Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Review: The Search For Mister Lloyd by Griff Rowland

We've received a great review from the lovely people at Love Reading for The Search for Mister Lloyd by Griff Rowland.

"A gorgeously quirky and magical story about friendship, hope and discovery, for young and older adults alike. Mostyn is a pigeon fancier, Mister Lloyd the pigeon has gone fly-about and Mostyn is determined to find him. Including emails, posters, as well as the adventure itself, Griff Rowland transports you into the lives of Mostyn and Mister Lloyd. Full of moments to make you giggle, ponder and go "ahh", 'The Search For Mister Lloyd' is a lovely and captivating tale."

A big thank you to Love Reading's Liz Robinson for taking to time to review the book, and we're so glad that she enjoyed it as much as we do! 

The Search For Mister Lloyd is out now and available for purchase as paperback and Kindle download

RRP: £7.99
ISBN: 9780993119170

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Book Worms author Jane Cohen visits local primary school

Here at Candy Jar, we are always keen to spread the literary love around - to anybody who will listen, to be honest. Luckily, we have a lovely bunch of authors who feel exactly the same way!

The fabulous Jane Cohen, writer for women's magazines and author of Book Worms, has been sharing her charming and fun children's story with a local after-school book club.

A couple of weeks ago, Jane went and met the lovely children at local primary school Albany Road Primary School for their weekly after-school "Book Worms" meeting.

After first arriving with the promise of giving the children "real worms" to taste (they were gummy worms really - we promise!) Jane got down to business to chat all things bookie.

"We talked about our favourite authors - the two favourites seemed to be Roald Dahl and J.K. Rowling!" says Jane.

Jane got to share with the children her story of how Book Worms came about, too:

"My daughter entered a school competition to paint a mural on the school wall. We came up with the idea of a very clever family of worms who had a million books, and could read a book in 25 seconds - I think the children thought that was very funny!"

"I read different parts of Book Worms, and we talked about different creepy crawlies and what the word 'metamorphosis' meant. The children were horrified when I told them that Earth Worm Soup was actually something real!"

It wasn't just the children who left the session a little bit wiser - Jane got a lesson too:

"Their lovely teacher taught me where the term 'Book Worms' originated from - apparently years ago, old books would get riddled with actual worms!"

Well... you learn something new every day.

We love that all the children had such a lovely time, and that Jane could go and meet some young fans! Many thanks to the staff at Albany Primary School!

Book Worms is available to purchase from the Candy Jar website and on Amazon.

If you are interested in booking Jane to come and visit to talk all things Book Worms, contact Lauren Thomas at or call 02921 157202

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Cardiff Life Awards 2016 - We're Finalists!

There's been exciting news in the Candy Jar offices this week. We have been chosen as a finalist for the Cardiff Life Awards!

The Cardiff Life Awards celebrate the best business in Cardiff, applauding what they have achieved in the past year and encouraging them to go further in the years to come, and we've been lucky enough to be nominated in the Creative Business category. The awards are in partnership with Blue Parrot Company, Introbiz, and the #StayStrongForOws campaign, and is sponsored by some great names including Park Plaza Cardiff, Capital FM, Chapel Bar & Restaurant, Spire Hospital, Volvo, Enlightened, Pensord and Stills.

We are extremely proud to have been recognised for our achievements in 2015, and really excited to continue getting bigger and better in 2016.

In case you hadn't noticed, the last year has brought about a huge amount of great things for Candy Jar Books. Despite a few bumps in the road, we've remained determined as ever to keep on giving you lovely people what you want - books, books, and more books!

We acquired the rights to produce original fiction with a classic Doctor Who character and brought you our incredible new Lethbridge- Stewart series with four amazing titles (and more still to come), we made sure that you can now hear Eileen Younghusband's One Woman's War on audiobook as well as the Lethbridge-Stewart books, and we released a load of other excellent books including Princess Phoebe Meets the Tudors by Emmerdale actress Sammy Winward, and Not That Kind of Art by super talented food artist Nathan Wyburn. We launched the Candy Jar Book Festival during the summer for the second successful year, we were at the Hay Festival and Cardiff Comic Con, and so much more!

While it's certainly been a busy and exciting year with loads of hard work from everybody here, a big part of this huge success is down to our authors, readers, artists and friends. Every book sold, every review posted, every like, share and retweet on Facebook, Twitter, and everything else goes a long way to spreading the Candy Jar word. So, thanks everybody!

No matter what, it's a huge accomplishment to have been nominated for this amazing award, and we can't wait to see who wins. The final winners will be announced at the Cardiff Life Awards on 17th March 2016.

This is just one of the exciting things to come this year. We'll keep you posted, but keep an eye on Twitter, Facebook, and of course the Candy Jar Blog for updates.

PSST! Our lovely friends the at Cardiff Children's Literature Festival have also been nominated in the category for Best Event. Catch our super talented author Nathan Wyburn at the 2016 festival Saturday March 16th in his Not That Kind of Art workshop at the Cardiff Story museum at 1pm. Get your tickets here.

Wish us luck, everybody!


Monday, 18 January 2016

Spread The Word Festival 2016 - We're Excited!!

Candy Jar is really excited to be getting involved with the Spread The Word Literary Festival 2016, coming to you on World Book Day, Thursday March 3rd.

The amazing event is hosted by Stephens & George Centenary Charitable Trust in Merthyr Tydfil town center, and is one of the biggest annual arts and literature festival in Wales for children.

Spread The Word Festival was first launched in 2013, and with the great success that was seen has been a recurring fixture in Wales' annual line-up. With previous themes including Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, this years event is based on characters created by the iconic Cardiff-born author Roald Dahl.

The main influence of the event will be Roald Dahl's hugely influential classic Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and the event locations will be teaming with Oompa Loompas, and even Willy Wonka (on stilts!!) Keep an eye out for the Glass Elevator!

Among the famous faces which will feature at the Merthyr Tydfil event, including BBC Drama Waterloo Road's Richard Mylan and CBBC poet Joseph Coelho, we are privileged to announce that Candy Jar authors Alison Thomas, Emmerdale actress Sammy Winward, People's Book Prize 2014 Nominee Anthony Ormond, Mark Brake & Jon Chase, and the renowned pop-culture artist Nathan Wyburn will be featuring at the event!

There will be author-led talks and workshops for children of all ages, as well as the opportunity to buy signed copies of their books and meet the authors in person.

There will be food, there will be drink, and there will even be crafty stalls to get your hands mucky!

Keep an eye out for the event schedules, and we will see you there! (hopefully in costume)

Photo credit: Sir Quentin Blake (The Guardian)

Spread The Word Festival will be held at various locations in the Merthyr Tydfil town centre Thursday March 3rd, 2016. Further details will follow. 

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Author Update: Nathan Wyburn

Happy New Year!

Here at Candy Jar we're well in to January now, and the memories of Christmas and New Year's parties are fading fast...  But that doesn't mean it's all stopped now!

Nobody's taking 2016 by storm quite as much as our author Nathan Wyburn; here's what he's been up to so far.

Alongside his trusty partner in crime Wayne Courtney, Nathan hosted the charity concert held by the amazing organisation Prince's Trust Cymru, a great charity which helps to get young people in Wales into education and training. The line-up included great acts including The Voice's Stephanie Webber and Ragsy, X Factor's Helen Fulthorpe.

Wyburn and Wayne are huge supporters of The Prince's Trust Cymru, and they have started their own fundraising initiative for the organisation via JustGiving.

People who donate to their cause will be entered to a prize draw and be in with a chance to win:

  • Official Coca Cola Rugby World Cup 2015 rugby ball
  • 2 x Tickets to The Prince's Trust Cymru 2016, hosted by Wayne and Nathan in Cardiff
  • Bespoke and original mud portrait of a rugby player of your choice, created by renowned artist Nathan Wyburn
  • The official signed rugby ball thrown by many Welsh celebrities in the Wyburn & Wayne "Bread of Heaven" video

The competition closes on November 1st 2016, so there's plenty of time for you to donate as much or as little as you are able, and the winner will be chosen at random on that date. Good luck!

Following the success of Nathan's Not That Kind of Art book launch at Cameo Club, the venue has commissioned even more of the Welsh artwork. 

Nathan's portraits of Welsh celebrities Tom Jones and Ruth Jones have been a huge hit at the Club's Wellfield Road venue, and there are three more to come in the refurbishment of Cameo Club's Pontcanna location.

The first of trio has been released; an incredibly apt representation of the iconic Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, painted using writing ink on a background of Thomas' Under Milk Wood. 

Look out for the next images, and head down to Cameo Club to check out Nathan's artwork in person*

This week, Nathan has also created a beautiful and fitting tribute to the icon and inspiration David Bowie, who sadly passed away on Monday. 

In typical Wyburn fashion, Nathan has demonstrated the impact of Bowie's legacy of inspiring creativity in others, by recreating the well-known David Bowie image using stage make-up.

Nathan, who began his tribute to the star almost as soon as he heard the tragic news, said: "The work I do lends itself to icons like him, and I felt like as an artist it was my duty to make this."

David Bowie's music and legacy will continue to live on, and will inspire many more people for years to come.

Check back in with the Candy Jar Blog to see what we and our authors have been up to, and follow us on Twitter too!

(Photo credit: @CameoWellfield)

@CameoCardiff / @CameoWellfield
Keep up with Nathan on Facebook and YouTube, and be sure to read his Cardiff Times column

*Cameo Club, Pontcanna, is currently closed for refurbishment and re-open for business January 25th. Head over then!

Monday, 28 December 2015

Candy Jar Films teams up with leading supplier Pancake-World

Everybody here at Candy JAr are solid advocate for a good pancake. As far as we're concerned, there's just no sense in saving them just for Pancake Day - we're more "Life's Too Short" kinds of people.

Our sister branch Candy Jar Films has been teaming up with Llantwit Major-based company Pancake World, the world's leading crepe mix, waffle mix, and crepe making accessories specialist to spread the Pancake word even further!
"At Pancake-World we are committed to providing the highest quality products and service at the best possible price [...]  We have over 15 years experience in the catering business, with a fair few years spent dealing specifically with everything crepe and pancake related" - Founder & CEO Loic Moinon
Together with Pancake-World Founder & CEO Loic Moinon, Candy Jar Films put their heads together to devise a tasty social media campaign in the run up to Christmas - et voila, The 12 Days of [Pancake] Christmas.

Just take a pinch of Christmas sing-a-long, a few good pancake puns, and a French man covered in milk.

Pancake-World has grown steadily over the last few years thanks to the proliferation of cafes and ice cream parlours that have responded to the demand for good coffee and indulgent treats. Recently, Pancake-World even secured a six-figure contract with the hugely successful dessert chain Kaspas. Crepes and waffles are more popular than ever in Wales, and Loic has been working flat out to serve the needs of his customers.

In the New Year, Pancake-World is setting up the first Creperie Training Kitchen in the UK, with the hope of assisting new or existing owners to perfect their crepe making or barista skills. Loic said: "We've been inundated with requests from people to improve their skills. We had no idea that this was not being offered, and decided to step up to the mic and invite them to our new training studio in Llantwit Major. If it is the success we expect it to be, we hope to roll it out across the country"

"It's just a bit of fun, and if my customers, or anyone else, enjoy it, I'll be a happy Frenchman!"

We say compliments to the chef!

Follow Pancake-World on Vine, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube

Keep up with what Candy Jar Films are up to on the Candy Jar Film Blog,  Twitter, and check out the website.

Candy Jar Films offers a range of video production services to suit your budget. It doesn't have to cost the earth - talk to us to find out more!

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Get your signed copy of Not That Kind of Art!

With Christmas just around the corner, things have been winding down in the Candy Jar offices... just kidding! We've been really busy packaging all the orders to send off for all of your Christmas presents, we've had two - TWO!! - amazing book releases (read about Amulet here),  and one fabulous book launch (...and a partridge in a pear tree!)

The much anticipated first book from artist Nathan Wyburn was officially published this week, and what better way to celebrate the release than with a book launch?


We all had a great evening, tons of people bought a copy for themselves and for Christmas presents too! A massive thanks to Cameo Club for hosting and making everybody feel all warm and fuzzy!

But now for the real news...

In honour of Not That Kind of Art's release, Candy Jar Books has a limited stock of signed copies, available for purchase RIGHT NOW!

Starting today, the first 50 buyers from the Candy Jar Webstore will not only receive their own sparkly, brand new copy of the book, but it will be signed by the man himself, Nathan Wyburn.

To prove it, here's a picture of Nathan  signing books this morning, with a Santa hat and some Not That Kind of Art cupcakes:

Merry Christmas everybody, and get your copy of Not That Kind of Art NOW!!


Photo credit: Zoom Click Boom Photography @zoomclickboom


Thursday, 10 December 2015

Amulet - out now!

The greatly anticipated, and already much celebrated children's book Amulet by Alison Thomas is out and available to purchase from Amazon and the Candy Jar Store.

Amulet is a fantasy adventure story about Dion, an intelligent boy who has trouble fitting in with the world and grappling with the frustrations of everyday life, and he definitely doesn't like change.

'When Dion is taken away to a world beyond the imagination, he finds that his disciplined mind becomes his strength. But little does he realise his life is now in danger.

Will his sister Megan get to him in time? Not if the evil Queen has anything to do with it.

For a boy who doesn't like change, Dion's strength and determination are the things that he will have to rely on.'

We're super excited to be releasing Alison's debut children's book, and it has even been reviewed  by Anna Kennedy OBE:

“Amulet is a delightful story about Megan and Dion. On one level the reader is taken through a beautiful fantasy world which is a product of the children's imagination. On another level it intelligently highlights the difficulties presented by the real world to a child on the autism spectrum. The reader is shown how the child on the autism spectrum can be guided through life such that he becomes a full participant. I have no hesitation in recommending this book."

Alison said:

“This story is about a brother and sister: Megan and Dion Coombes. Dion has some social and communication difficulties. The family employ many strategies used by children with Dion’s difficulties. Should the strategies help anyone, then Dion, Megan and I will have achieved something worthwhile.”

Available on Kindle and paperback.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Book Worms - out now!

Happy publication day to Jane Cohen!

There are only 22 days to go until Christmas and, just in time for all of your Christmas shopping, we're really excited to announce the release of Jane's debut children's book Book Worms. 

'Meet Professor Wormsworth and his twin boys, Wurzel and Walter. The cleverest worms in the wormiverse! But on a holiday in China by wormaplane they discover a terrible secret! It's the ghastly "Earth Dragon Soup"made by an evil wizard.

Walter and Wurzel find themselves on a mission to save a billion million earth worms. But can they do it?'

Book Worms is available as paperback from the Candy Jar Store and Amazon, and on Kindle.

Happy shopping!!

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Lethbridge Stewart Will Return

Candy Jar Books have just released the fourth - and what was thought to be the final book - in the Lethbridge-Stewart series: Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters. But fans who have already received the final instalment may have noticed the very exciting revelation at the end of Walters' book: Lethbridge-Stewart will return in 2016. and, not only will the publisher be releasing another series of novels, it has been announced that the next book will be written by none other than Sadie Miller!

The fully licensed Lethbridge-Stewart series was launched in February 2015, with Andy Frankham-Allen's The Forgotten Son. Three more titles were subsequently released; each met with high praise from fans and the press. 

Sadie miller is set to return to the worlds of Doctor Who with her debut novel, Moon Blink - an exclusive preview of which is printed at the end of Mutually Assured Domination. 

Gary Russell, former script editor of The Sarah Jane Adventures and long-time family friend, said: "When I first heard that Sadie was writing a novel, my initial reaction was 'ahh, a chip off the old block' - her delightful mum was one of the most creative, sharp and incisive individuals I ever knew. But then I realised I was doing Sadie a disservice, because from the first day I met her, Sadie Miller has always been her own person, utterly talented and rapaciously gifted which, other than encouragement and support, owes nothing to either of her parents and everything to Sadie's own determination to be brilliant. And with this novel, she's proven that she is."

Sadie is no stranger to Doctor Who, of course. Her father is actor Brian Miller, who has appeared in both Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, and her mother is Doctor Who legend Elisabeth Sladen, the actress who won the hearts of millions of Doctor Who fans in the 1970s as Sarah Jane Smith, and once again in 2005 when she brought Sarah back to the modern era of Doctor Who. Elisabeth Sladen sadly passed away in 2011, which led to Sadie distancing herself for some time from Doctor Who fandom. 

"I needed time to mourn, to be there for my dad. The constant reminders of my mum, obviously very hard to avoid, it was just too painful. But now I feel that the time is right to reconnect with Doctor Who, and the fans," said Sadie. "My dad did so last years with an appearance in Peter Capaldi's first episode, and so now it's my turn. It's exciting to be writing my first novel, and that it features the Brig adds another layer of importance. He, in the form of Nicholas Courtney, was there when Mum debuted as Sarah in 1973, and she was there for his very last onscreen appearance as the character in 2008. So in many ways this is important."

Sadie enjoyed a career as a child actress through many voice-over parts, making her screen debut when she was eight, playing Penny in the BBC film Royal Celebration. She is best-known to Doctor Who fans for her role in two series of Sarah Jane Smith audio dramas produced by Big Finish in 2002 and 2006. She won much critical acclaim for the role of the wheelchair-bound Planet 3 researcher, Natalie Redfern, particularly in the story Test of Nerve. 

"I almost worked with Sadie a good ten years ago on the second series of Sarah Jane Smith," said series editor Andy Frankham-Allen, "but alas that did not come to be. We've kept in touch since, and as soon as I learned she was switching careers I immediately asked if she wanted to write for the Lethbridge-Stewart range, feeling it may be the right time for her to reconnect with Doctor Who fandom. And bless her, she agreed without a second thought!"

Candy Jar's Publishing Co-ordinator Hayley Cox said: "It's a great honour to be here at the start of Sadie's writing career, working with her on her debut novel."

Sadie's book headlines the 2016 series of Lethbridge-Stewart novels, followed by The Showstoppers by Jonathan Cooper and The Grandfather Infestation by John Peel. A further three novels will be released in the autumn. 

The usual pre-order bundles will be on offer from Candy Jar, with a new subscription deal for those wishing to get six books for the price of five!

Lethbridge Stewart: Moon Blink by Sadie Miller is due to be released April 2016. It can now be pre-ordered (individually, or as part of a bundle or subscription) from Candy Jar Books.

Friday, 20 November 2015


Nathan Wyburn hosts BulliesOut Young Ambassadors Pride Awards 2015

Britain’s Got Talent ’11 semi-finalist, food artist, media personality and Candy Jar’s very own author Nathan Wyburn will be hosting the BulliesOut Young Ambassadors Pride Awards on Saturday 14th November, alongside his fellow Cardiff Times columnist Wayne Courtney.

Nathan has been a proud ambassador for BulliesOut since 2012, and it’s an organisation close to his heart. Having suffered from bullying throughout his childhood and teenage years, and even during university, he has experienced the suffocating impact that bullying can have on people at such a young age first hand, and is keen to take a stand.

In his upcoming release Not That Kind of Art, Nathan has opened up about his painful childhood experiences, and shows that with determination and courage it can be overcome.

“I had a great group of friends, a healthy, balanced social and home life, but emotionally for the greater part of those years I was battling big demons [...] Now all those things I was bullied for are the things I love most about myself, if only I could have known that then”.

The BulliesOut Pride Awards recognises the achievements of the organisations’ Young Ambassadors and volunteers, and comes just before the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week (16th-20th Nov), during which Nathan is looking forward to using his media presence to raise awareness.

Not That Kind of Art will be released mid-November, and is currently available for pre-order via Amazon and the Candy Jar Store.

Friday, 13 November 2015


To celebrate the release of Griff Rowland's new book The Search for Mister Lloyd, we are launching a new competition; #FindMyPigeon. The aim of the game is to figure out at which famous UK landmark Mister Lloyd the pigeon is hiding. Each week Mister Lloyd will be hiding in a different location, and clues giving more information will be released each day to help you figure out where he is.

To enter on Twitter, retweet & reply with your guess including the hashtag #FindMyPigeon, or Like, Share and Comment on Facebook to tell us where you think Mister Lloyd is hiding.*

If you guess right we'll enter you in to our prize draw to win a FREE copy of The Search For Mister Lloyd. 

**Remember: enter on Facebook and Twitter to be entered twice to draw!!**

Click here to get your copy of the book!

Happy searching!

Entrants must like and share on Facebook, or retweet on Twitter, to qualify for entry to the competition. 
One winner will be chosen at the close of the competition week, and will be contacted directly.
Entry closes 4pm Friday, and the competition will re-open with a new landmark the following Monday.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Calling all music fans from the North-East

Teesside-born writer Christian Cawley is collecting unique stories, memories and reminiscences about the north-east 1950's music scene in research for his latest and upcoming book Northern Rock.

Christian says: "You might have played with Paul Rodgers, or styled David Doverdale's hair. Perhaps your uncle was in The Shadows, or you roadied for Geordie. Did you get drunk with Lindisfarne, or foolishly set your hat on fire in honour of Arthur Brown?"

Your stories might be just as outlandish, or even a little more conventional. Christian is keen to hear from as many people as he can from all walks of life and with a wide range of experiences. Id you were there in the midst of the north-east music industry and have a story - any story - we want to hear from you!

For more information, or to share you story, please contact Hayley Cox at

You can keep up to date with information about Northern Rock  and follow Christian on his journey via Twitter  

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Pre-order Nathan Wyburn's Not That Kind of Art NOW!

The wait is nearly over...

For all of those who have long anticipated the arrival of a book featuring celebrity portraiture created from your favourite foods – the time is now!

Candy Jar is proud to announce the upcoming release of the one-and-only Nathan Wyburn's debut book Not That Kind of Art this coming November.

After being catapulted to success following his achievement as a semi-finalist on national favourite Britain’s Got Talent in 2011, Nathan has been busy making global television appearances and working on commissioned pieces for well-known brands such as Sky, Orbit and Hovis, and has now created for your eyes only a collection of his favourite, and most memorable pieces. Ranging from Simon Cowell created from Marmite, to Katie Price painted using fake-tan, and even including a toasty depiction of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Royal Kiss, Nathan’s book presents his iconic, unique and eye-catching style or art alongside the inspiring story of his journey from the struggles of childhood bullying, to finding comfort and confidence in art.

Nathan said: "I'm really excited about the book! It's like a greatest hits collection of my work over the past four years. So much has happened so quickly it's going to be great to see it all together. I'd never have thought it would be possible so early in my career but thrilled that it is! People may remember little parts of my work but not realise how vast and eclectic the range of artworks actually are, there really is something for everyone. I can't wait for it to be released!"

Hayley Cox, Senior Publishing Coordinator for Candy Jar Books, said: "We are really excited to showcase Nathan's artwork in this new book. He's so talented and the variety of materials he uses is so impressive - it demands a great deal of dedication to create art out of cat food!"

Not That Kind of Art is currently available for pre-order here, and will be released in November. In the meantime, you can keep up with Nathan’s shenanigans on YouTubeTwitter, Instagram, and Facebook

Tuesday, 29 September 2015


Candy Jar Books is re-issuing the official novelisation of Stanley Kubrick’s classic film Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Included in this new edition is a never-before-published story by the original author Peter George about Strangelove’s early life. Offering an insight into the character’s background, the story slyly alludes to the real-life figures which inspired the creation of the character. In Kubrick’s film we know very little about the mysterious, wheelchair bound director of weapons research and development. This ‘exclusive’ new content is a fascinating and revealing addition to the Strangelove legend.

To all fans of 1960s literature and cinema this new content is a real must, its discovery mirroring the recent unearthing of Harper Lee’s lost To Kill a Mockingbird novel. David George, son of Peter George, found the story when going through the family archive. The 8000-word story, Some Notes on the Character of Strangelove, finally reveals just who this enigmatic scientist really was. David George says: “I hope all Strangelove aficionados will enjoy this short piece. It certainly adds another layer of enjoyment and understanding to the subject.”

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar Books, believes the discovery of this story is cause for excitement. He says: "No one, anywhere in the world, has really seen this before. It’s essentially Dr Strangelove: The Early Years. It's how he became Dr Strangelove, and how he developed the theories you see in the film. He's a lecturer at university, unhappy with his life and very unhappy about his relationship with women. So this story has a woman coming into his life and throwing everything up in the air. Then, because of something that happens with the female characters, he sits down and thinks 'how can I plan the end of the world?'"

Despite its status as a comedy classic, Dr Strangelove… was actually inspired by a downbeat source: Peter George’s novel Two Hours to Doom (Red Alert in the USA). A solemn look at the madness of Mutually Assured Destruction, Two Hours… was considered so chillingly accurate that it was used as a tactical training document on both sides of the Atlantic. Rated by the American Film Institute Dr Strangelove as cited the third funniest movie ever made; provocative, thought-provoking and laugh-out-loud hilarious, Dr Strangelove is a cinematic landmark. 

Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is published by Candy Jar Books and is available in paperback in October 2015.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Lethbridge-Stewart series continues with David A. McIntee novel The Schizoid Earth

We are very glad to announce that the long awaited David A. McIntee novel, The Schizoid Earth, is available for all to buy. All pre-orders have been shipped out and should reach readers over the nest few days (overseas readers should allow for usual delivery duration).

Lethbridge-Stewart was supposed to be in the mountains of the east, but things didn’t quite go according to plan. On the eve of war, something appeared in the sky; a presence that blotted out the moon. Now it has returned, and no battle plan can survive first contact with this enemy.
Why do the ghosts of fallen soldiers still fight long-forgotten battles against living men? What is the secret of the rural English town of Deepdene? Lethbridge-Stewart has good reason to doubt his own sanity, but is he suffering illness or injury, or is something more sinister going on?
Plagued by nightmares of being trapped in a past that never happened, Lethbridge-Stewart must unravel the mystery of a man ten years out of his time; a man who cannot possibly still exist.

The Schizoid Earth is the second in of Candy Jar’s latest series of Lethbridge Stewart novels, following the incredibly well received The Forgotten Son by Andy Frankham-Allen

Also available as part of a bundle:
Bundle 1 (Get all four as they are released)
For the reduced price of £35 you can receive all four Lethbridge-Stewart books before general release.
Bundle 2 (Get Companions for £6)
Buy Lethbridge-Stewart: The Forgotten Son and get Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants for just £6.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Queen Elizabeth II is now longest-reigning monarch in history - and Colin Edwards was there to celebrate!

On Sunday, thousands tuned in to view the commemorative Songs of Praise event,  "Tribute to a Queen - The Big Sing" at the Royal Albert Hall, in celebration of Her Majesty the Queen as she made history and became the longest-reigning monarch. And so of course our very own Colin Edwards, dedicated royalist, talented photographer, and published Candy Jar author, was just one in the crowds at the London venue ready to enjoy the music and join the festivities in celebration of a national figurehead, and a family, to whom his life's work has been dedicated from the young age of twelve.

Colin, who has met The Queen over 150 times throughout the years and is a regular invitee to Royal garden parties, was among countless celebrity faces at the event, which included appearances from musicians such as Gustav Holst and Gary Barlow, as well as special guests Lesley Garrett, Alexandra Armstrong and a choir of five thousand!

Colin’s book A Personal Portrait of the Royal Family features an extensive and unique collection of photographs of the Royal Family, including intimate and never-before-seen photographs of the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II and the late Princess Diana.  

On his tireless support and photography of the now longest-reigning Queen Elizabeth II, Colin says, “I get such a buzz from it. I’m always on ‘cloud nine’ after meeting Her Majesty. It is the anticipation of this euphoria which keeps me going, no matter how long I have to wait or how cold it gets. Everyone is there for the same reason.”

The show was spectacular and, in true British fashion, culminated in a roaring performance of “God Save The Queen” by all of the choirs involved and the entire congregation. What a fitting way to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s record-breaking reign of 23,226 days, 16 hours and approximately 30 minutes.

Colin’s book A Personal Portrait of the Royal Family is available from both Amazon and the Candy Jar website, and you can catch up on  "Tribute to a Queen - The Big Sing" here.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain, St Paul’s Cathedral

Candy Jar author and treasured WAAF veteran Eileen Younghusband was one of the many dedicated attendees to visited St Paul’s Cathedral to pay their respects yesterday at the ceremony to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Eileen stood proudly alongside current RAF personnel and with former RAF veterans, as well as fellow RAF veteran William Clark.

Credit: Libby Wiener/ITV News

Credit: Libby Wiener/ITV News

The Battle of Britain stands as one of the most iconic events in Eileen’s long and fascinating life. Widely commended as honest and authoritative voice in stories told of the Second World War, Eileen joined the forces at the young age of eighteen and played a crucial role in the fight against Hitler as the first to detect the V2 bombs as they approached London in. Her two books published by Candy Jar, Men I Have Known and One Woman’s War tell her story, from anecdotes of her meetings with prominent historical figures to her time in the radar rooms of WW2.

Eileen, as a prevalent literary figure as well as a promoter of adult education, also recently attended the esteemed literary event The Hay Festival, where she spoke at length to The Telegraph’s Martin Chilton and his audience about her books and the fascinating events in her life which inspired them. Both books can be purchased from via Amazon and the Candy Jar website


Candy Jar is extremely proud of Eileen, who proves time and time again to be a figure worthy of respect and admiration!

Thursday, 27 August 2015


Following last year's success, the Candy Jar Book Festival returned to Cardiff last week, bringing with it a boatload of books, a sprinkling of signings and incredibly (though fleetingly) the sun. Opening on Saturday 8th of August with an appearance by World War Two veteran and author of One Woman's War Eileen Younghusband, the festival wrapped up on the 19th with Andy Frankham-Allen's appearance at Rhydypennau library. Thank you to everyone who came to say hello and to the good people behind the Cardiff Summer Market. Here's to next year!

Thursday, 6 August 2015


We are delighted to announce that Candy Jar Book Festival is returning for 2015!

Following the success of the inaugural event last year, we will be re-launching the week-long book festival in the Cardiff City Centre between the 8th and 15th August.

The festival will once again take place in our book shed on the Hayes, which is situated in the centre of Cardiff (near House of Fraser). Events will additionally be taking place in nearby locations such as The Forbidden Planet, Rhydypennau, Cardiff Story Museum and Cardiff Central Library.

A wide range of events have been organised for your enjoyment, including book signings, author readings and literary focused discussions. All ages are welcome to attend, with events catering toward both younger and older audiences. Children can enjoy an enlightening discussion on space, join Jane Cohen in the ‘Wormiverse’ or talk time-travel with shortlisted author Anthony Ormond, whereas adults can alternatively marvel at the first-hand divulgences of a WWII veteran. Whovians will particularly delight in meeting Andy Frankham-Allen, author of the first book in the brand new Lethbridge-Stewart series and his compendium of Doctor Who assistants: Companions.

To view the festival’s complete schedule, please click the following link:

Avid readers and aspiring writers of all ages; we welcome you to come down and say hi. We look forward to seeing you!

Hannah Frank

Tuesday, 28 July 2015


In this day and age, it is virtually impossible to run a business without a website. It's a vital communication tool which enables your customers and clients to engage with your products or services – a shop window that's available 24/7, world-wide.

So what do you put on your website? Some text, a few photos maybe ... but is that enough?

It used to be, but not anymore. Video has now become an essential component of any self-respecting website. Here's the top five reasons why you need to make use of video – now!

1. Video makes your website 'sticky'
People are more likely to stick around if they see a video on your site. They'll watch the video and be more inclined to browse a bit longer.

2. Video encourages customers to buy your product or service
Because visitors are more likely to stick around, they're more likely to buy from you. If you have an online shop, video will help drive them to it and spend some money!

3. Video helps your Google rating
If you upload your video to YouTube, you'll benefit from the fact that YouTube is owned by Google. Google wields great power when it comes to search engine rankings and having video content from YouTube will do wonders for your site's Search Engine Optimisation.

4. Video improves your reputation
A well-produced video will show that you're serious about what you do. Making use of real people (ie you!), will demonstrate to customers that you actually are a real person – and people much prefer to buy from human beings.

5. Video transcends international borders

The beauty of video is that the visuals can be enough to communicate a message. You don't need to pay for expensive translations, just let the video do the talking.
Candy Jar Films is part of the Candy Jar Group:


Wednesday, 17 June 2015


Candy Jar Books is delighted to announce the release of Princess Phoebe Meets the Tudors, the first children’s book by Sammy Winward. Having starred in the ITV soap Emmerdale for fourteen years, Sammy’s character left the show in dramatic fashion earlier this year. Since her exit, Sammy has been busy pursuing her long-standing interest in history. The result is Princess Phoebe, which follows the adventures of the eponymous princess as she travels through time meeting her illustrious ancestors.

The character of Princess Phoebe is dedicated to Sammy's own real-life princess – her ten-year-old daughter, Mia. Inspired by Mia's’s interest in tales of princesses of the past, Sammy’s book explores the lives of the Tudor Queen's Anne Boleyn, Jane Grey, Mary I and Elizabeth I. With the help of her mother’s magic book, Phoebe travels back to meet these figures and learn their stories. Sammy hopes that the strength and dignity of these characters has some important lessons for the modern girl. She said, “All girls love Disney movies, but there is another side to being a princess. I have always worried that, particularly as young females, we are brought up on a rich diet of fairy tale princesses whose single destiny seems to be that of meeting a handsome prince and living happily ever after. I have tried to do something very different, while still retaining the magic of these stories.” Educational and inspiring, Princess Phoebe shows that female empowerment is not just a modern day phenomenon, and teaches how it's not our circumstances that define us, but our actions.

Beautifully illustrated by Eric Heyman, Princess Phoebe Meets the Tudors was released on the 4th June 2015. To promote its release, Sammy has appeared on talk shows such as This Morning, and in OK! magazine and The Radio Times. Unable to fully leave acting behind, Sammy has also announced that she will be joining the cast of the hit ITV series Prey. She will be starring alongside Rosie Cavaliero and Philip Glenister in the second series.

Princess Phoebe Meets the Tudors by Sammy Winward retails at £6.99 and is currently available to order here.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015


Yesterday Eileen and Hayley travelled up through part of the beautiful Brecon Beacons to attend the famous Hay Festival. Hay is renowned for its commendation of great writing. Poets, scientists, lyricists, comedians, novelists and environmentalists worldwide gather together to host talks on their innovative publications. The exchanging of views and collaboration of ideas has earned Hay Festival the label of ‘the Woodstock of the mind’. During May 2015, well-known writers and personalities such as Stephen Fry, Bear Grylls, Malorie Blackman and Michael Morpurgo were invited to join the literary celebrations as well as Candy Jar Books’ very own Eileen Younghusband.

Ninety-three year old Eileen was incredibly honoured and humbled to be invited to talk at the prestigious festival and even got bumped up to the largest tent on site. She was interviewed by the Telegraph’s, brilliant Martin Chilton and they had a great long chat about her extraordinary life in front of a captive audience. Eileen had a wonderful time and would like to thank all those who attended.

Eileen Younghusband talking to Martin Chilton at Hay 2015

Hannah Frank

Friday, 15 May 2015


Candy Jar author Anthony Ormond has been shortlisted for The People’s Book Prize. Judged by the public, the competition is open to all published authors.

Anthony is incredibly passionate about children’s literature, and with his book proving popular with young readers, Anthony is thrilled to be short-listed. He said: “It's a wonderful feeling of accomplishment and I hope people vote for me again. It would be great for Tommy’s story to reach a wider audience.” 

In school, Anthony was described by his teachers as “often disruptive”, and was always told that his day-dreaming and class-clowning would never get him anywhere. As a result, much of his life so far has been devoted to proving those teachers wrong.

When asked which three words best described himself, Anthony replied “Never. Grown. Up.” which perhaps makes him the best suited to writing children’s books – he is still a child at heart!

Now, having studied Law, he is a qualified solicitor and specialises in Criminal Defence. From lawyer to children’s author seems like an odd jump to make, but Anthony often uses his job as inspiration. He said: “Not a single day is the same and the colourful characters that I meet give me inspiration for my stories!”
Despite the change in direction, Anthony took to writing like a duck to water. He continued: “The idea for the story came to me one day and then I just started writing and didn't stop until my pen ran out.”

Tommy Parker: Destiny Will Find You follows the story of a seemingly ordinary schoolboy, worried only about football and homework, until his grandfather reveals a massive secret that will change Tommy’s life forever – a pen that enables the user to time travel into their memories.

But Tommy soon learns that he has signed up for more than he expected, as there are others who will stop at nothing to get their hands on it. Tommy and his friends must rise to the challenge and fight to keep the pen out of the hands of evil – life as we know it could be at stake if they don’t.

Roald Dahl is a major influence in Anthony’s writing, and he currently lives just a few miles away from the birthplace of arguably the most iconic children’s writer of all time. He is also a massive fan of the Harry Potter series, and dreams of Tommy Parker becoming such a household name – he hopes that one day children will argue over which is better; the ‘elder wand’, or Tommy’s ‘Pen of destiny’.

To vote for Tommy Parker please visit:

Friday, 24 April 2015


Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce that Breaking the Surface is now available to pre-order.

Twelve short stories were selected by the judges for publication in Breaking the Surface including Andrea Wotherspoon’s winning entry of the same title (for which she also won a Kindle Fire). Sarah Evans, Tony Mayle and Jane Collins were also highly commended for their entries.

On hearing the news, Andrea Wotherspoon, from Caithness near John O’Groats said: “My story focuses on the idea of grief and how it affects the people going through it. Despite this, I have been told that it is actually quite uplifting.  I look forward to seeing my work in print.”

The Cardiff-based publisher relaunched the competition to coincide with its summer book festival last year. Laura Foakes won the 2012/2013 competition with her entry The Countess and the Mole Man. She continued to work with Candy Jar and saw the release of her debut children’s book The Liars’ and Fibbers’ Academy last year.

Hayley Cox, senior publishing coordinator at Candy Jar Books, said: “We invite submissions for our short story contest biannually and have held two competitions so far. Both times we were inundated with excellent stories. This is an exciting year for Candy Jar, we will be releasing books from established, as well as debut authors but it’s great to promote previously unpublished writers within this anthology. The quality of writing was truly outstanding and we had a number of entries from all across the UK.”

Breaking the Surface contains the twelve winning stories and is available to pre-order for £9.99 from ahead of the general release of the paperback and ebook editions in the summer. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015


Here at Candy Jar Books we're delighted to announce that Eileen Younghusband, hero of the Second World War, adult education campaigner and downright national treasure, will be appearing at this year's Hay Festival on 26th May 2015. Now into her ninth decade, Eileen, author of One Woman's War and Men I Have Known, both published by Candy Jar Books, is a natural raconteur, as evinced by her upcoming appearance in the BBC's Britain's Greatest Generation. Expect tales of her time in the Filter Room, the radar hub which orchestrated the RAF's heroic campaigns, from the Battle of Britain to the Dambuster raids, throughout World War Two. To read more, and to book tickets for this event, visit the website of our friends at the Hay Festival by clicking here.

Monday, 13 April 2015


Cardiff-based publisher, Candy Jar Books, is celebrating the success of the first of its Lethbridge-Stewart novels, The Forgotten Son, by offering a FREE 65-page ebook, Lethbridge-Stewart: Top Secret Files.
It is available from or if you wish to download on Kindle the book is 99p.
The ebook contains previously unpublished material, as well as an extended short story first published in Doctor Who Magazine #483 in February. It also includes a special, previously unreleased interview in which Doctor Who director Graeme Harper talks about the actor who played Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart, Nicholas Courtney.
Hayley Cox, senior publishing co-ordinator with Candy Jar Books, said: “The response to The Forgotten Son has been fantastic – over twenty really positive reviews in just over a month! It was so nice, in fact, that we decided we wanted to give something back to the fans, and so we put together this ebook which acts as both a thank you to those who’ve already bought the first book, and an introductory pack for those who have yet to commit to the series.”
The ebook includes:
·         The Ambush! – A short story originally published in Doctor Who Magazine #438, now extended with new scenes. It is set during the Doctor Who serial The Web of Fear, and serves as an introduction to the Lethbridge-Stewart book series.
·         We Won’t Let Him Down – An extended version of the final chapter of Candy Jar Books’ Companions: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Assistants, focussing solely on the television adventures of the Brigadier.
·         What Lies Beyond – A brief look at some of the Doctor Who novels that have featured the Brigadier over the years that pertain to the future of the Lethbridge-Stewart series of novels.
·         Graeme Harper – An extended interview with Doctor Who director Graeme Harper (the only director to have worked on the classic series and the revived series) from the book Calling the Shots, in which he talks about Nicholas Courtney, the man who brought the Brigadier to life.
·         Original Prelude – Never-before-seen original prelude that was written to open The Forgotten Son, set during the final moments of the Brigadier’s life.
·         The New World – The opening chapter of The Forgotten Son, the first novel in the Lethbridge-Stewart series.
Sadly Lance Parkin is stepping away from the project for the moment. Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar, said: “Lance is such a huge talent in the world of Doctor Who and we have left the door open for him to return. Hopefully, one day, Lethbridge-Stewart will make it to Det-Sen.”
Consequently Candy Jar has re-organised its 2015 release schedule. David A McIntee’s The Schizoid Earth is now scheduled for the June release. A replacement novel will follow a few months later – a prequel/sequel to Terrance Dicks’ acclaimed 1977 Doctor Who serial, Horror of Fang Rock which starred Tom Baker; Beast of Fang Rock is written by Andy Frankham-Allen and Terrance Dicks. 2015 will be rounded off with the previously announced Mutually Assured Domination by Nick Walters.
In addition Candy Jar has released details of the authors for the 2016 schedule: John Peel (Doctor Who books include the first original novel published by Virgin Books in 1991 and the critically acclaimed War of the Daleks, as well as novelisations of four Dalek serials from the 1960s), Jonathan Cooper (ex-Doctor Who correspondent with the and author of two Space: 1889 novels), Lizbeth M Myles (author of several licensed Doctor Who short stories) and Adrian Rigelsford (writer of the aborted thirtieth anniversary TV special The Dark Dimension, and Doctor Who reference books The Hinchcliffe Years and The Harper Classics).
The Brigadier first appeared in Doctor Who in 1968, forty-seven years ago, in the serial The Web of Fear. Created by writers Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln, the character became a semi-regular fixture in Doctor Who for eight years in a row, from 1968 to 1975, before returning to the series in 1983. He returned once more in 1989, and then again in The Sarah Jane Adventures in 2008. The character’s death was announced in 2011, the same year as Nicholas Courtney passed on. The character was resurrected, briefly, at the end of the 2014 series featuring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Beyond the television series, the character has appeared in countless novels, comics and audio adventures and is the most storied character in the history of Doctor Who, beyond the Doctor himself.
The Lethbridge-Stewart ebook can be downloaded for free as a pdf from or downloaded for 99p on Kindle from Amazon.