Books in print
I have been writing ever since I left school, mainly for local newspapers and magazines. My first book was Central Leicester in old images which was published by Tempus Publishing in 2005.
In 2007, publisher Alan Sutton invited me to compile Leicester Through Time for his new Amberley Publishing imprint. Several other titles for Amberley followed.
A commission from Pen & Sword Books led to the publication of British Retail which
was published in hardback in 2018. This tells the story of the men
and women behind many familiar High Street brands.
I now have twenty-six books in print including some reprints. All are available from local bookshops, national chains, and the usual online suppliers.
Historic England : Leicester
A nostalgic look at Leicester's past, highlighting the special character of many of its important historic sites.
The photographs are from the Historic England archive, a unique collection of over twelve million photographs covering England's archaeology, architecture, social and local history.
The book covers the city of Leicester, people and events. railways, parks and open spaces, county towns & villages, and country houses and estates.
Edited by Stephen Butt in association with Historic England. Published by Amberley Publishing.
Published: August 2018
Price: £15.99. (softcover)
96 pages. 160 black & white and colour photographs
Some of my previous titles
Celebrating .. a new book
There hasn't been much to celebrate since the Coronavirus took hold. It has affected all of us in so many ways. We must never forget the struggles, heartache and sadness that this infection has brought to so many.
As our world returns gradually towards a sense of normality or a new normality, perhaps we can start the process of placing this event in the context of our history.
I was asked to write a new book about Leicester well before the virus took hold.