Thursday, 22 September 2016

Top Tips for Submissions!

If you’re thinking about submitting some work to us, we’d love to hear from you, but you might like to have a look at these guides for sending your work to us. 
  1. Include a cover letter – We’d like to know a little more about you and your story. You can tell us anything you think is relevant about who you are and where your inspiration for the story came from.
  2. A synopsis is always helpful – You will only be sending us a small portion of your book, so it’s helpful to us if you can send us a synopsis. Just a brief account of the plot of your book is what we need. 
  3. Don’t send us too much – We love reading your work and finding new authors, but we do receive a lot of submissions. Just 2-3 chapters are enough to give us an idea of what your book is like.
  4. Is your book like another you’ve read? – It’s always helpful for us to know the sort of books you think yours is like. If you’ve written the first book in a series of books about a boy who discovers he’s a wizard, and also the son of a god, you might liken your book to Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.
  5. Who is going to read it? – It’s also useful to us to have an idea of who your book will appeal to. Is it a general fiction novel? Is it a children’s fantasy novel? Or a Young Adult Contemporary novel? Either way, we’d like to know.  
  6. Have patience – We receive a lot of submissions, and while we try hard to get through all of them as quickly as possible it does take time, so please have patience with us while waiting for a response.
So there you have it! 6 key tips for sending in your submissions to us. For more information on where to send them, visit our website!

Monday, 19 September 2016

Lethbridge-Stewart: 2 for 1 Super Sale!

Candy Jar Books Exclusive
Super Sale!

Lethbridge-Stewart Two Book Bundle
For a limited time only! Buy The Schizoid Earth (Lethbridge-Stewart Series 1, Book 2) and receive Beast of Fang Rock (Lethbridge-Stewart Series 1, Book 3) completely free!

Head over to our shop right now to claim this exclusive deal!

The Schizoid Earth (Lethbridge-Stewart Series 1, Book 2):-
Lethbridge-Stewart was supposed to be in the mountains of the east. Things didn't quite go according to plan.

On the eve of war, something appeared in the sky; a presence that blotted out the moon. Now it has returned, and no battle plan can survive first contact with this enemy.

Plagued by nightmares of being trapped in a past that never happened, Lethbridge-Stewart must unravel the mystery of a man ten years out of his time; a man who cannot possibly still exist.

Why do the ghosts of fallen soldiers still fight long-forgotten battles against living men? What is the secret of the rural English town of Deepdene? Lethbridge-Stewart has good reason to doubt his own sanity, but is he suffering illness or injury, or is something more sinister going on?

The second novel in a brand-new series of novels set just after the Doctor Who serial The Web of Fear, featuring the characters and concepts created by Mervyn Haisman & Henry Lincoln.
Beast of Fang Rock (Lethbridge-Stewart Series 1, Book 3): -
Fang Rock has always had a bad reputation. Since 1955 the lighthouse has been out of commission, shut down because of fire that gutted the entire tower. But now, finally updated and fully renovated, the island and lighthouse is once again about to be brought back into service.
Students have gathered on Fang Rock to celebrate the opening of the ‘most haunted lighthouse of the British Isles’, but they get more than they bargained for when the ghosts of long-dead men return, accompanied by a falling star.
Colonel Lethbridge-Stewart is brought in to investigate what he believes to be signs of alien involvement. But it is not only Lethbridge-Stewart who has an interest in Fang Rock. Anne Travers is called to her family solicitor’s, who have in their possession a letter from Archibald Goff, the paranormal investigator who once visited Fang Rock back in the 1820s, and along with it a piece of alien technology.
What connects a shooting star, ghosts of men killed in 1902 and the beast that roamed Fang Rock in 1823? Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers are about to discover the answer first hand.

Don’t miss out! Order now while the offer lasts!

Friday, 16 September 2016

Candy Jar @ Regenerations Swansea – 24th-25th September 2016

Have you booked to attend this years’ Regenerations event?

With loads of amazing guests and fantastic interviews planned, how could Shaun possibly turn down the opportunity to attend and sell you some books?! 

Most exciting of all these books is a fantastic pre-order from author Peter Grehan, Connecting Who
The Cybermen, the Weeping Angels, the Daleks… the artificial beings of Doctor Who are some of the most iconic in science fiction. But what inspired them?

Connecting Who: Artificial Beings traces their origins back to the myths, folktales and real events of history; the teachings of religion; not to mention the wealth of other sci fi writing from which Doctor Who has drawn.
Peter Grehan has been an avid fan since Doctor Who’s very first broadcast.  With him as your guide, explore the wealth of material which lies behind the longest running science fiction series of all time.

If you can’t wait until Regenerations to order your copy or you’re unable to attend the event, you can visit our store to pre-order now. If you do, you’ll also receive a free copy of the 3rd book in the first Lethbridge-Stewart series, Beast of FangRock

Shaun will also be selling some of our other books, so make sure you
drop by and visit!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Lethbridge-Stewart: THE HAVOC FILES

Calling all fans of Lethbridge-Stewart! The Havoc Files are back! 

The Havoc Files 2 is available to pre-order now. Check out the synopsis below:-

Ghosts in Cornwall, zombies in Australia, aliens at Wembley, trouble in Egypt, and a siege on the Kent coast. Just a few things our heroes have to face in this volume of collected short stories.

Add to that, an investigation into the strange goings on in a small house in Mevagissey, which sees Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers cut down to size. And much later, the ashes from a destroyed
Earth fall on Lethbridge-Stewart and his family.

Contains five short stories previously only available in digital format, two brand-new stories dealing with the fallout of two popular Doctor Who serials, and previously unpublished material from the latest Lethbridge-Stewart novels.

A collection of short stories from the classic era of Doctor Who, starring Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart and Anne Travers, based on the characters and concepts created by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln.

As always, The Havoc Files 2 is only a limited run. We have less than 75 copies left now, and they’re going fast, so head on over to our shop to pre-order your very own copy now!

This exciting short story collection includes: -
Ashes of the Inferno by Andy Frankham-Allen (brand new, print exclusive)
House of Giants by Rick Cross (brand new, print exclusive)
In His Kiss by Sue Hampton
The Lock-In by Sarah Groenewegen BEM
The Black Eggs of Khufu by Tom Dexter
The Band of Evil by Roger J Simmonds & Shaun Russell
The Playing Dead by Adrian Sherlock
Schädengeists Lot by Jonathan Cooper (previously unpublished interludes from The Showstoppers)
Exodus from Venus by John Peel (original prologue from The Grandfather Infestation)
Also, for a limited time, you can also order Beast of Fang Rock at the same time as The Havoc Files 2 for half price! So you can enjoy all those short stories, plus the sequel to The Horror of Fang Rock (first broadcast in 1977) all at once for only £14.48 (plus p&p).
Make sure you get your hands on all those brand new and exclusive titles by pre-ordering now!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Happy Birthday, Shaun!

Yesterday was a great day for us here at Candy Jar. Our Head of Publishing and Company Director, Shaun Russell, celebrated his birthday with us at the office with cake and chocolate. Shaun has had a distinguished career working with ITV, Channel 5, GMTV, and The Children’s Channel. He is now responsible for overseeing book production and marketing our titles using his contacts in the industry. We were very pleased to be able to help Shaun celebrate his special day and we look forward to many more years celebrating with him!

Candy Jar invites you to join us in wishing Shaun Many Happy Returns for yesterday.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Roald Dahl Day!

Today, on Tuesday 13th September, we at Candy Jar Books join the rest of the world in celebrating Roald Dahl. 

The whole month of September is dedicated in the literary world to celebrating and remembering that great man and author. You may remember that on World Book Day, back in March, we posted about our favourite Roald Dahl books, but as today is the centenary of Mr Dahl’s birth, we thought it appropriate today to talk of the man himself. 

Born, not far from our office, in Llandaff, Cardiff, Roald Dahl was the only son and middle child of Harald and Sofie Magdalene Dahl. He documented his early childhood experiences and school career in his autobiographical novel Boy: Tales of Childhood. Dahl later became an aircraftman with the RAF, fighting in the Second World War, his experiences of which he published in his 1986 memoir, Going Solo

In his lifetime Dahl had two wives, five children, and a whopping 57 publications, including a compilation of short ghost stories that were edited by him in 1983 before he died in 1990. Roald Dahl is a household name. I’m certain that there isn’t a person in this country who has not heard of, read, watched, or studied at least one of his works. His works induce nostalgia in those of us who were brought up on his stories and excitement and joy in those who read them for the first time. Although there is a lot of controversy surrounding Dahl, who he was, and how he treated those that loved him, there can be no doubt about one thing – his writing, for whatever reason, has stuck in the hearts and minds of those that have read it.

How have you enjoyed celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of this extraordinary person?

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Candy Jar Books is excited to support the new project from BookTrust, an organisation dedicated to encouraging and inspiring a love of reading. 

BookTrust has launched its first ever Time to Read national campaign to encourage families to break out of their ‘bubbles’!

BookTrust has done research that reveals parents’ concern around lack of shared family time, as technology and time constraints cause family members to spend more time alone. 

  • Almost two thirds of parents are concerned that their family spend too much time in their individual ‘bubbles’ at home, rather than interacting with each other
  • On average 86% of parents read with their 5 year old every night or every other night, compared to just 38% to 11 year olds
  • More than half of parents with children age 11 feel they spend less time talking with their child as they get older
  • Nine out of ten parents would like their family to do more shared activities together and increase quality family time

New research has been released this week by BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, to announce the launch of Time to Read, a national campaign which encourages families to read together more, even when children are ‘too old for a bedtime story’. Their research shows that parents of primary school children worry about family members increasingly living in their own ‘bubbles’ as their children get older. They want to spend more time doing things together but admit they read with their children less and less as they get older. 

The study, which polled 2,000 parents of children 5-11, highlighted how these concerns appeared to grow as children get older, as just 53% of parents of 5 year olds said they were worried about their family ‘bubble’, compared to 72% of parents of 11 year olds. This is reflected in the amount of time parents spend reading with their children as they grow older; on average 86% of parents with a child age 5 read with them every day or every other day, but this falls to 38% of parents of 11 year olds.

Families could be missing out on quality time spent together with books and the emotional benefits that go with this as their child gets older - and we at Candy Jar think that's not on!

Diana Gerald, BookTrust chief executive, comments: “When children get older and start to learn to read for themselves, it can be tempting for parents to step back and let them continue their reading adventures alone. However, research shows the enjoyment of reading, developed through shared reading time with parents or carers, has a significant positive impact on a wide range of life outcomes including social, personal, health & well-being and educational.

"It is the combination of skills and a love of reading that enables children to achieve academically
and in life. We know that this lifetime love of reading is sparked by reading together, and the
shared adventures that books can offer well beyond the nursery school years”.

As part of the first Time to Read campaign BookTrust will be giving a book to every reception age child across the country (that’s 700,000) – launching this year with Faber & Faber’s ‘Kitchen Disco’ by Clare Foges and Al Murphy. The BookTrust website will also host booklists for reluctant readers alongside tips on how to get your child loving books. These can be found at Book Trust's website.

Candy Jar Books has chosen to support this very important campaign and hopes to help encourage more families to find the time to read together! 

Candy Jar Books offers both fiction and non-fiction children's titles to get your children and families reading, including: 

  • Book Worms, a story about the cleverest worms in the wormiverse! By Jane Cohen 
  • Eileen's War,  the incredible story of Eileen Younghusband's experiences in World War II, a 'legacy' book for children. By Eileen Younghusband,
  • The Liars and Fibbers Academy, after telling a small fib Danny Quinn is sent to The Liars and Fibbers Academy, where he only gets up to more lies and mischief!

Tuesday, 6 September 2016


We received some very sad news on Friday. Candy Jar's very own Eileen Younghusband has died in hospital in Cardiff at the age of 95.


Born in London, Eileen joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during World War Two and worked in the Filter Room, the top secret hub of Britain’s air defence, which processed information from coastal radar stations to give air raid warnings and enable the RAF to intercept German bombers. After D-day, she was sent to Belgium with a small team of women using their mathematical skill to locate the mobile launchers for the V2 rockets then raining down on London and Antwerp.

After the war, she spent most of her life in hotels and catering. She moved to Wales in 1984 and became known for her campaigning on health and education issues. She was awarded the British Empire Medal in 2012, for her tireless work against cuts to adult education.

At the age of 87, she completed a degree from the Open University and was named as one of its Students of the Year. Her autobiography Not an Ordinary Life was published the following year and began a series of books and talks about her wartime experiences.

Her television appearances included BBC Breakfast, The One Show and Eggheads, as well as the BBC series Britain's Greatest Generation, Channel 4’s WW2: The Last Heroes, and the ITV Wales programme Welsh Heroes of World War Two. Her book One Woman’s War won a People’s Book Prize 2012/13 - something she was always incredibly proud of.

A life size figure of Eileen as a 21-year-old WAAF officer stands in a replica of a filter room at the Battle of Britain museum at Bentley Priory. Her advice on the WAAF was sought by historians, documentary makers and even a Hollywood scriptwriter. Her latest book Eileen’s War was written for children and was completed and published only weeks before her death.

Eileen saw Eileen’s War as her ‘legacy’ book. On the day of its release she said: “It is my hope that all children will read my book. I think it is really important to engage with young people about World War II. It’s a pivotal moment in our history. If my story can live on from generation to generation this will be wonderful."

From those who only met her on occasion to those who knew her well, Eileen made a remarkable impression on everybody she spoke to. We at Candy Jar knew her as a fiercely determined author, a brave and inspiring woman, and a very dear friend. We will miss her lots, but we feel very lucky to have known her and played a small part in the adventure of her life.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016


Summer is nearly over but don't worry, Candy Jar Books have the perfect cure for you all: a generous 30% off ALL books in the Lethbridge-Stewart series!

It's easy to do, simply quote this discount code: EPICLS30 before you order and voila- your favourite books at bargain prices!

This offer is only available until the end of the month and is not applicable to book bundles, only individual books. Take a look below at some of the treats that could be yours!

Check out the Candy Jar store to buy now.

Don't miss out on this amazing offer!

Monday, 15 August 2016


Exciting news! Candy Jar author and children's poet Brian Moses is once again entertaining the masses, this time by hosting an event at Westwood Cross Shopping Centre in the Isle of Thanet. The area is particularly special to Brian, home to his childhood seaside town of Ramsgate that inspired his new children's book Keeping Clear of Paradise Street.  Brian will be in Waterstones at the shopping centre between 12 and 2 pm on the 20th August and will be performing extracts from his poetry and percussion show. No ticket is required - just turn up and enjoy the show!

Brian is is a dedicated and tireless advocate for spreading his love of poetry and literature across all age ranges, especially to children. In collaboration with Candy Jar Books, Brian launched a UK wide Noisy Poetry Competition;  an endeavor created to instill a passion for poetry in children across the nation, and with countless brilliant entries and responses, it's safe to say it was a big success! 

If you want to learn more about this incredible author, Brian's book is available to buy from the candy jar webstore, as well as from other good retailers.

Remember to check back into the Candy Jar Blog to see what exciting new launches and authors we have coming up, and you can also follow us on all the links below!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Coming Soon - Connecting Who!

Candy Jar Books is thrilled to announce the release of Connecting Who: Artificial Beingsa Doctor Who reference book. And, for a limited time, all pre-orders of the book will receive a free copy of the celebrated third instalment to the Lethbridge-Stewart series Beast of Fang Rock!

Written by Peter Grehan, this authoritative book is a perfect read for those who want to delve deeper into the hidden mysteries and secrets of the Doctor Who universe.

Peter says: “Imagine Doctor Who as a tree trunk that keeps growing taller and taller, fed by roots that reach down into history, mythology, psychology, folktales, religion, science and the wealth of science fiction that exists in the world. It’s not surprising therefore to find that Doctor Who connects with a lot of other stuff. “

Connecting Who: Artificial Beings examines some of these connections; specifically in regards to those artificial beings (clever computers, robots, androids and cyborgs) we find in Doctor Who.

The book investigates artificial beings such as the Cybermen, Daleks, Autons, Weeping Angels, Gangers, Morbius, Xoanon and the Yeti, making connections to literary and scientific sources.

Shaun Russell, head of publishing at Candy Jar Books, feels that this new release offers a fresh perspective on the Doctor’s travels through space and time. He says: “Peter has been a fan of Doctor Who since day one and his take on the Whoniverse offers a personal outlook on growing up with the series. His childhood love of robots coincided with the introduction of the Daleks and, despite the Daleks not really being robots, their cries of exterminate cemented his love for all things Doctor Who.”

Peter is no stranger to Doctor Who, having worked as a host at the Doctor Who Experience and penning the audio drama Sontarans: Silent Warrior for BBV. He says: “In my book I have enjoyed making the connections between Doctor Who and real-life computers, robots and cyborgs. These connections run deep into culture, history and science. It is my hope that fans will not only enjoy reading my book, but begin to connect the dots themselves.”

Connecting Who: Artificial Beings is exclusively available to pre-order from All pre-orders come with a free copy of Lethbridge-Stewart: Beast of Fang Rock. 

Find out more about the Lethbridge-Stewart series at its own website:

Monday, 4 July 2016

Happy 95th Birthday Eileen!

Candy Jar is delighted to be able to say "Happy 95th Birthday!" to the incredible Eileen Younghusband today. Reaching such a golden age is only one of the formidable achievements this lady had made throughout her time, and we'd like to take this opportunity to share a few more today!

Aged 16, Eileen joined the Women's Auxilliary Air Force in 1941 in one of the top secret roles: Clerk Special Duties. She and her co-workers had to sign the Official Secrets Act, preventing them from telling their families and friends about the work they did in the unknown Filter Rooms.

In the war years that followed, Eileen proved herself and went further and further up the ranks, becoming one of the youngest Filterer Officers ever. Any historic event, from the Little Boats of Dunkirk to the time Winston Churchill accidentally flew in without his "IFF" (Information Friend or Foe) signal - Eileen Younghusband was there.

On June 6th 1944, Eileen was working on shift during Operation Neptune, the code name for the D-Day landings of Allied Forces on the French coast and celebrated the success with her co-workers.

On September 8th 1944, Eileen received the "Big Ben" alert, indicating the first V2 rocket launch from Germany against London - one of the most iconic moments in history.

Credit: Warren Allott
On November 16th 1944, Eileen was sent onwards to Second Tactical Air Force in Beligum, gifted the task of working within a highly specialised team to detect the V2 rocket launchers until June 1945.

When VE Day arrived, and Germany had been defeated, Eileen's job wasn't at an end. She was sent to Breendonk, a liberated concentration camp, where she was instructed to act as a guide and translator to RAF officers sent there to learn of the horrors thathad occurred.

In the post-war years, Eileen has remained an unstoppable force. Aged 87, Eileen achieved one of her life's ambitions of attaining a university degree, and remains an active campaigner for health and education. Due to the Official Secrets Act, for 30 years after the war Eileen's story remained a secret from all she knew; her friends,  her family, and even her husband Peter Younghusband whom she married in 1945 and their son Clive Younghusband, born 1946.

It wasn't until 2011 when Eileen published her first war-time autobiography that her story, and the story of thousands of other women, was told.

One Woman's War went on to win the People's Book Prize 2012/13, and has become a widely recognised authority on the realities of war-time Britain and the role of of the women in the Filter Rooms in the Second World War.

Now, Eileen feels that it's time to share her story with the younger generation. Launched today, on her 95th birthday, Candy Jar is honoured to announce the publication of Eileen's third book Eileen's War.

As veterans gradually age and pass away, many of them taking their memories with them, Eileen sees her children’s memoir as her ‘legacy’ book. She says: “I think it is really important to engage with young people about World War II. It’s a pivotal moment in our history. I feel my book helps to make a sense of the insecurities we all face at the moment. In truth I am not going to be around forever, but if my story can live on from generation to generation this will be wonderful.”

Eileen continues: “When I wrote One Woman’s War I wanted to shine a light on the work done by the women of the Filter Room. At the time our position in history had almost been forgotten. Now I am so proud that the women’s contribution has been acknowledged.”

Once again, Eileen tells the story of the Second World War with frank and charming voice, peppered with hilarious anecdotes of a young girl who found herself in the middle of it all. Eileen's War is the legacy of an inspiring true story which will live on. Fans of Roald Dah's Boy and Flying Solo, and Jennifor Worth's Call The Midwife will love Eileen's latest memoir. You can order yours today here.

From everybody here at Candy Jar Books, we're so proud to be able to celebrate and share the work of one incredible golden lady. Her ambition, drive and outlook on life inspires each of us here, and we're delighted for Eileen Younghusband to be a friend of Candy Jar Books.

Happy Birthday Eileen, you are a true hero.