Victor Hugo’s St Peter Port by Gregory Stevens Cox

Our latest book is a new guide to St Peter Port as seen through the eyes of Victor Hugo from Guernsey’s leading Hugo scholar, Gregory Stevens Cox.

It takes the reader on a guided tour of St Peter Port condensing fifty years of research into the time that the great French poet spent living in exile on the island of Guernsey.

Take a tour of the island’s capital highlighting the shops and businesses Hugo frequented, as well as stories and anecdotes from the time he spent in the island.

Extensively illustrated with photographs new and old, showing how little the town has changed since the period of Hugo’s residence (1855-70).

Quelle brochette! Et je ne parle pas pour moi! Le livre de Gregory est devenu mon handbook companion in St Peter Port!

Gérard Audinet, Directeur Maisons Victor Hugo, Paris

For more details, see our dedicated page: Victor Hugo’s St Peter Port.

Arts Seafront Sunday, 10 June 2018

We are looking forward to Arts Seafront Sunday on 10 June.

Please come and visit our expanded stall this year – including not just our latest range of books about the Channel Islands – we will also be joined by Guernsey Walking Tours, the Guernsey Society, Guernsey Ancestry and Guernsey Art Workshops.

So if you are interested in books, walking tours, researching your family history, art workshops – or Guernsey heritage in general – please come and pay us a visit.

For more details about the day see Arts Seafront Sunday.

Where Seagulls Dare – guided walks in Herm

Our guided walk around Herm with Paul Sherman as part of the Guernsey Literary Festival is now sold out.

However, we may run further events during the summer if there is sufficient interest.

If you would like to register your interest for a future walk, then please Contact Us.

For more details about Paul’s collection of short stories set in Herm – see our Where Seagulls Dare page.

The Silent War by Frank Falla

We are pleased to announce that we shall shortly be republishing “The Silent War” by Frank Falla.

Frank Falla was a journalist in Guernsey during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. By day, he worked on a local newspaper, fighting with the German censor. By night, like many other islanders, he defied the enemy.

After radios were confiscated in 1942, Frank was recruited into the Guernsey Underground News Service (GUNS), bringing BBC news to other islanders, including the Bailiff. This dangerous work carried severe penalties. In 1944, after being betrayed by an informant, Frank and his GUNS friends were deported to Nazi prisons, where they were ill-treated and carried out forced labour.

Continue reading The Silent War by Frank Falla

Guernsey Legends – launch event 7 April 2018

You are cordially invited to the official launch of “Guernsey Legends” by Jane Mosse and Frances Lemmon.

Come along and learn more about Guernsey Folklore and the poetry and paintings that these stories inspired.

You can learn more about the book on our Guernsey Legends page.

Saturday 7 April, 2pm at the Priaulx Library

All welcome!

Legends Flyer Launch

Pre-order “Where Seagulls Dare” today!

Paul Sherman’s “Where Seagulls Dare and other tales from Herm Island” is due to be published on 10 May at the Guernsey Literary Festival.

You can pre-order your copy today, and receive a signed copy by post when it is launched.

Simply specify the dedication you would like Paul to include in the text box on the right, click Add to Bag, and follow the instructions for payment – and we will post your signed copy on 10 May.

(Please note: we use Paypal to process Credit Card payments, but you do not need a Paypal account in order to pay by credit card)

Guernsey Literary Festival 10-13 May 2018

It’s great to see three new Blue Ormer books on the Guernsey Literary Festival’s programme for 2018. The festival, now an annual event, has just started announcing the events for this year on their brand new website.

“Guernsey Legends” is a vibrant collection of poetry and paintings by Jane Mosse and Frances Lemmon inspired by Guernsey’s folklore.

Hear them talk about how they found inspiration in tales of ghostly goats, vengeful witches, drunken sailors and lovesick maids on Thursday 10 May at 1pm at the Guille-Allès Library.

 

“John Wilson, Guernsey’s Architect” by Simon Coombe celebrates the work of the architect responsible for some of the island’s finest Regency buildings including Elizabeth College, St James, Castle Carey and the Markets.

Join Simon and friends on 14 May at 6pm for an illustrated talk at St James followed by an optional walking tour around some of Wilson’s works.

“Where Seagulls Dare and other tales from Herm Island” is a collection of short stories set in Herm by Paul Sherman. An eclectic mix that includes two ghost stories, an adventure story, a human-interest story, a comic story and much more – each set in an island location.  

Paul would love to walk you around the island, giving you snippets of the tales as we go. Join him on 10 May at 2pm at Herm harbour.

New Release: Guernsey Legends

We are delighted to announce our first new book of 2018 – Guernsey Legends –   by Jane  Mosse and Frances Lemmon.

A collection of poetry and paintings inspired by Guernsey Folk Lore by Sir Edgar MacCulloch.

You can read more about it on our Guernsey Legends page – or order your copy using the link to the right.

Boxing Day sale!


Special Boxing Day offer from Blue Ormer – £2 off our latest book, Zoffany’s Daughter – including UK postage & packing.

For more details about the book – see our Zoffany’s Daughter page.

Offer lasts until 31 December 2017 – and only applies to purchases from www.blueormer.co.uk store.

Please note: Paypal account not necessary – simply follow instructions to “Pay with a debit or credit card”.

 

 

Zoffany’s Daughter – the countdown begins …

This week sees the launch of Stephen Foster’s new book “Zoffany’s Daughter: Love and Treachery on a Small Island”.

It tells the story of Cecilia Horne, daughter of famous painter, Johan Zoffany, who was imprisoned in Guernsey in 1825 for child abduction.

The official launch is 31 October – but you can pre-order a copy from our online store.

Or come and meet the author at a series of launch events in Guernsey and London.

In Guernsey

  • Saturday 4 November – Book signing, Press Bookshop, Smith Street
  • Tuesday 7 November – Dramatic Book Launch, Guille-Allès Library, 7pm (fully booked)

In London