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:
Published:1st Sept 2014
Paperback:198 pages

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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.

Charles Rolls of Rolls-Royce
Bruce Lawson

9781909644397 In 1900, aged twenty-two, Charles Stewart Rolls was the best known motorist in Britain, better known than Jeremy Clarkson today, having won the ‘Thousand Mile Trial’ of that year, the event that launched motoring as a practical popular concept. Rolls followed his success in the Trial by racing in highly dangerous inter-city races in Europe. He drove the fastest time ever achieved in Britain although this was never ratified. At the same time Rolls ran a large car-sales and service showroom in London, employing seventy staff with space for two hundred cars. In the space of six months he persuaded the secretary of the Automobile Society of Great Britain & Ireland to join him and then, shortly after, discovered Henry Royce with whom his name is now forever linked.
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This triumvirate of talented engineers and businessmen took Rolls-Royce Ltd. to the pinnacle of motor and aero engineering that the company has occupied ever since. Rolls helped create the new sport of hot-air ballooning and raced his balloon for his country. He then joined a select band of intrepid pioneers who risked all to prove the theory of powered flight. He was first to fly the English Channel both ways but weeks later perished at Bournemouth Air Show. Engineer, salesman, aristocrat, pioneer and businessman, Charles Rolls offers us a timely reminder of British invention, courage and ingenuity a hundred years ago.


Andrew Marr
Charles Rolls was a great British hero, out of Central Casting and we’ve been missing probable good about him for far too long..This is a lavishly-illustrated and excellent read, about one of the heroes of modern Britain.

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Within the pages of this 256-page hard-cover book the reader will discover rare and unfamiliar photographs, advertising reprints and posters. Photographs and overviews are included of Rolls’ colleagues involved in early motoring and aviation: Frederick Henry Royce; Claude Johnson, often called the “hyphen” in Rolls-Royce; James Gordon Bennett Jr, newspaper tycoon who sponsored early ballooning events; Selwyn Francis Edge who along with Rolls and Charles Jarrott, a successful race driver, were the trail-blazers in early motoring, and saw racing as the way to promote and market motorcars, and make money. And we must not forget Henry Edmunds, an early investor in the Royce car, who introduced Rolls to Royce.

The level of detail is remarkable and it is obvious that the author Bruce Lawson was devoted to getting it right. The foreword by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, who wrote an earlier biography and whose own father was a good friend of Rolls, validates its authenticity.
I urge anyone fascinated with the early days of motoring and/or aviation to add this volume to his collection.


Why Darwin Matters to Christians
Adrian Bailey


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We have just published a new edition of Why Darwin Matters to Christians, Adrian Bailey’s take on the appropriate response of Christians to the scientific revolution and to Darwinism in particular. Adrian is Chaplain of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry. This well-argued book has proved to be of interest to many, both Christian and non-Christian.

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

9781909644915 An adult colouring book inspired by the cornish landscape
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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”