We had an excellent day at the Hawk Conservancy Trust near Andover yesterday for the official launch of Martin Bradley's Top Gun Of The Sky book. It's the first time Ceratopia Books has become the publisher of a book created solely by another creator, and it wouldn't have been possible without the financial backing of ExxonMobil, the dedication of the Hawk Conservancy Trust, the support of John Dollins Printing Services, or the tenacity and drive of Martin himself.
The day included flying demonstrations of some of the birds of prey that reside at the trust, some meets and greets with some owls, a delicious lunch, the touching launch itself, and the obligatory book signing. We'd not been to the trust before and were not only greatly impressed by what's there, but at the scale of their work. Certainly worth a day (or more) of anyone's time interested in nature and conservation.
Top Gun Of The Sky is a children's picture book about the power, presence and precision of the Peregrine falcon (you can read more here) inspired by the falcons Martin sees over the Fawley refinery on the edge of the New Forest. The book has already been selling really well, and we're hoping that thanks to the press attention at the launch this will increase further, especially in the run up to Christmas. The Hawk Conservancy Trust benefits from the sale of every book.
The book is available from the trust itself, on Amazon and via the shop on this website.