grippenham-tales banner from FINAL copyIn July of 2012, just before I started recording “The Doob Doo Album”, I finished writing a novel.  It had taken five and a half years to get from first word to final draft. The manuscript then sat on the shelf for a couple of years whilst I recorded the album, then formed Blues Horizon and starting work on sets for live gigs, and completed the second “Bus Depot Blues” album.  I then returned to GRiPPENHAM to fine tune before seeking publication.
Then in 2017, after a further three CDs, the story is published by Austin Macauley.



The novel is called “The GRiPPENHAM Tales – The Hidden Truth”
It is a fantasy story for children of all ages.  From 14 to 94.


I often describe it as Famous Five meet Harry Potter.  It is the adventure of four children; twins Arthur and Ivy, their 2nd cousin Mildred, and Arthur’s best friend Tom.  They live in the slightly magical village of GRiPPENHAM in the fantasy land of g’Shia.  The story is full of danger and excitement as the story of their fight to save the lives of Tom’s parents brings them in to contact with numerous colourful characters.

Publication date 31st July 2017 

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Readers’ Comments

“ … I was hooked right from the beginning, I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. The author has made you feel like you’re listening to him telling the story … I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to start reading Fantasy books as I feel it’s a great introduction to the Genre. However anyone who decides to read this book would not be dissappointed.”
Laura Sarjeant

This debut novel from John C Stannard is a real gem. It is a gripping tale told with sharp wit and unique comedy. The word play is excellent and keeps you smiling and “on your toes” all the way through.The characters are memorable and their names worthy of a Dickens novel. It was a very enjoyable read and I would recommend it to anyone, child or adult, who likes Tolkien-esk fantasy laced with rich wit and humour. Definitely a Five Star for me.
Jan Moncrieff

I really enjoyed reading this book.  Very cleaver use of words, had many a chuckle.
Great description of people and places.
Stuart Douglas