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Original Catholic Fiction by Co-Director of Mary's Dowry Productions, Emily Jane Bevans.

Emily Jane Bevans lives on the south coast of England. For ten years she worked in, and helped to manage, a family chain of antiquarian bookshops in West Sussex. She is the co-founder and co-director of a UK based Catholic film production apostolate ‘Mary’s Dowry Productions’. She writes, edits, produces, directs, narrates and sometimes acts for the company’s numerous historical and religious films on the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs.

She also likes to write contemporary and historical Catholic fiction. She is the daughter of internationally renowned Catholic artist, Gary Bevans, who is most famous for painting an exact replica of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling in Goring-by-Sea, England. Her love for English history, stately historic houses, adventure films and her Christian faith is the foundation of her writing.



In this new gripping Catholic novel from award winning Catholic screenwriter and Co-Founder of internationally acclaimed Catholic film apostolate Mary's Dowry Productions, we enter a contemporary literary world teeming with everything a Catholic reader will enjoy. Rich with elements of the Catholic Faith, this is a journey with a young woman who lives in a fallen world, where the realities of the spiritual struggle against human frailty test her to her limits, where the war against vice and corruption, of holding firm to trust, virtue and hope has captured many hearts, unfolding in the setting of a journey praised for its absorbing literary style, details and realism, for the celebration of English heritage, human relationships and imagination. This is a story about Faith, a story of courage in a world of corruption; a journey of fierce hope, of stark grief, of the power of Catholic Truths, of Catholic men and women, and of heroic forgiveness.

A young woman lives in virtual seclusion in her late mother's magnificent estate on the south coast of England. Controlled by her family, she is only weeks away from gaining freedom from the dark, oppressive tyranny she exists in. The faith of her childhood sustains her, as does the belief that soon, everything will change. And it does. In ways that even she could not have imagined. Dark forces are at work but so are the workings of grace. Villains, heroes and ordinary people combine in this new fictional novel.

House of Villains is the first volume in a new literary trilogy especially aimed at an audience that enjoys a long, contemporary read woven with elements of the Catholic Faith, careful details and descriptions, an unfolding gripping plot and unforgettable characters.

House of Villains is available worldwide on Kindle and Paperback Formats through Amazon at this link.


In this hilarious, feel-good debut novel readers will enjoy entering the world of secondhand book-selling in a quaint eccentric town on the south coast of England. Nora works in ‘The Secondhand Bookworm’ – a cosy, winding, labyrinth of a shop with room, upon room, upon room of used and antiquarian books. The week starts normally enough, with a visit from the notorious Ravens (two infamous ladies who leave a deluge of carrier bags behind the counter and argue in whispers), a man who changes his fashion with his literary tastes, a stranded seagull and the remains of the villainous Map-Boy. But as the days pass Nora finds herself battling torrential rain and sandbags, mad Mr Hill who sells his books only to buy them back the next day, an erratic daytime soap actor, a paranoid Polish Count, old ladies en mass waving postcards and demanding stamps, the local Ghostbuster, someone determined to sell his dog-sick covered books and much, much more. And then there’s Humphrey. It’s an ordinary week in the life of a second hand bookshop. Emily Jane Bevans lives in Sussex, England. For ten years she worked in and helped to manage a family chain of secondhand and antiquarian bookshops. The Secondhand Bookworm is her debut novel.

The Secondhand Bookworm is available worldwide on Kindle and Paperback Formats through Amazon at this link.

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