For several years Derek and Jeannie contemplated leaving London and their glamourous life. Until one holiday saw that journey began with the moment they saw the cottage from a clifftop walk.
Monty, with true feline patience broke down the barriers of Derek's anti-cat view, piece by piece. From city cat to country cat Monty adapted and ensured Derek did so too.
Life on a flower farm, the arrival of Jane and Shelagh; the story of their lives and the arrival of Boris the Muscovy Drake.
Always wanted a Donkey? Jeannie got one - plus one 'free.' But how can you have a holiday with the responsibility of animals that need looking after while you're away?
Derek was a one cat man! He could never love another after Monty. Yet he made an exception. If another cat arrived in a storm it might be allowed to stay. A few weeks later a storm blew up. Lama, a cat as black from head to toe except for a white shirt & one white whisker. Oriental eyes & a wildness that set Derek on a quest.
Derek's most important decisions were made in London a visit was needed to see his life in perspective - should they reverse their decision? Will revisiting these change their minds and the reasons they found their way to Minack.
A Cornish summer brings tourists and changes to Cornwall, some anticipated, some unwanted ; Derek contemplates the individual's environment and the ability to influence changes to it.
Derek recounts life at Dorminack, of their earlier life experiences there. Including old favourites, Lama the black cat, the donkeys and the gulls. He takes time to look back at their 'other' life when he was in MI5 and Jeannie was Press Officer for The Savoy Hotel.
Lama's life as the Queen of Minack is changed with the arrival of Ambrose who cunningly introduces an ally.
Full of retrospect and New Year resolutions we follow Derek with his progress through the year as the sun crosses the lintel in their living room. We are also treated to favourite recipes that we can try ourselves!
An edited and abridged version of three books. 'A Cat in the Window', 'Lama' and 'A Cat Affair'. Originally published in the USA before reprinting for the UK market.
The legacy is 'born' with Jeannie's naming of places that we have come to cherish. Oliver land and Ambrose Rock.
A year in the life of Fred and Penny. Reflections of moments in time; Valentine cards; God and creation; weeds versus flowers.
Cherry's arrives and must pass her exams! How will Ambrose cope?
These are the last illustrations to be drawn by Jeannie. Following the book it should have been Jeannie's year to do what she wanted.
A tribute to Jeannie. Following Jeannie's death, Derek received over 7000 letters from readers who had come to know and love her as the heroine of his biographical Minack Chronicles. As he considers Jeannie's qualities, his tone is reflective; pride tinged with sadness as he describes her unfailing bravery through her final illness.
A celebration of The Minack Chronicles featuring, from 16 books a selection of favourite passages, many chosen by readers. Beautiful photos and Jeannie's drawings, some of which appear for the first time.
The little stream known as Monty's Leap has become a symbol for those who contemplate changing the course of their lives. It mirrors the leap forward taken by Derek and Jeannie, when they decided to leave their glamorous lives in London, for an isolated cottage in Cornwall, called Minack, accompanied by their cat Monty.
Abridged versions of three of his books. Time was Mine (see below), the first two Chronicle books - 'A Gull on the Roof' and
'A Cat in the Window'.
Derek begins to explore the "Confusion Room". It contains a jumble of boxes and suitcases holding the paraphernalia & secrets of his life with his wife Jeannie. Tangye weaves snatches of the past into the story of his life. He then finds someone has been growing cannabis on the cliff meadows.
A memorial anthology produced by the Trustees. With a selection of favourite quoations from The Minack Chronicles.
Derek's first book, following his world tour prior to World War 2. His thoughts on Marcel Proust who greatly influences Derek's perspective of life. His time on a South Sea island without which he might never have escaped the 'rat race'.
The history, geography, politics, exports & economics of all the Dominions and Colonies of the British Empire as they were in the 1940's. Derek's thoughtful and well studied survey helps better understand the British Empire.
Tributes to men and women who died for freedom when Britain stood alone in the first two years of the Second World War. Originally published in 1942, reissued for the 50th anniversary of VE day. 42 true stories, from a Naval VC to a local civilian volunteer.