Books published

The front covers of books published are shown below together with brief descriptions and how to purchase.

 

The sub-folders give more details on each book.

Road to Brexit. Create Space Imprint 2017

 

 

 

Why call a Referendum about staying in the EU? What is the emotional story behind the headlines? Is Westminster too remote from the people making this vote essential? What is the powerful Brexit outcome all about? These are difficult questions but the answers are crucial to understanding the UK Referendum of 2016 and important for the General Election of 8 June 2017.

 

In this simply-presented book, both the Leave and Remain sides of the argument are given including many hard-hitting quotes from the voting public. Chapters run from the Crux, Main Players, Perceived Need, Remain Case, Force of History, Leave Case, Campaign, Vote, Day After Review, Looking Ahead and finally Reflection.

 

In an atmosphere of frightening uncertainty and of passionate claims being very debatable, there are many cases of being “economical with the truth”. Stories, quotes and ironies are all explored to help see how and why the Leave Side won. To purchase the book, it may be simplest to do so via Amazon. If you would like a signed copy, let me know and an arrangement can be made.

 

 

 

 

Bournemouth Curiosities. History Press. 2012.

 

 

 

 

This book has explored the fertile ground of Bournemouth's strange features.

 

Whether discussing the design of the sculpture of the town's founder, Lewis Tregonwell, with its creator or the early history of Bourne with the heritage experts at the main library, the unexpected always seemed to come to light.

 

It was a privilege to write if only because of the many helpful and interesting people I met along the way and without whom it would not have been possible.

 

To purchase the book, it may be simplest to do so from Bookends, Christchurch or via Amazon. If you would like a signed copy, let me know and an arrangement can be made.

 

 

 

Christchurch Curiosities. History Press. 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

In this first attempt at "curiosities," the challenge was to find the information.

 

The journey of exploration included Durham Cathedral, the Hampshire Record Office, the Museum of the Royalty Fishery and not least, the huge resources of the Red House Museum and the History Society in the town. Yet the evidence of local people was just as useful if not more so.

 

It was not so much a case of writing as discovering.

 

To purchase the book, it may be simplest to do so from Bookends, Christchurch or via Amazon. If you would like a signed copy, let me know and an arrangement can be made.

 

Hengistbury Head, The Whole Story. Poole Historical Trust. 2005.

 

Having always felt a particular love for Hengistbury Head, this first book after retirement was both a huge learning curve and a joy to write.

 

For the first time, I realised some key publishing requirements: to sell the book plan to a publisher, to organise copy-editing to remove some rough edges and to market the end product; this last seemed to involve endless book deliveries to retailers!

 

The sheer quantity of material, a lot of which is highly technical, was a challenge. For example, although there is much about pre-history, geology, conservation and coastal erosion, I do not pretend to be expert in all these fields. But I hope that the book is a good introduction to them. For other subjects like the tragedies, smuggling and fishing stories, no special knowledge is needed.

 

As a result of demand since the book went out of print years ago, it has been reprinted in 2017. If you would like to purchase a copy, it may be easiest to do so via the Hengistbury Head Centre or Bookends, Christchurch. If you would like a signed copy, let me know and an arrangement can be made. I recently gave a talk is on 6 September 2017 at the Bournemouth Central Library (poster in Blog section).

 

 

Air Raid!! A Diary and Stories from the Essex Blitz. History Press. 2008.

 

 

 

 

This book may be felt to be a rather sad publication outlining as it does some of the horrors of war. Yet despite such horrors, there is no doubt that the Blitz Spirit did indeed exist, as shining through in the cover picture. 

 

Apart from the verbatim diary, I have also reviewed in some detail the impact on the town of Upminster and the nature of the wider war. As ever, much credit is due to local people who were happy to assist the research and add relevant background. Civil defence records of bombing were particularly fascinating.

 

To purchase the book, it may be simplest to do so from Amazon. If you would like a signed copy, let me know and an arrangement can be made.

 
Old Town Halls of Christchurch. Natula Publications in conjunction with Christchurch History Society. 2009.

 

 

 

 

A rather specialist book, it was still fun to write but now out of print.

 

Despite the subject-matter failing to be everyone's cup of tea, it nonetheless provided much entertainment during the research phase.

 

A good example is the hilarious yet critical letter sent to the local paper by a writer regarding himself, under the pen name of Twyneham, as the very personification of the town. Another is the discovery that the Corporation managed to lose one of their town hall buildings in the distant past by failing to collect rent - the freehold became the property of the occupier under squatter's rights!

 

Unfortunately, this book has long since sold out and can only be found at the library or perhaps by repeatedly searching eBay or the internet generally.

Slides

 

There is a selection of pictures for each of these books in the sub-folders under "SLIDES".

 

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