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Books on Wiltshire, Somerset & Devon

ACCORDING TO THE BOOK – a publishing life

I began work on this book several years ago but, enjoying a quiet patch in early 2017, at last managed to complete it. It is basically a record of my publishing activities since I wrote and published my first effort back in 1979. Yes, it is autobiographical, but I hope it says something interesting and perhaps enlightening about the experience of a one-man-band publisher of mostly local interest books in a small provincial town.

New in 2016 – and 2017

Having in 2015 published Beyond Where Wiltshire Meets Somerset, this year demanded a reprint of my Where Wiltshire Meets Somerset originally published in 1982 and now in its seventh printing. In this newly revised edition I have replaced the sketches which illustrated previous editions with black and white phorographs. The latest version has sold so steadily throughout 2016 that it seems I will have to reprint in 2017.

Yes, I did, and sales were remarkable bouyount throughout 2016 and into 2017, so much so that I had to reprint once again early this year. It’s true that this was a smaller quantity than I was accustomed to but this is the benefit of digital printing!

We also reprinted, for the fourth time, The Geology of Somerset, by Peter Hardy, and we maintained the same price of £9.95 that the book sold for when it was originally published back in 1998 – remarkable!