Outstanding Books: Number 8

Today’s pick is Quaker to Catholic: Mary Howitt, Lost Author of the 19th Century by well-known British historian and biographer, Joy Dunicliff, and was released in London, printed and distributed by Ingram Books. It received a large spread in The Times, and rightfully so.

Joy Dunicliff has lived in Uttoxeter, East Staffordshire, England, for more than 50 years, where she is the local historian. She is an expert on Uttoxeter’s most famous nineteenth-century resident, Mary Howitt, and has previously published the Traveller on the Hill-top: Mary Howitt, the Famous Victorian Authoress and Mary Howitt Another Lost Victorian Author . Identifying with Mary for many reasons, viz women’s rights, writing and the gentry of the area, the study of these subjects drove Joy Dunicliff to write a fresh new biography centered around Mary Howitt’s conversion from the Quaker faith to that of a Roman Catholic not long before her death. We are honored to have her join our group of authors at St. Clair Publications. She is represented by Nucleus Agency.

Quaker to Catholic: Mary Howitt, Lost Author of the 19th Century


Book Synopsis:

Quaker to Catholic: Mary Howitt, Lost Author of the 19th Century, is a fascinating look inside the life of one of the most endearing figures of Nineteenth Century England. Best known for her classic children’s poem, the Spider and the Fly, She was a close friend of such figures as Charles Dickens, William Wordsworth and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, she introduced the English version of Hans Christian Anderson’s tales by translating them from Danish.

She and her dedicated husband, William, helped get many well known authors of their day into print. A great champion of women’s rights and abolition of the slave trade, she became friends and an associate of Hariett Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Uneasy with the practices of the Quakers in relation to clothing and rights of women, she finally converted to Catholicism before her death in 1888 at the age of 89.

Quaker to Catholic: Mary Howitt...

Outstanding Books Number Two

Today I want to feature a book which has been called the best book about the SInclairs in 300 years. It was thoroughly researched and compiled by noted scholars Gerald Sinclair (KL B) and Rondo B B Me (MA History) of Australia. It has sold all around the globe and continues to sell.

The Enigmatic Sinclairs: Volume 1


New Edition Released January 2018

Enigmatic Sinclairs – a definitive guide to Sinclairs in Scotland, is based purely on primary source evidence garnered over 11 years painstaking research, supplemented by a few quotes from rigorous historians (a rarity) such as Geoffrey Barrow and those who worked with him. Author’s comments are at an absolute minimum as we found such a wealth of material the facts in chronological order present their own narrative. Prof Hugh Montgomery PhD Dipl CL.Ing Com FSA Scot in his foreword says “It is such a pleasure to see authors produce a book based entirely on original research and using original sources without the myths and tall tales told by so many when writing their family history ……. I believe this will become one of the foremost sources and examples to future family historians of how to produce a family history” Malcom of Caithness in his foreword says “book is such a useful breath of fresh air as they have taken endless trouble to go back to primary sources for evidence and have shattered a lot more myths in doing do, but have also discovered fascinating verifiable truths about the Sinclairs hitherto unpublished……..they have sought to follow those famous words carved in stone on an architrave in Rosslyn Chapel built by my ancestor , the first Sinclair Earl of Caithness, in the mid – fourteen hundreds “Truth conquers all” This 461 page volume covers from first recorded Sinclair presence in Scotland to just after end of the 15th Century and is in 3 parts Part A The Kings of Scotland – 4 chapters Part B The de Moreville Family to Sir Alan of Galloway – 1 Chapter Part C The Sinclairs – 3 Chapters c1160 – 1296; 1296 -1371; 1371 -1507

This book which was officially released to a select group at a personal book signing and talk by author Gerald Sinclair at the Rosslyn Chapel Visitor’s Centre and Bookshop on the evening of Tuesday 6th October, 2016 and was revised in January 2018. A Second Volume will be forthcoming.

The Enigmatic Sinclairs: Volume 1

St. Andrews State Park, history and fun

This morning we drove to St. Andrews State Park near Panama City Beach. There is a barrier reef there with a swimming area where the kids could have a lot of fun and hunt shells. The park is also rich in history and has a film and a lot of info in the vistiors center which we enjoyed.

History is frascinating, and a number of books which we have published are based on historic events in various countries. Some offer alternate views of history. A mind is like an umbrella–it doesn’t work unless it is open. Check out the authors at http://stclairpublications.com and see what I mean.