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Sussex Born and Bred
Tales from the Coast






Release date: April 2010

Worldwide publishers: Cortero Publishing part of Fireship Press

ISBN: 978-1-935585-22-0

Gardener Books UK
Bertrams Books
Amazon worldwide
Fireship worldwide
Cortero Worldwide

Pages 312 Paperback First edition

Sussex Born and Bred
Tales from the Coast
by Alex Askaroff   

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Sussex Born and Bred is a series of short stories in which both England's history and her people are brought vividly to life by a man who has spent a lifetime observing both.

As you travel the roads and lanes of Sussed with Master Craftsman Alex Askaroff, you'll meet a host of unforgettable places and characters.

Nuria, the girl in the Salvador Dali painting asleep under a rosebush with Dali's pet Lynx.

A mill pond haunted by Vivien Leigh's ghost.

The ground on which Harold II fell and William the Conqueror by strength and cunning, claimed a country.

You will be welcomed by cockney royalty, and entertained by the Eastbourne tailors who sewed maternity dresses for Queen Elizabeth II.

War veterans and farmers, hop pickers and mill workers, all them are revealed as the extraordinary "ordinary" folk that they are; and who frame and unforgetable portrait of a land that they love.

Note from the author:

A friend said that the stories in Sussex Born and Bred, Tales from the Coast were as pleasurable as a warm bath after a long hard day. I loved that.

All the stories were related to me by the people who actually lived them. These are real people, no media sensations, just ordinary hard working people who through their lives have had certain incidents indelibly burned into their memories.  

Tales from the Cost is full of our love of England, our love of this enduring, sometimes hard-pushed country. Almost daily I drive by Pevensey Castle a stones-throw away from where the Duke of Normandy moored up his ships and marched to war. The Roman castle, some of it now over 1700 years old, remains a reminder of how strong we are, how tough the British have become and how proudly we announce to the world our birthrights.

Sussex Born and Bred, Tales from the Coast brings the spirit of my county to life, its people, colour and vibrancy. I am no literary master, far from it. I can imagine as I write an editor having palpitations at these very words. Sometimes I start a sentence with but or as, just to let people know that my books are not written by machine nor published in perfection.

Near the bottom of this page is a link to a shortened story from the book for you to read at your leisure and get a flavour of my writing style. It is called Spies & Spitfires, a true story of a young girl growing up and enjoying life, even through the Battle of Britain.

I will leave you with a few of my favourite notes that sums up all I have ever tried to achieve in Tales from the Coast.

I retired to my bed, and let your book give me a glimpse of somewhere else, through the eyes of someone else. By the time I turned off my reading light, I was at peace with the world. Not convinced it is either safe or sane, but the edge softened by your beautiful words

Pat Bergman USA

‘You may feel that you know Sussex but I will guarantee that Alex provokes you into wanting to look again. He will fill your minds with the happiest of thoughts which will be refreshed every time you turn a page.’
Frank Scutt OBE

Alex’s writing has deservedly won him a strong following that has spread far beyond his home county and this, his latest work, is a worthy and welcome addition. Principally set in Sussex, Tales from the Coast is an enjoyable read that gives an excellent flavour of the area and its inhabitants. These are vibrant stories, told with skill and humour that provide a valuable insight into a magical part of England.  Alaric Bond, Author.

Reviews                    Sample Stories

In our modern world we often fail to appreciate nostalgia. It may be the rose-tinted past but it is that history which often holds our sweetest memories. It binds families, communities, and even countries. It is those very memories that we guard so preciously as we grow and often clutch onto hardest when in fear of losing them.             Alex Askaroff


Spies & Spitfires
(The complete story is in Sussex Born and Bred, Tales from the Coast).


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Alex has written extensively for trade magazines, radio, television, books and publications worldwide.


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