An Audience with G. D. Abson, author or “Motherland”

G. D. Abson, author of “Motherland” will be at the Exmoor Store on 16 February 2019 from 2pm till 3pm.

Headshot of writer Garry Abson by Photographer Jonathan Bowcott

G.D. (alias Garry David) was born in County Durham and brought up on army bases in Germany and Singapore before returning to the UK. He developed a lifelong obsession with Russia after studying the revolution at school and Russian politics at university. He is the author of MOTHERLAND, the first in a series featuring Senior Investigator Natalya Ivanova battling crime, chauvinism and corruption in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

 Motherland was shortlisted for a Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger, and this Summer the novel was a “Star Pick” in The Times/Sunday Times Crime Club.

This is what people had to say about the gripping crime thriller set in the dark heart of Putin’s Russia:

‘The dark heart of Putin’s Russia beneath the glitz of St Petersburg provides the heady setting for this excellent and gripping debut. Abson, who was shortlisted for a Crime Writers Debut Dagger for Motherland, is surely a name to watch. A Child 44 for Putin-land, this classy page-turner oozes with atmosphere.’ –David Young, bestselling author of STASI CHILD and STASI WOLF

‘Senior Detective Natalya Ivanova does for St Petersburg what Martin Cruz Smith s Arkady Renko did for Gorky Park… taut, fast-moving and compellingly believable.’ –Tom Callaghan, author of A KILLING WINTER

‘Gripping, authentic and fast-paced this is a fine thriller that will delight fans of Martin Cruz Smith.’ –William Ryan, author of THE HOLY THIEF and THE BLOODY MEADOW

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New in the Exmoor Store: Greeting Cards by John Spurr Photography

You can now order greeting cards by John Spurr Photography from our online shop.

The cards are £2.50 each or £6.00 for three.  All cards can be ordered individually or as a collection of three different designs. Click on the link for the shop:

And here is an overview of all designs available:

 

Last of the frost in Selworthy Combe….

Last of the Frost in Selworthy Combe - Original Oil Painting by David Jessup

Last of the Frost in Selworthy Combe – Original Oil Painting by David Jessup

Frost lingering in the shadows at the start of a glorious cold autumn day in Selworthy Combe.  Just visible amongst the silver birches at the centre of the picture is Lady Acland’s Hut, a woodland refuge built by Sir Thomas Acland for his wife in the 19th century.  Almost everywhere in this broad panorama is now owned by The National Trust, including the wooded Horner Valley in the middleground & the distant slopes of the high moor& Porlock Hill.

 

David Jessup sold his first picture – a small scraperboard drawing – aged 14.

Years later, David took time out from his job as a production controller at the Clarks factory in Minehead – unable to stand or walk after an operation, he picked up his oil paints once more. When the factory closed in 1982, David and his family moved to a remote miners cottage where they established the family business Brendon Hill Crafts, combining his wife Liz’s preserves and his own artwork.

David prefers to produce large oil paintings on medium grain stretched canvas, making use of sheer magnitude to transport the viewer to the scene.  Referring to compositional sketches captured on site, David works in his home studio.

In his alter ego as an illustrator, David also turns to nature as a subject, producing watercolours and drawings for postcards and prints for clients like the National Trust and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

30″ x 20″  Unframed  on canvas stretcher  – Available to purchase in the Exmoor Store.