Barbara Hayes

Biography

Barbara Hayes worked on the editorial staff and spent many years writing stories and picture strip scripts for the Amalgamated Press, situated in Farringdon Street, which is round the corner from Fleet Street, London. Later Amalgamated Press became Fleetway Publications and subsequently part of the Daily Mirror IPC publishing group.
Barbara was just in time to work with some of the old Fleet Street hacks in all their drunken glory before the move away from Fleet Street to modern technical respectability.
She got advice straight from the lips of Hugh Cudlipp, the famous editor of the Daily Mirror, and became married to an Amalgamated Press editor, Leonard Matthews, who rose to be a managing editor and then an editorial director.
Over the years she has had some 80 books and about 7300 scripts published by companies from England to Australia to South Africa to Florida and back to Holland.
She likes to think of herself as an old hack writer who succeeded mainly because she always got her work in on time and the right length - but if you read on carefully you might find quite a few other hints to help you.

Where to buy in print


Books

The Further Letters from Britain of Paddy Panda
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,530. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2012 by Bretwalda Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
Letters explaining English as it is spoken in England, how to behave correctly in England, knowledge you will need when visiting or working in England - or even just speaking to English people. A “value-added” concept in English as a foreign language.
The Letters of Paddy Panda
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,470. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2012 by Bretwalda Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / Europe
Letters explaining English as it is spoken in England, how to behave correctly in England, knowledge you will need when visiting or working in England - or even just speaking to English people. A “value-added” concept in English as a foreign language.
Grandma Chatterbox Fairy Tales Volume 1
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,490. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012 by Bretwalda Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Classics
A retelling of the classic fairy tales for 21st century youngsters by a master storyteller. We are all familiar with the classic fairy stories, but there is so much more to the original versions.
Sleeping Beauty - Another Grandma Chatterbox Fairy Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012 by Bretwalda Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Classics
A retelling of the classic fairy tale for 21st century youngsters by a master storyteller. We are all familiar with Sleeping Beauty, of course, but there is a lot more to her than a good long sleep. She did not just marry the handsome prince who woke her up and live happily ever after. Dear me, no. The story as we usually hear it today is a very much shortened version of the original.
Puss in Boots - Another Grandma Chatterbox Fairy Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012 by Bretwalda Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Classics
A retelling of the classic fairy tale for 21st century youngsters by a master storyteller. We are all familiar with Puss in Boots, of course, but there is a lot more to him than a pair of boots. What about the hungry snake or the rabbits? The story as we usually hear it today is a very much shortened version of the original.
Little Red Riding Hood - Another Grandma Chatterbox Fairy Tale
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Price: Free! Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012 by Bretwalda Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Classics
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A retelling of the classic fairy tale for 21st century youngsters by a master storyteller. We are all familiar with Little Red Riding Hood, of course, but there is a lot more to her than a grandma and a wicked wolf. What about the archery contest or the pet raven? The story as we usually hear it today is a very much shortened version of the original.
Jack and the Beanstalk - Another Grandma Chatterbox Fairy Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,260. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012 by Bretwalda Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Classics
A retelling of the classic fairy tale for 21st century youngsters by a master storyteller. We are all familiar with Jack and his Beanstalk, of course, but there is a lot more to him than a giant with bags of gold. What about the young lady dressed in green or the shipwreck? The story as we usually hear it today is a very much shortened version of the original.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Another Grandma Chatterbox Fairy Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,800. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012 by Bretwalda Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Classics
A retelling of the classic fairy tale for 21st century youngsters by a master storyteller. We are all familiar with Goldilocks, of course, but there is a lot more to her than a bowl of porridge and a broken bed. What awas she doing in the woods in the first place, and what did she do after she left the Three Bears? The story as we usually hear it today is a shortened version.
Cinderella - Another Grandma Chatterbox Fairy Tale
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012 by Bretwalda Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Classics
A retelling of the classic fairy tale for 21st century youngsters by a master storyteller. We are all familiar with Cinderella, of course, but there is a lot more to her than a glass slipper and Prince Charming. What about the hazel twig and what about all those peas? The story as we usually hear it today is a shortened version of the original.
Soldiers’ Tales - As told to the folks back home
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,230. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2011 by Bretwalda Books. Category: Nonfiction » History » Military
Genuine tales told by soldiers from the Boer War of 1899 to Afghanistan in 2011. The clear unvarnished truth from men who were in the tranches of World War I, who flew bombing missions over Germany in World War II, who were captured by the Japanese, who invaded Suez in 1956, who met Russians in the Cold War and much else besides.
Grandma's Teddy Bear Club
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,900. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2010 by Bretwalda Books. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A fun reading and activity book for those who look after young and very young relatives while Mummy and Daddy are out at work. This book includes: * Stories to read to the young and very young age groups. * Simple moving around activities to make a change from sitting reading. * Simple crayon and paper fun aimed at all younger ages.
The Old Ghosts
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,040. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2010 by Bretwalda Books. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The British Isles are the most haunted places on Earth. Ghosts shimmer through stately homes and humble cottages alike. They linger at lonely crossroads and walk the ancient trackways. But few people know much about them. In the stories in this book Barbara portrays exactly how Boggarts, Banshees, Co-Walkers, the White Lady and the Old Hag really behave.
How to be a Successful Writer
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,720. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2010 by Bretwalda Books. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Publishing business
Speaking from years of experience in the publishing world, Barbara Hayes gives her advice and guidance to anyone who wants to be a successful and published writer. Barbara has worked on comics, newspapers, magazines and books, building up a unique breadth of expertise in many different types and formats of publishing.

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