Amberley Blog

  1. Oxford Pubs by Dave Richardson

    I have written books before but unlike some of the authors in Amberley’s Pubs series, I’m not a local historian. But it really was a no-brainer when Amberley approached me to write the volume about Oxford, as I knew most of the pubs already and the history of some is well documented. Angel & Greyhound Pub I decided from the...
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  2. An essential guide to faking it in WW2 Britain by Megan Westley

    It’s generally accepted that life in wartime Britain was tough. Civilians on the ‘Home Front’ were faced with a multitude of regulations and restrictions to follow, governing their diets, wardrobes and workplaces. But beyond these well-known rules were many others that came into force only between 1939 and 1945. Some were social, and could instantly mark you out as insider...
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  3. What We Did Before Selfies by Robert Hallmann

    Celebrities do it. Politicians do it. Tourists, travellers and friends do it. People even do it with sticks at arm’s length in some very dangerous situations. They take their own photographs - selfies. What we did not do before the proliferation of image catching devices was to then share our efforts with all the world and her aunt. We did...
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  4. The Year of Four England Cricket Captains 1988 by Neil Robinson

    When Adam Lyth took the field for England at the start of this year’s final Ashes Test match at the Oval in August, his presence served as a potent reminder of how much has changed in England’s cricket team over the past quarter of a century. Lyth, who made his Test debut against New Zealand back in May, has struggled...
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  5. Agincourt - September 1415: Disaster Beckons by W. B. Bartlett

    The Battle of Agincourt through the eyes of key participants - September 1415. The days were hurrying past and Harfleur showed no sign of losing its will to fight. An action that was supposed to last for days had now turned into a siege, a slogging match. The determination of the defenders to slug it out increased the chance that...
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  6. 10 Greatest Ships of the Royal Navy by John Ballard

    Except for possibly the legions of Ancient Rome, no military force has ever left an imprint as large as the Royal Navy. Napoleon and Hitler's armies both rampaged across Europe bringing destruction and death to the continent until grinding to a halt on the frozen Russian steppe. Yet for all the power they wielded even these two tyrants failed to...
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  7. The Georgians in 100 Facts by Mike Rendell

    I was sitting on a beach relaxing under the Mozambique sun when I got an e-mail from Amberley – and I was delighted to see that it was a request for me to write The Georgians in 100 Facts. The last few years have seen a plethora of books about The Georgians, but most of them are about royalty and...
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  8. Getting Out in 50s York by Paul Chrystal

    The 50s were at the wrong end of the golden years of the cinema in York. At the beginning of the 20th century film shows could be seen in the Opera House, the Festival Concert Rooms, the Exhibition Buildings, the Victoria Hall in Goodramgate, the New Street Wesleyan Chapel,  and in the Theatre Royal. The New Street chapel, after renouncing its...
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  9. Secret Newcastle by Ken Hutchinson

    I was asked to write this book by Amberley Publishing following on from my book on Lost Newcastle published in 2014. Lost Newcastle as its title suggests features buildings and structures that have disappeared from the streets of Newcastle over the years. As a direct contrast this book concentrates on features of Newcastle past and present that are all visible...
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  10. The story of Worton Hall Film Studios, Isleworth by Ed Harris

    The story of Worton Hall Film Studios, Isleworth, is one of the British film industry from 1914 to 1952. It began with G B Samuelson, one of the most forward thinking cinematographic entrepreneurs of his day whose prime motivators and investments in the finest cast and crew realised A Study in Scarlet, Britain’s first Sherlock Holmes feature film. Having enjoyed...
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