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New titles in 2017

The Snailbeach District Railways, by Andy Cuckson, was published in 2017, was very enthusiastically received and is now sold out. This full history of one of Brtain's lesser known narrow gauge railways is the result of many years research. Presented in our usual hardback style, it has many previously unpublished photographs and much new information about this fascinating line. It has received some very complimentary and enthusiastic reviews.

Perhaps we should not have been surprised but The Furzebrook Railway has been very well received and the hardback edition has now sold out. A softback edition is now available.

Later in the year we shall be publishing Plymouth's Hidden Railways, by Paul Burkhalter, an account of Plymouth's many and little known industrial railways, on broad, standard and narrow gauges, and monorail.


New titles in 2016

The final new title in 2016 was The Furzebrook Railway by Chris legg and a companion to his Fayle's Tramways. The two books are the result of a lifetime's research into the ball clay mines of Purbeck and their unique transport systems, rail and water. Fayle's Tramways surprised us all in 2014 by selling out very rapidly but we have brought out a softback edition to meet demand. Both books are full of stunning photographs, and will be a particular delight to narrow gauge enthusiasts.

Also available is Tom Greeves' Called Home - The Dartmoor Tin Miner 1860-1940 - Photographs & Memory, a superb account in photographs and words of Dartmoor’s high moorland tin industry. It is an ideal companion to Tom's Dartmoor's Earliest Photographs, Landscape & Place 1860-1880, published in 2015.

From the pen of Elisabeth Stanbrook we have two new titles on lighthouses in the far west of Cornwall. Longships Lighthouse tells of the iconic lighthouse that stands sentinel off the infamous rocks of Lands End, and in the same format Bishop Rock Lighthouse recounts the heroic story of the most westerley English lighthouse. Both are now available.


2015 titles

Peter Stanier's South West Stone Quarries is in full colour and takes one through the quarries that have, and still do, provide the building stones responsible for many of the country's finest buildings and for the delightful villages of the west country.

The long awaited new edition of Caradon & Looe; the canal, railways and mines became available in July 2015. It has been fully revised and updated with recent research and is a softback edition priced at just £16.00

Two new photographic books were published in 2015. Sail and Steam in the Plymouth district is from Alan Kittridge's collection of photographs of shipping around Plymouth and along the costs of the South Hams and east Cornwall. Tom Greeves' Dartmoor's Earliest Photographs, Landscape & Place 1860-1880 has outstanding early views of Dartmoor's landscape.


Awards and Commendations

The Holyer an Gof Awards, of the Cornish Gorseth, for 2014 honoured Ian Thompson's Cornish Milestones not only with the award for best non-fiction but also with the Holyer an Gof Trophy for the best Cornish book of the year, out of over 100 nominations. This book was also Highly Commended in the AIA Publications Awards 2014 this year.
The R&CHS have awarded Railway Book of the Year for 2014 to The Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway by Michael Messenger. This book was also shortlisted for a Holyer an Gof Award in 2013.
It is gratifying that our books are recognised by discerning organisations. A glance at some of the reviews that we have quoted with each title does reflect how are books our appreciated.


Change of postal address

As a result of the closure of Chacewater Post Office we have changed our business address to 2 Woodside Cottages, Chacewater. Please note, however, that this continues to be a postal business and not open to callers.


Postage Rates

The annual rises in postal rates are a serious blow to any business like us that has long relied on the Royal Mail for distribution. We have always endeavoured to send books post free in the UK and in order to maintain this have commenced using a carrier who is seriously cheaper than Royal Mail. Experience to date is very satisfactory. One wonders if Royal Mail is on a suicide mission.

At the same time we are using email to tell our readers of new titles. If you would like to join this scheme please add your name to our email mailing list. We will not inundate you with junk mail nor sell your address to anyone else.


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