Delighted to share my sixth Independent Publishers Showcase, welcoming Red Door Press to the weekly showcase.

Relatively new, Red Door Press was set up as a purely bridging the gap between being an independent publisher and self-publishing services.

They describe themselves as a hybrid, of the two models and they are very selective in who they take on, but have a small select group of authors with whom they work closely with and believe in. They also have a very select list of books that they have published, they only publish very few books a year so that they can focus on these books. They will not publish a book if they cannot get behind the book. Just take a look at their website and see the list of both fiction and non-fiction books they have published so far.

There is on their website a submissions page, also meet the team behind Red Door Press and you can sign up for the regular newsletters. Details of their website are below.

Keep an eye on their Twitter feed @RedDoorBooks of visit their website:  Red Door Press

A selection of the fiction titles currently released and soon to be released through Red Door Press:

The Uganda Sails Wednesday by Stuart Condie

Published: 24th September 2019


It is 1960 and as the SS Uganda steams her way to Africa, tea plantation manager William Fontwell is left wondering why his wife and son are travelling so urgently to see him.

On board, Heather and Johnny Fontwell make friends amongst passengers and crew. But with the temperature rising, bigotry and jealousies emerge, and Heather is subjected to a series of unpleasant events that risk her secrets being exposed.

Events take a tragic turn before they dock at Mombasa and William arrives at the port to confront a captain and crew who seem to be hiding the truth.

The SS Uganda has a rich history, as a passenger-cargo liner, school cruise ship, and hospital ship and troopship during the Falklands War. The Uganda Sails Wednesday is the first of a trilogy which puts the ship at the heart of the stories of the Fontwell family, their friends and the ship’s crew.

So Brightly at the Last: Clive James and the Passion for Poetry by Ian Shircore

Published: 28th November 2019


In this offbeat and affectionate poetic biography, Jimi Hendrix, Princess Diana and Syria’s Asma Al-Assad rub shoulders with Auden, Eliot and Shelley, and with the Trouser Thief Clive met during ten long weeks locked up in a closed psychiatric ward. Since 2010, when he was told he had three separate life-threatening conditions, Clive has poured out a stream of fine poems, sometimes light, witty and paradoxical, sometimes sad, heartfelt and regretful. Some, like Japanese Maple, an instant Internet sensation, have already made it into the anthologies. Others, like his book-length epic, The River in the Sky, are more demanding. All are packed with the unexpected ideas, inventive imagery and breathtaking wordplay that have helped him achieve his avowed ambition of becoming ‘a fairly major minor poet’.

The Unwrapping of Theodora Quirke by Caroline Smailes

Release Date: 15th October 2020


Theodora Quirke has no reason to be merry. It’s bad enough that she has to work on Christmas Eve but now there’s a drunk bloke dressed as Santa and claiming to be St Nick hanging around outside her flat. Given he’s professing to be the giver of Christmas miracles and nearly 2000 years old, she’s wary.

Things get even more weird when St Nick insists he’s there to save Theo. And with the next St Nicholas Day somehow fast approaching, he’s even got a plan that’ll change her life forever.

It all seems pretty straightforward, apart for one awkward fact:

Theodora Quirke doesn’t actually need saving.

The Beckett List: An A to Z of First World Problems by Henry Becket

Release Date: 1st October 2020


The Becket List is a not entirely serious compendium of ‘First World Problems’ – the sort of stuff that drives us round the bend on a daily basis. How is it that atonal music, bus stations, cling-film and coat-hangers can bugger us up so comprehensively? Or passport control people, modern poetry, or just about anything you’ll find in a typical hotel bedroom? Embracing both the inanimate – from allen keys to rawlplugs – and the animated (well, in some cases) – from your fellow-travellers to every third-rate waiter who ever walked the earth – this book is essential for your sanity. As such, this comprehensive A to Z provides a signal service to humanity.

How to Drink Gin: Make it, Mix it, Master it by Sue Telford

Release Date: 31st October 2019


Juniper juice, Mother’s Ruin, heavenly spirit. Whatever you call it, gin is fast becoming the nations favourite tipple and once again Britain is in the middle of a gin craze. But how many people really know their juniper berries when it comes to gin?

How to Drink Gin is a practical, cookery-style book about gin that demystifies this most exciting and versatile of spirits. Fully illustrated with beautiful photographs and line drawings, this book makes gin culture and cocktails accessible and fun.

Discover how gin is made, gen up on key botanicals, learn how to properly taste gin, ‘build’ your own go-to gin cabinet, create simple but effective garnishes and master a few classic gin cocktails on the way.

Visit the Red Door Press Website for information on all their books: Red Door Press

You can also find them on Twitter: @RedDoorBooks and Instagram: @reddoorbooks and Facebook: @RedDoorPress

If you have enjoyed this week’s showcase please look out for my next Independent Publishers Showcase next week. If you are an indie publisher and would like to add your name to the showcase, you can contact me via Twitter: @TheLastWord1962

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