the Lost.

Much of the action takes place during a journey between the Cornish coast and the Chiltern Hills with many scenes in Ashridge Forest.

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So we’re pleased to see articles appearing in Tring Buzz “Author Channels Magic of the Chilterns” ,Hertfordshire Life and Berkhamsted Living:

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The first book was written, produced and distributed in and from the UK by East Midlands publishing house Book Guild, so Ian was very happy to meet with the Barrow Voice editorial team to detail the inspiration and creative process behind the series. Here’s an excerpt from the interview which you can read in full on their website:

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Long car journeys with children are often experiences that parents would rather forget. But for Ian Buckingham, trips to the family home in Cornwall ignited a spark that led him to switch from writing books on brand management to a trilogy of children’s books – which he completed in Barrow.

Last year, Ian, a management consultant based in the East Midlands, was looking to take a retreat where he could write with minimal interruptions and commitments (every writer’s dream). He found an annex to let, off Cotes Road, on the banks of the River Soar. It proved to be the perfect spot to unleash creativity.

“I didn’t know Barrow, but I was working on a consultancy project nearby, ironically in the mining industry, so it worked well for me,” he says. “It was last winter and, as people will recall, we had a proper winter so I felt as though I was in the middle of nowhere, while surrounded by nature, perhaps a little too surrounded at times, given the Arctic conditions and floods.”

So, how did those conversations with little ones in the back seat of the car translate into a trilogy of novels? To keep his young daughters entertained, he would create scenes – “There’s a wolf in the forest, what happens next?” – and the family would dip into their imaginations to create exciting scenarios and characters in a type of storytelling relay.

One day, Ian and his elder daughter discussed capturing the stories they had created together. They worked through the scraps of notes they had made and sketched out the story on an A3 sheet of paper.

Years later, he took it out of a drawer and it formed the basis for his trilogy, Legend of the Lost.

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The call to adventure…..

I’m a big fan of the work of mythologist and master storyteller, the late, great Joseph Campbell.

He dedicated his life to tracking down groups of people within cultures all over the globe and capturing their local folklore and stories.

What he detected was that, despite it being impossible for some to have been influenced by others, they all had a pattern and a cadence they shared.

He called this the monomyth and he went on to describe a narrative device called the hero’s journey, the path that the central character takes, usually the reluctant hero who represents Everyman (or woman).

One of the stages on that journey is what he termed the “call to adventure”.

It’s that moment when the central character has to choose between staying in the ordinary world or taking the first step on a journey of transformation that will change them and ultimately their community.

The Legend of the Lost trilogy is written in the hero’s journey style.

Readers are just starting to share their stories.

Question is, will you now accept the call…?

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The Book Guild Lineup

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Legend of the Lost is leading the new children’s books line at Book Guild, the independent, UK based publisher that we’re proud to partner with.

It’s important that the book was conceived, published, printed and distributed in the East Midlands, UK.

Take a look at their latest lineup of titles and snuggle up with a good book as a fantastic Summer hands over to a cosy Autumn of long walks and comforting reads:

 

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A book as an emotional bridge?

It was not always intended that the changeling trilogy, which came to be known as Legend of the Lost, the title of the first book, had an over-arching message. But like many creative projects, it took on a life and direction of its own.

The concept of the family separated by malevolent, dark magic forces was always at the core.

But it’s interesting and humbling that this has taken on different levels of meaning for people.

Reunification and enduring love have become increasingly important themes judging by the dedications requested and touching messages we’ve received to date.

Here’s a sample of some of the feedback that we’ve been very interested and grateful to receive so far:

“Our grandchildren live thousands of miles away now. We miss them very much and have sent them a copy of this lovely book as one of the ways to remind them how much we love them.”

“I have not been as present in the lives of my young niece and nephew and I intend to read this with them over the holidays.”

“I have been prevented from speaking with my step son for years and I’ve sent him a copy of this and hope it’s another reminder of how much we think about and love him here.”

“Slipped a signed copy into our son’s University suitcase. Felt a bit soppy/ But he was really touched.”

“Our daughter has been at the center of an acrimonious split and as she’s not with me all the time now. Having read this, I know she will think about her whole family while exploring it herself.”

“It’s really important to stimulate imagination in children before school sets their minds in stone and this is full of important messages about learning from adventure, making mistakes but growing. None of us are perfect, especially not the grown ups.”

As Legend of the Lost launches worldwide at the end of the month, please do keep the feedback coming in.

If you would like to receive a signed and dedicated copy, then please do contact us: and we’ll be happy to sort that out for you or loved ones, while stocks last.

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As if by magic!

As the first batch of books take flight, heading to their new owners by more traditional means, we’re pleased to announce that some will be arriving with the aid of  magical  support.

If you happen to live or be visiting one of the very special coastal locations mentioned in Legend of the Lost, the first in the trilogy, you could be in for quite a surprise.

Book fairies are on their way to select locations with samples of the first edition as gifts for a lucky few readers. Yes. Really.

But before the more “rough and tumble” among you start complaining that fairies aren’t your thing, well remember, these are changelings, fighting faerie folk on a mission to save the planet with spears, swords, spells and bows. They’re also supported by an army of cut-throat pirates and all manner of beasts fierce and foul.

So keep your eyes peeled for a bit of local magic, especially if you live somewhere near the Lizard Coast…!!!

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A second taste of Legend of the Lost?

In honour of the arrival of the first batch of first editions from the printer, where we’re proud to say everything was locally sourced and produced, we thought we’d share another exclusive excerpt with our social media followers.

So if you’re sitting comfortably……

Everything about the beautifully twisted creatures at her command reeked of her malevolence and bleak revenge.

They embodied her thoughts as they snickered, snarled and howled their way down the long-forgotten passageway connecting the darkest part of the dark downs to the centre of the castle, the former domain of the Black Prince.

This vengeance had been decades in the making. And it would be all the more fulfilling for the tortuous wait.

This would be justice for the outcasts, revenge against the race that had treated her own mother so cruelly, that had destroyed her own family and that had now abused, polluted and neglected the creatures of the forest and the fields where they lived.”

….we can’t share much more without there being some sort of “spoiler” as there’s so much action packed into the pages.

But if you want to grab your copy before they go on general release at the month end then be sure to go to the Book Guild online shop today or, contact us for one of the last few remaining advance copies and beat your friends to it……….

 

 

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First Edition

Look what arrived, fresh from the printer, here modeled by Philippa from the publisher, Book Guild!

The first book in the Legend of the Lost trilogy has an extra special

reunification theme.

It’s a very heartwarming message about the importance of family, whatever unique form that takes, about a bond that transcends adversity, about perseverance & overcoming challenges and trials.

The books are for sale online now from the Book Guild’s online store. At the month end when they will go on sale in the major retail outlets in-store and online via Amazon, Foyles, Google etc.

If you can’t make it to a signing, and you feel it will help, Ian will be very happy to sign a copy and write a special personal message on behalf of a parent, friend or relative to any child who they may feel needs a special boost.

Drop us a line with your details and we’ll arrange this for you.