In China for centuries these storytellers - shuō shu rén - were held in considerable esteem and hugely popular. They could keep audiences enthralled for hours in traditional teahouses known as cháguǎn - or ‘story telling theatres’, and it is still popular today.

In their time nothing was written down and the legends, history and customs of their respective peoples were kept alive by the fabulous memories of the ‘shanachies’ and ‘shuō shu rén’ and the stories they related orally.

In the spirit of those great storytellers our aim is to publish high quality and fascinating books with words and images - visually stunning photographs or artworks that tell stories in their own right.

However, unlike the oral chronicles of the past they are a permanent printed and published record of people, places and events - but they surely follow the principles adopted by the ‘shanachies’ and ‘shuō shu rén’of telling stories for posterity.

Our books are driven by passion and a belief that books still play an important part in our lives as both storytellers and readers. We are convinced that printed books still have a place in the modern world but we firmly embrace the modern formats of books: iBooks, Kindles or other electronic platforms.

Over the years we have partnered with many esteemed organisations such as HP, Nikon, Plexus Cotton, English Heritage, The 48 Group Club, The Northwest Development Agency (UK), The Mersey Docks and Harbour Company and The University of Liverpool, amongst others, and who like us believe in the value and legacy of printed books.

Many of our projects take years in preparation and development: some come to realisation quicker than others whilst some slowly mature. Below are a few of our ongoing current projects.

We welcome suggestions, ideas and comments.