Local, Family & Social History

Books with mainly non-military historical content, including family, local, and social history

A Cornucopia of Packs

by Jeffrey Pack
An illustrated history of the Pack family and their connection with the Kent village of Egerton over several centuries.

Adventures on the Infinite Highway

by Peter Rivington
The airborne exploits of a wartime RAF ferry pilot in Africa and India and postwar as an airline pilot 1938-62

An Ayrshire Shipbuilder

by Dougal McIntyre
Portrait of John McIntyre, a 19th/20th century Scottish shipbuilder.

Caversham Park and its People BC to BBC

by Mike Read
The remarkable history of a Berkshire stately home and its many occupants during 1000+ years of British history.

Children of the Wave

by John Godwin
A historical novel set in 18th Century Bristol at the time of the slave trade and the rise of the anti-slavery abolitionist movement.

Handcart to Hanlon

by Brian Janman
A concise history of the West Sussex Ambulance Services 1895-1995 in words and photographs.

Haunted Inns of the Chilterns & Thames Valley

by Roger Long
A humorous look at pubs and the paranormal in the heart of old England.

Impress of Eternity - The Turin Shroud

by Paul McNamee
A personal investigation into the authenticity of Turin shroud.

Keep the Home Fires Burning

by John Burrelland Kevin Stock
An illustrated social and military diary of events in the Sherburn area of County Durham 1914-18.

Landmarks in Aviation History

by Barry Smart
An illustrated guide to monuments in various parts of the world commemorating important people and events in the history of aviation.

Long Nights and Long Knives

by Alastair Tompkins
A novel set in Kenya at the time of the 1952 Mau Mau insurgency.
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Oscars Father – a biography of Sir William Wilde

by David Stevens
Biography of  Sir William Robert Wills Wilde, father of Oscar Wilde

SMEC Its History

by Leonard & Guy A-R-West
An illustrated history of Scale Model Equipment Co Ltd of Steyning, Sussex, England 1946-1960.

The Brats – a real-life Victorian nautical adventure

by Tony Paul
Four young stowaways from Greenock endure cruel mistreatment on a transatlantic voyage to Newfoundland in this real-life seafaring adventure set in 1868.

The Charters of Guernsey

by Prof Tim Thornton | An annotated transcription/translation of the Royal Charters granted to the Bailiwick of Guernsey by English monarchs since William I

The Chutes of the Vyne

by Francis Chute
A history of the Chute family and their connection with The Vyne, their stately home in Hampshire for over 300 years.
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The Exbury Junkers: A World War II Mystery

by John Stanley
Curious tale of a lone German Ju188 aircraft shot down at Exbury in 1944 under mysterious circumstances.

The Natural History of a Country School

by Berwick Coates
A celebration of the 150-year history of West Buckland School in Devonshire.

The Wheel of the Law

by Duncan Forbes
Imaginative tales examining varying attitudes to life, death, love, sex and relationships in various parts of the world, inspired by the author's extensive travels in Europe, Asia and the Far East.

This House

by Jeff Pack
The remarkable history of a suburban villa in North Ealing, its owners/residents since 1901 and its surrounding square mile in Pitshanger village.

Tracks Across the Veldt

by Sam Wright
Memoirs of a former Rhodesia Railways employee, recalling the golden days of rail transport in Rhodesia 1950-76.

Sussex Ambulance & First Aid Services

compiled by Brian Janman
An illustrated history of the ambulance service in East and West Sussex from its inception in 1895 to the present day.

Adventures and Testimonies

by Grace Turner (nee Sajida Arnold)

An Anglo-Indian orphan's inspiring life story.

Available in softback or hardback versions.

The Hamburg Dossier

by John Law
A retired RAF Police officer returns to Germany to reinvestigate a 50-year-old murder mystery.
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Two Black Buffalo

by Imre Istvan Koller
True story of a Hungarian boy's survival against all odds in World War 2 and his later involvment in the Hungarian Uprising of 1956


by Gyorgy Nadasdy & Julia Pinner
Experiences of a teenage Freedom Fighter in the 1956 Hungarian Uprising & the years in exile that followed.
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Harry: An Evacuees Story

by Harry Collins
The experiences of an 11-year-old wartime evacuee from Lancashire who spent 4 years in Canada

Have You Any Wool?

by Eileen Sullivan
The life and times of a Hampshire sheep farmer and his family ~ 1930s to present.

Prestwicks Pioneer

by Dougal McIntyre
Biography of David F. McIntyre, first pilot to fly over Everest and founder of Scottish Aviation.