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We Celebrate 40 Years of Publishing

We have matured! From the figment of an idea tossed about while walking the dog on Clapham Common, we have become a publishing house with finished books on the shelves, each with its sales history around the world, each with Herculean labours, and a few jaw-dropping moments, behind it. To celebrate 40 years of publishing, we are giving away a book a month.

The first book we are giving away is a wood-bound limited edition of Very Heath Robinson, Adam Hart-Davis’s ‘whopping (1.9 kg), wonderful new book’ as one reviewer has called it. To decide who gets it, we are running a Summer Caption Competition. For a chance to win this book about the ‘Grand High Celestial Mechanic of Absurdity’, as Philip Pullman christens him, write a caption to the following picture and send it to us by Friday 28th June 2019 (terms and conditions in Entry Form below).

The winning caption will be chosen by the author Adam Hart-Davis and Heath Robinson’s great-nephew and Chairman of the William Heath Robinson Trust, Peter Higginson. The winner will be announced on Friday 12th July.

Drawing of pioneer rambler on holiday.
How would you caption this?

Very limited edition
The Very Heath Robinson De Luxe Edition is numbered and signed by the author, Adam Hart-Davis, and has a memorable Foreword by that other Heath Robinson admirer, Philip Pullman. Priced at £150, the limited edition is capped at 200 copies, some of which you can see being finished on our conference table. It comes with a numbered print ready for framing. You can find the specifications and a description of this rare book under Very Heath Robinson De Luxe Edition.

Photograph of wood-cased books being tied with red cord.
Copies of the wood-cased De Luxe Edition are tied with red cord, ready to be inserted into their despatch cartons.

Summer Caption Competition
To enter the competition, write a caption for Heath Robinson’s splendid pioneer rambler. If you click on the entry form below, it will pop up as a PDF which you can print out, fill in and send to us by post or email. Alternatively, simply email your caption to ku.oc1716768512.sser1716768512pekar1716768512dlehs1716768512@sser1716768512p1716768512.


The competition has closed. Thank you to the more than 100 people who entered. For the results, please turn to Summer Caption Competition Winner Announced.