This is the web site for prizewinning author and publisher Brian John. Here you can find out a good deal about the author, together with much information about his published output. If you have any queries, please use the Contact form which can be reached via the Menu bar.
Brian's books can also be purchased directly from this site, via the "Bookshop" page, using PayPal. You do not need to have a Paypal account to use this facility. All books sold via this web site are signed by the author.
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This is the cover for the first audiobook in the Angel Mountain series, published by Bolinda in June 2020.
The cover for volume 2, published on 1st August 2020.
The cover for volume 3, published on 1st October 2020.
The cover for Volume 4, published on 1st December 2020
The cover for volume 5, published on 1st February 2021
The cover for volume 6, published on 1st April 2021
The Angel mountain saga: kindle VERSIONS
Here are the links which will take you directly to the relevant Amazon Kindle book pages:
Here is a checklist of all the titles in the series, in the paperback versions:
The Angel Mountain Saga
Eight volumes are now available in this best-selling series -- now with more than 100,000 copies sold in all media.
On Angel Mountain (Part One), Greencroft Books 2001.
ISBN 9780905559803. A5 paperback, 328 pp, £6.99.
House of Angels (Part Two), Greencroft Books 2002.
ISBN 9780905559810. A5 paperback, 432 pp, £7.99.
Dark Angel (Part Three), Greencroft Books 2003.
ISBN 9780905559827. A5 paperback, 432 pp, £8.50.
Rebecca and the Angels (Part Four), Greencroft Books 2004.
ISBN 9780905559834. A5 paperback, 432 pp, £8.50.
Flying with Angels (Part Five), Greencroft Books, 2005.
ISBN 9780905559841. A5 paperback, 400 pp, £7.99.
Guardian Angel (Part Six), Greencroft Books, 2008.
ISBN 9780905559865. A5 paperback, 256 pp, £6.99.
Sacrifice (Part Seven), Greencroft Books, 2009.
ISBN 9780905559902. A5 paperback, 352 pp, £7.99.
Conspiracy of Angels (Part Eight), Greencroft Books, 2012.
ISBN 9780905559933. A5 paperback, 352 pp, £7.99.
To purchase any -- or all -- of the books of the Angel Mountain Saga, just click on this button and you will be transferred to the appropriate page:
A Brief Biography
Brian John was born in Carmarthen in 1940 and brought up in Pembrokeshire. He is married and has two grown up sons and two grandsons. He studied at Haverfordwest Grammar School and at Jesus College Oxford, where he read Geography, had a lot of fun and obtained his D Phil degree for a pioneering study of the Ice Age in Pembrokeshire.
When he was a student he led two University expeditions, to Iceland and Greenland, and thinks it is a minor miracle that he survived. He then worked as a field scientist in Antarctica and spent eleven years as a Geography Lecturer in Durham University. He has travelled widely, mostly in cold places.
In 1977 he and his family moved to a smallholding near Newport in Pembrokeshire, and since then he has made his living as a writer and publisher. He is also actively involved in environmental and community organizations.
He has published hundreds of articles and around 90 books, and among his publishers are Collins, Pan, Orbis, Aurum Press/HMSO, Longman, David and Charles, Wiley and Edward Arnold. His published output includes university texts, walking guides, coffee table glossies, and books of popular science. Many of his titles have been published by Greencroft Books, and have been of particular interest to readers in Wales -- for example tourist guides, books of local jokes, walkers' handbooks, and titles on local folklore and traditions.
Then came the Angel Mountain Saga......... The novels have received wide acclaim for their narrative skill, their strong sense of place, and their historical authenticity. Much to Brian's surprise, the Saga has been a runaway success, and the heroine, Mistress Martha Morgan, now has a cult following of readers from all over the world. However, the sale of three titles to Transworld Publishers, and their reissue under the Corgi imprint, did not lead to a great increase in sales, and in 2008 Transworld agreed, on request, to pass the rights back to Greencroft Books. So now all translation, film rights etc are currently held by Greencroft Books.
Until 2011 Brian thought he had completed work on this fiction series, written and published at the rate of one novel per year. Mistress Martha was -- finally -- in her grave. But then, under pressure from readers, Brian agreed to write a new novel, and "Sacrifice" was the result. And then came another, called "Conspiracy of Angels" -- about which readers have been very enthusiastic. Eight novels so far. Will there be any more? The author is sworn to secrecy.......
Sales of the paperback editions of the novels are holding up well, and "On Angel Mountain" has now sold about 36,000 copies, excluding Ebook (Kindle) sales. The accumulated paperback sales figure for all the titles in the saga currently stands at about 82,000.
Another recent book (reprinted several times) is "The Bluestone Enigma", which takes a controversial look at the various theories used to explain the transport of certain bluestones from West Wales to Stonehenge. This was replaced in 2018 by the title "The Stonehenge Bluestones".
Brian's children's story called "The Strange Affair of the Ethiopian Treasure Chest" has been well received, and won the 2011 Wishing Shelf Gold Award for books aimed at the 6-8 year-old age group. That's a great accolade, since the judges were all primary school children from the appropriate age group.
In November 2012 Brian published "Ghostly Tales from Pembrokeshire" -- which became a Christmas best-seller and continued to be very popular until stocks ran out.......
During 2013 and 2014 Brian concentrated on the research for his new Greenland novel "Acts of God" and on the writing and editing process. In 2015-22 he devoted much time to a campaign to bring the Angel Mountain novels to the small (or large!) screen, as well as continuing with the promotion and marketing of all his 14 titles in print. In 2021 the Greenland novel (Kindle edition) was re-named "Icefall Zero".
All being well, 2022 is the year in which a real Angel Mountain TV project (involving a Welsh production company) gets under way.......
On the clifftop near Ceibwr -- location shooting during the making of "The Man from Angel Mountain" for BBC Wales
A NOTE ABOUT ILLUSTRATIONS
The great majority of illustrations used on this site are my own. Some of the photos of Rhiannon James were taken by photographer Steve Mallett as part of our "Martha Morgan Country" project. Some photos have come from my own photo library, and I believe most of them to be freely available for use under a creative commons license -- covering fair use for non-commercial purposes. However, if any photo copyright holder is unhappy with my use of a photograph, and wants it to be fully acknowledged or removed from the site, please get in touch and I will be happy to oblige.
This narration of my poem "Spring did not know" was recorded by my son Stephen, who also selected the photos and produced the video -- as a very pleasant birthday present for my 80th birthday. It's been viewed over 1500 times on YouTube -- and I hope it has some resonance for those who visit this web site.
This is the short "teaser video" produced by Ken Bird for the Angel Mountain project, with much
help from a devoted and skillful small team. Enjoy!
help from a devoted and skillful small team. Enjoy!