The Book

Figtree Industries is proud to announce that Snailbeach Tails, the novel, written by Julia Dean-Richards with illustrations by Fran O’Boyle, was published on May 23rd 2012.

Click here to view sample pages of the book before you buy.

Click here to read reviews of the book.

List of book stockists (to date)

Art and Artisan Bookshop, Bishops Castle

John’s Shop, Stiperstones

Stiperstones Inn, Stiperstones

The Bog Visitor Centre, Stiperstones

Pengwern Books, Market Hall, Shrewsbury

Minsterley Post Office

and at performances of Snailbeach Tails

Shropshire Library Service now hold copies – please ask at your local library

Please contact us if you wish to be added to this list. Watch this space for news, updates and new performance venues.

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About the book

Author Julia Dean-Richards                                          Illustrator Fran O’Boyle

Julia Dean-Richards is a writer and performer of poetry and stories. Snailbeach Tails is her first novel – a fantasy inspired by the Shropshire landscape and the people who make it special. Julia often finds alternative ways of presenting her work and is interested in the layers that collaboration can bring. Extracts from Snailbeach Tails have been adapted to be performed at festivals, schools and events.

Julia talks about the process of writing Snailbeach Tails – “Breast cancer was my back pack; the contents of which showed me how challenges could be embraced and made into something wonderful. I reached into my bag and drew out love and imagination. Two years of intravenous treatment turned into an opportunity to explore these wonders; dancing with my eyes closed through a hazy half-light.

On my journey I met (and continue to meet) many people who provided strength, beauty and skill – three in particular: Ray, Fran and Simon. Fran O’Boyle illustrated, Simon Cresswell composed music and Ray Jacobs designed the beautiful book to carry the tale.”

The phenomenon is 270 page illustrated book written for grown-ups who believe in the power of stories, and a performance which sets hearts free. And the tale goes on.

Says Dog – “If stories is told from the heart, and those who read them have open minds, stories will find the secret doorway that leads from one soul to another, and stroll right in.”

One Response to The Book

  1. admin says:

    Hi Anita

    Thank you for your interest in Snailbeach Tails, and for leaving your question on our website.

    The book Snailbeach Tails is loved and treasured by adults It is beautifully presented, full length web of stories, and the illustrations are lovely. Younger children love listening to parts of the book being read. For optimum enjoyment, I recommend it to people 15 and up.

    I hope this helps.

    Best wishes

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