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Charity Anthologies

As well as producing our own high-quality books, Chinbeard is also working with talented authors for charity.  To reduce costs, and to allow us more flexibility with the material, we use the online print-on-demand publisher Lulu and CreateSpace to produce these wonderful works.

A Time Lord for Change is a brand-new charity anthology that takes every single television Doctor Who story from 1963-2015 (from ‘An Unearthly Child’ to ‘The Husbands of River Song’) – covering all the Doctors, companions, adventures, and enemies – and responds to them re-imagines and re-interprets them as drabbles: stories, poems, letters, songs, vignettes and memoirs of exactly 100 words in length, no more, no less. And this book contains over 270 of them!

The book is £7.49. Each copy bought from Amazon USA, Amazon UK and Amazon EU will mean a £2 donation to mental health charity MIND.

MIND provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

A Time Lord for Change features a host of authors (a vortex of Wholigans, in fact) - over 100 professional and amateur contributors, including prominent names from Doctor Who itself: Colin Baker, Katy Manning, Andrew Cartmel, Robert Shearman, Jane Sherwin, and Terry Molloy. It was conceived and commissioned by Cliff Chapman, with project publisher/producer Barnaby Eaton-Jones (Robin of Sherwood: The Knights of the Apocalypse) and critically acclaimed playwright and theatre producer Elton Townend Jones (The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe), who edits the collection. It has a cover design by Steve Horry and internal illustrations by Gary Andrews.

Gertrude Harrington was something of a celebrity.  In her 100th year, and sadly diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, she became an amateur sleuth and began solving the unsolvable.  Her doctors suggested it was the tumour pressing on uncharted sections of her brain that was granting her these deductive powers.  New Scotland Yard were just happy to tick off twenty unsolved cases that had eluded a conclusion.  These twenty cases, contained in this anthology, may have made Sherlock Holmes think twice before setting out to solve them.  But then, Sherlock Holmes wasn't a multi-tasking woman.

The book is £9.99. Each copy bought through our Lulu store will mean a £3 donation to 'Invest in ME'

Invest is Me is a UK charity established in 2006 by parents of children with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and people with ME; aiming to change how ME is perceived and treated in the media and healthcare system and to develop a strategy of biomedical research in order to find bio-markers for diagnosis, and treatments or cures.  The charity is a founder member of the European ME Alliance and works in productive collaboration with other international patient organisations.

Tales of the Female Perspective was commissioned and created by Barnaby Eaton-Jones, in a homage to Roald Dahl's dark and twisted adult short stories. It was edited by Frances Gardiner, Nicholas Hollands and Barnaby Eaton-Jones, with contributions from professional writers Sam Stone, Annie McKie, Jarek AdamsMark Blayney, Raven Dane, Scott HandcockAlex Davis and Tricia Heighway; as well as a host of highly talented amateurs. The cover art is by Robert Hammond, with thanks to photographer Abigail Glover, MUAH artist Rebekah Deponeo, and models Elizabeth Maloney and Mike Thomas.

Here at Chinbeard, we've not had any problem with products from Lulu (or we wouldn't be using them) - but we understand things can go wrong.  They are a completely separate company, so if you run into problems then in the first instance you should contact Lulu Customer Support, as they should be able to help with the issue much faster and more easily than we would be able to on your behalf.  Do please also let us know via email so we can keep tabs on how they're doing...