Amberley Publishing

  1. A History of Dorset's Oil Industry by Alan Taylor

    One question often asked of authors of books is, “How long did it take to write?” for many authors, myself included, this is a surprisingly difficult question to answer. It all depends on the starting point. Out of curiosity more than anything else, I started researching the UK’s onshore oil industry during the winter of 2014/15. This early research showed...
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  2. The History of MI14 by Andrew Cook

    On 15 May 1940, five days after becoming Prime Minister, Churchill ordered the creation of a new intelligence agency to focus entirely on Germany. M.I.3’s Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Strong, and the small staff of three regular officers that had comprised M.I.3’s ‘German section’ immediately had conferred on them the status of a full-blown intelligence department, that would henceforth be known as...
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  3. America: Made in Britain by Tom Arms

    The Special Relationship is one of those oft used and little understood sound bites of international affairs. Is there a special relationship? Did it ever exist? Who benefits most? Is it reciprocal? The problem is that the relationship between Britain and America is that it cannot be measured in dollars and cents (or pounds and pence), treaties, alliances or even...
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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