Welcome to the StreetBooks website.
StreetBooks is a micro-publisher based in west Oxfordshire.
We had success in 2013 with A Conscious Englishman
by Margaret Keeping, a terrific, insightful novel about the poet Edward Thomas, his relationship with his wife, Helen, and his friendship with the charismatic American poet, Robert Frost. We shall be publishing a revised edition of the novel in spring 2014.
Please note that submissions are currently done by word-of-mouth only.
A Conscious Englishman, reviews and features
'[Margaret Keeping's] inhabitation of Edward, Robert, Helen and their world is tender and subtle...a lovely novel.' Robert Macfarlane
'[Margaret Keeping's] writing is very assured and she has the necessary eye for place, detail, weather and seasons to write about Edward Thomas...I hope the book will reach the wide audience it deserves and feel sure that many others will enjoy it as much as I have.' Linda Newbery, author of Set in Stone
'A Conscious Englishman...turns its subject into a twentieth-century equivalent of the old-fashioned notion of Keats: a poet misvalued by his times and cruelly cut down...' Peter McDonald, The Times Literary Supplement
'A Conscious Englishman holds its own against other versions of the same story and provides an easier route than academic studies into the contexts of Thomas’s writing. Anyone with a burgeoning interest in Thomas should begin by reading the poems, but A Conscious Englishman is a worthy addition to the expanding secondary literature.' Gabriel Roberts, The Oxonian Review
'The author’s research on Frost, Farjeon and Thomas is commendable, and
her sympathies obviously lie with Edward...' Janet Williamson, The
Historical Novels Review
'A Conscious Englishman offers a unique perspective on the last four years of Edward Thomas, confronting and imagining inner thoughts and feelings, and conversations with those close to him, questioning the unemotional documenting of facts by biographers. It reaches, and allows us to glimpse, important moments in the life of Edward Thomas that non-fiction is not able to.' James Riding, Friends of the Dymock Poets Newsletter
'An absorbing book...This novel is very good on the influences behind the wonderful poetry.' Merryn Williams, The Oxford Times
Update 05.04.13: Excellent piece by Claire Armitstead about StreetBooks and A Conscious Englishman on Guardian Books Blog
Update 05.03.13: Read about A Conscious Englishman on the Guardian Books Blog
Update 10.02.13: Margaret on BBC Oxford's Bill Heine programme (guest newspaper reviewer for first hour of the show)