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The Reference Board...

 

MelanieMelanie Carroll (Newsletter Editor, Receiver and Distributor of Review Copies) is owner of Unicorn Tree Books, an independent bookshop in Lincoln. Before SPCK Bookshops changed ownership she managed a few SPCK Bookshops and was their e-commerce manager. She is also the Religious and Philosophy Previewer for Publishing News.

Before retailing books she was a Residential Youth Retreat Worker for the Catholic Diocese of Westminster. She studied Theology at undergraduate and post-graduate degree level at Heythrop College, University of London and also holds Diplomas in the fields of Performance Coaching (Business) and Life Coaching, and has an Advanced Certificate in Telematics.

Single and committed to serving God, Melanie, an avowed nethead and gadget geek, spends her downtime in creative pursuits involving paper and actively feeding her passion for the written word in any form, along with enjoying a second childhood with her niece most weekends - after all they both love DVDs, gameboys, computers, colours, books, hiking & camping!

 

 

Luke Hughes-Bunger Manager of The Hub Christian Resource CentreLuke H-Bunger 2012

 

Guy MarshallGuy Marshall has over 30 years experience of selling Christian books. In St Albans he was manager of the Crusader Book Centre; then moved on to work for St Andrew's Bookshops, Quench and Luton Christian Book Centre.

He was a member of the Board of the Christian Booksellers Convention (CBC) and on the Christian Booksellers Group of the Booksellers Association (BA-CBG) for 20 years, serving as Vice Chairman and Chairman. He was on the Board of the Read for Your Life campaign and Director of the Indepth Buying Group. He has been a Panel member and Trustee of Speaking Volumes (CBPT) and oversaw five major premises moves to shops where he worked.

Accolades given to shops where he was Manager have been: the BA Charter Bookseller; the CBC Small Retailer of the Year; the Guild of Master Craftsmen Certificate of Quality and Service; the Federation of Small Business - Retailer of the Year; and The Review newspaper Retailer of the Year. In 2012 Guy was given the prestigious Long Service industry award by Christian Resources Together (CRT).

Guy attends the Cathedral and Abbey church of St Albans; he was a leader in Crusaders (now Urban Saints) and Akela in a Cub Scout Pack. He has two adult sons and enjoys the produce from his allotment. 

 

Mike NorburyMike Norbury (The Face of The Good BookStall at Exhibitions) retired from full-time work in May 2011 after 16 years with Kevin Mayhew Ltd. Prior to that he had been with Christian Art Ltd during its merger with Kingsway Communications Ltd. His career has been predominantly in sales and retail management.

Mike lives in Wrexham, North Wales, where he is a member of The Community Church and looks after the online shop side of www.newdayinternational.org which is now chiefly involved in facilitating conferences with bookstalls although it still also deals direct to the public (the purpose for which it was originally established).

He is a team leader with the Wrexham Street Pastors, belongs to the Wrexham branch of Aglow for Men and has a heart for the presence of God's Kingdom to be visible in the town and its surrounding area. Apart from reading, Mike's interests include walking, travel and a fairly eclectic choice of music.

 

Aude

Aude Pasquier Aude is currently Senior Sales Manager with Hymns Ancient & Modern and represents a growing number of publishers which include Canterbury Press, SCM Press, Church House Publishing, Darton, Longman & Todd, St Andrews press, CPI and Harper Collins Religious. She transferred over after five years as Sales & Marketing Director with DLT. Aude by name and odd by nature she left her native Normandy many years ago and is now a self-confessed Anglophile, very much to her parents' dismay.

After a few years on a sharp learning curve with Mowbray's in Cambridge, Aude became manager of the SPCK Bookshop in York in 1994. In 1997 she became manager of the SPCK Bookshop in London.

Aude lives in London and enjoys every minute of it especially on her bike, weather permitting. Aude loves books, loves talking about books and loves selling books. She now enjoys selling them to other booksellers hoping to share with them some of her enthusiasm.

 

John ShepherdJohn Shepherd OBE FCA (Treasurer) is a Chartered Accountant. A retired Public Company Finance Director with extensive experience in the manufacturing industry, he is also a committed Christian, a chorister for over 50 years, an ex-Church Warden, Sacristan, Crucifer and is licensed for Holy Communion. Also, a PCC member, Gift Aid Secretary/Treasurer, and an ex-Diocesan Board of Finance Member.

He was awarded OBE for services to the severely disabled in December 1998.

 

George TaylorGeorge Taylor  - previous chairman of The Good BookStall, spent his working life in publishing; academic, general, children's and religious. After several years working in various departments at the Oxford University Press London Office he moved to Faber and Faber as Marketing Manager in 1974. He later joined the Board and became the Sales and Marketing Director before leaving to join Franklin Watts, the specialist children's publisher in 1984. He was invited to rejoin OUP in 1988 as as the UK Sales Director for the academic Division and finished his 30 years at OUP responsible for their international sales. The opportunity to join SPCK as Sales and Marketing Director in 1998 gave him the chance to see a further publishing aspect and an enjoyable five years until he retired early in 2003.

George loves football, giving regular support to Charlton Athletic, cricket; he is a long standing member of MCC, the theatre and of course good reading. He passionately believes that books are a vital ingredient to a full life and that any kind of reading is to be encouraged. To help TGBS provide good, unprejudiced advice on the best religious books available is a privilege.

 

Emeritus Members of the Reference Board

 

The Good Bookstall has had two emeritus members in its lifetime.

Guy Taylor Founder of The Good BookStall. On Guy's retirement he approached Paul Chandler, then General Secretary of SPCK and The Good BookStall website was born.

He was a much respected member of the Christian Book Trade having worked for various Christian Publishers, at many levels, covering an area from the north of Scotland to the south coast of England and Ireland. Guy formed his own company (A. Guy Taylor Limited.) and employed a small rep. force which was very successful over a number of years. In 1964 Guy Taylor followed a suggestion given to him by Peter Nicholson (then Precentor at Peterborough Cathedral) for an inter-Cathedral Bookstalls Newsletter as a means of exchanging useful information. In 1968 he met John Mortimer at a church bookstall managers conference. John asked Guy if all church bookstall managers could receive the letter, previously only sent to Cathedrals, and so A Bookstalls Newsletter grew from one letter to a circulation of 4000 encompassing the whole of the Christian Book trade.

Guy retained an active interest in The Good BookStall after his retirement from the Board, and kept in regular touch, which was a major achievement in itself given his long battle with Parkinson's disease. Guy died in June 2015.

 

 

Mike TMike Topliss A founder member of The Good BookStall, took early retirement from teaching and late retirement from his more recent job. As a Religious Education teacher he was Head of Department in a comprehensive school. For the twelve years till autumn 2010 he was County Ecumenical Officer for Staffordshire and the Black Country. He has held many offices in local, circuit and district Methodism (not all at the same time!) but his main enthusiasms were for his church bookstall which he managed for over 40 years, and local preaching, for which he received his 50 years certificate. Three of his sermons were published (in the 4th, 5th and 6th) Times "Book of Best Sermons", and he occasionally contributed verse to CTBI's collections "All Year Round".  

 

Mike also contributed significantly to The Good BookStall, and his presence at meetings was always a blessing. He served on the Board for over a decade until ill-health prevented him, and he died in March 2015.

Current Reviewers...

 

Mary BartholomewMary Bartholomew worked from 1984 in SPCK Bookshops in Chichester and Carlisle till retirement in 1998. During the years she managed the Carlisle bookshop she recorded book reviews for Radio Cumbria's Sunday morning programme. This she continued to do until 2006, in retirement with her husband in Herefordshire.

After helping with book reviews prior to the launch of the site, she became Editor of The Good BookStall in 2001 when the original editor, Dora Smith, was unable to continue. A compulsive reader, church bell-ringer for sixty years and keen gardener, she is a mother of four and grandmother of five. At the Booksellers and Suppliers Retreat at High Leigh Hoddesdon in June 2011 she was given a Long Service award by Christian Resources Together.

 

Julia BennettJulia Bennett says 'I'm 44 and have lived in Weobley, Herefordshire, for 4 years . Originally from Ilkeston in Derbyshire. I have two girls; Emma is 24 and has 2 children Amelia 17 months and Markell 4 weeks. She lives back in Ilkeston. My youngest is Natalie she is 22 and lives in Leominster with her 2.5 year old daughter (Imogen).
I am my husband's full time carer (he has epilepsy).. Love reading, surfing the web and babysitting for Imogen.
That's me.' Dec 2011

 

Rev'd Paddy Beresford is Team Vicar at St John's Church, Broadbridge Heath in West Sussex. He has been a church minister for over 30 years and has an international ministry with particular interests in Pastoral Care in churches, the relationship between secular and Christian counselling, overcoming addictions and evangelism amongst Jewish people. He is married to Ann and they have two daughters.

 

Rev'd Canon Dr Alan Billings

 

Kathy Bland and her husband and three sons attend Leominster Priory church where they run the summer Holiday Club among other things.

 

Martin Brasier (Melchior Telematics) The Good BookStall website developer, has been involved in church music and worship for over three decades. During that time, he has been a 'traditional' organist, a worship band leader, and various shades in-between. He likes to draw on the best of all genres, old and new, from near and far, and has fairly strong liturgical leanings (for a Baptist). He plays organ, other keyboards, (acoustic and sometimes electric) guitar, and bass (not at the same time, but sometimes in the same service). And sings. (Chorally, he's quite smug about recently switching from 1st bass to 2nd tenor.) He is based in Beeston,  Nottingham.

 

Sarah BroadySarah Broady is a postgraduate student currently undergoing a part-time MTh in Church History through Bangor University. She resides in Reading with her husband, Jan, and works as Manager at Quench - a local Christian bookshop.
She has always had an acute passion for writing and loves to immerse herself in a good book. Among her favourite authors are Francine Rivers, Elizabeth Kostova, John Grisham, Stephanie Meyer and J. K. Rowling - a real eclectic mix of fantasy, crime, romance and Christian values.

Her faith in God is an integral part of her life and all things are done to the glory of Him who saved her. She has felt His strength sustain her through a number of heartaches and trials, particularly of late, and she takes comfort in the fact that He promises to work all things out for her good.

She also loves adventure and would someday love to travel the world. Her greatest adventure so far has been to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats; laughing and crying along the way with some close friends. Her guilty pleasures include microwave popcorn, Glee and Union Jack memorabilia!
 

 

Carole Burrows

Carole Burrows has spent most of her working life dealing with books, first as a Chartered Librarian working in public, academic and industrial libraries, then in 1982 taking the step of opening her own bookshop in Cumbria, which she ran for nine years. In 1994 she moved to Lincoln to become Manager of the SPCK shop there which included the SPCK mail Order Department, later the SPCK Online Fulfillment House. In 2001 she moved to Durham to manage the SPCK Bookshop in Durham Cathedral. She is now enjoying retirement and the opportunity to spend more time reading, walking and gardening, plus relieving her husband of cooking duties, about which he is most relieved! She is an Anglican and worships at Durham Cathedral.

 

 

 

MelanieMelanie Carroll (Newsletter Editor, Receiver and Distributor of Review Copies) is owner of Unicorn Tree Books, an independent bookshop in Lincoln. Before SPCK Bookshops changed ownership she managed a few SPCK Bookshops and was their e-commerce manager. She is also the Religious and Philosophy Previewer for Publishing News.

Before retailing books she was a Residential Youth Retreat Worker for the Catholic Diocese of Westminster. She studied Theology at undergraduate and post-graduate degree level at Heythrop College, University of London and also holds Diplomas in the fields of Performance Coaching (Business) and Life Coaching, and has an Advanced Certificate in Telematics.

Single and committed to serving God, Melanie, an avowed nethead and gadget geek, spends her downtime in creative pursuits involving paper and actively feeding her passion for the written word in any form, along with enjoying a second childhood with her niece most weekends - after all they both love DVDs, gameboys, computers, colours, books, hiking & camping!

 

 

Allison Carroll is first and foremost a mother to an incredible daughter who she recognises as a true gift from God. She works as a children's counsellor for a local charity, going into schools to provide one to one counselling for children from 6 to 16. She also has her own private practice where she works with adults.

Allison believes that no matter how dark it seems God will always provide a silver lining to light the way forward, this is what has inspired her in her own darkest hours and inspires her practice as a counsellor.

She worked for many years alongside her sister and best friend at Unicorn Tree Books before placing her trust in God and taking the leap to become a full time counsellor - she hasn't looked back since.

Although she has a number of health issues including fibromyalgia she refuses to let this get in her way and continues to roller skate, camp and take a very active role in living history at Kentwell Hall which gives her the perfect outlet for her passion of designing and creating period accurate hand sewn clothing. When at home you will find her with either a needle or a book in her hand.

 

Alice Collins

 

Roger Coode became a Christian at 18 and attended a Congregational Church. Later he became a teacher of Russian and French and moved to an Anglican church near the school where he taught. He doesn't have "brand loyalty" to a specific denomination and would describe himself as an evangelical, charismatic Christian. Since retiring from teaching he has been involved in mentoring and prisons work as well as at his church. 

 

Jim CurrinCaptain Jim Currin, CA. is Secretary for Evangelisation, Churches Together in England.

His full details are on our 'Guest Reviewer' page. He became a reviewer as a result of that entry.

 

 

 

 

Teresa de Bertodano worked as an editor with Darton, Longman and Todd and with HarperCollins. She is a freelance editor and compiles anthologies.

 

Johnny DouglasRev'd Dr Johnny Douglas is an Anglican Pastor in London. Johnny is married to Julie and they have a blended family of four. Johnny has a background in architecture, organisational management and church leadership. He is a pastor, coach and writer.

 

Occasional blogging and more can be found at http://www.johnnydouglas.org

 

Liz DumainLiz Dumain is the England Director at Youth for Christ overseeing support for existing and emerging YFC Centres across England. A published writer, she loves books and her home is rapidly running out of shelves! When not trying to find places to store new reading favourites Liz enjoys interesting conversation fuelled by good food, strong coffee, & red wine.

 

David FordRevd David Ford Revd David Ford is Team Vicar of St John The Evangelist in Hucknall, Nottinghshire and Chaplain to The National Academy, also in Hucknall. Ordained in 2009 he previously ran a marketing company with his wife Liz for 17 years. With degrees in politics and theology David is especially interested in the application of faith to life. Apart from family and church David is a keen gardener and beekeeper.

 

Revd Ian Gibbs is at present Rector of Diddlebury with Munslow, Holdgate, Tugford and Abdon in Corvedale, Shropshire and is a prolific book collector and reader.

 

Tim GoodallTim Goodall I'm the Pastor of Fairfield (Northwood Hills Evangelical Church) in North-West London. I thrive on thinking deeply about Jesus Christ and how to be His holistic disciples, walking by the Spirit in every area of life. I have the privilege of being married to Ann, and eagerly anticipating the arrival of our first child.

writing his blog thegeneraldance.tumblr.com

 

Sian HancockSiân Hancock, MA, BA(Hons) QTS, Course Tutor at the Bristol Centre for Youth Ministry. Siân was appointed in 2008 to co-ordinate the Children & Family Work and Practical Theology Degree at CYM (Centre for Youth Ministry)
With a business studies and administration background, while her two daughters were young, Siân led and managed a pre-school for ten years before training as a Primary School Teacher specialising in the Early Years and studied English. Whilst teaching full time in South Gloucestershire, where she had responsibility for Religious Education and ICT, she had the opportunity to teach in both Key Stages. She completed a Masters Degree in Researching Education focussing on the impact of multiple intelligences, learning styles and classroom dialogue upon children's thinking and the learning process. Siân has experience of Philosophy for Children and is an accredited Godly Play Storyteller.

 

Héloïse grew up in a Christian family in Brighton and has attended Bishop Hannington Church in Hove all her life. She did a Music degree and Primary PGCE in Cardiff. She got married to David Hearn in 1998. Héloïse taught for 12 years in Primary schools and now teaches piano at home. David and Héloïse have two adopted children.  Héloïse loves reading and writing

 

Victoria Hill daughter of Alan and Paula Hill, a teacher currently also living in Switzerland.

 

Charmaine HillCharmaine Hill is originally from South Africa and moved to England in 2004 with her husband who she had met shortly after becoming a Christian at the age of 20. Having worked in the Marketing industry for the past 4 years she needed to have a change of career and is currently working part time while she studies Chiropody.

Having always had a desire to be a wife and mother they have been blessed with a gorgeous son after struggling with infertility for a number of years

They live in South Oxfordshire with their cat and dog. Apart from snuggling under the covers with a nice hot chocolate with marshmallows and a good book Charmaine also enjoys playing her piano and gardening - when the suns comes out.

She has also done a stint in balloon modelling and face painting.

 

Alan & Paula HillAlan and Paula Hill are now retired and live near Montreux, Switzerland. They moved in 2006 to work voluntarily in Lausanne Free Church, an English speaking church that holds the reformed position. They previously lived in Colchester, where Alan was an insurance broker and Paula was a housewife and later involved in education. They both were members of Greenstead Free Church.

Alan is a preaching elder, the church treasurer and a Sunday School teacher. He trained at the London Reformed Baptist Seminary (connected to the Metropolitan Tabernacle, London).

Paula designed and maintains the church website (www.lausanne-english-church.com), teaches in Sunday School, leads a young women's meeting and (with Alan) runs a weekly coffee morning.Both Alan and Paula love reading a wide variety of books - the removal men could not believe how many boxes of books had to be shipped to Switzerland!

 

Jayne Hounsome

Jayne Hounsome is 34 years old, and has been a Christian for nine years, since when she has been an avid reader of Christian literature.

After leaving school she has had a variety of jobs but her main job has been working as a Children's Nanny and as a Nursery Manager. She took a break from full time work in 2007 to work through some deep healing and during this time she has worked in the church bookshop gaining experience of working with customers and also in the running of the bookshop.

She has also been given the opportunity of developing her gifting in the bookshop, this has included being creative in holding children's activities alongside storytelling, writing the book reviews for the church magazine and helping people who wish to have their books published: working on editing, proof reading & dealing with publishers.

 

Luke Hughes-Bunger Manager of The Hub Christian Resource CentreLuke H-Bunger 2012

 

Tim Hupfield is currently a full time stay-at-home dad. After graduating from King's College, Cambridge having read the Natural Sciences Tripos Tim returned to King's, completing a PGCE a few months before his son was born. In the past Tim has been a verger, sacristan, church administrator, PCC secretary, youth and children's worker and authorised lay minister. He is most at home in the Anglo-Catholic tradition and is married to Hannah, a newly ordained Anglican priest.

 

Simon Iredale

Dr Simon Iredale is an Orthodox writer living in Shropshire. He presently writes for theological publishing houses in America.

His first book was a study of Monastic Egypt entitled The Interior Mountain: Encountering God with the Desert Saints (Abingdon 2000).

As a poet, he has also embarked on the task of composing Orthodox Vespers for the major British saints. So far, he has written vespers for St Winefride, St Melangell, St Milburga, St Oswald, St Edwin and St Edfrith.

He can be contacted at spiredale@googlemail.com

 

Clem Jackson is a freelance editor and writer, currently editing the UK Christian Trade magazine, Together. He also operates a Management Consultancy specialising in Organisational and Team Development.

Clem lives in Eastbourne with his wife Janet and as an exiled Midlander is enjoying life on the sunshine coast, especially as his children and grandchildren also live there. Clem leads worship in his local church, is a trustee of his local Christian bookshop and is active in the local amateur theatre scene. He particularly enjoys reading fiction and biographies.

 

Sue Jones

 

Brian Kerr

Brian Kerr was born into a Christian home in North-West Ireland in 1966 (for those who want to know his age!). He became a Christian at the age of 10, but drifted somewhat through his teenage years so that, at the age of 20, he needed to rededicate his life to the Lord.

He trained as a Maths and Science teacher and taught for over 3 years in rural Zimbabwe. He started his present bookshop work in 1997. He married Tracie, who is Irish although she has spent half her life in Australia, in 2010. He attends a Pentecostal church in Londonderry (or Derry as some people prefer to call it). He does some Bible teaching occasionally and feels called to prayer.

He has been part of a couple of church-planting works over the past 20 years, the first of which is well-established and the second of which is still in the very early stages several years after the work commenced. He enjoys playing football and chess as well as reading and reviewing books.

 

Steve Langford

Rev'd Steve Langford is a Baptist Minister serving a church in East Devon. Despite suffering from dyslexia Steve enjoys accademic study. His reading usually focuses on pastoral ministry, Christian spirituality and Biblical studies, athough he also admits to having a keen interest in church history, philosophy and psychology.

When not studying theology Steve lists his leasure activities as watching telivision dramas, digital photography, eating out and keeping fit in the gym. Most of these he shares with his wife Elaine.

 

Fr J. Nicholas Latham is a Parish Priest in the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham. He was also Chairman of its Ecumenical Commission. Fifteen of his twenty-five years in Ordained Ministry were as Chaplain in the University of Birmingham, where he also was a Tutor in Medical Ethics.

In his 'spare time', when not reviewing books, he enjoys looking up at buildings and keeping up with British Archaeology.

 

Rev'd Chris Low Assistant UK Warden in The Order of St Luke the Physician, an ecumenical, international healing order dedicated to the promotion of the Christian healing ministry.

Previously a deanery networker for ministry to children and young people and taught English

 

Chloe Lynch

Chloe Lynch feels like she is part-time everything and full-time nothing! But fortunately she has an amazing and supportive husband who helps her keep God first and everything else (mostly!) in balance.

Leader of a church in West London, she is also pursuing part-time doctoral studies in theology. If there's any time left over, she likes to write and teach. Her writing includes a blog at theartofsteering.wordpress.com and the odd article for academic journals, whist her teaching work includes tutoring for the open learning degree at the London School of Theology and delivering occasional lectures in various contexts.

After a busy week, Chloe enjoys nothing more than a good book and, depending on the time of day, either a good cup of coffee or a glass of nice wine. So, getting to read and review new Christian books makes her very happy!

 

Rev'd John Macaulay

 

Guy MarshallGuy Marshall has over 30 years experience of selling Christian books. In St Albans he was manager of the Crusader Book Centre; then moved on to work for St Andrew's Bookshops, Quench and Luton Christian Book Centre.

He was a member of the Board of the Christian Booksellers Convention (CBC) and on the Christian Booksellers Group of the Booksellers Association (BA-CBG) for 20 years, serving as Vice Chairman and Chairman. He was on the Board of the Read for Your Life campaign and Director of the Indepth Buying Group. He has been a Panel member and Trustee of Speaking Volumes (CBPT) and oversaw five major premises moves to shops where he worked.

Accolades given to shops where he was Manager have been: the BA Charter Bookseller; the CBC Small Retailer of the Year; the Guild of Master Craftsmen Certificate of Quality and Service; the Federation of Small Business - Retailer of the Year; and The Review newspaper Retailer of the Year. In 2012 Guy was given the prestigious Long Service industry award by Christian Resources Together (CRT).

Guy attends the Cathedral and Abbey church of St Albans; he was a leader in Crusaders (now Urban Saints) and Akela in a Cub Scout Pack. He has two adult sons and enjoys the produce from his allotment. 

 

Barry Mason, I live in Salford with my wife and three rapidly growing young children. I am all about sport and how we can use it in a Godly way. I work for Youth for Christ, heading up Sports Ministry and serve as Chaplain at Salford Red Devils (Super League Rugby). I love adventure and socialising and trying to act much younger than I really am.

 

John Mayled

Jon Mayled has been involved in public examinations as a teacher and an examiner since 1984. He has been Chief Examiner for one of the major awarding bodies at ELC, GCSE and A Level and is a consultant for QCA. He now works for the IB.

Jon has extensive experience as an INSET leader and has written over a hundred religious studies titles including the highly successful Philosophy and Ethics titles from Routledge.

He is a contributor to REonline and also writer and editor of BBC GCSE Bitesize RS books, videos and webpages. He is also a CPD tutor for the Culham Institute.

 

Phelim McIntyre was, until May 07, Assistant Manager at the SPCK Bookshop in Chichester. He now works as a Life Coach and in the Christian Healing Ministry. In his spare time he is a Cub Scout leader, and is involved in teaching on intercessory prayer.

An avid reader he enjoys reading and writing murder mystery and fantasy fiction. He is a volunteer with a national Christian charity, and a member of his church's PCC.

 

Alison Morgan

Rev'd Dr Alison Morgan was born in London and educated in Cambridge, from where she holds a doctorate in medieval Christian literature.

After spending a number of years teaching in various universities, Alison was ordained as a minister in the Church of England in 1996. Alison now works as a thinker and writer for ReSource, a national initiative founded to encourage renewal of the Church for mission. She serves on the Council of SOMA UK, and is a member of the Archbishops' College of Evangelists.

Alison was for many years part of the staff team of Holy Trinity, Leicester, where she oversaw the prayer ministry of the church. She lives in Wells, Somerset with her husband Roger, and their children Edward, Bethy and Katy.

www.alisonmorgan.co.uk

www.resource-arm.net

 

 

Dr John Morris

 

Mike NorburyMike Norbury (The Face of The Good BookStall at Exhibitions) retired from full-time work in May 2011 after 16 years with Kevin Mayhew Ltd. Prior to that he had been with Christian Art Ltd during its merger with Kingsway Communications Ltd. His career has been predominantly in sales and retail management.

Mike lives in Wrexham, North Wales, where he is a member of The Community Church and looks after the online shop side of www.newdayinternational.org which is now chiefly involved in facilitating conferences with bookstalls although it still also deals direct to the public (the purpose for which it was originally established).

He is a team leader with the Wrexham Street Pastors, belongs to the Wrexham branch of Aglow for Men and has a heart for the presence of God's Kingdom to be visible in the town and its surrounding area. Apart from reading, Mike's interests include walking, travel and a fairly eclectic choice of music.

 

Bob Page

 

 

Aude

Aude Pasquier Aude is currently Senior Sales Manager with Hymns Ancient & Modern and represents a growing number of publishers which include Canterbury Press, SCM Press, Church House Publishing, Darton, Longman & Todd, St Andrews press, CPI and Harper Collins Religious. She transferred over after five years as Sales & Marketing Director with DLT. Aude by name and odd by nature she left her native Normandy many years ago and is now a self-confessed Anglophile, very much to her parents' dismay.

After a few years on a sharp learning curve with Mowbray's in Cambridge, Aude became manager of the SPCK Bookshop in York in 1994. In 1997 she became manager of the SPCK Bookshop in London.

Aude lives in London and enjoys every minute of it especially on her bike, weather permitting. Aude loves books, loves talking about books and loves selling books. She now enjoys selling them to other booksellers hoping to share with them some of her enthusiasm.

 

Fred Rapsey retired early from his headship of Hillcroft Preparatory School in Suffolk, having had for many years a profound interest in history and its effective communication to the young.

Several of his poems have been anthologised and he has spent 35 years performing Living History at Kentwell Hall and elsewhere.

Other interests include literature and heraldry, and he campaigns vigorously against the degradation of the language.

 

Su ReidSu Reid has recently retired from academic life where she taught English at Aberdeen and Teesside Universities and then became a senior manager at Teesside. She is now training for Lay Reader Ministry in the Diocese of York.

She is married to George and they have three grown-up children, all also working in universities.

 

Jackie RoweJackie Rowe is a former missionary midwife who is now a voluntary pastoral care worker in her local Anglican church. Her passion is to see Christ formed in every member of the church family.

She thinks her church, St Johns and St Marks, Great Clacton, is one of the friendliest in the country and she enjoys being part of the worship group there.

Her main recreation is reading and she usually has five or six books on the go at once. She also enjoys cross-stitch, walking in the country, Scrabble, photography and card making.

 

Rev'd Pam Sanders is married to Min/Mark and they have four children who are young adults and mostly away from home.

Pam reads anything she can put her hands on, time allowing. She has a passion for Tolkien and Orkney, plus sewing of all kinds and her special interests include childrens books, poetry and her home county of Yorkshire.

Following a Curacy at Leominster Priory in Herefordshire, she is now Priest in Charge of Hutton Rudby, Middleton, Crathorne, Kirklevington and Worsall in North Yorkshire.

 

Dr Paul Scott A retired hospital scientist, Paul is a member of Leominster Priory Ministry Team and a Methodist Local Preacher. He is an enthusiastic ecumenist, supporting Churches Together locally and being on the Diocesan Ecumenical Committee.

 

John Seymour is a retired medical practitioner with a particular interest in psychological and complementary medicine, and a member of Emsworth Baptist Church where he leads a home group. One of his daughters is a writer.

 

Zoe Stevenson

 I have a background in marketing in the travel industry and the world of Christian Music and Publishing. I am currently actively involved in justice and peace in my local community. I enjoy reading and outdoor activities namely kayaking and paddleboarding. I have been a Christian for more years than not, I am married with no children but 2 ace rabbits and we share our house on the coast with visiting European students who come to learn English throughout the summer months.

 

Bob Stoneham has been a Christian for about 15 years and attends Hook Evangelical Church. He serves in the church as a deacon and also supports vulnerable people who attend church.

He works in local government and has been married to Barbara for 26 years. They have two grown up sons.

His interests are reading, walking listening to folk music, DIY and an interest in industrial archaeology, especially the development of railways and the Great Western in particular.

 

George TaylorGeorge Taylor  - previous chairman of The Good BookStall, spent his working life in publishing; academic, general, children's and religious. After several years working in various departments at the Oxford University Press London Office he moved to Faber and Faber as Marketing Manager in 1974. He later joined the Board and became the Sales and Marketing Director before leaving to join Franklin Watts, the specialist children's publisher in 1984. He was invited to rejoin OUP in 1988 as as the UK Sales Director for the academic Division and finished his 30 years at OUP responsible for their international sales. The opportunity to join SPCK as Sales and Marketing Director in 1998 gave him the chance to see a further publishing aspect and an enjoyable five years until he retired early in 2003.

George loves football, giving regular support to Charlton Athletic, cricket; he is a long standing member of MCC, the theatre and of course good reading. He passionately believes that books are a vital ingredient to a full life and that any kind of reading is to be encouraged. To help TGBS provide good, unprejudiced advice on the best religious books available is a privilege.

 

John Thomas

Dr John Thomas did anything a layman can do in his Anglican church in south London, in the 1980s-90s; now living in Wolverhampton, he writes his website Affirming the Faith (www.affirmingthefaith.com) and produces occasional publications (Twin Books).

A member of the Association of Christian Writers, he is particularly interested in the future of Christian fiction and drama. He is trained in theology and spiritual direction, speaks to groups of all kinds, and supports deliverance ministry.

 

Ruthie Thomas is an author, poet, singer and songwriter living in Wales and is the first black hymnwriter in Britain to have been published with a mainstream publisher of hymns.

Her first collection of songs and hymns was published in Reflecting Praise; published jointly with Stainer & Bell Ltd and Women in Theology. Following this her work has been included in several other collections by Stainer and other publishers, including songs and hymns collections both for children and adults. The most recent being the Christian Aid Songbook, Hunger for Justice. Her poem Smile Martin was commended by the Archbishop of Canterbury for its originality.

Ruthie studied writing for children and children's literature at King Alfred's University College. Her writing for children has received favourable comment from P D James. And her first novel Ruby Tucker has been praised by headteachers and pupils alike. Ruthie's second novel Different is now published.

 

 

 

David Thomson

The Rt. Rev'd Dr. David Thomson Bishop of Huntingdon in the Diocese of Ely, previously Archdeacon of Carlisle.

Before being ordained, he studied Early English Language & Literature at Oxford and worked in education.

He describes himself as a liberal catholic by background, evangelical by conversion and charismatic by experience and is committed to building bridges across the divides of churchmanship and tradition.

 

Joan van Emden is a retired lecturer and continuing writer and editor, who in the past has written books about technical communication but now has a website, joansthoughtsandprayers.com in which she offers parish resource material which can be used freely.

She is a lay minister in her local Anglican Church, preaching and helping to lead quiet days and open garden afternoons for local children and their families.

 

Barry Vendy After 28 years in Baptist ministry, a career change took me to SPCK in Cambridge.  I was happy working there for seven and a half years, before losing my job early in 2008, in the upheavals at SPCK.

I am married, with 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.  My wife, Pam, and I are very actively involved in our local ecumenical church, and I do some preaching in local Baptist churches.

My hobbies include reading, gardening, listening to classical music, National Trust membership, the odd bit of walking, and enjoying the use of my over-60 bus pass!

 

Phil Whittall

Phil Whittall is a former magazine editor, bookshop owner and pastor.

He lives in Sweden with his wife, Emma, and their two children where they will be planting a church in Stockholm.

You can read more of his thoughts and longer book reviews at his blog http://www.thesimplepastor.co.uk

 

Rev'd Graham Wise retired Baptist Minister.

 

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