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THE SHINING CORD OF SHEILA KAYE-SMITH
Shaun Cooper

Sheila Kaye-Smith was a Sussex writer. She wrote more than 30 novels, most of them set in that county, and some in Kent, and she also wrote short stories, poetry, articles, and non-fiction books. One of her most popular novels was made into a film. This new biography about her contains a lot of original research, as well as excerpts from book reviews, articles, interviews, and other sources. Highlights will undoubtedly be the quotes from and plot descriptions of two unfinished novels; details about some of her lesser known stories, as well as the sections about Baa, Trimmer and Pearl, Platnix, The Lodge, Old Gadgett, City Red, The Fairy Housemaid, The Little Flower, the gleams, and, of course, the Shining Cord.
Extras:
Picture Gallery (in full colour), Production Notes, and Easter Eggs.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 214 pages
Biography of Sheila Kaye-Smith 1887-1956
Country Books
ISBN 978-1-910489-47-5

Price £12.50

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HAROLD
THE KING WHO FELL AT HASTINGS
Peter Rex

Harold Godwinson, King of England, was unable to defend his realm from William the Conqueror’s invading Norman army in 1066. The Normans wreaked havoc across the country and changed the history of England forever.
This full-scale biography of England’s last Anglo-Saxon king reveals an astute political operator who, as Earl of Wessex, won the affection of the English people and the support of Edward the Confessor to succeed him. Peter Rex tells the story of a formidable warrior-king killed in battle in defence of his kingdom.

THE AUTHOR
Peter Rex was Head of History at Prince Thorpe College for twenty years. He was an acknowledged expert on Eleventh-century English and Norman history. He died in March 2012.

Paperback 198 x 129mm 304 pages
I was tempted to say “Keep and eye out for this book”
Amberley Publishing
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Price £9.99

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SIGNALLING AND SIGNAL BOXES ALONG THE LB&SRC AND ISLE OF WIGHT RAILWAY ROUTES
Allen Jackson

The Prince Regent first popularised Brighton as a pleasure destination in the eighteenth century, and the town acquired a reputation for pleasure for the masses after the coming of the railway. From these beginnings the railway grew to cover large parts of Surrey and Sussex, and went some way to establishing the railway commuter. The bowler-hatted city gent on the 07.10 to Victoria became a national stereotype.
These intensively worked lines were early converts to electric traction in the 1920s and 1930s and, consequently, much of its mechanical signalling was removed then. However, some mechanical signalling remained in seaside resorts other than Brighton and on other routes not seen as a modernisation priority. Massive investment in recent years has rendered or will shortly render the remaining mechanical signalling and signal boxes redundant, but the LB&SCR will live on at the Bluebell heritage railway. The Isle of Wight railway continues in a proud independent tradition; much of it was concerned with providing a conveyor belt for holidaymakers off the ferries in the summer months.
Allen Jackson uses an array of photographs to illustrate lavishly the story of signalling in the principal constituents of the Southern Rail region – focusing here on the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway and Isle of Wight routes.
THE AUTHOR
Allen Jackson has worked for the RAF, as a teacher and now owns his business. He is a lifelong railway enthusiast who has published several books with Amberley.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
I was puffed out just reading the book!
Amberley Publishing
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Price £14.99

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BREWING IN WEST SUSSEX
David Muggleton

Beer originated in the Middle East about 8000 BC and took another three-and-a-half millennia to arrive across the Channel in Britain. In sixth-century Sussex – the kingdom of the South Saxons – social life centred upon the alehouse. Throughout the Middle Ages, brewing remained a domestic occupation: beer was sweet, and flavoured with herbs and spices. By 1600, when Henry Stanton was brewing in Crawley, the use of hops to flavour and preserve beer had become standard practice.
The growth of the large commercial brewers was a product of the Industrial Revolution, from which era date famous West Sussex family concerns such as the Hentys of Chichester, the Ockendens of Crawley and the Constables of Littlehampton. That these are no longer with us is due to a long process of acquisition during the twentieth century. With the takeover of the last of their line, King & Barnes of Horsham, in 2000, brewing in West Sussex was left to just a handful of small independents. Yet today there are nearly thirty breweries in this part of the county.
This fully illustrated and informative book pays homage to the brewing heritage of West Sussex while celebrating the current outpouring of creativity known as the microbrewery revolution.

THE AUTHOR
David Muggleton is a professional lecturer and writer with a particular interest in pub and brewery history. He is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers, Pub History Society, Brewery History Society and CAMRA. Over the years, David has gained an extensive knowledge of Brighton pubs both by drinking in them and by delving deep into local archives to uncover their fascinating histories.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
Reading this book is a great way to work up a thirst!
Amberley Publishing
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Price £14.99

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BRIGHTON’S GRAPHIC WAR
Tim Piclher (editor)

Cover design by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell
Foreword by Comic’s Laureate Dave Gibbons

With tales of the Suffragettes, the paranormal, conscientious objectors, wounded Indian soldiers and families torn apart by conflict, Brighton’s Graphic War focuses on the impact of World War One on home life.Created by 15 new young writers and artists, the book illustrates the huge social changes that took place from 1900 to 1920; from daily life at the workhouse, to wash day in Hove; conscripts returning home after the horrors of the front line, to rationing on the
domestic front – Brighton’s Graphic War details how the first modern war of the 20th Century impacted upon the people of a Sussex town.

Paperback 270 x 185mm 200 pages
This book should prove to be a real collector’s item
QueenSpark
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Price £12.99

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THE GODDESS: A DEMON
Richard Marsh

A Victorian Gothic Horror novel first published in 1900.

John Ferguson has a dream in which his friend Edwin Lawrence is attacked in the night by a laughing female fiend. He wakes up to find a beautiful, mysterious woman stepping into his room through the window. She is covered in blood and cannot remember her name. The following morning, Lawrence is found dead, his body and face slashed beyond recognition…

3 B&W photographs

Paperback 198 x 129mm 256 pages
With a new introduction on the author by Shaun Cooper.
Country Books
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Price £9.99

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THE FRIENDLY GHOSTS OF WHITE LODGE
ROEDEAN BRIGHTON
Catrin Edwards-Jones

The story of a remarkable house, White Lodge on the cliff at Roedean, near Brighton. It was designed and built by Sir John W. Simpson in 1903 for Mrs. Fanny Mertineau, and later named ‘The Corner House’. Over the following years a few young lady boarders from Roedean School for Girls, unable to return home for the holidays, were transferred to Mrs. Martineau’s home. It was sold in 1921, following her demise. In 1924 Lady Victoria Sackville of ‘Knole’ Sevenoaks, Kent, purchased ‘The Corner House’ including an extra parcel of land up to Roedean School for the sum of £11,500 and renamed it ‘White Lodge’. In 1928, she sold the land on the eastern side to the Mayor of Brighton for £10,500 – the present miniature golf course. The house was enlarged by Sir Edwin Lutyens who added the east and west wings with an aesthetic ‘Arts and Crafts’ design. At a later date, he designed and constructed a sunken rose garden – still unchanged today. On the death of Lady Sackville the house passed to her grandson, Nigel Nicolson, and five years later, it was sold. The new owner divided the building into seven apartments. David Ellis, co-writer of ‘The Daleks’ lived in Flat 3, and had encountered the vision of a lady in a long gown drifting along a corridor. Could it have been Lady Sackville? She was also seen at other times by different people. And then there is the ghost of Crawford…

Paperback 210 x 148mm 16 pages
5 B&W and 4 colour pictures
Country Books
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Price £4.95

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GLORY DAYS
Alex Askaroff

We all love stories don’t we, especially true ones. For over 30 years Alex Askaroff has been carefully collecting and sharing priceless tales from his corner of England. At last his long awaited next volume is finally here. In his eleventh published book he shows us once again that he is the master of the short story.

We meet Little Sid, who earned his first medal cycling through The Blitz, before he was even old enough to go to war. We meet crazy farmers and mad dogs, great inventors and a host of wonderfully eccentric characters, from corrupt politicians and naked gardeners to the Hastings schoolboy who fooled the world to become the most famous First Nation Indian alive.

Alex Askaroff’s way with words, his funny and thought provoking stories, and the wonderful Sussex characters that he meets on his travels will leave you with a smile and a happy heart.

Once again Alex has brought his unique magic to the page and captures England, its history and its people as only he can.

140 B&W photos

Paperback 230 x 155mm 340 pages
The long-awaited book from our master storyteller
Country Books
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Price £14.99

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SWANBOROUGH AND IFORD
250BC to 2016AD
Brigid Chapman

The Saxon Hundred of Swanborough covers 4,678 acres of land on the west bank of the Ouse. Within it is the hamlet of Swanborough and the village of Iford, population 205. England’s first windmill was built in the village a few years after the Church of St. Nicholas was founded. At one time its farm’s herd of cattle was the largest in the country and holder of two world records. There have been changes – gone is the pub and the post office, dairy farming has given way to arable and beef cattle, but its fishing lakes and airfields are very much visited and its Lucky Buckets rock band raises cash for charities with gigs in and around the village…

12 B&W illustrations/plans. 17 colour pictures and 1 colour map

Paperback 210 x 148mm 30 pages
Another of Brigid’s wonderful booklets on Sussex
CGB Books
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Price £4.99

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THE SUN STREET STORY
A STREET STORIES PROJECT FOR LEWES HISTORY GROUP
Brian Cheesmur, Rosemary Page, Frances Stenlake and Susan Wekks

The team found some surprises as they dug up the past. Besides the origins of the street and the
varying construction of its 19th century houses, the team’s discoveries included finding that an
employee of Albion Russell and Sons (which later became Russell and Bromley) had made boots in Sun Street; that the Fruiterers Arms (closed in late 1990s) was the home of the Lewes Wanderers Cycle Club; and that in the 1950s, the Salvation Army held Sunday meetings in the street under a gas lamp. And did you know that part of Sun Street would have been demolished in the 1960s if the ‘proposed Relief Road’ had gone ahead?

3 maps, 36 col photos, 42 B&W photos, 19 line illustrations

It also includes many colourful stories from the local press of the time, plus previously unpublished family stories and photos from current and former residents.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 83 pages
As Lewes History Group are a charity, this book includes postage in order that all monies go to them
Lewes History Group
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Price £10.00

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HOOVES IN THE HIGH STREET
THE HORSE HISTORY OF ALFRISTON
Cheryl Lutring

The otherwise overlooked horse activity in the village of Alfriston from 1850 to 2010.
75 B&W illustrations.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 120 pages
A great read – even if you do not have a horse!
Phreestyle Pholios
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Price £10.00

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LADY THATCHER’S WINK
David Arscott

The novel envisages a general election a few years from now, with the government’s austerity programme cruelly intensified. Former Lewes MP and Coalition minister Norman Baker has compared its dark humour to the works of George Orwell. The plot revolves around a portrait of Margaret Thatcher in 10 Downing Street which is obscenely defaced. A chance encounter alerts the caretaker prime minister, a landed grandee, to the grim reality of the country he nominally runs. As he swings to the left, Labour leapfrog him to fill the vacancy and an elderly Charles III is worryingly susceptible to the attempts of a rabidly nationalistic party to increase the powers of the House of Windsor.

Paperback 234 x 156mm 170 pages
Any resemblances between the fictional characters in this book and figures in British public life ar
Pomegranate Press
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Price £7.99

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A SUSSEX WAYFARER’S NATURE NOTES
David Johnston

In addition to these nature notes, David also recorded interesting old barns and farm buildings; shepherd huts; redundant farm machinery, and in fact, any curious artifacts they came across. Also, the many country
people they met and spoke to – from Lords and Ladies, to old Sussex
farmers, country rustics and odd eccentrics – with snippets of
conversation they had with them. Then there are ‘events’ – the great storm of 1987, and the change it made to the countryside – also the floods; the snow storms – and the weather that he noted each day. All these things and ‘much more’ are within the pages of his diaries – the contents of which make up this wonderfully informative new book.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 112 pages
OakBarn Press
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Price £8.50

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ANGELS ON CALL
Iris Watts

We all need guardian angels at some times in our lives. Children need them, too. Take Josh, for instance. He’s terrified of singing solo in his school’s carol service, or Harry who gets lost in a wood as darkness falls, and Stevie comes to their rescue. Stevie is a very modern angel who, with his friend Angelina, can shape shift into all sorts of helpful friends. Even a dolphin!
These charming stories about children being rescued from difficult
situations are written for young people from five years old upwards and are beautifully illustrated by Jo Dowers and Molly Moore who has just started at her secondary school.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 108 pages
Proceeds from the sale of this book are to be donated to Boxgrove Priory
Country Books
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Price £5.00

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SECRET WORTHING
James Henry and Colin Walton

Worthing is an eclectic mix of Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian architecture with a splash of art deco – and a few medieval bits – if you know where to look! Walk in the foosteps of Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen – both short-term residents of the town.Discover some oddities and curiosities.


James Henry is an established fiction author with an interest in history, as does Colin Walton, born and bred in Worthing.

65 illustrations

Paperback 235 x 165mm 96 pages
Amberley
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Price £14.99

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LEWES PUBS
Kevin Newman

Since the days as a royal burgh (fortified town) in the days of King Alfred, Lewes has had a wealth of taverns, inns, alehouses and public houses. A fascinating journey through the town’s watering houses, past and present. He explores the trivial, the unknown, the spooky, the unusual, and tells of the many characters that have frequented them.

100 illustrations

Paperback 235 x 165mm 96 pages
Amberley
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Price £14.99

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SUSSEX RAILWAY STATIONS THROUGH TIME
Douglas d’Enno

In 1841 the London and Brighton Railway constructed the line from Norwood to the coast. In this book the author explores the absorbing and sometimes colourful story of the railway stations in Sussex. The older photographs feature early postcards and carefully selected images from railway archives and publications. The extent of change in these stations can be fully
appreciated.

Paperback 235 x 165mm 96 pages
See what Dr Beeching did!
Amberley
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Price £14.99

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BRITISH WITCH LEGENDS OF SUSSEX
Shaun Cooper

This book contains over sixty Sussex witch legends. Most of them appear in their original texts, and many are narrated in dialect. The county has a wide range of the different types of witch legends that have been recorded throughout Britain, and indeed, few Sussex witch legends are unique to the county. With this in mind, the author also looks at the witch legends of other counties, and so the book is essentially a comparative study of British witch legends - seemingly the very first one - but it has a strong Sussex bias, and near the end, some chapters about the history and distribution of witch legends in this county.
Some of the Sussex witch legends in the book have appeared in previous books about Sussex folklore, but Cooper has managed to unearth a number of very obscure ones too. Other subjects covered are Roman roads, and legends of fairies, the Devil, and dragons.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 206 pages
ESSENTIAL READING FOR FOLKLORISTS AND READERS INTERESTED IN MYTHS AND LEGENDS
Country Books
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Price £12.00

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CORNISH AND SUSSEX RECOLLECTIONS IN TEXTILE ART
Catrin Edwards-Jones

Having studied physiotherapy and beauty therapy, the author worked as a beautician at Harvey Nichols and Yardley of Old Bond Street in London.
Marriage brought a move to Brighton, where she later studied portraiture and textile art at Brighton Art College. This led to her opening a studio in St. Ives, Cornwall. where she also taught Textile Art at the St. Ives School of Painting and Truro College. She now lives in Brighton, where she has studied creative writing at Sussex University.

Lavishly illustrated in colour and B&W.

Examples of: embroidery, painting, knitting, quilting, hangings, patchwork, patchwork with applied inserts, stained glass, machine quilted batik, applied leather on velvet, wax resist watercolours, transfer printing onto satin, etc.

Hardback 245 x 170mm 126 pages
A REMARKABLE ARTISTIC OUTPUT
Country Books
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Price £21.00

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LEWES AND EAST GRINSTEAD RAILWAY
THE BLUEBELL LINE
Richard C Long

A lively and accessible history of the Lewes and East Grinstead Railway, covering the whole story from start to finish, illustrated with a fantastic range of archive and contemporary photographs.

The railway opened in 1882 and was shortly after taken over by the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway, absorbed by Southern Ralway in 1923. BR closed the line in 1955 but public pressure forced it to reopen the next year. BR finally persuaded Parliament to close the line in 1958.

Bluebell Preservation Society was formed before the closure and from 1960 ran a preserved steam service from Sheffield Park to Horsted Keynes – the first standard gauge heritage railway in England. The extension to East Grinstead had been planned for many years, the first extension north opened in 1990, but not completed until 2013.

Paperback 280 x 210mm 128 pages
A MUST for railway fans!
Ian Allen
ISBN

Price £19.99

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THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF
The Story of the Building that Stood on Seaford Head
Lynn Lawson

The view of Seaford Head from the promenade is the defining image of this seaside town. In photographs of this view taken in the first half of the twentieth century, a distinctive house can be seen, standing in isolation on the cliff. The history of this building reflects the history of Seaford and the country as a whole during this turbulent period, which witnessed two world wars; the emancipation of women; and the arrival of the car, cinema, and low cost ‘package’ holidays.

This book tells the story of that ‘house on the cliff’ – built in the reign of Queen Victoria, demolished in the 1960s, but with traces of its
existence still visible on Seaford Head today.

68 B&W and 34 colour photos, maps and plans

Paperback 245 x 170mm 120 pages
A MUST dor all interested in SEAFORD and Sussex local history
Country Books
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Price £12.99

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THE TRAIL OF THE SERPENT
James Gardner

The Balcombe Tunnel murder in Sussex was the most sensational news item back in 1881 surpassing in newspaper coverage even the assassinations of the Russian Tsar and the American President. It was only the second murder to have been committed on an English train. On a sunny Monday afternoon in June, a retired businessman was brutally attacked in a first class carriage on the London to Brighton train and thrown into the tunnel. Eventually, a young twenty-one year old author and journalist, Percy Lefroy Mapleton, was convicted and hanged at Lewes prison. In the last ten days of his life he wrote a fascinating 19,000 word autobiography. Only discovered by the author over a hundred years later, it throws new light on a man and a crime that both shocked and fascinated Victorian society.
Illustrated paperback.

Paperback 192 pages
Published by the author
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Price £9.50

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SWEET BELLS JANGLED OUT OF TUNE
James Gardner

In 1859 the first public asylum in Sussex opened amidst great publicity near Haywards Heath. For in mid-Victorian England, mental health reformers
believed in something revolutionary: that a well-run progressive asylum could solve the increasing problem of ‘madness’ in society. The asylum’s first superintendent was Dr Charles Lockhard Robertson, a man of great strength and foresight in the treatment of the insane. His humane methods contrasted strongly with the appalling practices adopted in places such as Bethnal Green Asylum in London. This book looks at the wide range of treatments he employed, included Roman baths, pet therapy and ‘moral treatment’. Although St Francis closed in 1995, its impressive main building still remains and stands as a powerful and lasting monument to the reforming zeal of Victorian Society and to the
spirit of men such as Robertson.

Hardback 321 pages
Published by the author
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Price £17.95

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LEWES: THE POSTCARD COLLECTION
Bob Cairns

Lewes, the county town of East Sussex, started out as a bridging point and market town. Steeped in history, scholars believe it is possible that the civil parish was home to the Roman settlement of Mutuantonis. It doesn’t stop there, however. The castle was built by William de Warenne,son-in-law of William the Conqueror, in 1069 after the Norman Invasion. Originally known as Bray Castle, this impressive building stands at the highest point of Lewes and is well worth a visit.Intercepted by the River Ouse, there are a number of gorgeous countryside walks to take advantage of in this charming ancient town. The Postcard Collection beautifully illustrates the
culture and character of Lewes, taking us on a journey through its historical past.

Paperback 235 x 165mm 128 pages
NOW PUBLISHED!
Amberley Publishing
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Price £12.99

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SKY HIGH SUSSEX

Colour photos of Sussex taken from the air.

Hardback 110 x 155mm 64 pages
Halsgrove
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Price £4.99

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SUSSEX AT WAR THROUGH TIME
Henry Buckton

This book examines the areas of Sussex that played an important part in the Second World War. Chichester became the nerve centre for the county’s civil defence and Tangmere and other aerodromes were involved in the Battle of Britain. Towns like Bognor Regis, Brighton and Hastings were repeatedly bombed by the Luftwaffe, while Eastbourne was the most targetted place in the South East outside London.
The beaches of Sussex became ideal invasion hotspots, which drew the county into the very centre of Britain’s war effort. Today Sussex is split into two counties – East and West – this book looks at both.

Paperback 235 x 165mm 96 pages
180 illustrations
Amberley
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Price £14.99

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THEOS MAGIC GARDEN
Iris Watts

Theo is a handsome and contented cat living in a cottage in a Sussex village with his mistress, Jenny. A cat, proud of his Persian lineage. But one day his life changes…
Jenny’s brother, Magnus comes to stay and on leaving, sprinkles magic dust on the garden. That night all the garden statues come to life.
Sammy the fox proves a problem – until Magnus’ cat, Tim, comes to stay. The magic dust has enabled the statues and cats to talk to each other – though Cosmos is still a nuisance.
The author is donating all proceeds from this book to the restoration of Boxgrove Priory. The book is priced £5, but I have added £2 P&P, so that the maximum amount benefits the charity.

Paperback 210 x 148 112 pages
These stories are written for Children from five years old upwards and they are beautifully illust
Country Books
ISBN 978-1-910489-08-6

Price £7.00

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LETTERS TO A PART-TIME BARMAID
Victoria Seymour

A bundle of love letters, found at an auction in Hastings, tell the true story of a 1950s postal courtship. Their writer is Dunkirk survivor Maurice Nash who, fourteen years after the historic evacuation, was working as builder, travelling around England repairing and rebuilding a still broken country. The object of his shy affection was part time barmaid Peggy Cockrill, who served behind the bar of one of the many pubs in which Maurice found solace in the lonely evenings. Depth is added to the story by Hastings past and present barmaids and builders, who talk about their working lives. In this, the final book in her series on Hastings wartime and post war history, Victoria Seymour also re-visits Lavender Cottage, via the memoirs of a WWII soldier, whose family were the first occupants of this now famous house.

Paperback 210 X 148mm 156 pages
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Price £11.99

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