Amberley Blog

  1. 'Make-up Matters' - Painted Faces by Susan Stewart

    Over the centuries, wearing make-up has often been mocked as little more than frippery, on occasions applied with intent to deceive and, in more god-fearing times in history, even downright evil. The truth is cosmetics have always been important. In today’s world, make-up is generally applied with the intention of maximising the aesthetic appeal of the face and body, in...
    Read More
  2. Blithe Spirits: An Imaginative History of the Poltergeist by S. D. Tucker

    In an extract from his book Blithe Spirits: An Imaginative History of the Poltergeist, SD Tucker asks whether or not ghosts might be better thought of as being funny than as frightening. We do not think of ghosts as being funny. Scary, yes. Mysterious, of course. Some may even find them rather magical and awe-inspiring in their nature. And yet...
    Read More
  3. Italian Liners of the 1960s by Ian Sebire

    He was an extraordinary man, living in extraordinary times. I had previously heard of Nicolò Costanzi and marvelled at the beauty of his patented ‘swan neck’ bow and intriguing hybrid stern designs, but it was in researching my first book, about the Italian Line’s Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raffaello, that I became fascinated by the man at all. Passing...
    Read More
  4. East Anglia and the East Coast Railways by Brian Reading

    I was born in 1929 so over the years have witnessed great technical, social, and cultural change. Railway operation and management styles have kept pace with these changes. With my lifelong interest in railway practice, in particular the construction and operation of steam locomotives, it is interesting in times of reflection to ponder on these memories to recall the major...
    Read More
  5. 'Oswald John Job' - Britain's Forgotten Traitor by Ed Perkins

    My character, you could say, is unscrupulous, selfish, disloyal, given to lying and drawn to criminal behaviour. Well, not my own, though some who know me might disagree with that, but the character of Oswald John Job, the subject of my book, Britain’s Forgotten Traitor. Job was born in London to German immigrant parents, married at Deptford, then ditched his...
    Read More
  6. Walking around Keswick with your eyes closed by Beth & Steve Pipe

    The thing I was most nervous about after writing Secret Keswick, was sending it to my local friends – I was sure they’d find some mistake or other that I’d made, but instead they loved it, with one of them saying “I feel as if I’ve been walking around Keswick with my eyes closed”.  To be honest, that’s precisely how...
    Read More
  7. Secret Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington and The Hamptons by Andy Bull

    Today, Eel Pie Island in the Thames at Twickenham is a quiet spot, best known for its many artists’ studios. But, as I learned while researching my book Secret Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington and The Hamptons, in the 1960s the island’s Eel Pie Hotel rivalled The Cavern in Liverpool as a cauldron for emerging English pop music. Yet it is far...
    Read More
  8. South Yorkshire Railways by Andrew Walker

    It’s always difficult to adopt an objective view about the place where you were born. If like the authors of this book, you grew up in one town, never moving away until adulthood, the place and the self become an almost indistinguishable singular entity. You don’t really see the streets, shops, and buildings – well, you may look at them...
    Read More
  9. Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders by Nathen Amin

    Pretender (/pr1'ten.dər/) nounOne who puts forth a claim, or aspires to or aims at something; a claimant, candidate, or aspirant. Five hundred years since they walked and talked upon this earth, the Tudor dynasty remains a profitable and captivating industry steeped in our nation’s collective consciousness, with little equal. For better or worse, the five monarchs that ruled between 1485...
    Read More
  10. 'Frank Russell' - Bertrand's Brother by Ruth Derham

    Suppose you made a mistake – a monumental mistake. Suppose you married a young lady after a short acquaintance only to find she was not what you’d expected. Suppose, to compound matters, she thought the same about you; that while you found her to be as spoilt as she was beautiful, as frivolous and unpredictable as she was spirited, she...
    Read More

Items 1 to 10 of 561 total