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CentreHouse Press is an independent literary publisher, specialising in memoirs, travel books, plays, literary fiction, children’s books and non-fiction. The press also publishes ebooks.

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The Finger

The Finger, a journal of the arts, literature and culture, enjoyed a brief starburst in the closing quarter of 2005, running to two issues. Published by CentreHouse Press, and edited by Peter Cowlam, it featured the work of writers Val Hennessy, Allen Saddler, Mari Garcia, Jack Degree, Richard Hillesley, Bob Mann, Brian Poilly, Robert Vint, Jo Larsen, and Sam Richards.

'The Moving Finger writes: and, having writ, / Moves on...'

Issue 1, October 2005; Issue 2, November 2005. Collector’s items!

Wrestling With the Angel, by Jon Elsby. Who am I? Am I an autonomous being, able to define myself by my own free choices, or a created being with a given human nature, living in a world which, in significant respects, does not depend on me? Are these two views necessarily opposed? Wrestling With the Angel is one man's attempt to answer those questions. Raised as a Protestant, the author lost his faith in his teenage years, and

then gradually regained it – but in an unexpected form. This is the story of a spiritual and intellectual journey from Protestantism to atheism, and beyond: a journey which finally, and much to the author's surprise, reached its terminus in the Catholic Church.

The Burghers of Ceylon, by Andrew Elsby, traces the origins and history of the mixed-race populations of imperial Ceylon. It explains how, and why, those populations emerged, how they developed, how they were distinguished – and how they distinguished themselves – from the Europeans and from the native populations. It explores the components of burgher identity. The author also provides answers to the following questions. How reliable is the evidence of the Dutch Burgher Union’s genealogies? How prevalent is racial misrepresentation, and what were the motives behind it? How were the mixed-race populations treated by the European colonial powers? What happened to those mixed-race populations when colonial rule ended in 1948?

The Engaged Musician, by Sam Richards, is a passionate call to musicians, of whatever genre or discipline, to rescue themselves and us from the commercial tyrannies and dictates currently forming our musical life, and relocate it very determinedly in a meaningful social and aesthetic exchange. The book focuses on various themes typical of social, political and cultural engagement, without insisting on sectional interests. In part it scrutinises pervasive myths and doggedly held positions.

Who’s Afraid of the Booker Prize? by Peter Cowlam. For Alistair Wye, assistant to ‘top’ novelist Marshall Zob, Zob makes just two mistakes. First, he plans a commemorative book celebrating the life and work of his dead mentor, John Andrew Glaze, whose theory of ‘literary time’ is of dubious philosophical pedigree. Second, Zob turns the whole literary world on its head through the size of advance he instructs his agent to negotiate for his latest, and most mediocre novel to date. Secretly Wye keeps a diary of Zob’s professional and private life. Comic, resolute, Wye stalks through its every page, scattering his pearls with an imperious hand. An unsuspecting Zob ensures perfect conditions for the chronicler of his downfall.

Two new plays by Garry O’Connor bring together Debussy Was My Grandfather and The Madness of Vivien Leigh. The first is set in London in the late 1960s, and is about a composer, conductor, pop group manager, former dancer, and for good measure the daughter of a Zürich gnome (as they were known in those days). The Madness of Vivien Leigh is based on books O’Connor has written about Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh and Ralph Richardson.

CentreHouse Press has published, in either paper or electronic form, the following writers: Garry O’Connor, Peter Cowlam, Tony Phillips, Andrew Elsby, Jon Elsby, Eliza Granville and Sam Richards.

The press has also featured the work of artists Anne Boulting, Christopher English and Julie Oxenforth. The press has also worked with French artist Thierry Naiglin, and Spanish artist M Elena M Rosillo.

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