Dragan Matijevic

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Pendragan

'Pendragan' is the pen-name for children's fiction-writing duo Penny Williams and Dragan Matijevic. They also write independantly as Penny Williams and Dragan Matijevic (adult fiction, self-help and cookery books).

They launched Pendragan Publishing as an independent, international publishing platform for storytellers around the world. If you would like news about forthcoming publications, or books in the works, or if you have questions about any of the characters, please let us know.

Dragan Matijevic

Dragan started writing during the war that broke up Yugoslavia in the early '90s. Living in England with his one-year old son at the time, Dragan wondered how he could help his people in Croatia. The solution turned out to be magic! Dragan founded a theatre charity called Rise Phoenix, wrote his first puppet play for children, created his own puppets, and together with a bunch of troubadours, jesters and jugglers, drove a truck down to the war zone. In 1993, "Peppe the Magician" began to appear in refugee camps throughout Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. Small puppets and theatre plays gave way to giant puppets and theatre spectacles. Children who had lost everything rediscovered the ability to laugh. Adults slowly joined in. One Croatian soldier shouted from the audience, "Croatia needs puppets, not guns!" Quentin Blake agreed and gave permission for Rise Phoenix to take his Big Friendly Giant to the war zone. Dragan went on to write and perform in many other children's plays, quite a few of which are now stories and novels. When not writing, Dragan teaches at The Artisan Bakery School, and continues to perform as the magician Sol Ray.

Penny Williams

As a child, Penny would row ashore to school from the sailing boat she grew up on with her family. This gave her a quirky view on life, encouraged by the stories she heard from blue-water sailors arriving in Falmouth Harbour. Penny grew up with a hunger for distant horizons and foreign shores. Her explorations took her to Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and even Antarctica. But her biggest adventure, which was falling in love with a Croatian magician (Dragan), happened right on her own front door step in England! So far, their story includes building their own woodfired oven for The Artisan Bakery School, moving to a crazy old cottage in Devon, taking an Invisible Man to Singapore, working with children in Sri Lanka and India and kayaking round the islands of Dalmatia. Penny also runs a professional copywriting, editing and translation business. She and Dragan write together to celebrate the magic that happens in real life.

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Insights into the Invisible
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 14,060. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2019 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence & self-esteem, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
In the invisible domain of our inner world is where everything that really matters happens. If we want to change ourselves, or change our lives, we first have to look into the invisible. Insights into the Invisible, offers clear and simple explanations of our inner workings, of our thoughts, emotions and beliefs and how to discover, heal and change ourselves and therefore our actions.
Baking In A Wood Fired Dutch Oven
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,440. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2018 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Outdoor cooking
Dust off that heavy old cast iron pot, grab some fire bricks and a base, and hey presto! You’ve got yourself a mobile, wood fired oven.  The book covers how to: * Make and bake the most delicious wood fired pizzas and breads * Make a portable wood fired oven and take it anywhere and set it up in a minute * Safely and effectively start and control your fire and sustain correct baking temperatures
Wood Fired Oven Baking
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,980. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2018 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Outdoor cooking
Master the craft of wood fired baking. Learn how to: * Make and perfectly bake great pizzas and breads * Light and manage a lively fire * Control the temperatures in the dome and on the hearth * Manage your schedule so that everyone eats before the fire dies out * Choose your fire tools and equipment * Use the best fu
Faster Artisan Breads II Sourdough
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,400. Language: British English. Published: March 17, 2016 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
This book, in 3 simple steps to outstanding sourdough bread, shows you how to: * fit a simple baking schedule into the busiest life * get the right level of rustic taste for your palate * make and maintain a healthy wild yeast starter * bake great recipes * in step-by-step colour photographs and clear explanations With great tips on how to improve the look, taste and texture of your loaves
Baking Low Gluten & Heritage Breads
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,820. Language: British English. Published: March 17, 2016 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
You will find in this book: * How to bake rye breads * Why heritage flours are better for your body * How to make a range of rich and characterful breads in 7 easy steps * How to make and manage consistently healthy wild yeast starters * Tips for improving the looks, taste and texture of your loaves
Building a Wood Fired Oven in a Day
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,970. Language: British English. Published: March 17, 2016 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Pizza, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
This book is for anyone who’s dreamed of baking bread or pizza in their own outdoors woodfired oven, but always lacked the space, the skills to build one or the funds to buy one. * Takes 1 hour to reach baking temperature * Requires very little wood * Lends fabulous, smokey character to food * Can be used for breads, pizzas, baked spuds, casseroles and even barbecued food
Perfect Pizza
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,710. Language: British English. Published: March 17, 2016 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Pizza, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
Perfect Pizza is a practical manual for professionals and enthusiasts alike who wish to learn the craft of real pizza making. You will get to truly “know your dough”, how best to handle it, at every stage from mixing to pizza shaping, topping and final baking. Complemented by tempting suggestions and instructions for authentic sauces, show-stopping toppings and fabulous finishing touches.
Party Breads!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,000. Language: British English. Published: March 16, 2016 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Pizza
* FAB (Faster Artisan Bread) 3 Step easy method for making authentic artisan loaves with only 4 minutes hands-on effort * Recipes include stuffed focaccia, pizzas & baguettes and breads for dips and mezze * Fabulous last-minute recipes for show-piece breads * Colour photographs and clear explanations * Great tips on how to maximise the look, taste and texture of your party breads
Faster Artisan Breads
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,110. Language: British English. Published: March 15, 2016 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
Fabulous breads in three bread making steps and only four minutes hands-on. This book dispels the myth that great bread is time consuming or difficult to make. * How to fit a simple baking schedule into the busiest life * Tens of great tips for better breads * Mix one batch of dough and bake fresh bread daily * Fabulous bread recipes with colour photographs and clear explanations
Gluten Free Gourmet Friendly Breads
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,370. Language: British English. Published: March 15, 2016 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
* Discover that gluten free can be tasty too * Pizzas for parties, fougasse for sharing, pitta for filling, and little socca nibbles to enjoy as snacks * Create your own custom flour blends * Make your loaves rise in a variety of ways, including using your own wild yeast leaven * Discover a wide variety of naturally gluten-free flours * Create elastic, chewy crumb, without additives
A Million And One Original Bread Recipes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,860. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
This breakthrough book from The Artisan Bakery School not only shows you how to make great breads, but how to successfully develop original recipes of your own. Included: 50 recipe suggestions, learn proportions for incorporating 100 different nuts, seeds, fruits, veg, cheeses, meats, herbs and spices, successfully combine ingredients to balance flavours and textures.
Baking Real Sourdough Bread
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,470. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
This book dispels the myth that sourdough is difficult and time-consuming to make. It shows how to fit regular baking into even the craziest lifestyle by using an ordinary fridge and the principle of retardation. It contains: The Seven Easy Steps, how to maintain the leaven, the secrets of long fermentation, tips on improving the look, taste and texture of your loaves and our original recipes.
Artisan Bread for Beginners
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,750. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
This book shows you a traditional method as well as a fast shortcut so you can fit baking authentic artisan breads into even the most hectic lifestyle. It includes: Our proven Seven Steps method, detailed illustrations, tips on improving the look, taste and texture of your loaves and ideas for using fruits, nuts and seeds to create an impressive selection of wonderful, original breads.
Know Yourself - The Concise Enneagram Guide
Price: $3.33 USD. Words: 23,730. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
This book is an essential guide to the nine types in the Enneagram. It will help you find your own type and your type’s development. It covers your hidden inner motivations, relationships, work, emotional and life orientations. You will also learn about closely guided secrets of the people around you. The light the Enneagram can throw on relationships is nothing short of remarkable.
The Vigil
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,320. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A fast-paced, passionate and insightful love story describing the deeply personal impacts of political struggle. Raúl has a wonderful wife and a secret he can’t let go. When his past explodes into the present, there are life-changing choices to be made. Raúl's situation suddenly becomes as volatile and unpredictable as the events that triggered it all back in turbulant 1968 student uprising.
Rebel Rabbit - The Great Escape
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,400. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
The Great Escape, Part II of the Rebel Rabbit Trilogy is a wild ride of epic, heroic and hilarious proportions. Sunny the Rebel Rabbit, a magician by trade and a king by accident, is back to defend the freedom of his kingdom and his friends, this time against the wicked plans of the huge, evil organisation called the NET. Will they succeed or will everyone become a slave of the NET?
Rebel Rabbit - A Legend is Born
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,320. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
In this Part I of the Rebel Rabbit trilogy Sunny the Rabbit is a lone stranger on a secret mission, a new face in the forest, a threat to the powers that be. He’s got a magic and often deadly touch. As Sunny faces bigger challenges and beasts, he needs all the help he can get. Can the rabbit outwit all the beasts and the wicked Lord Trixalot the Fox and save forest of Satyria from his deadly grip?
The Mole Who Wanted to Fly
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,010. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
The endearingly illustrated and humorous tale of a mole who refuses to give up on her dream! Sky wants to fly. She just doesn’t believe that moles are only meant to dig. Her journey starts as she tries to make friends with the birds. Feathery birds and fantasy birds all fail her. Then one night, Sky dreams up a bird with a difference… the question is, can her dream take flight?
The Cricket's Winter Song
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
In this beautifully illustrated fresh slant on the classic fable of the cricket and the ant, there are twists and turns aplenty on our journey right into the mysterious City of the Ants. Charlie the chirpy cricket and Arthur the hard-working ant are like chalk and cheese; the question is, will their differences unite them, or destroy them? Only the winter will tell!
The King's Bump
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,350. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
This is a fresh and comic tale about a crazy king Hilarious, a spoilt princess, a village idiot, half a dozen dwarfs and a handful of handsome lumberjacks. When the king promises his daughter’s hand to whoever wins the Laughing Tournament, things take an even crazier turn. Who will make the king laugh? Will Princess Bonbon actually marry them? And will the happy kingdom ever be happy again?
A Spark in the Dark
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,910. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
A little caterpillar falls into a deep, dark cave. Hungry and tired, Jiggly seeks the light and finds the weirdest and most wonderful cave-dwellers. Some of them greet him, some want to eat him, and down here, nothing is what it seems! Will he find his way out of the cave alive? An action-packed quest for survival, set in the realms of the magical, with hilarious twists around every corner!
Little Red - The Real Story of Red Riding Hood
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
Forget about that goody two-shoes in the cape! This comic beautifully illustrated version of Red Riding Hood shows the girl in the way you’ve never seen her. In fact, everything in this story is upside down and inside out. Grandma and the Wolf are old friends, the Wolf is terrified of children and Little Red has a very un-angelic streak leading to a very bubbly ending.
How the Wolf Lost His Appetite
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,780. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Gobble likes to think he is a very civilised wolf. He plays golf and he adores a Sunday roast with his family. He even enjoys reading books, so long as they are about lambs. But one day Gobble gets too hungry for his own good, and makes the most terrible mistake! A comic and cautionary tale with pictures everyone will enjoy.
Tradičný chlieb pre začiatočníkov
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,210. Language: Slovak. Published: August 25, 2014 by Dragan Matijevic. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Baking
Tradičný chlieb je často kváskový, ale začiatočníci môžu dosiahnuť rovnako pôsobivý výsledok bez použitia kvásku. Tajomstvo úspechu je ukryté v procese nazývanom spomalenie. Táto kniha vám ukáže, ako môžu s pomocou chladničky piecť tradičný chlieb aj veľmi zaneprázdnení ľudia.


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