The Natula Publications and Arbentin Books Catalogue

We are a small publishing company
based in Christchurch, Dorset
and specialize primarily in publishing books
of local history and interest
to Dorset and the New Forest area.



The New Forest and the Great War




Taste the Salt … Smell the Seaweed, an artist’s guide to Maritime Painting Locations in the south-east of England

Compiled by M. Frank Tyhurst in collaboration with the Maritime Art Group

Pages: 32 Illustrations: full colour reproduction of paintings and maps

Size: 210 x 297 (A4) saddle stitched paperback

ISBN 9781906631178 Arbentin Books imprint


This is a guide for maritime artists showing over a dozen favoured locations in the south-east of England in which to paint from London’s South Bank to Maldon in Essex and Faversham in Kent, along the south coast via Hastings and Chichester to Weymouth. It shows the most favoured vantage points as well as maps showing where to park and useful information on public conveniences and where to get refreshments.  




Memories of Life in a Blackmore Vale Village

Frank Palmer’s recollections of living and working in the Blackmore Vale village of Stourton Caundle from 920-1945

Philip Knott

Pages: 154 Illustrations 28 b&w photos

Size: 18 x 210 paperback

ISBN 9781897887516


This is a nostalgic look at what it was like to live and work in the Blackmore Vale village of Stourton Caundle between 1920 and 1945 as seen through the eyes of Frank Palmer who, at the age of 10, was milking the cows on Manor Farm before school each day. On leaving school at 14 he worked on the farm, 7 days a week, and in his spare time taught himself to play the saxophone and clarinet. He became a very proficient musician and made many guest appearances with dance bands made up of American troops stationed near Stalbridge during the Second World War.



Thank You for the Privilege,
working in childcare and early years education

Celia Glover

Pages: 136 Illustrations: some coloured photos

Size: 148 x 210 paperback

ISBN 9781906631345 Arbentin Books imprint


Drawing on her own experience as an early years practitioner, mother and grandmother the author provides practical, common-sense advice in this easy to read book which will be welcomed by parents, grandparents, nursery staff and child-minders alike. Focussing on 4 main areas of child development: physical, intellectual, emotional and social, it explains how playing with children also fosters learning.



Recent Book Titles on the Theme of War

To commemorate the anniversaries of the two World Wars and to remember
and reflect on those who served during these conflicts


The Echoes that Remain

The Echoes that Remain tells the story of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force and in particular the New Zealand Engineers who lived amongst the people of Christchurch........

Special Price £19.95

The Stormy Blast

Right from the start of the conflict King Edward VI School in Southampton was encouraging the school community to ‘do its bit’ to help the war effort through the school magazine Sotoniensis........

£ 6.00

Private Jenks' Journal

This diary is a factual account of a young man, going abroad for the first time, as a Private in the British Army in France during the First World War. It brings home the tragedy, deprivation and comradeship experienced by so many in this period of British history.

£ 12.95 £7.95

The War History of 7th Battalion Hampshire Regiment

This is an account of an Infantry Battalion and the soldiers that fought in that Battalion during the Second World War.


For details of the following war related books please follow the links:

Child of the Home Front
Incident 48, raid on a south coast town 1943
The New Forest War Memorial Books
Stars of Burma and Poems on the Theme of War
The Fringes of History, the life and times of Edward Stuart Wortley
The Red Cross Launch Wessex on the River Tigris 1916

Last Updated: 19/06/2014