David W Shopland announces the release of ‘Sawdust and Splinters’

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New book tells a story about people and human nature, those who believed in a Divine Providence and by serving others, were humbled and exalted in equal measure

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David W Shopland announces his entry into the publishing scene with the release of “Sawdust and Splinters: There be Money in them Trees” (published by Trafford Publishing), a true story of a family’s business struggles of over 200 years as they try to succeed and survive in a rapidly changing world.

This is the story of the Shopland family who were typical of their time and class, believed in a Divine Providence and that by serving others, they would be humbled and exalted in equal measure; namely people who had expected very little of “life’s goods” but got on and did the tasks that were put before them. Grumbled all of the way and had lots of fun establishing a business in a developing small town during one of England’s most exciting and turbulent times, when persecution, opposition and adversity were surmounted against a background of international conflict and social reform which shaped the British nation’s future.

This book is not intended to be an exhaustive and detailed history of the homegrown English timber trade. It has only been written in answer to requests to record the history of E H Shopland & Sons Clevedon Sawmills and create a foundation on which further research could be based, in order to gain a true picture of how Shopland’s Sawmill has grown and fitted into Clevedon’s ongoing development.

“It is a record of several determined men, at a particular moment in time, doing the best that they could in difficult and changing circumstances with few ready financial resources at hand and gives a little insight into the thinking behind their actions. Maybe with hindsight, different choices and better decisions should have been made, but they were made in good faith and in the belief that they were the best that could be done at the time,’ the author says.

When asked what he wants readers to take away from the book, he answers, “This book shows readers the endeavor, minor prosecution and history of a typical small lower middle-class family who struggled to survive but succeeded against opposition and adversity. We truly believe that honest endeavors and faith in a Divine Providence will always lead to success.” For more details about the book, please visit https://www.trafford.com/en/bookstore/bookdetails/822014-sawdust-and-splinters

“Sawdust and Splinters: There be Money in them Trees”
By David W Shopland
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 122 pages | ISBN 9781698711560
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 122 pages | ISBN 9781698711577
E-Book | 122 pages | ISBN 9781698711553
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
David W Shopland has been happily married to his wife, Ann, for 50 years and has two children and four grandchildren. He was born in Clevedon, Somerset into a happy and loving home during the 1930s Depression. Brought up in a farming environment, he now runs a family business of timber merchants and sawmill owners dating back into the early 1700s. A teenager during the war, he was educated at a State Grammar School and completed 25 years commissioned service as an officer in The Royal Artillery, Territorial Army, and Army Cadet Force. He has enjoyed being a local authority councilor for nearly 40 years and has just finished being chairperson of both a town and unitary authority council. He is a military vehicle and vintage car enthusiast, small livestock breeder and exhibitor, and founder of a successful youth club, a fighter of apparent lost causes and was recently described in the local press as being his town’s equivalent of “Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh.” He believes in a divine providence and, having survived a second childhood, is sure, in his own mind that he is now a second-generation teenager with all that it implies.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 844-688-6899 or visit trafford.com.

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