Page 7 - Marlborough Living May June 2019
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A new novel titled; The Lost Shrine is
a book that cannot be missed...
Clare Hills, archaeologist and sometime sleuth, is struggling
to finance her recently established university research unit
with her long-time friend, Dr David Barbrook. When Professor Margaret Bockford finds the unit commercial work with a housing developer on a site in the Cotswolds, the pair are hardly in a position to refuse. There is just one catch: the previous site director, Beth Kinsella, was found hanged in a copse on-site surrounded by mutilated wildlife.
Despite initial misgivings, Clare leads a team to continue work on the dig, but with rumours about Beth’s mental state and her claims that the site was historically significant refusing to be laid to rest, and lingering disquiet between local residents and the developers, progress is impeded at every turn. When one of the workers finds something unsettling, Clare suspects there may be more to Beth’s claims than first thought. But can she uncover the truth before it is hidden for ever?
Nicola Ford is the pen-name for archaeologist Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust Archaeologist for the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. Her first book in the Hills and Barbrook series was The Hidden Bones. Through her day job and now her writing, she’s spent more time than most people thinking about the dead.
HB £14.99 ISBN: 9780749023928 EBOOK £9.99 ISBN: 9780749023973 Both published 23.05.2019
For a chance to win a copy of ‘The Lost Shrine’ answer this question:
What is the title of Nicola’s first book?
Contact Details: @nic_ford
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Pesky Parasites
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Whereas people tend to sneeze and wheeze, our pets itch! : A) Flea saliva: a single flea bite can cause a massive outbreak of itchy spots in a sensitive animal. Dogs scratch and chew the area around the bite, while cats tend to groom themselves obsessively until they start to look bald.
B) Inhaled allergens (or atopy) such as pollen, house dust mites or moulds. Affected dogs will tend to rub their ears and faces, and lick and chew their paws and tummy. There is no cure
for atopy but there are better treatments nowadays. We have products to stop the itch and give your pet relief, but it is best to manage the problem by tailor-made desensitisation injections, regular medicated baths, a healthy diet rich in essential fatty acids, and soothing topical treatments.
C) Food allergy sufferers may have itchy skins, gut upsets and changes in their behaviour. Diagnosis involves just feeding your pet a veterinary hypoallergenic diet (and nothing else!) for several months. If he improves, then single foods can be introduced to identify the problem ingredient.

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