The Owl and the Earl

cover of The Owl and the Earl

When Hector, a relative newcomer, agrees to join the Mastership of the Blankshire Hunt, he little realises he has bitten off more than he can chew…

Tasked with finding a great deal of money to repair the dilapidated hunt stables Hector quickly discovers that whilst the great and the good of the county want to help, they are not prepared to do so if it means burying various hatchets or agreeing with one another. As a result he soon finds that almost every step forward is matched by another one back. His powers of diplomacy and stocks of tact are brought to the edge of exhaustion as he strains every sinew to persuade those most closely linked to the Blankshire to make common cause.

As the deadline approaches Hector has to call in various allies from afar to help and with every step of the way, dogged by imminent comic chaos and confusion, the pace only increases as the rivalry and tension builds to a deliciously nuanced climax. A fast moving comedy of manners, set in the fictional county of Blankshire

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Hunt Staff Benefit Society Little Hunting Handbook

Hunt Staff Benefit Society Little Hunting Handbook

"Everything you wanted to know about Hunting but never dared ask"

Many new people are hunting today.  They may not have been brought up in a hunting country and it may sound strange for them to hear a person say 'Goodnight' at 9am after a morning of Autumn Hunting.  They may wonder why the Master gets so upset when they gallop over a lovely green field that is not actually grass.  Or why it is important to thank that scruffy person holding the gate - because he might just turn out to be your host!

Each Hunt may vary slightly but the manners and dress of hunting have evolved over the centuries to be practical and are based on a great deal of common sense.  Hunting is about having fun and at the same time respecting the privilege of being allowed to cross our green and pleasant land.

 The Little Hunting Handbook has been produced to raise funds for the Hunt Staff Benefit Society.  There are photographs on every spread, all kindly donated by some of the best photographers in the hunting world.  The foreword is by Jeremy Irons and it is intended to be full of helpful information and to be entertaining at the same time. Please click here to access the order form.

Hunt Staff Benefit Society Little Book of Hunting Songs and Christmas Carols

The Little Book of Hunting Songs and Chrismas Carols has been produced to raise funds for the Hunt Staff Benefit Society, following the success of the Little Hunting Handbook.

Each song together with its music, is illustrated with a painting by a well-known Sporting Artist.  We are extremely grateful to have been granted permission to use these images.  It is also full of interesting information about the songs, which you may or may not have heard before.

The Foreword is by Johnny Scott, a countryman with a great depth of knowledge out our country traditions.  It is a small hardback book with a loose leaf cover. 

The ideal present for Christmas.  Click here to download the Order Form.

 

Susan and Sambo

SAMBO AND SUSAN and other Tales
By Katharine Harrison-Wallace

The 1930s is back!
Capturing a host of country characters - amorous horses, fox and huntsman and a disobedient salmon - SAMBO AND SUSAN and other tales is a collecton of charming, illustrated cautionary stories from the bright and talented imagination of 12 year old KatHarine Harrison-Wallace in 1938.
A joy to adults and children alike, with a foreword from her distinguished Godfather, the Duke of Atholll, young Katharine's tales developed something of a cult following when first published. Today first editions are scarce and fetch prices that the 12 year old Katharine would not have believed possible.
Now republished as a limited edition hardback, this faithful reproduction has given Katharine's delightful book a new lease of life. Proceeds from the book's sale will go to the Hunt Staff Benefit Society (HSBS) - a registered Friendly Society overseen by its patron HRH The Prince of Wales, and benefitting the staff without whom hunting could not exist.
As a stalwart of the hunting world, hunting up to three days a week in adulthood, Katharine would have approved.
To purchase your copy, please complete the order form or visit www.appletreepress.co.uk to buy online.