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'Everything happens for a reason.’

   It’s 1972. Raymond Mann is seventeen. He is fearful of life and can’t get off buses. He says his prayers every night and spends too much time in his room.

   He meets Ernest Gardiner, a gentleman in his seventies who’s become tired of living and misses the days of chivalry and honour. Together they discover a love of sunflowers and stars, and help each other learn to love the world.

   Ernest recounts his experiences of 1917 war-torn France where he served as a photographer in the trenches … of his first love, Mira, and how his life was saved by his friend Bill, a hardened soldier.

But all is not as it seems, and there is one more secret that will change Raymond’s life for ever.

            Cold Sunflowers is a story of love.

            All love.

            But most of all it’s about the love of life and the need to cherish every moment.



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Mojo was a Dodo but his real name was Colin, that’s because dodos weren't allowed to have unusual names.

It was just one of the 127 dodo rules Colin had to follow.

But Colin was different.He was always asking questions and one day he discovered that the most important Dodo rule wasn't right at all.

Beautifully illustrated by Essex artist John Hepburn, Dodos Don’t Fly is a story for all ages.

If you have ever dreamed so hard you have wished the world away, then this is the book for you.



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