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Lychgate Press is a small, specialty publishing company with particular interest in fiction and nonfiction books about or set in the Pacific Northwest, and new editions of books of lasting merit that have gone out of print. Our most recent releases include From a Place Far Away, My Scottish Childhood in WWII, a memoir by Margaret J. Anderson, To Nowhere and Back, a young adult novel also by Anderson, and Gripper, a new mystery by Ashna Graves set in Oregon. Anderson's Searching for Shona will be released in early 2018.

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From a Place Far Away, My  Scottish Childhood in WWII

In this new memoir set in Lockerbie, Scotland, Margaret J. Anderson offers an imaginative and delightful account of her childhood, from her "unfettered freedom to explore the countryside" where "ancient keeps and ruined castles awakened our imaginations" to the rationed food and dark uncertainties that came with war. Anderson is the author of 25 books for young adults, including 13 novels and 12 works of nonfiction. 


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The dark side of college championship sports hits the news far too often, highlighting a world of driven coaches, academic cheating, rule-breaking boosters, and failed dreams. In a new mystery by Ashna Graves, author of the acclaimed Death Pans Out, the murder of a star basketball forward propels journalist Neva Leopold into the troubled heart of  this deeply competitive world. The boosters “want to touch us, they want to put their hands on us, to feel our muscles,” player Frankie Budd tells Neva, his hand cinching tight on her shoulder. “That’s why we call them grippers. That’s why I hate the bastards. That’s why I took everything I could get.” Cars, cash, housing, travel, clothes, passing grades—the players get it all while they’re hot. But when it’s over, when the scholarships end and 98.8% of the players fail to make the NBA draft, what happens then?  What happens when they go from being heroes to nobodies overnight and find themselves wielding a broom instead of a basketball? Is such a downfall grounds for murder? Or is the gripper situation at PAC-12 Conference member Valley State University a long way—a very long way—out of hand?                                                      

  To Nowhere and Back

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From the New York Times Book Review

". . . a fascinating, carefully thought-out and credible journey through a time warp that takes an American girl, visiting England for a year with her family, into the daily life and times of a peasant girl who lived in the same village 100 years before. . . It educates and edifies, this book does, and is oddly affecting; you really feel the quality of the two different worlds on a day to day basis, united by a single sensibility."


With the turn of a glowing key, four children are transported back to the fifteenth century when they open the door to an ancient Scottish tower. Back then border raiding was a way of life and Andrew witnesses the battle to retake Roxburgh Castle from the English. On a second visit, hoping to retrieve Ollie, the youngest child, they find themselves in the distant future. The book was first published in 1977 by Knopf and has been out of print for some years. Author Margaret Anderson was born and educated in Scotland, and graduated from Edinburgh University. Before she took up writing for children she worked as a biologist and statistician. She is the author of twenty-five books ranging from nature activity and biographies of famous scientists to historical fiction.  In the Keep of Time is the first book in a time-slip trilogy.



Life with Jake


An intimate, moving, often funny portrait of the relationship between an older father, Kirby Wilkins, and his disabled son, Jake. A saga of day-to-day challenges, large and small triumphs, friendship, adventure, devotion, and love written by Wilkins, a long-time creative writing teacher at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, California. Wilkins is the author of a book of short stories and two novels. For people who have been there, this book will ring true. For those who haven’t, Life with Jake will take them on a journey they won’t soon forget.






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In this new collection of thirteen stories, Wendy Madar writes about fundamental aspects of human life--marriage, poverty, death, parenthood--with a touch that can seem light and even humorous. But the stories build, leaving the reader with a deep sense of the complexity of relationships, whether as casual as that between a supermarket checker and a customer buying ketchup or as potently tangled as that between an aging intellectual and his wife of many years, who lies dead in the back of the family station wagon awaiting disposal.  No life is simple, no life is easily categorized as good or bad. And no incident is trivial when encountered through such clear and revealing prose.