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The Travellers' Rest (A Troubled Summer's Eve) [Kindle Edition]

Mark Pettifer
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With over 200 illustrations, The Travellers' Rest, is a humorous and magical tale of a community, in which the many staff and customers of the inn, defend it from the dangers brought them by three despicable and conniving citylings. This tale of fire, flood, poison and a hostile takeover bid, takes place one glorious summer’s eve. This first title sets the scene and introduces some of the many characters in The Travellers' Rest series. Set in the Great Elfish Forest, at a time when fairies brew the mead, a wizard walks the woods and tankards make mischief, it sees a small community take on the might of a corporate giant, the Bar Stool Thump Inn and Pub Company.

About the Author

I was an easy birth for a first, this happened on 3rd September 1963. I’ve always been one of those creative types. From my earliest memories I recall drawing, writing and making things. These interests have been with me all my life. Schooling in the then sleepy village of Harvington, near Evesham, was a delightful rural setting for a perfect childhood, until one day... ...My academic and artistic future seemed in doubt, when I was beaten up at high school in Evesham and suffered two brain haemorrhages and my schooling started all over again. I was changed forever in the way that I view life. My family moved to Redditch, where my family originally come from, where I was home taught before attending Redditch Collage studying art. From there I worked at the local theatre and gained an insight into the performing arts. I returned to college for a further two years. I completed a one year foundation in art and design and the second year BTec in Art and Design. I passed the course at merit level. To Stourbridge Technical College I went and studied Graphic Design HND and again passed this course. The next few years saw me starting a photography business, a jewellery business and working for Redditch Council’s youth team. At this point I found myself in the world of temping where I found time to write and illustrate much more than I’ve ever done. I’ve worked in the fashion industry too, but shortly after my time there ended, little niggles brought on by the assault started to affect my life - primarily my back. I had been paralyzed down the right side and even though most of the use has returned and has been for years, there are still some side affects. I am available to write and illustrate. I write fantasy, heavy on the magic and humour, from fairy tales to modern day fairy stories where the magic comes from the characters a little more than from hocus pocus. Screenwriter, Tony Clarke, approached me to design the principle characters for his children’s television series called, Monster School, which was considered by Paramount Pictures. Sadly the show did not go into production. A few years ago I was published thanks to Douglas Adams and the BBC in, The BBC book to the Future, and have illustrated a number of cover arts for books ranging from poetry to fiction. Currently I work at a middle school where I run some art classes as well as writing and illustrating at all other times.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6747 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E7ZV9YA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #488,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Head Full of Fairies

I never thought that I would try to make a living from writing and illustrating fairy tales, but it turns out that's just what I'm attempting to do now, having previously worked in theatre, fashion, film, and having had work published in the BBC Book Of The Future thanks to Douglas Adams. It's strange the way life pans out sometimes. I have just had my fiftieth birthday and only a month earlier I published my first novel. The Travellers' Rest (One Troubled Summer's Eve) has been available on Kindle since 28th July and now, a week after my birthday, I've released two further versions in book form - a colour edition and a black and white edition - which makes me optimistic for the future.

At fifteen I was disabled after being attacked at school. I fell into a coma for three weeks and three days when I suffered two brain haemorrhages. This was not how I wanted to make my first media splash! Even though this story was short lived, and thankfully I wasn't, the ramifications of the assault are still with me to this day and felt on a daily basis.

I volunteer at one of the local middle schools where I, along with a member of the full-time staff, run an after school wall painting club. Here pupils delight in painting their designs on the walls of the school and so far it has been a great success. I love it.
I started The Travellers' Rest about twenty years ago. The images that I've used in my book were the starting point and working at the Golden Cross for a spell helped the story to unfold. I like the way that everyone you meet in an inn or pub has a tale to tell.
Even though The Travellers' Rest is a complete novel, the book acts as an introduction to the world and characters that I've created.

Over the years, The Travellers' Rest has grown into a four book story (books two, three and four are first drafts for the most part) with many more ideas in my mind to continue the tale further - time and health permitting.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect adult fairy tales 29 Aug 2013
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totally enjoyed all the goings on in this book, adults fairy tale to boot, looking forward to the next book
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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome read! 28 Aug 2013
By Helen
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What an awesome read.. Well worth a gander. A tale of faires, elves, folkis and a humble inn with a very special twist. I strongly recommend for a fresh look on magic, community spirit and legends in the making.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 15 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a lovely book and beautifully illustrated. A great story full of crazy characters (I especially like the beer tankards) and a witty sense of humour. Could become a classic.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 11 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My Son bought me this from Amazon as a gift.

Read it. Loved it. Thought what a great film this would make.

It has action, pace, comedy and characters that are more alive than most.

It is an absolute hoot! A read again and again book. It's clever, funny and well illustrated by the author.

There is never a dull moment or sagging twist to the plot.

It's a Teller's tale of a magic night of mischief and skulduggery, and a readers dream of being there, if not for the chaos and mayhem, then for the Faery Mead.

Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really magical tale 10 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Really enjoyed this book. It's extremely well written with many parts of the story woven expertly together to create a wonderful world of fairies, magic and an evil plan to ruin the business of the Travellers' Rest Inn. There are some wonderful characters including Septulwit, a particularly feisty fairy, the tankards (who are just fab) and Wilson Halfmoon, the local wizard. Overall, I would say that anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre or tales of magic would love this book and it's suitable both for adults and children. It's a highly descriptive story which really fires up the imagination :)
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