Scouse, Choppers and Space Hoppers
Happy Days and Hard Times in Sixties and Seventies Liverpool
In this nostalgic memoir, the comedian Crissy Rock recalls growing up in working-class Liverpool during the 1960s, an era when traditional values of community, family and hard work counted for everything, even as bold changes in culture, fashion and music swept through the city.
Lions and Lambs
Conflict in Weimar and the Creation of Post-Nazi Germany
Against the more usual interpretation of post-war Germany’s ‘economic miracle’ as the result of American-led reconstruction, this study turns to the social and political groupings within Germany itself and the ideas and decisions of the Germans who created the country’s post-Nazi liberal democracy. The study is, in Strote’s words, ‘a history of how former enemies partnered together and how a region with a tradition of internal strife became pacified’.
The Girl in the Spotty Dress
Memories from the 1950s, and the Photo that Changed my Life
One breezy day in 1951, Pat Stewart was photographed perched on the seafront railings at Blackpool, her spotty dress billowing in the wind. It was an image that would become one of the most iconic of the age. Here, she looks back over her life, sharing stories about her dancing career and her time working as a showbusiness agent.
Victorians and Edwardians Abroad
The Beginning of the Modern Holiday
The Polytechnic Touring Agency (PTA) was created in 1888 to cater for the growing numbers of lower middle-class people who could for the first time afford to holiday abroad. From the PTA archive at the University of Westminster, this book uncovers the recollections of those who enjoyed ‘Poly holidays’ before 1914. Illustrated with postcards, photographs and promotional items, it records their train journeys to Paris, Switzerland and Italy, and reveals a penchant for mischievous fun.
An Illustrated History
Variety emerged from the music-hall tradition after the First World War, providing a family-friendly entertainment that could compete with the new crazes for revue and cinema. This celebration of its period of dominance in British theatres up to the 1950s profiles stars such as Gracie Fields and Max Miller, remembers famous acts, from vents and hoofers to magicians and jugglers, and includes anecdotes about the itinerant life of a touring performer.
Here's One I Made Earlier
Blue Peter, the world’s longest-running children’s television programme, is known for its famous ‘makes’ – creative projects which transform everyday household objects into toys and gifts. This collection reproduces some of the most memorable designs, including the Advent Crown, the Doll’s House and Tracy Island, and has a foreword by Valerie Singleton and contributions from former presenters and the ‘Queen of Makes’, Margaret Parnell.
Lost League Football Grounds
Since the Hillsborough tragedy and the Bradford City fire in the 1980s, more than a third of English professional football clubs have moved to a new stadium, leaving beloved old grounds, often dating back to the Edwardian era, to disappear beneath housing estates and retail parks. This survey tells the history of nearly 70 lost stadiums, including famous venues such as Highbury, Roker Park, Maine Road and the Baseball Ground.
Doctor Turner's Casebook
Based on the BBC Hit Drama Call The Midwife
Describing the practice of a GP in East London in the 1950s and 1960s, this companion to the popular BBC TV series Call the Midwife recalls many of its storylines to explore the healthcare issues encountered by an inner-city doctor. Illustrated with stills from the programme and period ephemera, the cases highlight the social problems of post-war Poplar and how scientific breakthroughs and the introduction of the National Health Service transformed treatments during the period.
British Buses 1967
The 220 photographs in this survey of bus services in Britain were all taken in 1967, capturing the varied scene in the year before the formation of the National Bus Company, which brought a greater degree of standardization to the network. Explanatory captions identify the assorted fleets of buses, coaches and trolleybuses run by a wide variety of private operators and city corporations.
An Odyssey in Steam
Railway Paintings from 'Rocket' to 'Evening Star'
David Bell made his name as a marine artist, having spent time in the merchant navy, but his boyhood passion was for the railways, fuelled by visits to Doncaster Carr shed during the last days of steam. This selection of his detailed yet atmospheric watercolour paintings and pencil sketches presents a mixture of scenes, from nostalgic imaginings of the great locomotives in their heyday to preserved steam railways and exhibits at the National Railway Museum.
Memories of a Rascal's 1950s Childhood
With a turbulent home life, the young Peter Stockley found adventure and a sense of belonging with his gang, ‘the Scallywags’. Free to roam Liverpool’s streets, they explored bombed-out houses, swam in rat-infested canals and hung on to the backs of speeding lorries. Although some of Stockley’s adventures had serious consequences, this nostalgic memoir tells his story with wit and humour. Slightly off-mint.
An Ideological Analysis
Plaid Cymru is generally regarded as the foremost advocate of Welsh nationalism; but in this study of its political philosophy, Dr Alan Sandry challenges the conventional assumption that it conforms to the traditional model of a nationalist party. Sandry’s exhaustive analysis shows Plaid Cymru’s ideology to be diverse and complex, sharing convictions and agendas with the Greens, decentralist Liberals and welfare state Socialists.
Black, Green, Red and Tartan
A Communist and a Scottish nationalist, the poet Hugh MacDiarmid (1892–1978) was, in the words of Bob Purdie, ‘a man in constant revolt’ against the Scottish culture of his day. This study of MacDiarmid’s politics discusses his relationship to fascism and right-wing ideas in the 1920s; his involvement with Social Credit; his participation in Scottish nationalist politics in the 1920s and 1930s; his Marxism; and his politics during and after the Second World War.
Isaac and Isaiah
The Covert Punishment of A Cold War Heretic
David Caute tells the story of Isaiah Berlin’s bitter feud with Isaac Deutscher, not simply as Anglo-American liberal versus Leninist socialist, but as a complex ideological clash between two of the most politically influential intellectuals of the Cold War era.
South West Wales Through the Lens of Harry Squibbs
Volume One: South Cardiganshire
Harry Squibbs was a photographer in South West Wales, producing postcard views and community portraits during the early 20th century. This book describes Harry’s life and work as well as presenting over 130 of his photographs.
Games from Childhood
A Nostalgic Compendium of Games We Used to Play
Marked-out boards for versions of the game known in Britain as Nine Men's Morris have been discovered on classical ruins, ancient clay tiles and even in a Viking ship burial, the longevity and wide reach of the game attesting to its appeal. This compendium explains Nine Men’s Morris and eight other enduring games, such as Hangman and Battleships, with rules, strategy tips, printed playing boards and grids.