Before During and After the Falklands War

 Richard Stevens "This is a frank and fascinating account of life in the Falkland Islands before and after the 1982 War."

"This is a frank and fascinating account of life in the Falkland Islands before and after the 1982 War.
Islander Richard Stevens paints a memory-prompting picture of life in the yester-year when the country was engulfed in colonial bureaucracy and also recounts the war from the little-known angle of a small group of people who were in the frontline in the final days leading up to Liberation from invading Argentine forces .  This is in itself a valuable record of a time when people pulled together to help each other and the British troops achieve what should have been an impossible feat. But it is also a story of what brings people to the Falklands in the first instance, and more importantly, what it is that captures their imagination and inspires them to stay. Richard as a travelling teacher visiting remote farms to teach just a few pupils at a time knew exactly what he was getting into when he settled, married, raised his children on a small, barely accessible farm and went on to take part in  shaping of the Falkland’s future as an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly. He took it all on with characteristic good humour and thankfully, has taken the time to share his journey on varied forms of transport along the often soggy tracks and bumpy roads of the Falklands.  "
Islander: noun. One who lives in the Falklands, and embraces and contributes to the way of life



I decided to write this book in order to give a wider and clearer picture of the lives of the young boys who were sent to Western Australia (Swan Colony) as punishment for relatively minor crimes in Victorian Britain.

Some researchers have detailed the indentures served by these boys on arrival in Western Australia, which I have included in my book, but I wish the reader to have a clearer understanding of the crimes committed, where the boys spent their time before transportation, their behaviour in prison in some cases and also whether there was any intervention on their behalf regarding the harsh transportation sentence, bearing in mind the young age of these boys. I would like to thank the author Andrew Gill for affording me a clearer insight into the lives of these boys on their arrival in Western Australia and also for the research undertaken by Pamela Statham. Other research has been undertaken online, by visits to the National Archives, Kew, London and whilst visiting the State Library and Old Courthouse in Perth, Western Australia.

Fifty years on, our support and care services are very different, but systems and preconceptions still put barriers in place and make life more difficult that it needs to be. ISBN 978-1-909660-39-7  £8.95, available shortly.


Gratitude had always played a part in Kim Stanbrook’s life. Her forthcoming book Bags of Gratitude explores this facet of positive psychology.

Gratitude is thankfulness, gratefulness or appreciation. The practice of Gratitude can be interpreted as an appreciation for what we have by opening our eyes to all the positive factors already around us and promises to improve our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

Gratitude had always played a part in Kim Stanbrook’s life. A few years ago she decided to take part in a blogging challenge, which involved writing something about her chosen interest or topic each day for 30 days. This process helped to trigger ideas and as she worked through the challenge, she began to realise she enjoyed writing from the heart and being creative.

Kim’s new book, Bags of Gratitude, was born from this blogging challenge and the ideas that flowed over the following months and years. It takes you on an enlightening  journey of what, where, how, when and who is Gratitude that can’t make you do anything other than smile.

Available shortly from Tricorn Books.


Hidden away behind the sea front, a blacksmith’s workshop lies as an Aladdin’s cave of trinkets and treasures.

Peter Clutterbuck, Portsmouths finestBlacksmith
Peter Clutterbuck Blacksmith

On the walls hang countless iron intricacies, from poppies to leaves, and the forge burns a glorious gold. Knockers and lockers scatter the secret shack and as I walk around, bewildered and bewitched, I ask myself: How did I not know about this?

That was my first experience visiting Pete Clutterbuck’s designer blacksmith’s and I was on a mission to find out what he does, why he does it and why he loves Portsmouth so much.  
I was greeted by a man, dusted in soot, smiling cheerfully, as I offered my hand for him to shake. “I’m Pete,” he told me as he toured me around his impressive work space.

Pete showed me sketches and sculptures, proving to me that iron-work is very much alive and breathing. From work on HMS Victory to the Southsea bandstand, railings and gates; he has designed and forged countless treasures within the city.
Heavily influenced by nature, his work oozes with skill and talent, which he taught himself in the 1970s. Everything from latches to large ornamental poppies, burst with the same character and energy as he does. Pete told me how everything he does is to satisfy his customers.

Peter Clutterbuck, photographed for Uniquely Portsmouth
Peter Clutterbuck

“Everything I make goes out of the door and people are happy with it,” he smiled. “It’s terrific when I see people love it, own it.”
Peter Clutterbuck is a perfect example of why Portsmouth people are some of the best. An incredible inspiration, this man will feature in our book, Uniquely Portsmouth. And, for good reason too.

Setting sail for your bookshelves, Uniquely Portsmouth is a homage to what makes Portsmouth great. And, of course, Peter Clutterbuck is a fundamental part of that. 


Retired clerical officer, Peter Youngs' first book has turned his great ambition into a life-changing legacy. Now on its third reprint.....

Long-distance walking enthusiast, Peter Youngs completed the walk from Land's End to John O'Groats over a period of three years and seven months, setting out in his spare time, often catching the first train from Cosham at 6.15am to return to the exact spot at which he had finished the last leg. He refused to take ferries across estuaries, walking inland until he could cross rivers. Using various National Trails including Offa’s Dyke, West Highland Way, South West Coast Path, as well as some rather circuitous routes and deviations, Peter clocked up a grand total of 2,470 km (1,535 miles).

Not only did Peter realise his great ambition of completing this iconic walk, he also meticulously recorded every moment, emotion, meal and snack of his epic journey in several A4 notebooks.

As Peter is computer illiterate, he approached Tricorn Books with his hand-written A4 notebooks and his ideas of turning them into a book. We promptly started on the rest: typing up his manuscript, proof-reading, editing, illustrating, designing and laying out the work.

Having spent considerable time and effort in his achievement, Peter wanted to produce a book, the quality of which was commensurate with his achievement. We all agreed that a hardback book, with dust jacket and illustrations, on a soft-textured paper, in black only would do just that. It would as be affordable and cost effective.


A delightful read, this new title is out now, priced £14.95. Initial inquiries through this website.


A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats. George Orwell

The experience of eighty years – denied for too many forebears, victims of battlefield, illness or other distress – engenders profound gratitude. There is the opportunity to reflect on disagreements, difficulties and mistakes, attempting to follow George Orwell’s intimation above. The author would welcome discussion on any of the issues in his books.

Unaware of past paternal family accomplishments by Balfours and Ogilvies, who set out from Fife to found enterprises in Chile and North America in the middle of the nineteenth century, by Smarts in the London world of music and by Figdors and Joachims (also musical and helped by Wittgenstein cousins), who left Pest after the Danube floods in1838, the author found himself tussling with the ideas of other relatives.