OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Extracts for an Anniversary 1967-2017

It is 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised private homosexual acts between men over 21 in England and Wales – a partial victory, but also a deeply significant one. This free anthology of extracts from Manifold Press titles illustrates in a modest way the changes experienced by gay men over the centuries in Britain, and how these may have affected individuals.

30800 words/ TBC pages 
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Publication 27 July 2017

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A TIME TO KEEP

by Morgan Cheshire

It’s 1909, and on leaving the workhouse young lovers Ben and Matthew must find their places in the world. Luck brings jobs and somewhere to live, but their security is short-lived when England begins to prepare for war. Ben can’t wait to go to France and fight for his country, and it isn’t long before Matthew receives the news he’s dreaded. Ineligible for military service Matthew must stay at home, his life disintegrating – until, years later, the arrival of a stranger helps him learn to live for the future again.

70000 words/ 280 pages 
$5.95

Publication 1 August 2017

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Elin Gregory

Elin GregoryElin Gregory lives in South Wales and has been making stuff up since 1958. Writing has always had to take second place to work and family but now the kids are grown up it’s possible she might finish one of the many novels on her hard drive and actually DO something useful with it.

Historical subjects predominate. She has written about ancient Greek sculptors, 18th century seafarers but also about modern men who change shape at will and how echoes of the past can be heard in the present. Heroes tend to be hard as nails but capable of tenderness when circumstances allow.

There are always new works on the go and she is currently writing about the Great War, editing a contemporary romance and doing background reading for a story set in Roman Britain.

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Elin Gregory is a great story teller. THE BONES OF OUR FATHERS reviewed by Books Laid Bare Boys

What an utterly delightful time I had reading this! Another new-to-me-author, Elin Gregory, completely lived up to the glowing reviews I’d seen for other books. She transported this Florida lady into the middle of a small Welsh village and if it wasn’t so cold, I’d move there. THE BONES OF OUR FATHERS reviewed by Hearts on Fire Reviews

Gregory displays a deft hand at crafting historical espionage with a classic touch, which is then enhanced by the touching romance. ELEVENTH HOUR reviewed by The Novel Approach

… the feeling of period was incredibly strong, I felt as if I were there. ELEVENTH HOUR reviewed by Prism Book Alliance

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THE BONES OF OUR FATHERS

by Elin Gregory

Malcolm Bright, brand new museum curator in a small Welsh Border town, is a little lonely until – acting as emergency archaeological consultant on a new housing development – he crosses the path of Rob Escley, aka Dirty Rob, who makes Mal’s earth move in more ways than one.

Then Rob discovers something wonderful, and together they must combat greedy developers and a treasure hunter determined to get his hands on the find. Are desperate measures justified to save the bones of our fathers? Will Dirty Rob live up to his reputation? Do museum curators really do it meticulously?

Answers must be found for the sake of Mal’s future, his happiness and his heart.

79000 words/ TBC pages 
$6.95

Publication 1 August 2017

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LIKE PEOPLE

LIKE PEOPLEby R.A. Padmos

April 1945. The Russians are shelling what remains of the 9th army of the Wehrmacht. Obergefreiter Karl Meisner has survived five years of a war he didn’t want, but now it seems he won’t reach his 26th birthday. Taking on responsibility for one of the new young recruits gives Karl a reason to keep going – and soon their war is over, as they surrender to the Allies at Tangermünde. Eventually Karl is placed in a prison camp in England – and it’s there that his life unexpectedly blooms. For it’s there that Karl meets Nathaniel Cyfer – a sergeant in the British army and an expatriate German Jew.

19,000 words/ 78 pages 
$2.99

Publication 1 August 2017

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Alexa Milne

Originally from South Wales, Alexa has lived for over thirty years in the North West of England. Now retired, after a long career in teaching, she devotes her time to her obsessions. Alexa began writing when her favourite character was killed in her favourite show. After producing a lot of fan fiction, she ventured into original writing. She is currently owned by two mad cats and spends her time writing about the men in her head, watching her favourite television programmes, and usually crying over her favourite football teams.

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WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE

by Alexa Milne

As children growing up in South Wales, Sion, Phil and Helen were known as the Three Musketeers, always together and never apart – but time moves on. Sion left to lecture in history at Yale. Phil married Helen because it seemed the obvious thing to do, and they settled down to life in Manchester.

Now all three are approaching sixty. After the death of his partner, and wanting to solve a family mystery, Sion returns to his childhood home to start again. When Helen announces she wants a divorce, Phil also returns home, to a new teaching job, and to renovate the ruin of a house he and Sion once dreamed of living in.

Neither man knows the other is back. Neither man knows how the other feels. With so much unsaid, and so many years apart, can Sion and Phil finally face the truth and take a chance on finding happiness together?

58000 words/212 pages
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Publication 1 May 2017

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COINS NOT ACCEPTED

by Chris Quinton

“Bring me the contents of the security box from the bank, and make sure you’re not followed.” Miles Carter carries out his grandfather’s instructions, and finds himself caught up in a dangerous tangle of family mysteries – and the unexpected return of Allan Warwick, his childhood friend. Add to that a parallel world and a plot to overthrow its government, both of which seem to involve his grandfather and Allan. Miles’ life will be changed irrevocably, but only if he and Allan can stay together and survive the coup.

66500 words/250 pages
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Publication 1 May 2017

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A NIGHT WITH THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE

by Francis Beaumont and Julie Bozza

Dale is proud of how his acting career is progressing. Tonight, for instance, is the last night (at the beautiful Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) of a well-received run of Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle, in which he plays Rafe. But his colleague Topher, who plays Jasper, seems to think something is missing in Dale’s life. They’re not really friends, and Dale sees little point in reprising the one night on which they were not-really-friends with benefits.

However! Despite the distractions of performing this chaotic two-plays-within-a-play, Dale is plagued by the niggling doubts prompted by Topher. Dale might be better off paying attention, though – because maybe Francis Beaumont, writing over 400 years ago, already provided the answers to Dale’s dilemma.

38,500 words/150 pages
$4.95

Publication 1 May 2017

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Heloise West

Heloise WestHeloise West, when not hunched over the keyboard plotting love and mayhem, dreams about moving to a villa in Tuscany. She loves history, mysteries, and romance of all flavors. She travels and gardens with her partner of thirteen years, and their home overflows with books, cats, art, and red wine.

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Heloise West obviously did a lot of research and it showed in the story. Her writing transported me to Italy during the Renaissance period and it had a good balance between the mystery/intrigue portion and the romance. ARDENT reviewed by Bayou Book Junkie

… as a history nerd, I felt the author had the same interest in both the period and the location as the story was very well written and the whole plot was so well crafted. There are great main and supporting characters, and of course the culture of the village and city play parts in this too. he book has a great pace and really gets hard to put down once all the cards seem to be in play, which is when the author introduces the twists! ARDENT reviewed by Hearts on Fire Reviews

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