Amberley Blog

  1. Life in Military Intelligence During the Falklands War by Nick van der Bijl

    Military Intelligence can be divided into two principal elements. Operational Intelligence is the pro-active provision of strategic and operational capabilities in time to be of use. Intelligence is widely used, for instance the scout checking out an opposing team, businesses assessing competitors and conducting a medical check on a patient claiming an ailment. The trick is to convert that information...
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  2. 50 Roman Finds by John Pearce and Sally Worrell

    Here authors John Pearce and Sally Worrell discuss what got them both interested in archaeology and how they came about writing their book ‘50 Roman Finds from the Portable Antiquities Scheme’. SW - My interest in archaeology was sparked as a child by curiosity over the objects found in the fields opposite the house in which I grew up. This...
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  3. Northumberland in Photographs by Nathan Atkinson

    After I had completed my first book, “County Durham in Photographs”, I was given the opportunity of working on a similar book for Northumberland. Neighbouring County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Scotland, it is a county rich in history and legend. Clearly the book would have to include famous landmarks such as Sycamore Gap, Holy Island, Bamburgh and Hadrian’s Wall...
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  4. Beverley in 50 Buildings by Lorna Jane Harvey

    In 2019, I co-authored a book for Amberley Publishing about the small town of Beverley in Yorkshire. I have since moved half-way across the world and now live in New Zealand. There is no place on earth farther from Beverley than New Zealand. Beverley Market Cross (Saturday Market Place). (Beverley in 50 Buildings, Amberley Publishing) The significance of this book may...
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  5. Second Generation EMUs by John Jackson

    As a youngster in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, my earliest memories of watching trains were at a time when diesel locos were replacing their steam predecessors. As a Northampton lad, those ‘spotting’ days involved regular sessions at the likes of Peterborough, Wellingborough and the West Coast Main Line station at Roade, just south of Northampton. It was not...
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  6. Women of Science: 100 Inspirational Lives by John S. Croucher

    International Day of Women and Girls in Science took place on 11 February, it is timely to recognise the extraordinary achievements of women in a wide range of scientific disciplines. A glimpse into women’s lives that is indeed inspirational. There are common themes across the lives of these women – often an early passion for the subject that became their...
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  7. East End Born and Bled: The Remarkable Story of London Boxing by Jeff Jones

    Ninety years ago, on 18th February 1930, twenty-one-year-old Jack Berg, known as Jack ‘Kid’ Berg, stepped into the Royal Albert Hall boxing ring to face the American world champion, Mushy Callahan for the light welterweight boxing title. Fifteen rounds of tremendous fighting later and the title was his. A famous victory for Berg but it was more than just that...
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  8. Whispers Across Continents: In Search of the Robinsons by Gareth Winrow

    One of the main, general observations of my book is that history is constantly being rewritten. This is certainly the case regarding the Robinsons family. Further research, contacts with members of the extended family, and exchanges with individuals who knew of particular members of the family, has enabled me to tap into new sources of information. A key character in...
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  9. 50 Gems of the Lothians by Jack Gillon

    The Lothians consist of West Lothian (Linlithgowshire), East Lothian (Haddingtonshire) and Midlothian and Edinburgh (Edinburghshire), which nestle along the south side of the broad estuary of the Forth. The strategic location and political and economic importance of the Lothians, with Edinburgh at its centre, have made the region witness to some of the most significant events in Scottish history. This...
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  10. Illustrated Tales of Derbyshire by David Paul

    Over the years many stories have been written and recounted concerning the visitation of the Plague, or Black Death, when it was inflicted upon the tiny Derbyshire Peak village of Eyam.  At that time the vicar of Eyam, as is well documented, was Rev. William Mompesson. However, it is the exploits of another of Eyam’s vicars that I have researched...
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