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Awards and Commendations

A new award in 2017 has been the Devon History Society's award to Tom Greeves' Called Home - The Dartmoor Tin Miner 1860-1940 - Photographs & Memory of Devon Book of the Year 2016. This book has been rightly applauded for its lively depiction of the latter days of Dartmoor metal mining.
Also in 2017 the Stephenson Locomotive Society awarded Book of the Year 2017 to The Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway by Michael Messenger.
The Holyer an Gof Awards, of the Cornish Gorseth, for 2014 honoured Ian Thompson's Cornish Milestones not only with the award for best non-fiction but also with the Holyer an Gof Trophy for the best Cornish book of the year, out of over 100 nominations. This book was also Highly Commended in the AIA Publications Awards 2014 this year.
The R&CHS have awarded Railway Book of the Year for 2014 to The Bodmin & Wadebridge Railway. This book was also shortlisted for a Holyer an Gof Award in 2013.
It is gratifying that our books are recognised by discerning organisations. A glance at some of the reviews that we have quoted with each title does reflect how are books our appreciated.

New titles in 2017

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Available now is Plymouth's Hidden Railways, by Paul Burkhalter, an account of Plymouth's many and little known industrial railways, on broad, standard and narrow gauges, and monorail.

On Saturday 21 October 2017 63 of our friends joined us on the Plym Valley Railway to celebrate the new book. A most enjoyable afternoon was had, helped in no small way by Paul's wife's cooking!

The Snailbeach District Railways, by Andy Cuckson, was published in 2017, was very enthusiastically received and is now sold out in hardback. However, to meet the continuing demand we have arranged a softback edition, which is now availble.

Perhaps we should not have been surprised but The Furzebrook Railway has been very well received and the hardback edition has now sold out. A softback edition is now available.

New titles in 2016

The final new title in 2016 was The Furzebrook Railway by Chris legg and a companion to his Fayle's Tramways. The two books are the result of a lifetime's research into the ball clay mines of Purbeck and their unique transport systems, rail and water. Fayle's Tramways surprised us all in 2014 by selling out very rapidly but we have brought out a softback edition to meet demand. Both books are full of stunning photographs, and will be a particular delight to narrow gauge enthusiasts.

Also available is Tom Greeves' Called Home - The Dartmoor Tin Miner 1860-1940 - Photographs & Memory, a superb account in photographs and words of Dartmoor’s high moorland tin industry. It is an ideal companion to Tom's Dartmoor's Earliest Photographs, Landscape & Place 1860-1880, published in 2015.

From the pen of Elisabeth Stanbrook we have two new titles on lighthouses in the far west of Cornwall. Longships Lighthouse tells of the iconic lighthouse that stands sentinel off the infamous rocks of Lands End, and in the same format Bishop Rock Lighthouse recounts the heroic story of the most westerley English lighthouse. Both are now available.

2015 titles

Peter Stanier's South West Stone Quarries is in full colour and takes one through the quarries that have, and still do, provide the building stones responsible for many of the country's finest buildings and for the delightful villages of the west country.

The long awaited new edition of Caradon & Looe; the canal, railways and mines became available in July 2015. It has been fully revised and updated with recent research and is a softback edition priced at just £16.00

Two new photographic books were published in 2015. Sail and Steam in the Plymouth district is from Alan Kittridge's collection of photographs of shipping around Plymouth and along the costs of the South Hams and east Cornwall. Tom Greeves' Dartmoor's Earliest Photographs, Landscape & Place 1860-1880 has outstanding early views of Dartmoor's landscape.

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