Amberley Blog

  1. From beer blog to book, the long way by Martyn Cornell

    Nobody should ever take lessons in blogging from me. I break two of the biggest rules of the blogging trade on my blog, Zythophile (it means "beer lover" in Greek), the ones that say that to build up a big audience you should blog frequently, and keep those blog posts short. I don't normally manage to blog more than twice...
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  2. Defining a Gem in the Yorkshire Dales by Mike Appleton

    “Defining a ‘gem’ is as much down to personal choice, affiliation and affection as it is to conform to a set checklist of what beauty or a landmark should be.” That's the opening line from my new book 50 Gems of the Yorkshire Dales published by Amberley. The tome seeks to discover some of the best places the area has...
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  3. August 1415: The Agincourt campaign off to a stuttering start…

    The Battle of Agincourt campaign through the eyes of key participants - August 1415. The armada sailed across the English Channel at last. The preparations were over, the die was cast and even a last minute plot to depose Henry V could not stop the invasion. The crossing was no doubt nerve-wracking but the weather behaved itself. Then came the...
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  4. The Story of the World by W.B. Bartlett

    How do you write a story of the world? The subject matter is of course vast to the point of almost being infinite and what to put in and what to leave out becomes a monumental challenge of Herculean proportions. In the end it is all a matter of personal choice. Yet some informal guidelines help. For one thing I...
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  5. Who was Thomas Telford? by Chris Morris

    The technical answer is - possibly the most significant engineer of the industrial revolution. Menai Suspension Bridge Telford, born son of a shepherd in 1757 in the Scottish Borders, trained as a stone mason and had ambitions to be an architect. By the last decade of the eighteenth century good fortune placed him as County Surveyor of Shropshire. Ah, you...
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  6. Agincourt - July 1415: Henry V survives the Southampton Plot by W.B Bartlett

    Henry V was now ready for war as July 1415 began. The last ditch attempts of the French to stall through more peace negotiations having failed, he moved off to Portchester on the shores of Portsmouth Harbour where his great armada was assembled. En route he spent some time at the monastic house at Titchfield where he fortified himself spiritually...
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  7. Dunkirk Little Ships by Nigel Sharp

    I was delighted to be asked by Amberley Publishing to write this book. I had already spent about three years researching and writing another book (Troubled Waters: Leisure Boating and the Second World War – also soon to be published by Amberley) and the story of the Dunkirk evacuation features, in a relatively minor way, in that. So I had...
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  8. 8 Weird and Wonderful Victorian Discoveries

    It was an age of experimentation and innovation, and of great advances in the steamship, railway and the electric telegraph are some Victorian discoveries. But the Victorian period also saw a number of more unusual discoveries… In her new book, Great Victorian Discoveries: Astounding Revelations and Misguided Assumptions, Caroline Rochford examines some of the incredible findings made across the world...
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  9. My favourite agents by Robyn Walker

    Even before my book The Women Who Spied for Britain was published, almost everyone with whom I shared the manuscript with would ask me which one of the secret agents was my favourite. The questions continued after the book was published... interviewers and fans alike all seemed to want to know which agent I enjoyed researching and writing about most...
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  10. 'The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World' by Sharon Poole

    Cunard's ocean liners advertising boasts of having 'The Most Famous Ocean Liners in the World'. It is no idle claim since the company has given us some of the best-known and best-loved ships that ever sailed, their distinctive livery making them instantly recognisable and admired all over the world. As Cunard reaches the milestone of its 175th anniversary, the popularity...
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