As well as researching historical topics, I have written and published a number of books. History helps us to understand who we are and why the world we live in is the way it is today. Studying history does not mean we should live in the past - it informs us and educates us, hopefully to enable us to move forward in life, taking the best of the past and using it to shape our futures. The past is not a better place - it is only different.
Itchingfield School - nestles in the idyllic Sussex
landscape of the Weald, its peace and tranquility concealing a
history of power politics, intrigue and moving personal lives of the
many children and families who have used the school over the years.
This lovely book, comprehensively illustrated throughout with photographs and drawings, records the school’s life from its formation in 1854 until its 150th anniversary in 2004.
Price £9 (inc P&P to UK addresses)
Barns Green - A Personal Local History - David
Francis lived all his life in or near Barns Green. For over 10 years
he wrote reminiscences for the Itchingfield Parish magazine. Now
these articles have been collected together in one book, lavishly
illustrated with photographs from David’s own collection as well as
modern pictures taken especially for the book.
Captured here is a country man’s life, man and boy, during the 20th century in West Sussex.
Price £10 (inc P&P to UK adresses)
Without Hesitation tells the remarkable story of
Christopher Cox VC. During WW1 just over 600 Victoria Cross awards
were made, of which approximately 130 were to private soldiers in
the army. One in three of these Victoria Crosses including Chris
Cox’s were awarded for valiant conduct in rescuing wounded men
whilst acting as a stretcher bearer.
Chris was an agricultural labourer from a quiet Hertfordshire village who became caught up in some of the most appalling circumstances mankind was able to inflict. His bravery and courage in the situations he found himself in are an outstanding example of the compassion of one man for his fellows.
This is Chris’s story.
Now in a second edition with a special chapter about the memorial services held in France and England in 2007 and additional photographs, courtesy of the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum.
Price £10 (inc P&P to UK addresses)
St Nicolas Church has been a place of Christian worship for over 900 years. This fully illustrated book brings alive the history hidden in the features of the church and explores the past life of the enigmatic little Priest House standing in the churchyard.
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