Celebrating Together – Isle of Wight Day 2016 Book


Celebrating Together - IOW Day 2016 Book - Cover - 72dpi

Beachy books has recently worked with Robin Courage, the High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, to create and publish a book of photos taken on the inaugural Isle of Wight Day in 2016.

The hardback book called ‘Celebrating Together‘ contains over 500 photos taken by Islanders and celebrates the various events that happened on the day.

The 80-page book is priced at £15 and will be available from the County Press Shop, ferry terminals and other retailers, which will be announced soon.

All proceeds go to the High Sheriff’s Trust which helps deserving causes on the Isle of Wight.

Celebrating Together - IOW Day 2016 Book - page009 - 72dpi

Celebrating Together - IOW Day 2016 Book - page039 - 72dpi

I am very pleased to see the book (held by Robin Courage) featured on the front page of the Weekender section of the Isle of Wight County Press (Feb 10, 2017) and a piece in the paper about the book.

Celebrating Together - Weekender front cover showing robin Courage holding book - IWCP Feb 10th 2017 - web

Celebrating Together launch PR - IWCP Feb 10th 2017 - web

Fairyland Fairytales – all written by children!

Fairyland Fairytales Blog Featured Image

Beachy Books is very proud to announce we have just published a big, bright, magical book called Fairyland Fairytales that contains loads of stories about fairies all written by children.

Fairyland Fairytales written by children - Book Cover

The book was commissioned by Pat Whybrow of The Old Thatch Teashop in Shanklin, Isle of Wight. She wanted us to create a book of stories written by children who visit her teashop and fairy garden, with the aim of donating all profits to a charity close to her heart called Children with Cancer UK.

Fairyland Fairytales written by children - Interior Example Pages

The book is one of our most complex in design, with the children’s stories arranged over classic fairy art. The writers ranged from children of only 3 (with some help from their families) to teenagers, and stories of only a few lines to longer fairy tales and poems, so there’s something for everyone.

Fairyland Fairytales is priced at £10 and is ONLY available direct in person from The Old Thatch Teashop in Shanklin, Isle of Wight or can be ordered from their website.

All profits go direct to Children with Cancer UK.

Children with Cancer UK Logo


Jack and Boo children’s books skip across the Island with help from book-loving wholesaler

Beachy Books Jack and Boo Island 72dpi

Thanks to a new partnership with wholesaler, Island Tourist Products (ITP), our Jack and Boo children’s books are now skipping into retailers across the Isle of Wight. This is a brilliant partnership because ITP are very passionate about books, and even have their own book publishing company called Coach House Publications.

Mary Barnard, the Director at ITP, said, “We are happy to be working with Philip and pleased with the warm response from our customers to his new book, ‘Jack and Boo’s Dinosaur Island’, particularly with the imminent release of the 3D movie ‘Walking with Dinosaurs!’”

If you are a retailer on Isle of Wight and would like to stock our Jack and Boo Island children’s books then please contact Mary Barnard at ITP on 01983 884411 or visit Island Tourist Products (ITP) website.

If you would rather deal direct with Beachy Books, as some of our clients prefer, then please contact us via one of our channels.

And in no particular order, you can now buy our Jack and Boo books at the following Isle of Wight retailers (please call before to check they have stock!):

On Isle of Wight (by location):


Waterstones Newport – Google map – 118 High Street, Newport, Isle Of Wight, PO30 1TP. Tel:  01983 527927

The County Press Shop – Google map – 123 Pyle Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 1ST. Tel: 01983 535007.


IOW Zoo – Google map – Yaverland Road, Sandown PO36 8QB. Tel: 01983 403883

Dinosaur Isle – Google map – Culver Parade, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 8QA. Tel: 01983 404344


Briddlesford Lodge Farm Shop – Google map – Briddlesford Road, Wootton, Isle of Wight, PO33 4RY. Tel: 01983 884650


Babushka Books – Google map – 3 Carter Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, PO37 7HR. Tel: 01983 864114


Aqua Marine – Google map – 60 High St, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7RL. Tel: 01983 291061

East Cowes

The Classic Boat Museum – Google map – Albany Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6AA. Tel: 01983 290006


Bookworm – Google map – 2 Pier Road, Seaview, PO34 5BL. Tel: 01983 612195


Reflections – Google map – 1A Wheatsheaf Ln, Yarmouth, PO41 0PF. Tel: 01983 760244

Holdings – Google map – Quay Street, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. PO41 0PD. Tel: 01983 760265


Godshill Village Stores – Google map – Godshill Village Shop, Godshill High Street, Godshill, Isle of Wight, PO38 3HH. Tel: 01983 840483.


Ryde Book Shop – Google map – 135 High St, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2RJ. Tel: 01983 565227

Made On The Isle of Wight – Google map – Bullen Mead, Bullen Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight PO33 1QE. Tel: 01983 564949

The Needles/Alum Bay

National Trust – The Needles Old Battery – Google map – West High Down, Alum Bay, PO39 0JH. Tel: 01983 754772

This is just the start. We update this page with our current stockists for Isle of Wight, the mainland and on-line retailers, including addresses, contact numbers and links to google maps.

Soon Jack and Boo will take over… THE WORLD! (maniacal laugh)

Bedtime at the Lighthouse selected for Walker Books/Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories

I’m happy to announce that I am one of 10 lucky writers chosen by Michael Rosen to have their bedtime story included in the Walker Books/Mumsnet Book of Bedtime Stories scheduled for release in October 2013.

I had such a good feeling about the story, but you never know what judges or publishers will be looking for. My story plays on a theme I think will resonate with many parents – getting children to sleep in an unfamiliar place! The story of Bedtime at the Lighthouse, which was based on a real stay in my mum’s cottage under the lighthouse at Portland Bill, is very special and like most of my children’s stories was inspired by my wife and children.

I read it aloud to my family after I’d written it and they all seemed to approve. My children can be harsh critics so I thought this was a good sign. I wanted a story that could be read aloud over and over by parents to children at bedtime without it driving them mad. I’ll have to wait to see what parents and children think of the story when it’s published.

More information on the Book of Bedtime Stories competition news over here at mumsnet.

I’ll tell you more when I know more!

Jack and Boo Wish You Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Lights - Photo by Philip Bell Copyright 2012

We would like to say thanks to all our family and friends who have supported us this year, and thanks to the retailers and bookshops who have chosen to stock Jack and Boo books. It’s been wonderful to get some fantastic reviews and grow our fan base.

Thanks to all the people who have bought books for children and to those who have told us how much you and your children have enjoyed reading our books. It has given us great motivation and energy to continue publishing next year. Thank you!

Jack and Boo are asleep in bed now, but they asked me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas 2012!

Stop Me and Buy One!

Beachy Books Seller Logo - Copyright 2009-2012 Beachy Books and Philip Bell

Do you want to become a Beachy Books Seller?

Beachy Books is looking for passionate people who love our books and want to sell them! We are testing it for a brief trial period before Christmas 2012 because it’s the best time of year to sell books. For reasons of logistics, it’s only open to Isle of Wight residents at this time but we hope to widen the scheme up if it proves popular. If you are really interested but not resident on the Island get in touch anyway!

So, if you can answer YES to the following questions then please get in touch.

  • Do you LOVE our JACK and BOO children’s BOOKS?
  • Do you know other people who would LOVE to BUY them?
  • Do you like the sound of earning 40% COMMISSION?

Email: seller (at) beachybooks (dot) com

Jack and Boo go to Hollywood!

Jack and Boo go to Hollywood

A small independent UK publisher, Beachy Books, has signed a deal with an unnamed Hollywood studio to make a live action version of their popular Jack and Boo children’s books in 2013. An undisclosed Hollywood director is said to be very interested in the project but no official news has been released on the title or plot as of yet. Philip Bell, author and publisher of the Jack and Boo titles, has remained tight lipped. “I cannot reveal who the director is just yet as we’ve still got to dot the i’s and cross the t’s, but let’s just say Jack might be wearing a cowboy hat and Boo carrying a whip.”

Twitter has been buzzing with rumours of who might play Jack and Boo in the live action version. A popular Hollywood Gossip blog has been publishing rumours that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson would be an obvious choice. Mr Bell said in response, “I think they could be a bit old. Although if Jack and Boo were CGI they could interact with them – you know, like The Muppets! Ha! I’m thinking more unknown childhood stars really, but it’s out of my hands as I’ve not got any control over casting. If I had my way I’d cast my own children. But my son might expect too high fees. My daughter would simply do it if she got ice cream everyday!”

No doubt whoever is cast in the leading roles will have to be versatile and fit because in the stories Jack and Boo regularly run through woods, balance on logs, spot nature and go beach combing. Mr Bell said, “The film will take elements from the books, keeping to the true nature-led spirit of the adventures but will be a brand new story.”

Watch this space for more news of Jack and Boo go to Hollywood…

UPDATE: April Fool’s 2012! Hey ho, one day perhaps…


Beachy Books launches new mobile friendly website

I’ve been in the laboratory for a few weeks rewriting our website – well customising a wordpress blog, which has caused it’s own set of extra coding problems and, at times, led me to utter distraction. Anyway, I thought it’s time to air it publicly and consider it a work-in-progress. If you’ve seen our previous site, you’ll not notice a massive change in branding, colours or layout, so what has changed?

Over the past few months I’ve noticed, mostly through using Twitter and social networks, that people are increasingly accessing the web from iPhones, iPads and other smart phone devices. When I viewed the old website on a mobile it looked dreadful – you had to scroll all over the place and zoom in. I hope my changes have now addressed this and this new website should shrink to fit, so to speak.

The other main change is at the top of the site, you’ll hopefully see a nice page-flippable Beachy Books catalogue so you can scroll through all our books (2 so far, with 1 more coming at Christmas. OK, it’s not loads but what do you want, blood?). I could have knocked this out in Flash, a bit like I use for my book previews, but devices with little ‘i’s in their names, iPads, iPhones, etc, in their wisdom, don’t run Adobe Flash. I hope my solution provides a universal book catalogue that should work across devices. I admit, on a small screen, you may need to still zoom in to see the detail.

UPDATE: I’ve temporarily disabled this “flipping” book at the top as, ironically enough, causing problems on iPhones and some other phones. Hey ho, back to the drawing board.

Anyway, I’d appreciate your feedback, especially those with smart phones, tablets, etc. As I say, it’s not set in stone so I can tweak it as we go.

UPDATE – Known Issues:

On mobile devices (and narrow screen displays) there’s a gap that appears under the “flipping” book catalogue at the top and the main menu. Yes, this is annoying and crap of me. This is one of the bugs I have yet to fix. If anybody can fix it I’ll give them a free Jack and Boo book.

Win Jack and Boo books in Wildlife Watch magazine!

We’d like to say a big thanks to the team at Wildlife Watch magazine (the junior branch of The Wildlife Trusts) for featuring our two Jack and Boo children’s books (Jack and Boo’s Wild Wood and Jack and Boo’s Bucket of  Treasures) in a competition in their autumn issue – out now to junior members of Wildlife Watch. It’s a fantastic magazine packed with information on UK wildlife and well worth the modest membership fee.

For obvious reasons we’ve not shown the actual competition, but if you get the magazine all your children have to do is to identify the wildlife illustrations taken from the spotter guides in both books for a chance to win 2 signed copies of each of our books – and there are 5 sets to give away!

Interestingly they thought the reading age was 6-8 years, which shows a picture book doesn’t have to be for pre-school! Loads of children in primary schools have enjoyed reading some of the challenging prose poetry in our books, as well as identifying nature in our spotter guides.

Beachy Books Wins Children’s Publishing Award!

Beachy Book’s first children’s picture book, Jack and Boo’s Bucket of Treasures, has won the Children’s category of the 2011 David St John Thomas (DSJT) Charitable Trust Self Publishing Award, in association with Writers’ News and Writing Magazine, held on 11th May 2011 at Mary Sumner House in London.

Philip Bell, author of the book was there to collect the award, including a cheque for £250, from David St John Thomas and had his photograph taken along with winners from other categories in adult fiction, non fiction, poetry and anthologies.

Philip said, “We were thrilled to have been nominated for this well respected award, and then to have finally won the children’s category has made all our hard work worthwhile. We are very grateful to the trust and it has really inspired us to keep self publishing!”

DSJT Charity Founder and President of Writing Magazine, David St John Thomas, praised Jack and Boo’s Bucket of Treasures and said, as well as winning the Children’s Award, the book also came “highly commended” for overall Self Publisher of the Year from all categories, and said it was seriously considered for The Winner of Winners award.

Jack and Boo’s Bucket of Treasures was written, designed, illustrated and published by husband and wife team, Philip and Eleanor Bell, under their publishing company Beachy Books. It follows the adventures of two children on a beach finding treasures washed ashore at low tide. It also includes lots of real world nature images, a spotter guide and family beach ideas, which combine into fun, fact-filled fiction. The book has a unique look and style, written in poetic prose with bright illustrations over real photographs. Illustrator, Eleanor Bell said, “We draw inspiration from our own family days out with our two creative children – the real Jack and Boo!”