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Above are my six books; six more than I ever expected to write, and I still find it hard to believe sometimes. I had taught History in English state schools for 27 years, and taught English as a foreign language prior to that in Sudan, Syria and Greece. I am good at explaining, planning and organizing knowledge. Little did I know that I could transfer this to writing books after I retired!.
My first book The Dark Days of Georgian Britain was a spin-off from my blog- Georgian and Victorian Britain. The blog came first and then I submitted a few chapters to Pen and Sword Books and they were interested. It is a social history of the Regency, 1811- 1820.
My next two books were written to fill gaps in the market. Following in the Footsteps of Oliver Cromwell is a history of the man mediated through the places where he lived, worked, fought and ruled. It is biography, but different to others. Its also an introduction to the famous places associated with Cromwell
The Cromwell book could be your first or fiftieth book on the subject, but The English Civil War in Fact and Fiction is for people who are newly interested in the subject, or those who want to explore some of the common myths about the period.
The next book, Charles I Executioners a study of the execution of Charles I through ALL of the 59 men who signed his death warrant. This has not been done before; when I realised that, I wondered why, and when I wrote it, I found out. The degree of organisation needed to put 59 men into meaningful groups depending on their background and motivation was difficult. If you know about the English Civil War, I guarantee that this book will add to your understanding. If this is your first book, its a brilliant introduction to the subject because if focuses on human beings; and they were an odd collection, men with very different background and motivations.
Next is Passengers – Life in Britain During the Stagecoach Era . This book does two things- it is a history of the stagecoach from 1780 to 1840, and is a social history of the period as well. It covers transport, inns and hospitality but lots of other aspects of life as well.
The newest book is Radical Victorians. It is a new area for me, and I really enjoyed doing it. It takes nineteen radical thinkers of Victorian Britain and tells their story. It was a mixture of well known and the obscure people who courted unpopularity by thinking differently to the mainstream.
Thank you for reading this. Please consider my books if you can. If you are in the UK, please ask your library to stock them- books are expensive, but should not be a luxury!