Sour Dough and Sweet Ladies
Harry Berridge

9781909644830 Red hot and highly descriptive are words best used to delineate the sexual content in this intriguing story. The sex together with controversial, easy, money-making techniques, all based on true events, are brilliantly described in the adventures of Harry, an ordinary young man who discovers hidden talents within him after he reluctantly leaves London to work in the north-west of England. Harry discovers that he is not the quiet man whom everyone thought he was. He finds himself turning into an inexorable, money-making, sexual predator, yearning to possess all females that fall for his newly found charms. In business - although with scant experience - he becomes a supremely confident entrepreneur, and this in turn enables him to break in to the shady, corrupt side of industry.
Published:1st Nov 2015
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Money pours in as he sets up deal after deal and his decadent lifestyle blooms. His confidence with the fairer sex blossoms as lover after lover comes and goes - and with them so does his hard-earned money. After setting up a deal with a top, North Sea Oil executive, he becomes a major sub-contractor with many thousands of pounds weekly pouring in to his bank account. And now the drink and women that once were his pleasure become his downfall and, all too soon, contract after contract fails. With most of his money spent, age and illness become a major problem. It is payback time, and his once high life falls around his feet. He is close to destitution. The women have gone and so has the money. He is alone and broke.'
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Professor Dark of Illinois University was a hero of the raid on St. Nazaire during WW2
Prof Philip Dark

Dark_cover Craftsmanship of Art is the culmination of a lifetime’s fieldwork in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific. It ranges around the world and through time with many references to stone-age and bronze-age culture in Europe and the Middle East as well as to more 'anthropological' research further afield. It makes particular reference to the Kilenge people of Papua New Guinea where the author spent many years on and off. The cumulative effect is of an exhaustive exploration of human art and craft and the search for a universal definition of what art actually is. Since anthropology seeks the humanitas in human beings, Professor Dark contends, a vital key to such an understanding of art lies in the genius of artists and craftsmen and in how their artifacts are appreciated and communicated in different cultures. The text is illustrated by over seven hundred illustrations by Mavis Dark and is followed by a full index and bibliography.
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Professor Dark of Illinois University was a hero of the raid on St. Nazaire during World War II and became interested in anthropology while a prisoner of war in northern Germany. This is the last book to be published by Professor Dark before he died.

The Coalbrookdale Doctors
Dr. Richard Moore

cover They were years of unprecedented progress in industry, society, democracy, education and science, but of war in Europe, America and at sea. The last decades of the Eighteenth and first of the Nineteenth Centuries saw changes that ushered in the modern world.
Nowhere more so than in the Shropshire village of Coalbrookdale where, perhaps more than anywhere else at this date, technical innovation led to the use of iron in bridges, buildings, sea-going ships, steam engines and railways.
But also in the world of medicine, Coalbrookdale was subject to radical change as scientific discoveries brought new attitudes and a better understanding of life and disease.
Throughout this momentous period, three generations of one family ran a medical practice in Coalbrookdale.

Published:1st Feb 2015
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Dr Richard Moore’s exhaustive research has uncovered how this medical family skilfully adopted advances in knowledge, developed their education and played their part in creating the profession of General Practitioner as we know it today. This original account demonstrates how, in the microcosm of Coalbrookdale, the experiences of one family mirror the democratic, social, industrial and scientific changes of the early Industrial Revolution.

Dr. Richard Moore is a fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a sometime examiner for the MRCGP, its membership examination. He was in practice in Shrewsbury for more than thirty years. His first book was Leeches to Lasers (Morrigan 2002), the story of seven (now nine) generations of his family as doctors. In 2009 he was awarded a PhD at the University of Birmingham for a thesis titled Competitors for Custom, on the development of medical practice in 18th and 19th century Shropshire. His last book was titled Shropshire Doctors and Quacks (Amberley 2011).


Michael Darby, descendant of Abraham Darby
It gives me much pleasure to commend this book that describes so well the transition in Coalbrookdale from the work of the apothecary-surgeons to doctors “… at the dawn of the modern medical profession”

Jonathan Reinharz, Professor of Medicine, University of Birmingham, in Midland History
There is enough of interest in these pages to satisfy anyone desiring a glimpse into the history of general practice over a century which saw significant changes introduced to both medical training and therapies. It is also recommended to regional historians, especially anyone with an interest in Shropshire and, of course, the Ironbridge Gorge.

Faithful of Days
Clare Abbott

9781909644342 In spite of failing all three sea trials, in late 1853 the SS San Francisco set off on her maiden voyage. She was carrying a US Army regiment from New York to California by way of Cape Horn and was heavily overloaded. Two days out, she had the misfortune to run into the worst storm of the century. Her engines failed and then an enormous wave swept over the decks, taking with it about 140 souls, the lifeboats and all the auxiliary sails, leaving her completely disabled. Two ships found the SS San Francisco but sailed away and a third managed to rescue about a hundred people before the storm tore the two vessels apart. Then cholera struck. All that stood between the survivors and almost certain death was Scotsman Robert Crighton, Captain of the Three Bells.
Published:1st Oct 2014
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His ship had also been badly battered by the storm, but he stayed beside the stricken vessel for four days, risking the lives of everyone on board his own ship and jettisoning most of his own cargo. Using chalked boards held up by the crew, he sent the San Francisco a message later immortalised by Walt Whitman, ?Be of good cheer, we will stand by you?. Eventually, and with the help of another ship, all were rescued. Robert, to his great surprise, became an overnight hero - in America. What happened on his return to Scotland was another matter. With meticulous research and using contemporary documents, Clare Abbott has pieced together Robert’s fascinating life, the life of a Victorian sea captain who sailed the world in the great age of Empire. It is a story of outstanding courage and love but also of greed, betrayal and hypocrisy.


Sally Gordon-Boyd
"Clare Abbott has written a thrilling account of my great grandfather Robert's heroic rescue of the SS San Francisco when he was captain of the Three Bells. Her meticulous research has enabled her to chart the course of many of his remarkable exploits in a long career as master mariner and shipping agent, together with little known details of his family background.
The broad sweep of her narrative, with howls of hurricanes in the rigging, bring vividly to life this inspiring story which I had hitherto only vaguely known about as something to be proud of.
Robert Crighton's first born son (also Robert) became Deputy Chairman of Harland and Wolff, shipbuilders. His eldest daughter was my mother, Gladys. I was aware of the family shipping connection very early as a schoolboy, when I had two long voyages in the mid 1930s on a Royal Mail steamship to the Eastern Mediterranean and West Africa, on each occasion with a different captain. I particularly remember that each of them managed to run a happy ship with exceptional kindness and consideration - I like to think this had become part of a tradition started by enlightened seafarers like Captain Robert Crighton, a quality he had that the author highlights in her book. I am most grateful to Clare Abbott for wanting to tell this extraordinary tale of my famous relative and for the immense trouble she has taken to establish the true facts. Douglas Gordon Boyd November 2014"

Peter Wight
I am a descendent of Alexander Crighton, Robert's brother. I met Clare, through the internet, a couple years ago as she was gathering data on our family tree and have been waiting on this book to be printed for about a year. She didn't disappoint. I read the book in 2 days. She has done a splendid amount of work assembling data and fastidiously piecing it together, even helping resolve a mystery that has eluded our family for a couple decades, which is finding out who Robert's father was. The picture painted is extraordinary and the story compelling. For any interested in maritime life during this period of history, you wont be disappointed.

Virtual Women
Dr Anne Beaumont

Anne_Beaumont_Cover Why do some people reject the sexed bodies they were born into and transform themselves into women? Are the brains of men and women different? Is gender identity fixed at birth, is it learned behaviour or is it socially constructed? In Virtual Women, social anthropologist Anne Beaumont shows us that the answers to these prickly questions lie as much in the sphere of cultural difference as in that of science, and she constructs a new framework for gendering the body – one that centres solely on the individual. Virtual Women takes us from England to Thailand, to the twilight zone of the bars where genders blend into a human hybrid - the Ladyboys (Kathoey) of Thailand who live betwixt and between in sex. Drawing on extensive empirical research and on interviews with Kathoey and with British transsexual women and with the surgeons and psychiatrists involved, Virtual Women brings a new understanding of the transgender phenomenon:
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‘… no matter what the outer appearances, I never felt like a man…’
‘… in my heart I am a woman. One hundred per cent, I am a woman…’
‘…wearing male clothing made me feel physically sick…’
‘… No! We are not men, we are not women; we are Ladyboys, that’s what we are!’
‘… my papa told me, “you can do what you want with your body,
but you can’t change your heart. You have a good heart. Nothing can change that…”’


Jennifer Nicholson-Morton
fascinating insight into the curious and often misunderstood world of the transgender ‘ladyboy’. Thoroughly researched by a knowledgeable and sympathetic academic ... we are led along the transitional journey of gender migration ... An interesting book which enlarges understanding of the human condition.

Pounds and Pinfolds
Nigel Mills

cover Ask most people about pounds and pinfolds and they look blank. They may not have noticed the small, round or rectangular building that likely stands at the edge of their village. And yet these modest structures, now often reduced to piles of stones, were once an essential part of rural life in what is now Cumbria. They were where stray stock, and any animal found grazing on land for which its owner had no proper grazing rights, were once confined - until the owner paid a fine imposed by the local court. For hill-farmers and others, pounds or pinfolds were indispensable for ensuring community harmony. In this scholarly and well-researched account, Nigel Mills provides us with a comprehensive and unique insight into a little-considered aspect of our rural heritage and into the way of life of the men and women who farmed our hills in days gone by. It will be of great interest to local historians and to all who take an interest in the social history of Cumbria.
Published:28th Nov 2014
Paperback:94 pages

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If you’re not a dancer, you will not have to sit idly on the sidelines listening to the, admittdly gorgeous, music. Everyone can get up and join in, in whatever manner they choose, during the Latin dances when there is no circulation around the room.
The venue could hardly be better. The Topaz Ballroom is the first proper ballroom to be opened in Shrewsbury since Isadora Duncan tripped the light fantastic – and that was a long time ago.

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Those were the days
David Corbett

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by David Corbett

For nearly half a century from the dark days of World War II until the last decade of the Twentieth Century, BBC Radio featured programmes of old-time dance music. Those Were the Days with Harry Davidson and His Orchestra was first on the air in 1943, Sydney Thompson followed with Take Your Partners in 1948, and, in 1957, Sidney Bowman was engaged to play in a series soon titled Time for Old Time. When Harry Davidson retired in 1966, he had completed some 2,000 'live' broadcasts. Sidney Davey took on his mantle, and continued until 1976, the year that our final old-time maestro, Bryan Smith, stepped up to the conductor's rostrum with Sequence Time.
Published:28th Nov 2014
Hardback:160 pages

Sunday Times
'Those Were the Days' is wonderful - it will give me great pleasure."
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A real work of broadcasting scholarship as well as being a useful piece of social history."
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This book is the only comprehensive survey of this unique form of radio entertainment. Not only does it describe, in detail, how the music changed but it also charts the development and decline of old-time dancing which is such an important part of our heritage, being the original form of ballroom dancing. Anyone who is interested in light orchestral music or melodies in a more popular vein from the music hall to popular standards, will find here a rich reserve. Those whose passion is for dancing will discover the original old-time dances and the names of the people and dances involved in the old-time revival as well as the interaction between old-time and modern sequence dancing.

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BILL BEBB, Producer, 'Those Were the Days' 1964
"I arrived home the other day to find a large wrapped paving slab leaning against my door. When I opened the package I couldn't believe the size and detailed contents there were within. What a magnificent undertaking, and I can't tell you how much I've already enjoyed reading about my early days at the BBC, and so many wonderful names from the past. I shall display the book with pride on my book shelves."

PETER ELSDON, Middlesbrough
What a magnus opus and labour of love

I knew that the book would be something special but this has surpassed all my expectations. It really is quite magnificent, and you should be very proud. It has rarely left my side this last couple of days, and I'm afraid it has also kept me from some of those post holiday chores! It has replaced my previous choice as my book to take on a desert island, and that's some achievement!"