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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]

Ann Evans , Rosalie Warren , Michael Boxwell
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Book Description

7 Nov 2011
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step back in time and live in the Coventry of yesteryear? Or yearned to discover the mystic powers of the Coventry Ring? Want to know what Lady Godiva was like to live with, or see the wild zebras of Binley? Here you will find all these stories and more. Written by some of Coventry's finest writers, Coventry Tales explores the fabric of our city, reminding us that Coventry is both special and unique. If you love Coventry and appreciate storytelling and poetry at their very best, you will love this book. So sit back, relax and enjoy a good read.

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  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Greenstream Publishing (7 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907670149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907670145
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 685,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hi, thanks for visiting my page.

An update on what's been happening recently to me and my books.

5th October 2012 - and my new novel for adults, 'Alexa's Song', is now available on Amazon Kindle, UK price £2.54. It tells the story of Jake, an artist who has bipolar illness, and Alexa, the woman he loves. When Alexa marries Jake's brother Steve, Jake thinks he has lost her. But their story is far from over...

Alexa's Song has been published in time for World Mental Health Day on October 10th 2012, and will be reviewed on a blog focusing on books that deal with issues of mental health. Follow me on Twitter @Ros_Warren or see my Facebook Author page for further details.

Latest news as of 31/3/12 - my first novel 'Charity's Child' is now available on Amazon Kindle! This is a fully revised edition and tells the story of a 16 year-old girl who becomes pregnant - and claims that the father of her baby is God. The truth, when it is eventually revealed, shocks everyone, especially Charity's close friend, Joanne. 'Charity's Child' is suitable for anyone from the age of about 14 upwards.

Another exciting announcement: I recently signed up with Phoenix Yard Books, the publishers of 'Coping with Chloe', to write a new series for them, for 7-9 year-olds. I'm really thrilled to be doing this, for all sorts of reasons. More news here soon! (It will have robots, I can tell you that...)

My local writing group, Coventry Writers' Group, has published an anthology of poems and stories - all inspired by the city we love.

'Coventry Tales' came out on 7th November 2011 and we've been holding all kinds of launch events in and around Coventry, including a signing in Waterstones, Coventry city centre, on Saturday 12th November. Local shops are stocking our book, which can be ordered from Amazon in paperback form at £4.99 and in Kindle form at £3.82. The book will make a great stocking-filler for friends and family - anyone with any interest in Coventry past and present.

(My own contribution is a not-very-serious discussion of the Coventry ring road - entitled 'Wonders of the Coventry Ring' and based very loosely on the TV documentaries of a certain well-known physicist. If you've ever wondered what quantum theory has to say about taxis and white vans - now is your chance to find out.)

I write for both adults and children and my first children's book, 'Coping with Chloe', was published in March 2011 by Phoenix Yard Books. It's been getting great reviews and I'd like to thank all my readers who have written reviews on here. The story is told by Anna, whose twin Chloe has recently moved in and started sharing Anna's body. Why? Read it and find out - and discover what happens when gorgeous Joe falls in love with both twins and Chloe's presence starts to get very uncomfortable and frightening for Anna.

I've wanted to be a writer all my life but only started seriously writing novels when I took early retirement in 2006. I love the moment when your characters come alive and take over. I've got two grown-up kids, I live in the English Midlands and I enjoy walking, swimming, reading, theatre and making cakes.

In the past I've been a university lecturer and researcher, a tutor of English, science and maths, and run my own gardening business.

See my web page at I blog regularly at and from time to time on

Best wishes

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

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book 17 Dec 2011
By Heena
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
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done Coventry! 23 Nov 2011
By Kay
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There are some very talented people 24 Dec 2013
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Some really great short stories and poems about my home town. I particularly enjoyed The wonder of the Coventry Ring.
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