Photography

Finistère Insolite

Exceptional Finistère

by Steve Mansfield-Devine

A photographic journey through the wild, dramatic yet often sublime landscapes of the most tempestuous department of Brittany, France. The 113 photographs – mostly in colour plus some in rich black & white – celebrate the untamed rawness of the terrain while also finding moments of great beauty and tranquility. And they explore the scale of the environment and our place in it.

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Fiction

Lady Caine

by Steve Mansfield-Devine

A strange cast of misfits is on the hunt for a missing pilot – either for what he has or what he knows.

The story is set in 1995, as the War on Drugs exerts its increasingly bizarre effects on the farcical underworld of narcotics contraband.

In Colombia, tenth-rate drug lords make desperate bids for glory – mostly by betraying each other. For them, the pilot holds the key to power.

In Florida, a disillusioned crew of ex-smugglers is intent on rescuing a friend, while dealing with a society that is afraid of getting old and handling it badly.

And a decaying mercenary is tracking the pilot too, for reasons more personal than even he realizes.

Each member of this weird posse poses a threat to the others. But their greatest danger comes from their own egos, paranoia, incompetence and inability to cope.

The result is a strange and hilarious adventure on the wilder fringes of international drug crime.

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Black Project

by Steve Mansfield-Devine

A darkly funny story of strange craft, weird conspiracies, an out of control government and people pushed to the very edge of understanding.

Dick Kennedy is a reporter for a supermarket tabloid, the only journalist on the paper who takes his job seriously. He yearns for contact with otherwordly forces but is constantly defeated by mundane reality and his own scepticism.

Kate MacMillan is an engineer engaged on highly classified government black projects. But she has even darker secrets of her own that are threatening to catch up with her.

They both come into contact with a dark secret that both realizes their dreams and confirms their nightmares. At first, can’t believe the evidence of their own eyes. Then their cynicism starts to crumble.

As the world around them descends into paranoia, and the US lurches ever closer to totalitarianism – disguised as homeland security and customer service – they each embark on a search for the truth.

They are thrown into a series of encounters – by turns bizarre, sinister, wild, farcical and hilarious.

These events lead Dick, Kate and a strange cast of characters – including a messianic militia leader, a fundamentalist President, and odd bands of believers in everything from angels to UFOs – to converge at the scene of a final revelation, each seeking a personal apocalypse.

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Non-Fiction

Make Do & Cook

by Patricia Mansfield-Devine

Learn the secrets of 10 important foods and how to cook healthy, delicious meals on the smallest budget

Make Do & Cook embodies a new way of thinking about food – by showing how you can eat well while saving money.

If you are on a budget, learning to prepare delicious and healthy meals can save you a fortune without taking up much of your time.

Make Do & Cook is aimed at cost-conscious cooks who enjoy good food, including:

  • Students looking for healthy and easy-to-prepare meals.
  • Parents on tight budgets who want to provide their families with nutritious food.
  • Beginners who want to learn how to cook good, simple meals without pretensions.
  • Experienced cooks looking to cut costs without sacrificing quality.

There are 100 recipes in the book, many based on timeless peasant cuisine from around the world.

But Make Do & Cook offers still more. It helps you to understand food, giving you the insight you need to plan and create your own menus.

The main part of the book covers 10 basic foods in depth – carrots, cabbages, onions, potatoes, pulses, apples, eggs, bread, pasta and rice. Each has an introduction – covering varieties, preparation and basic cooking methods – followed by recipes featuring salads, soups, main courses, side dishes and desserts. The recipes include both meat-based and vegetarian dishes.

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Previous works

Cherry Point: a photographic portrait of US Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, USA. The focus here is on AV-8B Harriers, A-6 Intruders, EA-6B Prowlers and C-130 Hercules. Published by Osprey (UK) and Motorbooks (USA).

Kaneohe Bay: a photographic portrait of US Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, USA. The featured aircraft are F/A-18 Hornets, CH-53 Sea Stallions, CH-46 Sea Knights and more. Published by Osprey (UK) and Motorbooks (USA).

Photographing Aeroplanes: a practical how-to book on getting the best possible pictures of aircraft, plus profiles of three leading aviation photographers. Published by Airlife (UK) and Motorbooks (USA).