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'A heart beats within'

This is the magical and touching story of a rocking horse told in his own words. He vividly describes the pain and joy of possessing a heart as he journeys through 80 years of his life. His adventures take him on a colourful and riveting ride. Beautifully illustrated by the author and her friend, this is a real delight.

“Thank you for all your work in bringing my book to life. I am more than delighted with the result! It looks SO professional.”
— Lana Gazder

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'A Touchy Subject'

A humorous look at life in the secondary school classroom from the point of view of an experienced supply teacher expressed through a series of letters to her absent colleague, Cassie. The characters at the school – and there are plenty of ‘characters’ – and the author’s own family, really come to life through her attempts to take her friend’s mind off her illness. This book is about all that life encompasses, a real treat.

“I am very pleased to have chosen UK Book Publishing to publish my book. I am very happy with the excellent service I have received. Ruth could not have done more for me, helping me at every stage of the process in an encouraging and supportive manner. Jay also provided a wonderful front cover. It was a pleasure to work with both of them. I would not hesitate to recommend UK Book Publishing.”
— Beth James

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'The Fall of a Warrior'

It’s gratifying to see the 5-star ratings rolling in for this debut from Scottish writer James Cook. The first in a trilogy, The Fall of a Warrior focuses on three separate stories that are seamlessly wound together, set in a fantasy world and featuring swords, heroes, and adventures aplenty.

“Absolutely first class service from everyone at UK Book Publishing. Everyone was so accommodating to my needs and put any of my concerns quickly to bed. It made publishing much easier and more stress free than it could have been. You were all very accommodating to any of my small changes and requirements. Particularly on the front cover, which I was desperate to get right.”
— James Cook

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'Property Accounting with Sage'

There aren’t many books on how to perform accounting for property managers and property investors, and  this book explains the basic principles needed to correctly record accounting information relating to property. It uses worked examples for setting up and recording information in the popular Sage 50 accounting package, and is the first in a series of easy-to-use guides. Screenshots guide the reader through the process, making this an ideal companion for property managers using Sage 50.

“We are new to the field of book publishing and UK Book Publishing helped us through all of the hoops we had to jump through. These hoops included getting ISBN numbers and their images to go on the back of the book. The hoops also included getting an excellent cover design, proof reading services, typesetting and image management. Getting all of these aspects right is essential for a professional looking book. Getting even one of them wrong will definitely compromise the sale of the book. Obviously, we were confident of the content of our book but we had no idea how much work would go into the process of getting the content from a Word document to a bookshelf. Don’t assume you can save time and costs by doing these for yourself because you can’t. You need someone who has done this many times before to guide you through the process. We will be using UK Book Publishing for the series of books we have in the planning stages.”
— Frank Mason

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'So your child is a complete arsehole'

What a fun project this was. The book began as a novelty Christmas present for the author’s parents (an unusual apology!), but turned into something bigger – recollecting all the drama and incidents of childhood, and what a pain in the backside your child can be – from the adult perspective once they achieve a certain amount of perspective! A book to make you smile and giggle, for sure.

“I can't begin to explain my emotions when I opened up my book cover and content design that the team had put together. I was utterly speechless. From the moment I approached UK Book Publishing (completely by chance when trawling Google for advice on self-publishing, by the way) they have listened to all my ramblings and ideas, considered every detail of my book as if it's their own and they did all the heavy lifting in making my idea a reality. They have been fun, kind and patient from the start and most importantly, the content they produce is of the most professional standard (honestly, it doesn't get any better than this; take my word as a fussy perfectionist!). If you were intending on releasing your own book and are toying with whether or not to use the services of UK Book Publishing, read all the glowing reviews and do it. They'll change your life.
Thank you for everything, UK Book Publishing. Looking forward to the next one already!”
— Becci Abbott

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'Jagged on the Inside'

This is a hard-hitting, semi-autobiographical book about a woman looking back at her life thus far. It details some of the most traumatic events in her life – the jagged years – including the death of her mother as a child, abuse, neglect and betrayal growing up, and her decline into major depression. Jagged on the Inside recounts her experiences of living with depression and explores its possible origins, but at its heart celebrates hope, love and finding joy in being alive.

“A huge thank to UK Book publishing for helping me realise my dream of publishing my first book. I am very grateful to Ruth and Judith for their time and support which made what I always imagined to be a challenging process into a pleasant and easy one, and to Jay for his brilliant artistry which went into designing the cover. It is even better than I imagined. If I write another book, I'll be back in touch for sure!”
— Kiri

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'Grit and Silver'

Partly based on the author’s earlier life and encounters, this magical realism novella follows three women growing up in poverty in the Peruvian Amazon of the 1990s, then caught up in cocaine trade and communist terrorism. Their partners are a soldier and drug producer, an illegal logger, and a terrorist leader… They experience life on the fringes of crime, displacement, and the grit of survival in urban slums. Their destinies are intertwined from childhood to adulthood and the dream of a better life, sometimes at any cost, runs through their stories like a silver thread.

“I thought the whole service was brilliant, professional, responsive.”
— Anna Heywood

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'The Organisation'

The Organisation is a fantasy set in a make-believe world of wooden sailing ships, horse-drawn carriages and soldiers in red tunics and tall hats. Although it is a fairy tale it contains no magic or talking animals and is not meant for young children. It is intended for grown-ups, particularly ones with inquiring interests in a wide range of contentious issues..

This is a book for readers who like to be challenged, or entertained, or those who will delight in the beautiful illustrations accompanying this biting satire.

More details and brief notes about the author can be found in the book’s website at trevor-croft.com

“UK Book Publishing has provided an excellent service. I found its team of specialists to be very caring, friendly and patient. My numerous questions and suggestions have all been handled with patience, courtesy and expertise. I feel very pleased that I chose them to publish and help to advertise my book. I do not hesitate to recommend them to writers, either experienced or new to authorship, wanting to have their work published.”
— Trevor Croft

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'One Gunner’s War: In my grandfather’s footsteps'

A humble and moving tribute to the hundreds of thousands of combatants who lost their lives in the Great War, the War to end all Wars, focusing on the author’s grandfather and two of his comrades who were killed in action on the same day in 1918 and are buried together in the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Belgium.

“This is my second book published through UK Book Publishing. That in itself is testimony to this publishing company. As before every thing was handled extremely efficiently and professionally. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to any up and coming author.”
— Barry Woodhouse

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'Colour-blind'

A memoir with a difference – a life that began in Durban, South Africa, growing up ‘colour-blind’, unaware of being classed as ‘mixed blood’ until Ken tries to get an apprenticeship – only available to ‘whites’ – and then decides to seek pastures new in England, where he still resides, finding the joy of colour in breeding flowers.

“Because I'd always spoken to my grandchildren about my early childhood and life in South Africa, they asked if I'd ever thought of putting it in print. I hadn't but thought, why not. So without having any diaries or notes I began writing, sometimes well into the night.
After finishing it, I started thinking of how to get it published. I looked up the website of publishing firms and of all those I saw UK Book Publishing seemed to have all the answers I needed to know.

Once I'd spoken to Ruth and Jay I knew I'd made the right decision. I cannot praise them highly enough. Because I'd never written or published a book before, there were so many things I wanted to know about the editing, the layout etc, and when I saw the cover design I was blown away. It was the icing on the cake. Jay really excelled himself.

Thank you, Ruth, Jay and the team. This book is a one off for me, but if any first time author isn't sure about how to get their book published, contact UK Book Publishing. You'll get the best advice ever.”
— Ken Rigney

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'Wall to Wall'

A tense thriller with lighter moments, and beautifully written, Peter’s first book is set in the not too distant future:

Britain is out of Europe; Scotland has become independent following a second referendum; and Russian forces have just marched over the Latvian border and occupied the cities of Rezekne and Daugavpils, testing NATO’s response.

Retired army captain Simon Shaw unwittingly finds himself at the forefront of the Resistance Movement, in the Scottish border region, as England quickly becomes the next target for Russia’s expansionist leaders. Simon needs to draw on all the skills honed whilst serving in Berlin before the Wall came down, to fight the immediate threat being posed to a weakened, divided country.

“I began writing this, my first book, well into my retirement years almost by accident and had no idea what, if anything, to do with it. Also by accident, I discovered UK Book Publishing. I discovered that the company is in Northumberland, where my book’s action takes place. I then discovered that Jay Thompson actually lives in the house in which I was born! How could I look elsewhere and how glad I am that I didn’t.

My book has just been published and, although I haven’t met either Jay or Ruth, they seem almost like friends. Nothing has been too much trouble, despite my no-doubt amateurish pestering. Jay’s artwork is just what I would have wished and all stages up to and including getting my book onto Amazon were handled with great efficiency. I have spent many years working with languages, including my own - English, and felt I didn’t need a proof reader. How fortunate I was to rethink. I found that proof-reading my own text for the fourth time – how boring that can be – was still turning up errors and I needed Ruth – who turned up still more and saved me from three major howlers, including an army captain who seemed to be eight years old!

Calls and emails were always answered swiftly and with warmth and courtesy.

Ruth and Jay and the rest of the team actually contrived to turn a venture which I had approached with apprehension into a pleasure.”
— Peter Goonan

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'100 Years Ago'

A book of reflective poems published on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, this is a most personal journey, with the poems being inspired by the author’s father’s experiences, serving on the Western Front in the First World War.

“What a pleasure (and a bit of a surprise these days!) to encounter service that was unfailingly prompt, efficient, courteous and friendly. I was delighted with the high quality of my completed book of poems about the First World War; the cover produced by UK Book Publishing's designer is particularly attractive. I had not self-published before but this small team made it an interesting and satisfying experience. ”
— S E Bromley

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'The Flight of the Black Necked Swans'

Since escaping the fascist regime in Chile in the 1970s, Milton worked in the NHS for 40 years, specialising as an orthopaedic surgeon. He has campaigned tirelessly for safer patient care in hospitals, and in particular has called for legislation on nurse and midwife to patient ratios. He became a whistleblower in 2005, when his concerns over dangerous nurse staffing levels went ignored at Tameside Hospital, and The Flight of the Black Necked Swans combines his ongoing quest for more funding for the NHS with autobiographical details of his early life in Chile, and how a love of mountaineering and trekking has helped provide a balance in his life. A compelling read, an important book, and one we feel privileged to have worked on.

“The cost of self publishing my book by UK Book Publishing was exceptional value for money. I know it because before settling for this publishing company I approached several others in the UK and one in the USA.
I rated the service exceptional because it truly was so. Ruth Lunn and Jason Thompson, designer, were always available and provided valuable advice in a friendly manner, always ready to listen and carry out my requests without fuss. [this was not my experience with the other publishing companies]
My readers praise the quality of the book in every respect: its jacket, the cover design, the structure and compagination, the quality of the paper.


I rated all as exceptional.

— Milton Pena Vasquez

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'A new beginning'

This is the first book in an exciting new science fiction trilogy, The Human Empire Story. Set in the late 22nd century, the world is recovering from a catastrophic event that has broken the US and the Western world. And a new empire has accidentally awoken an ancient evil with an intent to conquer Earth and enslave its population. Can Captain Magnus Tempest, commander of the United Nations Fleet Ship the King Canute, save Earth from an evil that is out of this world?

“After I had wrote the draft for my book I did some research on how best to get my book published. Looking at traditional versus self-publishing I did some research; a big bonus for me was that self-publishing gave me 100% control of my book and its direction in regard to how I wanted to market and promote it. It also meant that I wasn’t tied into a contract. I looked through the web and noticed that UK Book Publishing had some of the best reviews and examples of self-publishing. I gave them a call and spoke to their team; from then I had no doubts that this company was perfect for my venture. From the initial call to the finished product; they talked me through all the steps. From proof reading, editing, to cover design and getting it up on Amazon - the team talked me through every stage via phone and email. The service was faultless; I found the team professional, friendly and helpful, but most of all extremely approachable which I think is very important. They went above and beyond to help me reach my goal, and I felt that they wanted to be sincerely involved with my vision. I now have an amazing book and I don't think it would have looked as good if I had gone with a traditional publisher. So I say a big Thank You to Jay, Ruth, Judith and Dan, and to the rest of the team. ”
— T H Stephen

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'The times of my life'

A published author of three books (on hockey and ferries in Scotland), Dr Marie Weir came to us for her most personal book to date – her autobiography, spanning nine decades of a life lived to the full. Inevitably, given the timespan, the book provides fascinating social history for readers – in particular, growing up through the depression of the 1930s and the Second World War, the birth of the NHS, the impact of the application of behavioural psychologies in the fields of youth justice and counselling, and the growing opportunities for women to achieve their potential.

“Excellent service through editing, inclusion of photos to publication. The team stayed in regular contact, listened to and implemented changes - even last minute ones.
Full credit to both technical skill and publishing professional delivery. Fully recommend this team.”
— Sally Weir (daughter)

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'When the tide goes out'

As a semi-retired geography teacher, P J Bennett has used his knowledge of volcanoes and tsunamis to pen a tense thriller, set in the Canaries, which has been well received in the market. We published the book as a print on demand paperback and ebook and the author has been marketing the novel through review sites and other platforms to great success.

“After finishing my first book, I began searching in earnest for a publisher and soon discovered that I was entering a world about which I knew absolutely nothing and for some time was completely and utterly bewildered. Then, I discovered UK Publishing and very quickly everything fell into place. From start to finish, the service that they offered was absolutely first rate and I am eternally grateful to them for turning my finished manuscript into something that I am immensely proud of. They were there for me every step of the way with advice and support and nothing was ever too much trouble for them. I will certainly use UK Publishing for my next book and would recommend any other aspiring author to do so too. ”
— P J Bennett

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'Last Man Standing'

A fascinating and comprehensive account of the journey of a small Welsh seaside cricket club, Llandudno, from its small beginnings to the golden years of the 21st century, spanning 175 years. This beautiful hardback book includes research from the archives, match reports and stats, newspaper clippings and snippets of humorous anecdotes. A great read for any cricket fan.

 

“The finished product is amazing. Judging from the feed back I am getting during a feed back marketing exercise the quality and professional high standard of text setting and the striking design cover is unquestionably favourable. Both Jay and Ruth were so friendly, enthusiastic and helpful throughout every stage of the process in producing the book. Both highly skilled in their work. It will be a privilege to work with them again on my second book in the near future.”
— J L Nicholls

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'The Wharf Butcher'

Mike came to us initially for editing services. He had submitted his thriller to a literary agent, who liked it but advised him to rewrite and rework a number of aspects. After taking the edited manuscript back to the agent, Mike then decided to self publish his novel with us, so we designed a cover and set the book up for sale through print on demand.  The Wharf Butcher is a fast-paced thriller set on Tyneside, that pits the combined forces of a criminal profiler and highly ranked detective against a killer with the mind of a child. Can they get inside his head and stop him in his tracks?

“Judging from the feedback, UK Book Publishing has done a first rate professional job on my first novel – The Wharf Butcher. From start to finish, everyone on the team has been extremely helpful and supportive towards me throughout. Jay Thompson produced a stunning design cover, and Ruth Lunn proved to be a meticulous and helpful editor. It will be a privilege to work with them again.”
— Michael K Foster

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'Brief Lives'

Sir Alistair has published many books over a lifetime of work in industry and academia, but Brief Lives is his first popular science book. It comprises a series of essays that explain the science as well as giving a biographical insight into the men and women who have helped to forge our modern world. From Einstein to Jobs, Curie to Crick, the biographies include hand-drawn portraits of each engineer, entrepreneur, philosopher or scientist, and provide an excellent starting point for those who wish to understand the significant contribution these people have made.

We edited and designed the book, set it up for print on demand and as an ebook, and handled the marketing of the book, including sending out review copies.

“When seeking a publisher for a new book, I carefully looked for one that could edit it, design it, launch it on both Amazon and as an e-book, market it and publicise it. UK Book Publishing have exceeded my expectations on all accounts. Ruth Lunn proved to be a meticulous and helpful editor, and Jay Thompson produced an excellent design and cover. Everyone involved was very professional, very helpful and very friendly. I wholeheartedly recommend them, without reservation.”
— Alistair MacFarlane

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'Tommy’s magical night adventures'

We are delighted at the response Karen has had to her book – it is such an enchanting story, and beautifully illustrated, and we enjoyed turning her words and designs into a book that will delight young children. Like many of our authors, Karen has wanted to put together a book for years – and now she has!

“I am a first time author and am proud to say that these book publishers have done an amazing job on putting my first ever book together. They have been nothing but friendly, gave great advice and were very helpful. The work that has been put into my book, to put it together, from the front cover to the back cover, is exceptional, and I have no hesitation in using them again for my next book(s), I would like to give a big thank you to all members of the company for all their hard work and effort in putting my book together, it looks great, and would definitely recommend this company to all those who are pursuing to write a book (s) I am one very happy lady THANKYOU ALL.”

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