A beautiful colouring book with designs based on the Cornish hedgerows
Carla Jennings

9781909644915 An adult colouring book inspired by the cornish landscape
Published:15th Oct 2015

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A History of Manchester
Stuart Hylton

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A History of Manchester by Stuart Hylton gives an excellent and well-researched account of Manchester from its earliest days as a mud and timber fort built by the Romans some two thousand years ago but focuses on Manchester as the shock city of the early Nineteenth Century, at the cutting edge of dramatic changes in society – technological, social, economic and political. It describes how radical new relationships between employer and employee influenced the development of Marxism, with all its consequences for the Twentieth Century and how, in transport terms alone, the city led the way with the first real canal, the first real railway, the first public bus services and the first municipal airport.

Stuart Hylton’s entertaining account of this great city was first published in 2003 and received widespread acclaim. It has been expanded and updated for this new edition, which includes over a hundred carefully chosen and well-captioned illustrations. It makes an excellent point of departure for anyone wishing to know more about Manchester’s illustrious past.

With Innocence and Hope
Mike Williams

With Innocence and Hope Cover With Innocence and Hope A unique and vivid first hand account of a young soldier, one of the millions who fought in World War I. Walter Williams, from Hodnet, volunteered at age fifteen and joined the Shropshire Light Infantry. After completing his initial training at the Shrewsbury Barracks, he passed through the notorious training camp at Etaples before being plunged into the horrors of trench warfare. He fought in some of the major battles of the war including Pachendaele, the Somme and Vimy Ridge – and was badly wounded during the final attack on the Hindenburg line when he was hit by machine-gun fire from an enemy plane. Walter's story was captured on an ancient reel-to-reel tape recorder during long conversations with his two nephews, who went on to write this remarkable story. Walter died in 1998, by which time he was one of the last veterans of World War I. Royalties from sales of the printed book bought from YouCaxton will be donated to the British Legion and Royalties from the sale of the Kindle edition are being donated to Help For Heroes
Published:1st April 2014
Paperback:274 pages
Amazon review... ...Having spent 24 years in the Army I thought I knew it all and seen it all, then I read this. I couldn't begin to imagine what he went through and all as a teenager. Wow. 'Simply Excellent'
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Great read
A really interesting and captivating read. I loved the honesty about life in the trenches and the effects on families at home. Very moving. If you like world war one non fiction this one is for you.
I highly recommended this book. I have read many WW1 books and visited more than a few of the places now infamous as killing fields that Walter experienced in the most horrendous situations. This book achieves a really good balance of accurate description and the often deadened emotional feelings which had to be engaged to get through the many challenges faced on a 24/7 basis. A most honest account written well and very well received. Thank you Mike- Well done. RIP Walter- You deserve it!
An addictive read
This is a must read, a wonderful insight into times past. To comprehend the courage and determination required by such people, to imagine what they experienced at such a young age and the contrast to what they had left behind is brought to life in this exceptional book. I highly recommend it.

Q & A Dr Barrie Trinder
Shropshire History



We are very pleased to post this interview with Dr Barrie Trinder, an outstanding and influential figure among Shropshire historians although no longer closely connected to the county. Dr Trinder served on the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s executive board from the 1970s, and from 1980 he worked for part of his time for the University of Birmingham at the Ironbridge Institute, where, as Senior Research Fellow, he played a leading role in the establishment of postgraduate courses, research programmes and consultancy projects. From 1996 until 2001 he was Senior Lecturer in Industrial Archaeology at the University of Northampton. He has published widely in the fields of history and conservation and is an expert on matters relating to the Industrial Revolution in Britain. He regrets that he is not able to help with genealogical enquiries.

You have been involved in historical studies in Shropshire for many years. It is frequently said that we live in a period of unprecedented change. Do you think there has been any acceleration in the rate of change both social and industrial in Shropshire over the last fifty years, as compared to previous periods?

Barrie Trinder
I took up the post of Adult Education Tutor in Shropshire on May Day 1965, some 49 years ago. I have not lived in the county for more than six years, ceased working there at the end of 1995, and rarely re-visit these days, making it difficult for me to comment with knowledge on the current situation. The most profound changes, it seems to me, are those which have affected the whole of England. In 1965 it seemed a privilege to join a progressive education authority, in which morale was amazingly high. Educational authorities of that kind sadly no longer exist. In economic terms, Shrewsbury in 1965 still had a Continue reading “Q & A Dr Barrie Trinder
Shropshire History”

Q&A Chris Upton
History of Birmingham

518wF-iDh5L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX385_SY500_CR,0,0,385,500_SH20_OU02_We are pleased to post this interview with Dr Chris Upton, Reader in Public History at Newman University, Birmingham. Dr Upton specialises in the history of the West Midlands region and has written a weekly history column for the Birmingham Post for the last twenty-four years. He previously taught at the universities of Aston and Birmingham and once worked in the Archives & Heritage section of Birmingham Central Library. He is the author of four books on West Midlands history, all published by Phillimore & Co.. His A History of Birmingham is a classic of its kind.

Birmingham is a city with a diverse population. Do you believe that a knowledge of its earlier, less-ethnically-diverse history is useful for drawing its various communities together?

Chris Upton:
Almost the opposite, in fact. Migration into Birmingham began Continue reading “Q&A Chris Upton
History of Birmingham”

The Sleepwalkers
Christopher Green


Thomas Laqueur has reviewed Christopher Clark’s The Sleepwalkers in the London Review of Books. Clark’s ‘breathtakingly good book’ as Laqueur rightly describes it, is an account of events leading up to World War I and an object lesson for any history publisher. It traces the diplomatic moves of the main players of all the various powers in the years preceding the outbreak of war. It is unusual both for the breadth of its scholarship and for its avoidance of any simple explanation for the outbreak conflict.

Charles Rolls of Rolls-Royce
Bruce Lawson

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We are very pleased to announce publication of Charles Rolls of Rolls-Royce by Bruce Lawson, the first biography of Charles Rolls for more than fifty years with a foreword by Lord Montague of Beaulieu, Rolls’s previous biographer. The product of many years of careful research this book will be of great interest Rolls-Royce enthusiasts and for anyone interested in early motoring and flying and contains a great deal of new material. The book is available from www.charlesrollsofrollsroyce.com.

Self-Publishing from the
Ten Commandments to E-Books


Why do some people get to speak and others only to listen? Who controls the written word?  Bob Fowke’s Guide to Self Publishing from the Ten Commandments to E-Books is available on Kindle. This book will be of interest to many authors intending to self publish. It traces the history of self-publishing (and publishing) from the Word of God to E-books, taking in various aspects of censorship, the Inquisition, Louis XIV and even Rupert Murdoch. From King Enmebaragesi of Sumeria to Mark Twain via Daniel Defoe, many stones are turned. It also contains useful advice for writers on how to approach self publishing.