FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Coventry Tales: Our city,... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Super Fast Delivery From UK. Some minor signs of previous use but of good overall quality. 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Coventry Tales: Our city, past and present, brought to life by some of Coventry's best-known authors and most exciting up-and-coming writers Paperback – 7 Nov 2011

7 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£4.99
£2.66 £1.50
£4.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.



Product details

  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Greenstream Publishing (7 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907670149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907670145
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 688,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

More About the Author

I have lived in the United Kingdom all my life. I have worked with the Probation Service, the Police Authority, as a Charity boss, and as a free lance child protection consultant. I currently sit on the boards of two charities: one that runs assessment centres for families experiencing problems, and one that provides services for the elderly (well, you've got to think ahead...)
I enjoy reading and the theatre. I try to keep fit by swimming and racing my cairn terrier round the park. He usually wins.

Product Description

Review

"... a fabulous collection of stories and poetry... A really informative and relaxing read." - John Mayfield, author and Programme Controller, www.audiobookradio.net

From the Publisher

Coventry. Is it a city in the shadows of Birmingham? Or a city of vision and purpose, with a proud history and a bright future?

Earlier this year, I asked that question to a group of local writers - a group that includes some of Coventry's best-known storytellers. I asked them to come up with stories, poems and monologues inspired by our home city.

The response has been amazing. Local writers have been inspired to create stories and poems: insights from our past and our present; narratives that explore the fabric of our city and what makes it unique; stories that celebrate the character and life of Coventry and the people who inhabit her. Here you will find writing that will make you laugh and writing that will make you thoughtful. Above all, you will find stories and poems that remind all of us what makes Coventry special.

The very best entries are published here. Renowned local authors Ann Evans and Rosalie Warren are both represented, as is `people's poet' Martin Brown, whose work will be well known to regular readers of the Coventry Telegraph.
Other writers may be less well known, yet their contributions are equally good. Time and time again, as I was reading through the entries, I was struck by how proficient our local writers are. Whether it is due to living in Coventry - perhaps the authorities have put something into the water? - or just pure coincidence, our local authors are arguably amongst the most talented in the land. So, once you've finished reading this book, why not seek out other books by our authors and enjoy those as well?

If you love Coventry and you enjoy storytelling and poetry at its very best, you will love this book. So sit back, relax and enjoy a good read.


Inside This Book

(Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heena on 17 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
Coventry Tales by The Coventry writers Group
Reviewed by Heena Pala

Coventry Tales is a well put-together book, full of stories and poems about Coventry in old and new times. It was written by fifteen authors, all with a different insight to our home-town. Some tales about war times make you realise how difficult it was to even get hold of hot and cold running water.

I really enjoyed this book. It was full of non-fiction stories which are very informative and fiction stories, full of magic. It tells you about the hidden secrets of Coventry that not even I knew about, even though I grew up here.
One particular one that really appealed to me was "Living with Lady G: A Husband's Story". It was funny at times, and showed Leofric, Earl of Mercia's version of the story behind the famous ride.

RATING: 9/10
PUBLISHER: Greenstreem Publishing
RRP: £4.99
AGE RANGE: 10+
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kay on 23 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
Being a small press freak, I think every writers' group should, sooner or later, have a go at producing and marketing their own book. This being the case, Coventry Writers' Group have just raised the stakes. `Coventry Tales' isn't just a box of delights writing-wise, it's also well produced and designed, and as well edited and proofed as most mainstream books. Illustrator Hilary Morris's composition of the modern and the medieval on the cover is going to seduce the tourist office and gift shops, so I think Coventry Writers may have a local best-seller on their hands.

Having finished turning it over and over and pondering the production, it was time to start reading - always a sober moment when you've agreed to read and review a book - what if you can't find anything nice to say? - But once I got stuck in, the anxiety quickly passed. Margaret Egrot and Margaret Mather kick off with two pretty well-managed presentations of local stories - Lady Godiva's ride and a public hanging. Then two complete changes of tone - a whimsical little poem, then a comedy that caused me to squawk and giggle embarrassingly on the train. I started on `Wonders of the Coventry Ring' believing, as I was no doubt supposed to, that I was about to experience some New Age Megalith Pondering but instead, Rosalie Warren gives us famous physicist Prof Brian Bramley (it's a kind of apple, get it?) trying to work out the cosmic forces that drive the Coventry Ring Road. I could give you one of the many big-laugh lines from his lecture as an example but it's more fun leaving them to leap off the page when you read it. I'll just offer his comment to self at the end of his unique exposition, "Ha ha, Sir Patrick, play that on your xylophone if you can."

There's an interesting range of ghosts, murders and mysteries.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This was an enjoyable enough read and it was nice to read some short stories for a change with their pick-up/put-down ability.

I have to say I was left a little disappointed after finishing the collection though, not because of the standard of writing, but more because of the subject matter. For me there was a little too much preponderence on Coventry's past. This 'living in the past' mentality is a problem with the city as a whole as much as this collection of stories though. Where are the gritty poems and stories about the demise of manufacturing industry, inner city housing estates and social issues for example? Another problem for me, is that there is a little too much reliance on spooky time shifts and ghost stories to explore this past, and I'm personally not into such things.

On the whole though, as a resident of the city it was refreshing to read about stories and places that you come across every day. I hope there will be future publications from the Coventry Writers Group.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By maddi on 14 Sept. 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Cracking little book. I am a Coventry kid myself so felt obliged to purchase a copy, but was worth the money as the reading is varied and I like the size as you can fit into a bag and rad on the move.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again


Feedback