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 have twenty-six books in print including some reprints.   All are available from local bookshops, national chains and the usual online suppliers.

Celebrating ... a new book

There hasn't been much to celebrate since Coronavirus began to dominate our lives.   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.   I was asked to write a new book about Leicester well before the virus took hold.

The aim of the Celebrating series from Amberley Publishing is to highlight the positive and special events of a city or town's past.   

Each book in the series looks at the historical celebrations of the past, and include remarkable local people, notable events and feats of great achievement and ambition. 

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
ISBN-13: 978-1445683621 

British Retail - the history

Shopping is a universal part of modern-day life. Today, the High Street may yet see a revival despite some retailers facing uncertain times.

Many of the high street names that meet our twenty-first century needs began with men and women who had ideas, imagination and sheer determination in a different age.   This book looks at the people behind the corporations that built the modern-day high street and changed the way we shopped.

Published: August 2018 (Pen & Sword)
Price £19.99 (hardcover)
208 pages; 32 black & white photographs
ISBN-13: 978-1526715258

Some previous titles