Amberley Publishing

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Leith Reflections by Jack Gillon and Fraser Parkinson

    Leith was first established on the banks of the Water of Leith, at the point where the river entered the Firth of Forth. The first historical reference to the town dates from 1140, when the harbour and fishing rights were granted to Holyrood Abbey by David I. The early settlement was centred on the area bounded by the Shore, Water...
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  5. England Through the Eyes of John Betjeman by David Meara

    My love-affair with the writer, poet and broadcaster John Betjeman began when I was about twelve years old. With my brother we used to enjoy going into the Chiltern Hills, not far by car from where we lived in Pinner, and have days out in the school holidays visiting churches and having picnics in the Chiltern beechwoods. Two things happened...
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  6. The Golden Age of Streamlining by Colin Alexander

    As a boy, my late father used to climb up to the signal-box to join his Uncle Harry, a signalman on the London & North Eastern Railway in Newcastle. Naturally, I inherited my Dad’s interest and he was delighted to receive copies of some of my first railway books. I now have sixteen Amberley titles in print, mostly covering railway...
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  7. Main Line Steam Around London by Malcolm Batten

    Like many boys, I started out as a trainspotter, collecting train numbers. In our teens, my friends and I would spend Sundays travelling by a ‘Twin Rover’ ticket (London buses and Underground) to ‘bunk’ various locosheds around the Capital. These would usually include the steam sheds at Nine Elms and Feltham, but in August 1967 they closed with the end...
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  8. 'Sultan Baybars' - The Fall of Christendom by W. B. Bartlett

    Sultan Baybars: A Forgotten Muslim Hero of the Crusades For most people, Sultan Abu al-Muzaffar Yusuf ibn Ayyub ibn Shadhi or al-Malik al-Nair Salah al-Din – a name normally helpfully abbreviated as Saladin – is the standout Islamic figure of the Crusades. And in fairness his achievements were remarkable. He united Syria and Egypt in a way that had not...
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  9. Paranormal Warwickshire by S. C. Skillman

    I have often been asked how I came to write Paranormal Warwickshire. It began soon after my arrival in Warwickshire 26 years ago, through the experience of visiting many of Warwickshire’s iconic locations. A fellow writer (author Sue Vincent), a great traveller throughout our country and its historic, sacred, and mysterious sites, who has now sadly passed on, describes ruined...
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  10. Lost Bournemouth by John Needham

    Bournemouth was the vision of one-man Mr Lewis Tregonwell, who built a villa on the west side of the town called ‘The Mansion’ later to be re-named the ‘Royal Exeter Hotel’. Would Mr Tregonwell recognise the town today, maybe not, as the town has changed beyond recognition losing a lot of its character as the developers move in and demolish...
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