Ragbag of Riches

Local Author releases new book

Entertaining and inspiring collection of verse, travel pieces, quotes, humour, wisdom and illustrations captured over five decades.

So often after hearing a joke, a pithy turn-of-phrase or beautiful sentiment, we wish to make a note of it to remember and revisit later. For over fifty years, author James Chilton has often done just that. In A Ragbag of Riches: An Assortment of Wordish Delights, Chilton collects the smartest humour and most valuable insights in a diverse compilation of thoughts and quips from graffiti to the profound.

Drawing from politicians, scholars, artists other influential thinkers from antiquity to the contemporary, and accompanied by sparkling illustrations from one of the UK’s foremost cartoonists, Kathryn Lamb, each anecdote, musing and poem showcases a lifetime’s accumulation of humanity’s variety. Split into topics ranging from Innuendo and Put Downs to Old Age and Death, each section reveals something new about the way we think and live our lives.

Entertaining and enriching, A Ragbag of Riches: An Assortment of Wordish Delights collected by James Chilton is a valuable and amusing read perfect for the bedside or browsing as well as for any loved one this holiday season. 

About the author: A grandfather of nine and a father of four, James Chilton lives with his wife and two labradors in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. He holds diplomas in Architectural History from Oxford University, in Design and in Plantsmanship from The English Gardening School and a certificate in the Decorative Arts from the Victoria & Albert Museum. Perennially busy, James draws, sculpts, designs gardens and jewellery and is a member of Bart’s Choir. He also a member of the International Dendrology Society and has lectured at the Royal Geographical Society and in Oxford. His first book, The Last Blue Mountain, was published in 2015. A Ragbag of Riches: An Assortment of Wordish Delights by James Chilton (published by Clink Street Publishing 30th November 2017 RRP £10.99 paperback) is available to buy from retailers including Amazon and can be ordered from all good bookstores. For more information, please visit www.jameschilton.com.