Amberley Blog

  1. BR Blue: The North in Focus by Stephen Owens

    During the 1970s and 80s the north lost industrial capacity, and political influence. For one reason or another, industries which had employed huge numbers of people fell by the wayside. These were seen as having more to do with the past than the future. London became the economic heart of the UK. With the Big Bang and Light Touch Regulation...
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  2. Scania Double-Deckers by David Barrow

    Scania AB is Sweden’s second largest, (next to Volvo), manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks and buses. It was formed in 1911 through the merger of Sodertalje company Vabis, and Malmö based Maskinfrabiks-Aktiebolaget Scania. In September 1969 Scania merged with car manufacturers Saab, and the new company became Saab-Scania AB. The company has manufacturing and assembling facilities in fifteen countries. With a...
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  3. A-Z of Aldershot by Paul H. Vickers

    Aldershot is proud of being a Victorian town. Every year (pandemic allowing) it holds its ‘Victoria Day’, which begins with a grand parade through the town led by “Queen Victoria”, with marching bands, floats, vintage vehicles, and community groups all coming together to celebrate Aldershot’s nineteenth-century heyday. The Victoria Day Parade in Victoria Road. (A-Z of Aldershot, Amberley Publishing) It...
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  4. Mini Cooper: 1961-2000 by Peter Barker

    In my book Mini Cooper: 1961-2000 I quote Rover development engineer and enthusiast Alastair Vines who was part of the team that reintroduced the Mini Cooper to production in 1990 following its first introduction in 1961. When the little car was back on sale Alastair bought the very first production vehicle (which had been used for advertising), had it registered...
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  5. Secret Yorkshire Dales by Mike Appleton

    Keeping something secret or concealed is exceedingly difficult in the modern world. A snippet of information on social media can go around the world virally in seconds, whilst advances in science mean we know more about the planet we live on than ever before. There are so many books on the Yorkshire Dales which delve into its past – both archeologically...
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  6. A-Z of Loughborough by Lynne Dyer

    The contract to write A-Z of Loughborough for Amberley Publishing was signed in August 2019. Publication was set for August 2020. Research was going well, and the text was written up in good time. That just left the accompanying photographs to select. I say ‘just’, but this is always a major undertaking and one for which I am rarely adequately...
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  7. Sussex's Food and Drink by Kevin Newman

    When Rudyard Kipling wrote “You be glad you are Sussex born!” in his poem ‘The Run of the Downs’, he was correct, we are indeed lucky to live in our lush locality. Sussex has a long and lively past and its food and drink down the decades provides us with much of interest. It was a great pleasure therefore to...
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  8. WEIRD but TRUE Historical Facts by Jem Duducu

    I am a big proponent of illuminating the areas of history that get little to no coverage. So, in my new book Slinkys and Snake Bombs: WEIRD but TRUE Historical Facts I have collected more than 150 strange and obscure tales from the past. Here are two examples edited for the blog. The first is the obvious, yet never discussed...
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  9. Leyland Atlanteans by Howard Wilde

    In my latest book I feature that stalwart of the UK bus industry, the Leyland Atlanteans. Entering production in 1958, the Atlantean became an established figure for the best part of thirty years, with over 15,000 examples entering service worldwide. It was the first double-deck bus on the UK market to feature the now familiar layout of rear-engine, with the...
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  10. Celebrating Edinburgh by Jack Gillon and Fraser Parkinson

    Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, has been central to Scottish life and its history over the centuries and has much to celebrate. It is the seat of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament, the supreme courts of Scotland, many national institutions, and a major educational, medical and financial centre. The city’s Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official residence of the...
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