Jan Williams, Author - Jan's Books

Essex Folk Tales
Essex Folk Tales is one of the many entertaining books produced by History Press to record the folk tales of each individual British county. As well as capturing the special qualities of each individual county, these books are treasured as a revelation of the style of each individual oral storyteller .
Jan has always loved the mysterious landscape of the Essex coast. It is a place still haunted by the spirits of historical invaders like the Romans, the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings. Many tales were told by smugglers to keep prying eyes away from their secret hide outs. Inland dramatic stories of the supernatural include witch craft, ghosts, dragons, a violent white lady and a good selection of heroes and villains including some amazing highwaymen. The women of Essex stir the imagination most-from brave Boudicca and beautiful Edith Swan Neck to the adulteress Kitty Canham.
Some stories are told with a respect for their historical background, some with a touch of poetry and some with an impish sense of fun. Jan has taken these tales, many handed down through generations of storytellers and shaped them into an entertaining and readable collection for a modern audience. Price£9.99. December 12th Essex Life's 'Bookof the month'
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An Amazing Storytelling Cat

Faraway in Japan five lost cats are listening to some amazing tales! Their storyteller is Kiyoko, a bobtailed cat with one green eye and one blue eye. Kiyoko creates magical creatures including an Egyptian Goddess, a carnival and a dancing Siamese.
Sometimes the images he describes are scary; a monster with many legs pounds down the mountainside, a terrifying creature swings down from the rafters and in China men are seeking out a ghost. In America, a black cat searches for her sick mistress and in English graveyard the cats hold a special meeting.
Thereís laughter too; a mouse falls in a barrel of beer, while Captain Hallelujah Jones is not your usual pirate. And as for the Irish cat- she shows how cats always get their own way!
This enchanting collection of beautifully illustrated and captivating tales celebrates the special friendship that develops from sharing stories as well as appealing to cat lovers everywhere.
Kiyoko started his life as a story for children in Scholasticís magazine Literacy Plus but his tales have grown and the remarkable illustrations by Simon Peecock and Charmaine Mckissock have meant few people can resist a closer look when they pick up this book. These are friends worth making!

Kevin Crossley Holland, a distinguished children's author, said about the book "At the heart of these stories is a driving imaginative energy. They're joyous and knowing and playful. Reading them or listening to them, we willingly suspend our disbelief.".

This book is self published and produced to a very high standard by Swift Publishing for £7.99 and has to be ordered from either a good bookshop or on online retailer of choice. If there is any difficulty obtaining the book please click in the header of any page to email me.

Roger Tabor, well known cat lover and naturalists says "Jan Williams is a consummate storyteller who has written a charming series of stories suitable for children and adults who love cats and old stories."

 
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