Amberley Blog

  1. Eleanor of Aquitaine by Sara Cockerill

    We tend to think of Eleanor of Aquitaine as a triumphant, successful and powerful figure. This is certainly a fair representation of her later life. But it utterly ignores both the limited power she had earlier in her life – and the astonishing series of events she survived which turned her into someone who ought to be seen as an...
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  2. Gods at War by Oliver Thomson

    Gods at War - The Trouble with the Bible How many wars has it started? Until a few hundred years ago to find fault with the Bible was a capital offence. As a divine creation the good book (or Good Book) was infallible and burning at the stake was a justifiable punishment for disputing both its facts and instructions. Even...
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  3. Paranormal Northamptonshire by Anthony Poulton-Smith

    In producing Paranormal Northamptonshire, I gathered many more stories than could be included. Omissions were based more on similarities to other narratives and geographical location than interest or quality. To leave them gathering dust on a metaphorical shelf would be an injustice and thus I have brushed them off and bring them as an addition to those who have read the...
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  4. Nottingham The Postcard Collection by Alan Spree

    Whilst researching information for my John Henry Spree`s Nottinghamshire book, published by Amberley in September 2018, I came across many postcards of Nottingham that I found interesting so I embarked on a personal project of putting together a Nottingham Postcard Collection book. I now live in Spain, a long way from where I was born but part of me is...
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  5. A Nun and the Pig: Tales from South Africa by Treive Nicholas

    A feisty American nun, the Pig, and a naïve teenager in South Africa …what could go wrong? A Nun and the Pig is a rich cocktail of ripping yarns, poignant stories and rollicking tales written in the style of a Bill Bryson title. It should appeal to enthusiasts of travel, modern-history and adventure writing. Based around Nelson Mandela’s hometown of...
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  6. Portsmouth The Postcard Collection by Alan Spree

    Having produced two previous Postcard Collection books, ‘John Henry Spree’s Nottinghamshire’ and ‘Hastings and St Leonards’ I thought I would try again and decided to choose Portsmouth which was another location that was associated with the Spree family. In 1959 my Grandmother and Grandfather Spree together with my Mother and Father decided to move from Nottingham to Portsmouth and buy...
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  7. The Fighting Jew 'Daniel Mendoza' by Wynn Wheldon

    After years of research and believing that you have found everything said or written on your subject – in my case Daniel Mendoza, the great Georgian-era bareknuckle prize-fighter – and having edited that information as best you can, it is always a little galling to come across, after publication, something you have missed. This is especially so when the new...
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  8. A-Z of Halifax by Trish Colton

    Writing a book with the title A-Z of Halifax presented a couple of challenges. First, with so much history to write about, there was the problem of what to leave out. Then came the problem of finding things to write about that began with certain specific letters of the alphabet. Q was no problem at all, since tins of Quality...
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  9. A-Z of Jersey by Tracey Radford

    Tales of a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for Jersey My name is Tracey Radford, I am the author of A-Z of Jersey and I’m fortunate to live in the beautiful Channel Island of Jersey. I am also a Blue Badge Tourist Guide, Jersey Heritage site guide and a founding member of Jersey Uncovered, a team of Blue Badge Guides who...
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  10. Lesmahagow - At the Crossroads of Time by Andrew C. Scott

    It may seem strange for a scientist born in London to be writing about the history of a small Scottish village and its people, and to claim that it is a village that changed history. Yet Lesmahagow is where my family is from and they had lived there for 300 years. The circumstances leading to the writing of the book...
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