Sabine Baring-Gould’s collection of short stories, Furze Bloom, Tales of the Western Moors (Methuen, 1899) has been one of the hardest of his books to find. It was only produced in a cheap edition and few copies have survived in good condition. I recently obtained a copy and, because it was necessary to disbind it for repair, I scanned it and gave a copy of it to Becky Smith, who has now re-published it as a good quality paperback through Praxis Books.
It is a delightful collection of twelve stories, all set on the moors of West Devon and Cornwall and conveying the spirit of the landscape and its people with Baring-Gould’s customary verve. There is a new Introduction by Becky. You can buy a copy from her for £7 including postage. You can order the book by post, phone or e-mail. Send a cheque to Praxis Books, Crossways Cottage, Walterstone, Herefordshire. HR2 0DX. Becky’s phone number is 01873 890695 and her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also pay through Paypal, using her email address.