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Jim | 583 comments Just to say that Tallis Steelyard, the much loved character from Port Naain, has a blog, and his stories can be read there for free!

https://tallissteelyard.wordpress.com/

But of course some people buy the books as well

Try Tallis Steelyard and the sedan chair caper.

Tallis Steelyard and the sedan chair caper. by Jim Webster


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Jim | 583 comments and we have a worthy competition winner

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Jim | 583 comments Got a review for the latest Tallis Book

Diana Y
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treat for Lovers of Fantasy and Human Foibles
28 March 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Jim Webster's sly wit and broad understanding of human nature makes his work deliciously appealing. The adventures of Tallis Steelyard, and the characters who inhabit his world, are particularly delightful. Tallis and his creator both have a dry, wry and wonderfully playful perspective, and while the tales may seem like a bit-of-fluff entertainment initially, the aftertaste is that of rich wisdom shared with a wink.

https://www.amazon.com/Tallis-Steelya...


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Jim | 583 comments And a review of Tallis Steelyard. The Festival, and other stories.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tallis-Steel...

Tallis Steelyard. The Festival, and other stories. by Jim Webster

Ignite reviewed Tallis Steelyard. The Festival, and other stories. 5 stars
Lovely stuff 4 April 2018
Another selection of tales from Port Naain, as told by jobbing poet Tallis Steelyard. Read about the underpinnings of dancing matrons, the secret beneath the undergarments of a gentlewoman of the town, the resurrection of a dead mercenary, and much more. This is a gentle comedy of manners in a world so different from our own. The author writes affectionately of his world and his characters, and I share that affection. Lovely stuff.


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Jim | 583 comments And something a little different

Tallis Steelyard. Pictures from an Exhibition

Tallis Steelyard. Pictures from an Exhibition by Jim Webster

Thirteen pictures, thirteen stories. More of the wit, wisdom and jumbled musings of Tallis Steelyard. Here Tallis tells the stories behind a series of paintings presented at an exhibition held in Port Naain. Discover the dangers of peasant dances, marvel at the duplicity of well brought up young ladies who mix with robber barons and prepare to be astounded at the wisdom of the goose girl.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tallis-Steel...


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Jim | 583 comments and another free story on the blog, cutting edge catering

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Jim | 583 comments A magic all of its own
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A tale from Tallis Steelyard


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Jim | 583 comments and of course 'a who done it?'

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Jim | 583 comments Got another review for Tallis Steelyard and the sedan chair caper.

5 out of 5 stars A most entertaining read
19 May 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
In this entertaining book by Jim Webster, the reader is treated to the ins and outs of sedan chair racing in Port Naain. Sedan chair racing comprises of chairs, transporting various wealthy ladies of impeccable social standing, borne by fit young men called sedan chair bearers, which raced each other through the streets. The ladies are not at all good sports and all sorts of interesting cheats take place during these races which are bet on by those in the city with a propensity for gambling.

We are introduced to a number of intriguing characters. Mistress Bream is one, an elderly lady whose decreased mobility is depriving her of the fun and social interaction she yearns for. Her various supporters arrange to have a special chair with wheels built for her and Tallis, a poet and the hero of the story, is invited to visit and view her new acquisition. This is the start of an extraordinary tale the results in Tallis seeing Mistress Bream’s son chasing a pair of sedan chair bearers with an axe and being coerced into finding out what has caused this odd behaviour. Tallis’ quest for the truth of the matter leads him to meeting Mistress Graan, the wife of a local gangster, who wishes to be seen as more cultured. Tallis agrees to assist her with hosting a poets soiree and he soon becomes embroiled in her ambitions, including her desires with regards to the sedan chair racing in the city.

I enjoyed the little pieces of poetry that the author wove into the story to enhance it. Once such piece was as follows:

“Who would not stare?

In agitation

When the sedan chair

Comes a cropper

The gyration

Was improper.”

Will Tallis manage to hold a successful soiree for Mistress Graan and help her on her way to social acceptance? Will Mistress Graan achieve her goal of a win in the next sedan chair race? Will Tallis discover why Mistress Bream’s son was behaving so strangely?

You will have to read this lovely book to find out."


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Jim | 583 comments and an encouraging tale packed full of useful business advice. Another free story from Tallis Steelyard

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Jim | 583 comments And a warning for writers!

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Pam Baddeley | 534 comments Jim wrote: "And a warning for writers!

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LOL!


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Jim | 583 comments Pam wrote: "Jim wrote: "And a warning for writers!

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LOL!"


beware lest your past work come back to bite you :-)


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Jim | 583 comments is she worth a year of your life?

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Jim | 583 comments Now there's a novella in episodes as part of a blog tour :-)

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Jim | 583 comments and here's Part 2 of the novella

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Jim | 583 comments And then there's always justice

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Jim | 583 comments beware the perils of enthusiasm

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Jim | 583 comments And a review, or rather two in one!

https://ignitebooks.blogspot.com/2018...


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Jim | 583 comments And eternal vigilance :-)

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Jim | 583 comments Got a review!
All Jim Websters expected miniaturists eye mix of detailed world and character building, whimsy,Keaton like madcap action and philosophy. Excellent as ever

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07F3GX94F

A measured response: The Port Naain Intelligencer

A measured response The Port Naain Intelligencer by Jim Webster


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Jim | 583 comments Looked at in a certain light?
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Jim | 583 comments Got a review for The Cartographer's Apprentice: Leave Them Wanting More

These are four excellent short stories introducing the early days of Benor. Each tale pulses with humour as the well-drawn characters engage in various adventures. Each story features great dialogue, lots of good food, wine and ale, all taking place in a believable and well-drawn world where the streets pulse with life. The reader gets a powerful sense of being there in a real world with real people going about their real lives.

I look forward to reading the next book and wish I’d read this one far sooner.

The Cartographer's Apprentice Leave Them Wanting More by Jim Webster

Four short stories from the Land of the Three Seas casting a light on the early career of Benor Dorfinngil. The trials and tribulations of a young cartographer; this book features duels, savage halfmen, gassy beer, blood feuds and most dangerous of all, beautiful women.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cartographer...


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Jim | 583 comments https://tallissteelyard.wordpress.com...

every poet should study my cynical use of enjambement :-)


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Jim | 583 comments https://tallissteelyard.wordpress.com...

another lady, but with a kitten this time


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Jim | 583 comments the duties of a clerk of works
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Jim | 583 comments Got a comment on the Tallis Steelyard blog

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So many ingredients to enjoy…I just love your names and the subtle suspense of not knowing what’s going to happen next in your tales. The characters too must all be on alert – never quite knowing what you plan next or where they will be?! If in French, the culmination of the stories would, of course, all be tragic with very few happy endings. Continued power to your imagination, sir. Thank you.


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Jim | 583 comments And Tallis Steelyard has another book!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tallis-Steel...

Tallis Steelyard: Six men in a boat.

Instead of his usual collection of anecdotes, this time Tallis presents us with a gripping adventure. Why is Tallis 'run out of town' by hired ruffians? Why does a very sensible young woman want his company when plunging into unknown danger? Who or what was buried in the catacombs? And why has there been so much interest in making sure they stay dead? Also featuring flower arranging, life on the river, and a mule of notable erudition.


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Jim | 583 comments watch where you put your feet!

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Jim | 583 comments And sometimes one has to cheat :-)

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Jim | 583 comments https://tallissteelyard.wordpress.com...

On those occasions when it is worth the candle


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Jim | 583 comments A long drop and a short philosopher
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Jim | 583 comments growing old disgracefully

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and still life!


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Jim | 583 comments wise advice on funding publishing

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Jim | 583 comments Always remember what Grandma said

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Jim | 583 comments Tallis Steelyard. Pictures from an Exhibition by Jim Webster

Tallis Steelyard. Pictures from an Exhibition

Just got a review :-)

5.0 out of 5 stars First class reading entertainment
23 December 2018
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

An assortment of Tallis Steelyard tales to make the reader chuckle, laugh, wipe away a sad tear, and all emotions in between.
Every story is a stand-alone gem.


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Jim | 583 comments An entirely reasonable gentleman
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Jim | 583 comments the blog tour continues because Money doesn't earn itself!

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Jim | 583 comments Just a quick mention of the Port Naain Intelligencer series where Tallis appears and plays a not dishonourable part :-)

Here's the first novella
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flotsam-Jets...

As a reviewer said
I have read several of this author’s fascinating stories featuring the poet Tallis Steelyard, his wife Shena and all of his friends. I am always delighted and amazed at the quality of the writing and the accompanying artwork.

I was offered the opportunity to read Flotsam and Jetsam, the very first Tallis story and literally jumped at the chance.

All of Jim Webster’s Tallis stories are set in a different era and way of life. This one is unusual in that it is a complex murder mystery.

I never knew that Tallis and his wife lived on a boat in the beginning, but Tallis has always been a poet of some renown. Shena has a dubious job, one that might get her killed one day, and if you want to know why you must read the novella.

These unusual stories are exceedingly well written, complex and full of description, strange names and places, and colloquialisms from another time.

Every one delightfully different and a joy to read…


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Jim | 583 comments And of course another Tallis story for you

"The blog tour continues as we learn more about the individuals in this interesting family"

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Jim | 583 comments when they've only themselves to blame
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