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Captured! The Incredible True Story of Thomas Pellow

Book launch, exhibition and party
The Poly, Falmouth, Thursday 13th August, 7pm
Free entrance

In 1715 11-year-old Thomas Pellow said goodbye to his mother in Penryn and set sail out of Falmouth Harbour on the Francis, a ship captained by his uncle John. Their voyage, delivering Cornish pilchards to Italy, was meant to take them away for just a few months, but it was almost a quarter of a century before Thomas stepped onto his beloved home shores again.

What happened to him in between is an extraordinary true tale of kidnap, shipwreck, imprisonment, captive service, battlefield bravery and, finally, daring escape.

To mark the 300th anniversary of Thomas’s departure, his dramatic adventures are brought vividly to life in a beautifully illustrated new children’s book titled Captured! The Incredible True Story of Thomas Pellow. It was written by Craig Green, illustrated by Oliver Hurst and is published by Mabecron Books.

To celebrate its publication, a call has gone out to all the Pellows in the land to come to a special launch party in Falmouth – open to all lovers of history, adventure and storytelling – in honour of this unsung Cornish hero.

Whether you know you have links to Thomas, your surname is Pellow, or there are Pellows further back in your family tree, the book’s author, illustrator and publisher would love you to join the party for this timely acknowledgement of a unique character from Cornwall’s past.

The book launch and party takes place at The Poly Theatre in Falmouth; just a short walk from the spot where young Thomas’s adventure came full circle.

The extended Pellow family and their descendants are invited to get in touch with Craig, Oliver and Ron via the www.facebook.com/FalmouthBookseller  and to spread the word on Twitter using the hashtag #Pellow.

Oliver’s complete series of oil paintings for Captured! will be on display and for sale at The Poly, Falmouth from Tuesday, August 11 to Saturday, August 15.

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Cathy Rentzenbrink - The Last Act of Love

Last Act of Love

“Cathy Rentzenbrink

Thursday 6th August

at 7pm

Dolly’s Wine Bar

Cathy will be talking about her new book ‘Last Act of Love’.

This event is free and includes a glass of wine.

Limited spaces available so please book in advance on 01326 31287

Here are what other event attendees thought of Cathy and ‘Last Act of Love':

“We saw it as a very human story and an important story that people need to know about.”  

“Lots of people have suffered grief – eventually it will happen to all of us.”

 “It is also a very uplifting book with lots of important messages about family and community.”

 “Also I thought Cathy’s grasp and understanding of how the medical profession and the advice they give now has moved on was invaluable.”

 “Ultimately it is beautifully written and a book which will touch everyone.”

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Kate Morton Book Signing


secret keeperKate Morton will be signing copies of her paperback books

on Monday 3rd August at 7pm

Four beautiful new reissues of Kate Morton’s bestselling novels with stunning new jackets exclusively designed by Sophie Allport.

‘House at Riverton’, ‘Forgotten Garden’, ‘Distant Hours’ and ‘Secret Keeper’


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August Book of the Month

Book of Strange New Things

'The Book Of Strange New Things'
Michael Faber

Peter Leigh is called on a journey of a lifetime, a highly unusual humanitarian mission into deep space. One that will take him light-years from his beloved wife, Bea.

As Peter pushes up against his own limits, word reaches him that Bea's world back home is falling apart.

Faber's novel asks how love might survive such distance.


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