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Messrs. Dash & Dare is a creative studio based near Bath, UK, providing brand & marketing, graphic design & illustration and publishing solutions to clients large and small.

Handheld Classics

Handheld Classics series
Handheld Press

We are extremely proud to be working with Handheld Press, purveyor of unputdownable books by authors past and present. We’ve been with Handheld almost from day one as a virtual in-house design department for this excellent Bath-based independent publisher.

The Handheld Classics series (pictured above) runs well into the double figures now and presents forgotten fiction and authors that deserve to be rediscovered, with introductions and notes by experts.

Handheld Research tells stories from scholarly research in plain English.

Handheld Modern delivers excellent modern fiction and non-fiction from living authors and has featured Handheld’s first full-frontal cover photo.

As well as books, we also provide marketing design support for the Press.

When Reading Really Rocked

When Reading Really Rocked: The Live Music Scene in Reading 1966–1976, by Adrian Moulton, Mike Warth and Austin Matthews
Two Rivers Press

When Reading Really Rocked relives the decade when Reading’s music scene turned itself up to 11 and really started to rock. A hugely well-informed and entertaining account of live music between 1966 and 1976, from the emergence of psychedelia to the dawn of punk, it covers the early years of the Reading Festival, lost and much-missed venues, local heroes and year by year accounts of the bands and musicians that played in Reading.

Terry Dixon & Linda Saul: Reading’s Influential Women

Reading’s Influential Women, by Terry Dixon & Linda Saul
Two Rivers Press

This wide-ranging and fact-filled compendium of more than 60 influential women who have made a difference in the world, all with a connection to the Reading area is illustrated with a mix of photos and artistic styles. Includes a fish scientist, an air racer, inspirational sportswomen and one of Britain’s most notorious serial killers.

Oliver Dixon: A Reading horseman remembered

The Life and Times of Oliver Dixon, by Caroline Piller
Vikenzo Books

In the 1880s a young Irish boy, showing an exceptional talent with horses, was brought over to Reading. He left behind his family at a time of great agricultural hardship to learn a trade and make something of himself.

His determination to succeed he secured for himself a far reaching reputation, with clients coming from across the social spectrum including aristocracy and royalty.

Oliver Dixon was a generous, religious man who supported many communities in Reading. But he also ensured that his family back in County Mayo were well provided for. His business empire at Mockbeggar Farm has now vanished: all that remains are a field, a gate post and a bus stop.

In this book, Oliver’s life (1869–1939) and his business premises are vividly brought to life. Photographs and maps illustrate how a neighbourhood once looked, while anecdotes reveal forgotten lifestyles across Reading and Ireland.

This fascinating biography is enriched with historical facts on the social, economic and political events of the time.