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Alex Askaroff

The midnight hour had come and gone and upstairs in Eastbourne’s favourite sewing shop came the sound of gentle snoring from the shop’s owner, Albert Cade. Albert blissfully hugged his pillow and giggled away to himself, dreaming dreams that only the happiest of people ever dream.

Follow Albert and his magic sewing machine on the best day of the year as he and his beloved dog Sylko prepare for The Grand Ball. With Ragtail, Squealer and Stinker, the three shop mice creating havoc – it will be a day that few will ever forget.

27 colour illustrations and 1 B&W photo

Paperback 230 x 155mm 48 pages
Also available in hardback ISBN 978-1-910489-58-1 priced £11.99
Country Books
ISBN 978-1910489-57.4

Price £5.99

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More than just a recipe book, but a lifestyle change, encouraging time out from busy schedules to learn from a simpler time. This book not only contains 50 recipes, ranging from hearty soups, to rustic French, Italian and Dutch dishes, to a section on foraging; but also gives snippets of
information on each recipe, for example; how the chocolate truffle was invented, why carrots are orange? etc.
The book is intended as a rough guide, encouraging its readers to try cooking on their woodburner when they have time, but equally it can be used as a standard recipe book.
This book is a way of bringing that desire for ‘The Good Life’ into everyday living.

After my BSc Hons in Politics and Sociology, I went on to study an MSc in Personnel Management and Business Admin at Aston University. I subsequently worked as a Marketing Manager, writing, proofreading and editing articles and marketing materials. I then re-trained as a proofreader at King’s College London and set up my own proofreading business.
After my fourth child, I re-trained again as a swimming teacher and now run my own swim school. In my spare time I have written this book, inspired by my experience of cooking without power in our kitchen. I live in Sussex with my husband and four children.

Paperback 235 X 156 70 pages
7 colour photos and 7 line illustrations
Country Books
ISBN 978-1-910489-60-4

Price £7.99

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John Snelling

Imagine if you will a long train journey, during which you start chatting with the stranger opposite and realise later that a couple of hours have passed easily by, full of fascinating anecdote, light and shade, wit and wisdom; an all too rare treat in our hectic but increasingly isolated modern life.You part as new friends, vowing to stay in touch. That is how I felt on reading this little gem of a book for the first time. Storytelling in an easy conversational style.

‘If you want to be a writer, write’ was never more apposite than here. John has clearly been thinking and writing for most of his life, and the range of this collection is impressive. Social comedy, local history, the use of very different voices and some subtle and moving poetry.

The silver thread which runs through it all is that of a devoted and close family within and outside the Anglican church, with some deft pen-portraits of great men and women who made a largely unsung difference to many lives. As a record of vanished times, small scale and local, it will be an ornament to any social history collection, and it fulfils an important role in the fast-disappearing narrative on which future historians and biographers will come to rely.

Amusing, thought-provoking, puckish and intimate by turns, peopled by types whom we we will all know from our own lives, but never stereotypical, this is a quiet celebration of an English life which many of us will recognise with affection and nostalgia without ever wishing to turn back the clock.

Hardback 210 x 148mm 272 pages
Preface by Christina Maude
Country Books
ISBN 978-1-910489-52-9

Price £20.00

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The extraordinary exploits of a Sussex family from Munich to the Somme, St. Petersburg and the Holly

“Who do you think you are? Well, it has taken me some sixty odd years to find out. ‘A Question of Identity’ is the story of what I discovered.” Tim Parker, June 2018.

Just who were the Schwabes of Hastings  and what did they do? In this enchanting biography Tim Parker reveals their past, their extraordinary accomplishments, sacrifices and their true identity.

The book describes a luxury hotel in Hastings, the Albany, socialising with the celebrated authors Conan Doyle and Arthur Ransome, and MI6 Operations in St Petersburg at the time that Rasputin was shot and the revolution was fomenting. Then there were the trials and tribulations of two World Wars when the Schwabe family, eleven in number, suffered grievous loss and heart ache. As soon they were old enough the Schwabe sons joined the army serving in the First World War in the Fusiliers and the Royal Sussex Regiments. The next generation served with the Navy and the Royal Airforce in the Second World War.  

It is a riveting tale and there is glamour too, with theatre, the rise of the Elstree film studios, Ingrid Bergman, Cecil Parker and Hollywood as well as engagement with occupational careers in the Merchant Navy, Textiles, Chemicals and a concert pianist too.
Like most real family sagas the reader will share elation but also pathos, the horrors of war, the uplifting support of family love and the successes which were proudly earned. August wanted to become an Englishman, and with the help of his family that’s what he became.

But where did the Schwabes go? An unusual name not found in the telephone directories of a later age. That is the mystery behind this intriguing true story.

On reading the story, Julian Parker, Master Mariner and grandson of Charles August Schwabe, said: “My father, like most men of his generation, was a private man, but I was astonished to learn that in those war years he never talked about he had been in Russia and, miraculously, had escaped from the notorious Peter & Paul Fortress and near certain execution by the Bolsheviks by swimming the mighty river Neva.”

Paperback 234 x 156mm 94 pages
43 illustrations in colour and B&W
Country Books
ISBN 978-1-910489-48-2

Price £14.50

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Terry Townsend

For 150 years, from the beginning of the eighteenth century, East Sussex was in the forefront of smuggling due to its pivotal position between the merchant suppliers of Northern France and London customers eager for untaxed luxuries such as brandy, tea and tobacco.

The men landing contraband on Sussex beaches had two initial aims.The first to avoid detection, the second to move the merchandise swiftly inland to half way hiding places at farms, churches and pubs. Secrecy during these operations was facilitated by the threat of violence towards would-be informers and judicious bribing of legal authorities encouraging them to turn a blind eye.

In many cases the local inn became the smugglers’ centre of operations where plots were hatched, arrangements agreed and runs commissioned. The smugglers’ pub served as a meeting place, recruitment centre, distribution depot and valued customer. This was nowhere more so than in the incomparable smuggling town of Rye, riddled with linking tunnels and secret storage places.

Terry Townsend has identified a significant number of authentic Smugglers’ pubs distributed throughout East Sussex. These wonderful old buildings with their low-beamed ceilings, flagstone floors and inglenook fireplaces evoke a genuine sense of the desperate days of free traders.The events actually occurring during the smuggling heyday provide stories every bit as wild as any to be imagined.

Terry Townsend has written extensively about English life in the eighteenth century
including books on smuggling, the Bristol slave trade and the life of Jane Austen. He lives in the West Country with his wife Carol and their cat Smudge. Terry is currently
researching Smugglers’ Pubs of East Devon.

Hardback 210 X 148mm 128 pages

Price £9.99

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Deborah Evershed

First published in 2006. This illustrated book was the first publication of South Grove Books based in Petworth, West Sussex.
Driving through Adversane today you might think little of it – a staggered crossroads, pub and scattering of houses, but this hamlet has a history that enfolds the author’s family history.
Using her own memories, the stories handed down in her family and careful research, Deborah has sought to capture a hundred years in and around Adversane.
Start reading though and you will see she has done more than capture the stories – she has brought them vividly alive.In the 1850s the author’s great great great grandmother – also Deborah – ran a shop in Adversane, while her great great grandfather, Charles Puttock, was both blacksmith and landlord at the Blacksmith’s Arms. Charles’ daughter, another Deborah, became a teacher and married into the Taylor family. The author’s parents, David and Ethel Evershed moved to Adversane in the late 1940s and so the author came to be born and brought up in the cottages converted from the old malthouse opposite the Blacksmith’s Arms. So the book title represents a long journey through time that comes full circle back to the place.

Paperback 210 X 148mm 200 pages
South Grove Books

Price £9.99

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Roger Cordiner and Anthony Brook

The traditional building stones of Sussex are described, mapped and analysed.
Full colour illustrations, extensive appendix, glossaries and index.

Paperback 210 X 297mm 160 pages

Price £35.00

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Douglas d’Enno

180 illustrations.

This companion volume to Sussex Coast Through Time is unique in being the first ‘then and now’ book to portray the numerous and diverse communities of East and West Sussex through rich sepia and stunning colour images. Most of the early pictures have never previously been
published and include a number of rarities that can only now be widely enjoyed. Far from simply depicting street scenes, the focus occasionally shifts, with suitable background, to an event, a group of buildings or perhaps even simply a shop or house to illustrate local change – for better or worse – down the years. Sussex Through Time is an important addition to the literature on Sussex and forms a valuable and long-awaited comparative record of most of the settlements lying within this extensive county.

Since 2004 retired translator Douglas d’Enno has written a local parish history, two books on true crime in Brighton, where he lives and several Through Time books on the Sussex area for Amberley in recent years. He has acquired a detailed knowledge of the county in all its attractive variety. He now contributes to a number of community magazines and continues to be active in the writing of books.

Paperback 234 x 156mm 96 pages
First printed 2013
Amberley Publishing
ISBN 978-1-4456-0900-3

Price £14.99

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Simon Jeffs

The London to Brighton Line was opened in 1841 providing a service between London Bridge Station and the South Coast. It started carrying day trippers, but the rapid expansion of the suburbs south of London during the 19th century meant that the line (absorbed into the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway) was soon running plentiful commuter services. Extending to Victoria Station in 1860, it was the first UK main line to be electrified, opening throughout in 1933.

Simon Jeffs is a member of the Southern Electric Group and has co-authored a recent history of the Brighton Belle service. He lives in Eastbourne.

Paperback 234 x 156mm 96 pages
First printed 2013
Amberley Publishing
ISBN 978-1-4456-0079=9

Price £14.99

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Michael Hymans

200 illustrations.

Packed with rare and unpublished images, this book takes the reader on a journey of the steam trains that used to call Sussex home. Taking in the first route travelled, a number of secondary routes, locomotive sheds and the works in Brighton, these fascinating photographs offer a nostalgic look back to a time when steam was king.
Offering scenic shots ranging from the days of the LB&SCR to the final days of steam, many images reveal aspects of the local landscape now lost to history, such as signal boxes and forgotten station nameplates. Lavishly illustrated throughout, Sussex Steam paints a terrific portrait of services throughout the county’s 120 years of steam travel.
Michael Hymans is a bus and railway enthusiast and collector based in Sussex.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 128 pages
First printed 2016
Amberley Publishing
ISBN 978-1-4456-6306-7

Price £12.99

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Philip MacDougall

First printed 2016.
The author, a local historian, takes you on a journey through the City of Chichester revealing much of its lesser-known history. Here you will find the story behind the city’s 19th century banking crisis, the activities of a London mob of criminals who targeted the Goodwood races, a fascinating collection of letters written during the First World War and even how local politicians once bribed potential voters with beer.

Dr. Philip MacDougall is a much published local historian who has written a number of books. He has a special attachment to the city and several of his books look at various aspects of both the city and the area. In his own village of Chidham, which he has also written about, he is a parish councillor and active in local affairs.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
100 illustrations
Amberley Publishing
ISBN 978-1-4456-5039-5

Price £14.99

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Douglas d’Enno

First printed 2009.

A unique insight into the illustrious history of this part of the country. Reproduced in full colour – the famous streets and faces, and what they meant to the people of Rottingdean throughout the 19th and into the 20th Century. Through the author’s factual captions for every picture, and carefully-selected choice of images, the reader can achieve a reliable view of the town’s history.
Follow a timeline of events and watch the changing face of Rottingdean, as Douglas d’Enno guides us through the town’s streets.

Since 2004 retired translator Douglas d’Enno has written several Through Time books on the Sussex area for Amberley. He lives in Brighton and continues to be active in the writing of books.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
180 colour illustrations
Amberley Publishing
ISBN 978-1-84868-197-2

Price £12.99

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Christopher Horlock

The old county of Sussex is one of the most beautiful in England, but beneath its rural idyll lies a history that is surprising and often shocking.

Local author and historian Christopher Horlock brings us some of the county’s strange and mythical tales, bringing together a whole range of places, events and people that are seldom mentioned in standard histories or guides. Interesting remains, strange happenings, hoaxes, witchcraft and unusual memorials are featured, along with some new reminiscences on smuggling. Several little-known hill figures are featured, plus some famous individuals not usually associated with Sussex, including Guy Fawkes, Vincent van Gogh and John F. Kennedy. It’s an unusual mix of the curious, the quaint and the mysterious, where even those who know Sussex well will find something new and surprising.

Christopher Horlock is an author and avid collector of old photographs of Brighton. He writes regularly for Sussex Life magazine and has previously written history books. This is his first book for Amberley.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
100 illustrations
Amberley Publishing
ISBN 978-1-4456-7899-3

Price £14.99

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Angela Webber

In some 98,000 words this book tells the life story of an orphan who became the – now 87 year old – equestrian artist and mural painter Angela Webber, examples of whose work are in galleries and on walls in all parts of England.
She was taken from a London Adoption Home at the age of two by a rich Hull trawler owner and his wife to live in luxury in Yorkshire. At the age of six she launched her first ship, the Lord Austin, and was she was taught to ride by her Shetland pony – an experience that gave her an interest in everything equine.
The family moved to Sussex and Angela went on a 5,000 mile overland safari to Africa, returning to be featured on In Town Tonight. She then ran a riding school, painted pictures to order and murals on the walls of those who wanted them; and met and married Russell, assistant manager at a many-starred Eastbourne seafront hotel.
They opened a guest house which was hugely successful, then sold it and moved to do the same thing in Jevington – a Downland village containing more horses than humans. At first this was fine, then it failed. With bankruptcy threatening Russell took to the antique dealing, betting and the bottle and Angela found herself living on state benefits and caring for a grossly overweight alcohol and tobacco addicted husband who raged with increasing ferocity against her. Efforts to enlist the aid of Social Services were unsuccessful. Help, when it came, was from on High. As a result of an incredible religious experience Angela became a Catholic convert and so found the strength to cope with an ensuing series of disasters culminating in her husband’s death.
Now, in a flat in a Wealden District Council care home in Buxted her life in art – and with animals – goes on …

Paperback 250 x 160mm 193 pages
26 B&W illustrations and 18 colour pictures
CGB Books

Price £9.99

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Karen Averby

80 illustrations
The grand seaside hotel dominates the seaside resort landscapes of Britain, with bold, large scale buildings, often magnificent examples of the most fashionable architectural style of the time. From the imposing Victorian gothic Grands, Royals and Imperials, through to the modernist Art Deco 1930s and the Brutalist 1960s.
This book charts the rise, the fall and the rise again of the grand seaside hotel. Covering the whole of the UK, and featuring archive and modern colour pictures of many of the best buildings, it will appeal both to readers nostalgic for seaside holidays of days gone by, and those who have got to love these buildings more recently.

Karen Averby is an independent architectural historian and heritage research consultant specialising in the architectural and social history of buildings. An enduring curiosity for the past explains her eclectic background in archaeology, archives and architectural history. Her
passion for history is surpassed only by that for the British coast.

Paperback 234 x 165mm 64 pages
Published May 2018
Amberley Publishing

Price £8.99

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Alan Dickinson

Rye History Tours is a unique insight into the illustrious history of this old Sussex port and shows how it has and has not changed during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Follow local author Alan Dickinson as he guides you through the streets and alleyways, pointing out the well-known and lesser-known landmarks along the way.

Full colour map and 50 illustrations

Paperback 168 x 124mm 96 pages
Pocket-sized to take with you on your journey.
Amberley Publishing

Price £7.99

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Dick Richardson

A collection of culinary receipts and others, for ailments of man and beast and dealing with houseshold matters. This book has three sections – from a 17/18th century household book formerly in the library of Arundel Castle, from Susannah Stacey of East Chiltington, and finally, a selection from various sources.

The book is illustrated with fifty-eight 18/19th century engravings.

Contents include: Arundel Household Book – cakes, puddings, medical remedies, wines, preserves, pickles and sauces, soups and stews.

Susannah Stacey – food for the poor, directions to servants, pot-pourri, pickles preserves and candies, vegetables and herbs, cullis, sauces and eggs, puddings and savouries, creams and syllabubs.

Miscellaneous – savouries, fish, puddings, stews, food for Christmas. Bolster pudding, potato and cheese cakes, bacon pudding, mock pork pie, Windmill Hill thin biscuits, coager cakes, military pudding, Ripe tart, pond pudding, Chiddingly hot pot, pippin pye, rose petal jam, apple marmalade, rice and apple pudding, mackerel pudding, Claversham rissoles, ten-to-one pie, partridge pudding, Hastings gurnet, gingerbread.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 116 pages
First published in 2005 and now back in print
Country Books
ISBN 978-1-898941-99-6

Price £9.95

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Yeoman Farmers and General Baptists 1711 to 1830
Dr Annette Rose

A wonderful book from a new Sussex author. The interest of her first book extends beyond the Martens and Baptists as her family had connections with many famous places in the county – Old Ditchling Meeting House; Franklands Farm, Keymer; Itford Farmhouse; Exceat Farm, West Dean; Beddingham; Kingston, near Lewes; Little Horsted; Southover and finally, Charleston Farm, West Firle!

Annette Rose was born and brought up in Sussex. She was told that her father, Frank Marten, was “pure Sussex” but the family had little knowledge of the Marten ancestors beyond Frank’s grandfather William Marten (26th December 1845 – 8th May 1915), of the Maypole Inn, High Hurstwood, Sussex.Annette has an M.A. in Education and a PhD. in Family History and
Connected Places. She retired from teaching in 2001 and her mother passed away the following year, 2002, leaving many unidentified photographs and documents from the past. Annette then found that she was able to confirm the story of her father being “pure Sussex”, by following the lives of both sides of her paternal family back into 16th century Sussex.In this little book she has written about her Marten ancestors who lived in Sussex during the 18th and the early 19th centuries.

Annette now lives with her husband, John, in Bournemouth, Dorset.

35 colour pictures and 1 map

Paperback 230 x 170mm 54 pages
Dr Annette Rose

Price £10.00

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Terry Philpot

The East Sussex town of Rye has deep historical roots and its ancient streets hide many secrets. Author Terry Philpott takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the town’s past, unearthing tales of intrigue and grisly goings-on as he reveals the murkier side of Rye’s heritage. Along the way we are introduced to the great, the good and the bad, and the famous and
infamous characters who have all played a part in its lore and legends. From tales of notorious smuggling gangs in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the local fishing fleet’s vital role in rescuing the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk, Secret Rye delves beneath the surface of this old trading port, revealing a lesser-known and less savoury past that even most local people don’t know.

Terry Philpot is a writer and journalist. He has written and edited 20 books on subjects ranging from adoption to visiting London Cemeteries. He is also author of 19 entries in the Oxford
Dictionary of National Biography. He has contributed to a wide range of publications, including The Independent and The Guardian. He is a regular writer and reviewer for The Tablet. He is a trustee of three charities and has won several awards for journalism.

100 illustrations

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
Explore the secret history of Rye through a fascinating selection of stories, facts and photographs
Amberley Publishing

Price £14.99

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Kevin Gordon

This illustrated history portrays one of England’s finest seaside towns. It provides a nostalgic look at Eastbourne’s past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites. The photographs are taken from the unique Historic England Archive, the nation’s record of 12 million photographs, drawings and publications, ranging from the 1850s and the earliest days of photography up to the present day.
Historic England: Eastbourne shows the town as it once was, from its streets and squares to its parks and promenades. It remains a genteel resort with none of the glitz, glamour and ‘kiss-me-quickness’ of other seaside towns; even today there are no shops or amusement arcades along the seafront. This book provides a nostalgic trip through time and shows that Eastbourne is still the ‘Empress of the South’.

The Author
Kevin Gordon is a retired police officer who has a lifelong interest in Sussex History. He is the author of several Eastbourne and Seaford history books and has contributed many items for local newspapers. Kevin is a trustee of Seaford Museum and the Chairman of the Alfriston & Cuckmere Valley Historic Society. In 2016 he was appointed as the Honorary Historian for Seaford Town Council. He has been a volunteer at Seaford Museum for 20 years and maintains their Facebook page.

160 colour & B&W illustrations

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
A MUST for those who love Eastbourne
Amberley Publishing

Price £14.99

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David Muggleton

A fascinating tour of Chichester’s pub scene, charting the town’s taverns, alehouses and watering holes, from past centuries to more recent times.Chichester derives its name from the Saxon ‘Cisseceaster’, although it retains its street plan and city walls from its origins as the Roman settlement of ‘Noviomagus’. As the principal trading town of West Sussex, many inns and taverns were established here at an early date, particularly those offering hospitality for pilgrims travelling to the thirteenth century shine of St Richard in the Cathedral. Of nearly all the ancient inns, such as the Tabard of 1440, nothing survives except names in old documents. Most of the less salubrious pubs had their licenses revoked forever in the infamous ‘Massacre of 1903’, while further, more lamentable losses occurred in the early 1960s in the name of ‘slum-clearance’.

Yet the city contains some remarkable survivors, most notably the Dolphin & Anchor, now JD Wetherspoon but originally seventeenth century and, until 1910, two separate establishments, divided by political allegiance to the Whigs and Tories respectively. David Muggleton takes us on a tour of this compact but elegant city, taking in a variety of period pub architecture and history, including the Georgian Ship Hotel, where plans were discussed for the Allied invasion of Europe; the Victorian Park Tavern, once called the Ritz and meeting place of Ye Ancient Order of Froth Blowers; the Old Cross, rebuilt in 1928; and the contemporary real-ale-purveying café bar, Belle Isle.

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.

100 illustrations

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
Amberley Publishing

Price £14.99

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David Christie

The Bluebell Railway was the premier preserved line in the thirty-year period covered in this book. Busy as he was with recording working BR’s team in the mid-sixties, David Christie’s first visit to the line was by train in 1964 and then from 1967 more frequently by car, with a total of eighteen trips. The greater proportion of these were in the period 1969-72 when the line was usually worked by tank engines and nothing larger than the ‘Duke dog’ 4-4-0. The later, more infrequent visits witnessed a change from the ‘sleepy branch line’ image to more of a ‘cross-country’ feel, using longer trains with larger locomotives.
With an array of incredible unpublished photography covering the heyday of this iconic line, from 1964 to 1993, the author offers a nostalgic and brilliantly evocative record of this wonderful period in the life of the Bluebell Railway.

Born in Romford, Essex, in 1943, David Christie began photographing transport in 1962 when he decided to capture the final days of steam on Britain’s rail network. He also recorded buses, especially around London, before moving to Scotland, where he still lives today.

180 illUstrations

Paperback 234 x 165mm 96 pages
David Christie offers up thirty years of wonderful photos of the Bluebell Railway.
Amberley Publishing

Price £14.99

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John Scott-Morgan

Southern Railway Gallery is the first volume in a new series of picture books, designed to be of interest to railway historians and modellers. The series subjects are themed to include an interesting mixture of useful historic illustrations, depicting
locomotives, rolling stock and infrastructure.
Southern Railway Gallery covers the history of the Southern Railway from its beginings in 1923, to nationalisation in 1948, covering most aspects of its fascinating history and operations. The book looks at aspects of the Southern from the early years in the early 1920s, when the company had old worn-out stock on many of its lines, through to the introduction of new modern rolling stock and the electrification of much of its network in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and parts of Hampshire.
The company operated an extensive rail and bus network on the Isle of Wight, which covered the whole island and is well remembered to this day.
Although the Southern introduced a number of modern new steam classes, its main goal was to electrify as much of the network as possible, however this did not preclude the company from introducing two classes of successful Pacific type locomotives in the 1940s.
The company owned and operated docks and harbours throughout its existence, having an extensive fleet of ferries and cargo vessels, some of which served with the Royal Navy in the Second World War as hospital ships. The Southern, also operated bus and road services, which covered many areas not served by a local railway station on the system.
The Southern Railway ceased to exist at midnight on 31 December 1947, after a remarkable existence of twenty-four years.
200 B&W illustrations – many rare unpublished

Hardback 282 x 216mm 120 pages
Published November 30th 2017
Pen and Sword Books

Price £25.00

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Nadia Cohen

Very few authors can ever dream of coming close to the legacy left by AA Milne. He remains a household name in almost every corner of the globe thanks to a phenomenally popular collection of whimsical children’s stories about a boy named Christopher Robin and his beloved teddy bear.
Generations of children have grown up loving the tales of Winnie The Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood, which are still among the most popular – and profitable – fictional characters in the world.
But while the adorable poems and stories have brought unparalleled joy to millions, Alan Alexander Milne, himself was never able to enjoy the fame and fortune they brought him. He died deeply resenting Pooh’s success, as far as he was concerned those stories were just such a tiny fraction of his literary work, but nothing else he produced came close in terms of public appreciation.
Milne died still unable to reconcile the fact that no matter what else he wrote, regardless of all the plays and stories for adults he had published, he would always be remembered as a children’s
storyteller. And his son, widely hailed as the inspiration for the adorable
character of Christopher Robin, could never accept his unique place in literary history either. He had barely reached his teens before he grew to loathe his famous father, who he bitterly accused of exploiting his early years.
The Extraordinary Life of AA Milne delves deep into the life of Milne and sheds light on new places, and tells stories untold.

32 illustrations

Hardback 234 x 156mm 184 pages
Published November 30th 2017
Pen and Sword Books

Price £19.99

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Ruth Thomson

The building of Depot, Lewes’ new cinema, was the original catalyst for Screen Stories. Reel Lewes, a group of Lewes-based film professionals and researchers led by Ruth Thomson, has spent two years investigating the history of the three previous cinemas in the town: the County Theatre (Watergate Lane), Cinema de Luxe (School Hill) and the Odeon (Cliffe), which operated from 1910 to 1971.
The team recorded what Lewesians remember about cinema-going in the past. While not intended to be a comprehensive history of Lewes cinemas, Screen Stories does vividly bring to life the importance of film and cinema, both in the life of the town and in the lives of its residents.
Contents: Cinema de Luxe (1913-1963); Lewes Odeon (1934-1971); Wartime warmth, wonder and weapons (1939-1945); Cartoons, cowboys, cliffhangers and chaos (1936-1960s); going to the pictures post-war (1946-1960s); decline, demise and demolition (1963-1971); a hunger for the big screen (1970s– the present day).
78 historic photos and illustrations

Paperback 210 x 148mm 96 pages
All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to The Lewes History Group
Lewes History Group

Price £10.50

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an artist’s view
Marietta Van Dyck

To mark the thirtieth anniversary of her moving to Lewes, and almost twenty years since the publication of her first highly popular book Hidden Lewes, Marietta Van Dyck introduces a second published collection of the vivid pen and ink drawings she has regularly contributed to the ‘Eye for Detail’ series in the bi-monthly Lewes News.

Here, once again, are the often tucked away features which even long-time residents of the county town are likely to miss – subtle decorations above head-height, curious designs, intricate stone carvings, plaques, bargeboards, wrought iron brackets, leaded lights and door knockers.

Aided by a map at the back of the book, a keen reader is promised hours of visual appreciation along the town’s highways and twisting byways, each drawing accompanied by carefully researched historical vignettes.

Paperback 210 x 148mm 42 pages
An enchanting book – how many details in Lewes have you missed?
Pomegranate Press

Price £5.00

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Peter R Stenning

Highdown Hill will be familiar to visitors and locals alike silhouetted against the northern skyline, with its commanding presence and crown of trees overlooking the ancient coastal villages of Goring and Ferring in West Sussex.
About the Author: As a small child, Peter was fascinated by John Olliver and his tomb, and as a teenager, became very interested in old windmills. When he left school he became apprentice with one of only two firms in Britain, at that time, who carried out restoration work on old mills.
He worked for this firm for a number of years, then left to join a local company of traditional stone-ground flour millers where he became the head millstone dresser. He also learnt a lot about milling and carrying 2cwt sacks of wheat. He left to become a journeyman millwright and worked for a firm in the Midlands, also working abroad on mills.
In the early 1970s he set up his own business and began working for museums and private customers. He later worked on windmills and watermills for the National Trust, county councils, and for commercial millers. In addition, he carried out some voluntary projects, working in more than a dozen counties.
He retired after spending more than 40 years on millwrighting work and has run every kind of mill to grind flour. His many other interests include the study of milling history and collecting mill memorabilia.

26 line drawings, 10 maps and 11 B&W photographs

Paperback 245 x 170mm 80 pages
Country Books

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