1320Books is the print and digital publishing vehicle for Michael Stephen Clark and his earlier output on The Foggyley Book Company imprint.

Latest News – Mr. Buckland, Mr. Walpole & Mr. Young: Around Scotland with the Fisheries Men

1320Books presents a bright, character-led, non-fiction narrative featuring three larger-than-life, nineteenth-century personalities in the leading roles. There is also a supporting cast of straight-talking fishing folk from every significant fishing community around Scotland’s coastline.

Frank Buckland, Spencer Walpole and Archibald Young had been working together on a regular basis as H.M. Inspectors of Fisheries since 1867. They had undertaken surveys and investigations in Scotland before, and so were more than familiar with people, places and logistics.

In 1877, they were commissioned by the Home Office to gather evidence from Scotland designed to demonstrate the health, or otherwise, of the ‘Scotch’ herring fishery. They began in Edinburgh and visited herring stations of note on the eastern seaboard at Eyemouth, Anstruther, Montrose, Aberdeen and Wick.

The Royal Navy placed the paddle-steamer and gunboat HMS Jackal at their disposal, which took them to Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles and important locations in and around Loch Fyne. Their undertakings ended at Glasgow, having spent six weeks in August and September travelling around the country by rail, road and sea.

The action takes place at the height of Empire and well into a period of explosive industrial expansion. Scotland itself is the stage, here defined by landscape, people, industry and identity; but some of the scenes may be new to readers. This is because the underlying aim is to move backwards and forwards in time, making unexpected connections between the past and the present.

The story progresses to a perplexing conclusion, which is evaluated with additional material from nineteenth-century fisheries literature that has been inexplicably overlooked. History has overtaken the findings of the fisheries men, but the principal controversy over sustainable harvest of the sea echoes loudly throughout modern Scotland. It ought not to be a revelation, yet there is something startling about authentic nineteenth-century voices communicating, not in Victorian ‘parlour-speak’, but very directly using plain, often pithy, language.

The overall aim of the book is to shorten the perceived distance between twenty-first-century Scotland and the Victorian confection that persists in popular culture. Readers will begin to see more similarities than differences, and, hopefully, immerse themselves further in Scotland’s living social history.

Out now on Amazon UK

A First for 1320Books

May 29th 2019 saw the first ever release in print of a brand new 1320Books title, Erin Greengloves and Her Big Fight with Gunnar Lokka the Giant. Read on and find out more about this engaging book for wise young people and older folk for whom it’s never too late to learn…..

Erin Greengloves and her Big Fight with Gunnar Lokka the Giant

by M. Stephen Clark Esq. (1320Books) ISBN: 9781070612713

“Did ye ever hear tell of the Legend of the Green Glen? Of Langbane the Wolf and little Jacky Daw? Of the little pearl diver, the Water-Ouzel. And, of course, the tale of Erin Greengloves and her Big Fight with Gunnar Lokka the Giant. NO?? You surprise me, for it is a very famous story where I come from.”

Tom Moss the Traveller

‘There once was a deep, green glen with a fine river that ran between the steep slopes of two great hillsides that were each thickly covered with tall trees….The glen was home to all kinds of bonny creatures, and it was often hard to imagine a more beautiful place on Earth.’

One summer day, young Erin Greengloves witnesses a distressing incident involving a dipper and a jackdaw. It marks the beginning of events that will change her life and place her in terrible danger. The cause of all the upset is Gunnar Lokka the Giant, a thoughtless and destructive oaf who disrupts the peace of the Glen with his selfish ways.

Only Erin has the wit and the courage to stand up to Gunnar Lokka. She can count only on Tom Moss the Traveller to help her as she faces down the giant in a series of desperate challenges. But is it enough to persuade Gunnar Lokka to leave the Glen forever and never return?

This charming book, written, illustrated, designed and published by M. Stephen Clark, touches upon many themes in traditional storytelling. It is a cautionary tale about giants, wolves, jackdaws, water-ouzels, restless spirits, and a brave girl who won’t give up her home without a fight.

It’s also about a modern view of nature, one that is both realistic and romantic, and full of conflict. If we want to save the world’s last wild places, then we will probably have to be a bit more like Erin Greengloves and fight hard for them. Many people do, and they no doubt suffer from the same doubters as Erin who paid no heed when they all said, ‘A girl shouldn’t do that! A girl mustn’t do that! A girl will never do that!’

Download the Sample Chapter ‘A Dance Upon The Ringing Rocks’

Erin Greengloves and her Big Fight with Gunnar Lokka the Giant is available as a ‘print-on demand book from Amazon UK. For more information about this book including film, television and theatrical rights, please contact the author/ publisher at the 1320Elements website.

1320Books proudly presents ‘Stylin’ Byron and the Hepcat Five – A Jazz Rhyme’, out now on Amazon UK.

“In our little town, not long ago

there was a bear I came to know

his name was Byron Bruin Baer

and he played clarinet, on that I’ll swear!

Every day, for all to see

he used his claws to press each key

then closed his eyes and gently blew

The sweetest jazz I ever knew”

So begins the story of Stylin’ Byron, the laid-back bear who lived to play the music he loved, but had to search far and wide to find fame and fortune. More importantly perhaps, he learned a lot about life and made lasting friendships on the way. Above all, he realized that everybody loves jazz music….they just don’t know it yet.

Stylin’ Byron is a story in rhyme for everyone. Read it with your children, read it to your Pop, read it with your granny, read it from the top. Read it on the bus, read it on the train, read it in the sunshine, read it in the rain. But if you do read it, keep your ears open and listen….the next sound you hear, that great sound, will probably be jazz music

Stylin’ Byron & The Hepcat Five

Story And Cover Illustration © Michael Stephen Clark 2018


Other 1320Books include include:

You and I: A story of friendship and fellowship that follows the journey of a wee lad and his scruffy dog through the streets of Glasgow one cold, dark and stormy night.

Darkling Intruder: A gothic psychodrama about a young woman trapped in her own home, and in her own mind, by the twin torments of agorophobia and claustrophobia.

St. Jude: The disturbing tale of a long, lost girl wating to be found. Jude is taken into the care of strangers, a group of islanders who live in the margins between sea and sky, accident and fate, and life and death.

Twelve Days: A Christmas story with a cosmic twist set in Milton Keynes circa 1968 featuring an assertive young girl called Greta, her wise granny and an elderly, time travelling couple on a romantic return visit to the place where they first met a long, long time ago.

You and I – A Story about Friendship and Fellowship with Songs by Stu Kidd

1320Books launched with the publication of You and I an ‘all ages’ story featuring fully integrated text, images and songs in two electronic book formats.

‘You and I’, by Dundee writer Michael Stephen Clark with accompanying songs from Glasgow-based composer/lyricist Stuart Kidd, follows eleven-year-old Joe and his dog Alfie on an eventful expedition to the Big Park. The adventure begins one bright, crisp winter afternoon, but it soon develops into a challenging journey through a wild and windy night in the big city.

The tale features several colourful characters that Joe and Alfie encounter on the way, and contrasts the thrill of independence with the unexpected challenges of the outside world. In essence though, the story is about friendship, fellowship and, to some extent, the nature of the modern family.

‘You and I’ is available as an ePub, mobi and/or kpf file.

The ePub version (with songs embedded between chapters) and text only mobi file will be available as free downloads with every purchase of Stuart Kidd’s recordings of the nine featured songs, plus the bonus track ‘Alfie’, available now at Bandcamp priced £5.

The kpf file is a multimedia format for Kindle only, and the electronic book, also with fully functioning, embedded music tracks, is priced £2.50 at Amazon UK.

Cast Away on Volcano Island

1320Books is also responsible for Cast Away on Volcano Island: The Amazing True Story of Pedro Jack the Sailor, a fantastical eco-fable dictated to Michael Stephen Clark by the imaginary storyteller, Gomez da Silva.

A revised edition of this story is now available as a free ePub download exclusively from 1320Books via the trusted Dropbox file sharing portal.

Download Cast Away on Volcano Island: The Amazing True Story of Pedro Jack the Sailor (ePub for iPad) HERE!

You can discover a little more about the background to the stories published by ‘Thom Ffynch’ and ‘Gomez da Silva’ at this website TheFoggyleyBookCo, an identity specifically created for the prior publication of gothic, fantasy and magic realism works.

Forthcoming titles include a genius’ guide to interesting facts evrey kid should know, and a jazz story for young people with original illustrations, an audio narrative and music especially composed for the project.

NB: Enquiries from anyone interested in developing any of these stories for other media, including adaptations for graphic novels, radio broadcasts, theatre productions, animation and/or film, should in the first instance use the contact form to connect with Michael Stephen Clark.

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