Troubador Sillybilly

Released: 28/05/2017

ISBN: 9781788036948

Format: Paperback

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The Naughtiest Boy with a Heart of Gold


Set in the fishing village of Craster, Northumberland, Billy is by far the naughtiest boy around. Sillybilly: The Naughtiest Boy with a Heart of Gold is an ideal read for children aged 7-9 years old and has beautiful watercolour illustrations throughout. Sillybilly is the heartfelt tale of young Billy’s heroic actions as he battles against the sea in search of fish with his uncle Jim. Billy’s mother Meg has had to bring up Billy on her own following Billy’s father’s death at sea. At school Billy is a complete nightmare – his headmistress has reached breaking point, but secretly she has always believed that there is something truly special about Billy. Uncle Jim is Craster’s most legendary fisherman. Determined to fight against the worst storms the village has ever experienced, Jim and his faithful crew set sail out into the tempestuous sea in search of a big catch. Billy already knows their plan and has secretly hidden at the bottom of the boat with his dog Jasper. Against the momentous waves, Uncle Jim and his crew run this boat aground on the rocks outside the harbour and the fishing nets tangled themselves. Without any consider for his own safety, Billy jumps out of the boat to untangle the netting entwined o the rocks. With great success, Uncle Jim, his crew, and Billy make it back to Craster safely and word soon spreads of Billy’s heroics. Sillybilly is a moral tale that demonstrates the importance of caring for others and going above and beyond for those you love. This book will appeal to children with a love of adventure stories, particularly those with an interest in the sea and fishing.

Foreword by the Duchess of Northumberland to 'Home Sweet Home - Most Unusual Homes & Locations in England & Wales.'

'Robin has struck upon a most imaginative idea with this book, since we love to see where other people live - especially if their home is a bit quirky and different.

He has travelled the length and breadth of England & Wales over the past three years capturing these eye catching homes with his beautiful photographs.'

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Robin Whitcomb

HOME SWEET HOME - Most Unusual Homes & Locations in England & Wales

Without doubt putting my new book together was great fun. It was another 3 year adventure - the same time it took for my first photographic book 'WEALDING THE WILLOW - A Portrait of Village Cricket Grounds in the Weald -The Cradle of Cricket.

With 'HOME SWEET HOME' I travelled far further a field - in fact hundreds of miles via the length & breadth of England & Wales.

The three year adventure began in beautiful Cornwall where I discovered 'Cliff Cottage'. It was set amongst the granite cliffs overlooking the rolling waves of the Atlantic in the idyllic Lamorna Cove. The inspiration for my book came from the sight of this most breath-taking landscape.It was then that the idea of capturing in pictures the most unusual homes & locations became a definitely worthwhile project.

Not only were the many quirky homes intriguing, but it was also enjoyable to meet so many convivial and hospitable owners.It was often the case that these most unusual homes were lived in by most interesting and often fun-loving people.

Rik Mayes, living in a massive tipi in the Welsh mountains, was a perfect example of eccentricity. He revelled in his very different lifestyle in the midst of nature.

Nigel Teulon thought very differently. He decided to buy a complete railway station (signal box included!) and have his bedroom in the old Ladies Waiting Room.

It took me over thirty phone calls and hours to finally find the green double-decker bus in the Sussex countryside. I was so relieved to eventually find this most unusual home. It was a delight to meet Christy & Ines and their two small children. How contented they were.'What you take from the land' said Christy 'You give back to the land.'

I have so many fond memories of all the friendly people in their most unusual homes whilst I journeyed round England & Wales. Probably the most spectacular adventure was putting the final part of the book together in Northumberland. Here were all the majestic castles, Alnwick & Bambough and then the romantic Holy Island with the spectacular Lindisfarne Castle overlooking the sea.

It was fitting to complete the book on a very high note in beautiful Northumberland where the people were so friendly and helpful.It had all been an unforgettable experience and I do hope that you have as much fun sharing my enjoyment as you look through my book.

Author Robin Whitcomb

The Duchess of Northumberland
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