Amberley Publishing

  1. The Bastard's Sons by Jeffrey James

    The Bastard’s Son examines the lives of the Conqueror’s three sons – Robert, William Rufus, and Henry – all very different characters, but with the same agenda, to gain control over the Anglo-Norman realm their father had carved out ‘at the edge of the sword’. On his death-bed, William anticipated in-fighting to come. His middle-son, William Rufus, possibly with his...
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  2. VW Type 2 Transporter by Richard Copping

    As a freelance feature writer, columnist and latterly editor of a Volkswagen 'Bus' magazine, first generation Transporters are rarely out of my mind. Of course, many an enthusiast will refer to Transporter vehicles as Splitties or Splits (thanks to the split panes of their windscreens), while a wider audience, who recognise them for their happy smiling 'faces' and little more...
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  3. Paranormal Scotland by Gilly Pickup

    Ghosts, spectres, spooks – whatever you want to call them – simply crowd the pages of my latest book, Paranormal Scotland, which was a joy for me to write.  I am a huge fan of the supernatural and although I live in London, I am Scottish. The unexplained has always been part of my life and I started to write...
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  4. Celebrating Bristol and its Parks by Cynthia Stiles

    When my book Celebrating Bristol was completed and submitted for publication, we were just at the beginning of the first lockdown. One of the chapters is entitled ‘Tradition and Diversity’, giving a flavour of main events held during the Bristol year, ending with the sentence ‘Whatever the season there is something in Bristol worth celebrating’. Sadly, most of those celebratory...
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  5. Dark Crimes of Jarrow by Natasha Windham

    So, what is your connection to the once turbulent Tyneside town of Jarrow? Perhaps the roots of your family tree, like mine, are bound to the streets once lined by rows of terraced houses with multiple occupancies? Are your ancestors buried in the walled cemeteries close to the River Don or were their names permanently cast in newspaper print because...
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  6. War Lord: Khalifa Haftar and the Future of Libya by John Oakes

    Since the Arab Spring and anti-Ghaddafi uprising on the streets of Benghazi on 14th February 2011, Libyans have known little or no respite from violence. In the battles to topple Muammar Ghaddafi his enormous ‘Armory of Islam’ was looted, and arms spread both inside Libya and to neighbouring countries. In the vacuum in Libya left by his demise, power shifted...
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  7. Highways to the Highlands by Eric Simpson

    My fascination with the Highlands goes back a long way. Cycle tours in my schoolboy days and then being a keen hillwalker and Munro-bagger intensified my interest in the story of the Highlands and its people. My interest in the history of tourism brought me to consider why tourism became such an important factor in the history of the Highlands...
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  8. 50 Finds of Early Medieval Coinage by John Naylor

    Over the last twenty-five years there’s been a quiet revolution going on in British archaeology. During this time, the evidence from archaeological excavations has been joined by objects discovered by members of the public. These have been recorded of through a project covering England and Wales called the Portable Antiquities Scheme (or PAS for short). Run by the British Museum...
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  9. Keep Out! Britain's Forbidden Places by Edward Couzens-Lake

    There are, at a rough estimate, around 1,575 former Royal Observer Corp facilities scattered throughout Great Britain. The one at the top of Mill Hill in my home village of Brancaster in Norfolk had always held a grim fascination for me, which made it an easy choice to use as an example when I wrote about these ROC sites in...
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  10. A-Z of Truro by John Husband

    I am not Truro born, nor do I live in the city, and my knowledge is confined to its most iconic buildings and celebrated sons.  A survey of the many books about the city, websites and a walking tour with a city guide helped me to compile my list, and the challenge of coming up with entries for every letter...
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