Georgie & Spike in Switzerland and France

Georgie & Spike in SwitzerlandGeorgie & Spike in FranceDiese einzigartige zweisprachige Buchserie Georgie & Spike in England, Frankreich und der Schweiz ermöglicht es Kindern, eine Geschichte auf Deutsch und  Englisch mit Vergnügen zu lesen. Die eine Seite ist auf Englisch und die gegenüberliegende Seite ist auf Deutsch. Durch dieses Format, wird ein spielerischer Lerneffekt erzielt. Die typisch englischen Geschichten sind vom Autor illustriert. Die Bücher eignen sich auch für Sprachschüler jeden Alters. Georgie und sein Hund Spike sind unzertrennlich. Sie leben im Gärtnerhaus auf einem grossen Landgut in England. Diese feinfühlig geschriebene und illustrierte Geschichte erzählt, wie die Kinder des Schlossherrn sich mit ihnen befreunden. In diesen beiden letzten Büchern der Trilogie folgen wir ihren Eskapaden durch die Schweiz und Frankreich.

Diese zwei Bücher erscheinen in Kürze!

… und Uebersetzungen in Französisch und Italienisch werden bald folgen…

Das erste Buch der Trilogie – Georgie & Spike in England – ist bereits publiziert.

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Paved with good Intentions

Paved with good Intentions

Life, love, games, real ales, fights, dirty cash, dirtier videos and imaginative ventures. This
book tells the (almost) true tale of our times, describing how a hardworking band of pavers
progress from Pikies to respectability in the Kentish community.

ISBN 978-0-9556806-0-1
Available via bookshops or

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Lord Eric of Shed

Lord Eric of SheIlliterate and penny less on leaving school, Daft Eric learns how to communicate via the sketchpad. Exploiting this gift he takes himself and the reader through a tongue in cheek journey from a miserable existence in his hometown to fame and glory in Westminster.

The author has illustrated this book with over 40 original drawings. The front cover has been created by the famous English painter Percy Hope.

Avaliable in English oder im Buchhandel.   ISBN 978-1-907499-76-0
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There Once Was a Bobby

There Once Was a BobbyThis book illustrates the character of a very conscientious police officer. He was not always politically correct – not always gentle with bullies or violent men, but was a loving father, a brave and widely respected local `Bobby` who, paradoxically, lived in fear of his diminutive wife.

ISBN 1-85776-901-5  Also available in the bookshops

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Can he survive? We follow this hapless young man on a faltering journey from his lowly birthplace to the House of Parliament in Westminster where he is surrounded by those totally alien to his culture.

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                                     The Trilogy

                     Georgie & Spike


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A unique trilogy of children`s stories, printed in English and German on facing pages Read more…

Eine einzigartige Trilogie von Kindergeschichten, zweisprachig in Englisch und Deutsch auf gegenüberliegenden Seiten Weiterlesen…




The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters A Family Saga A Swiss Family SagaA family saga based on the lives of seven Swiss Sisters chronicling their  progress, always interesting, sometimes even dramatic, between the years of World War II to present date.

A promising vivid story.

Postum in process.

Green for Danger

Four-year-old Freddy is a gifted child, already showing signs of becoming a budding scientist. A few years pass and, whilst exploring in a disused mine, Freddy accidently discovers some unknown chemical symbols. These compounds, when mixed correctly, produce a violent reaction with potentially devastating results. With conspiracy, theft, black-mail and murder, GREEN FOR DANGER has all the ingredients to keep you gripped throughout.
This intelligent and vivid book shows the far-reaching consequences of war. It contains 27 excellent illustrations by the author and is not only recommended for teenagers but also for adults.
ISBN 978-1-906710-59-0
via all good bookshops

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Fontana Books

Fontana Books is a Swiss based Literary Agency which is managed by Elisabeth Fontana.

The agency is providing the platform for the literary estate of the English author and illustrator Syd Andrew† and his various publications.

Fontana Books is specialised in the publication of the children stories of Syd Andrew in  a unique format such as – English and German on facing pages – . The concept allows all language combinations. Other translations will follow soon.

Two languages on facing pages



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Georgie & Spike Trilogy

Georgie & Spike in EnglandGeorgie & Spike in France Georgie & Spike in Switzerland
    in England             in France          in Switzerland

This bilingual English-German series has been especially created to enable children to read and enjoy a typical English story in both languages. Fully illustrated. For any parents interested in their child learning to enjoy reading the English and German languages in an appealing educationally approved format. Also suitable for language students of any age. Georgie and his dog Spike are inseparable. They live in the gardener`s cottage on a large country estate in England. This sensitively written story tells how Georgie & Spike are befriended by the children of the Lord of the castle. We follow their escapades via this trilogy through England, Switzerland and France.

Georgie & Spike in England is  illustrated with 36 coloured drawings by the author.
Available at any bookstore or at   or via all good bookshops
ISBN 978-1-907172-81-6
Georgie & Spike in France and Switzerland are coming in autumn 2010.

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A Seagull in St. Moritz

A Seagull in St. MoritzHapless Will – retired teacher, widower and a supporter of the  Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, commonly known as the Seagulls – takes you on a rollercoaster ride that is far removed from his normal, mundane life when he decides to deliver an intriguing set of vintage collectables to an interested buyer in St. Moritz.
“This is a light-hearted read that will leave you with a smile on your lips and, just perhaps, a longing for a similar adventure of your own.”

ISBN 978-1-4092-9725-3 or Also available at any bookstore.


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Author Syd Andrew

Syd AndrewSyd Andrew had spent the early part of his life in Yorkshire, England, where he had qualified as a professional design engineer. Latterly he became Head of a College Engineering Department in Kent.

He had also served as a Consultant and had several patents in his name.

The Georgie & Spike Trilogy follows several other successful publications, some of which are also self illustrated.

Most of his last ten years he lived and worked  in Switzerland.

*1935 Sheffield – †2010 Steyning UK