BooksPosted by Stephen Thu, September 21, 2017 17:42:53
I have just completed the draft of 'Leicester at Work' for Amberley Books, covering the principal occupations of the townsfolk from medieval times to the present day. The research has been fascinating and enjoyable.
Ironically, the most difficult chapter was the last one, on Leicester in the twenty-first century. Somehow, the perspective of time enables a clearer picture of the past than can be obtained of the present.
This moody and atmospheric photograph of the River Soar from West Bridge was taken by the artist and photographer George Henton. It encapsulates perfectly Leicester as it was in the heyday of the textile and hosiery industries. On the right is the West Bridge Mill, familiarly the home of Pex Socks.
BooksPosted by Stephen Tue, September 05, 2017 08:38:08
British Retail and he men who shaped it is the book I have recently completed for Pen and Sword. It tells the stories of the men (and women) behind many of the familiar and famous High Street brands, and the backgrounds to their products and businesses. The book will be published in hardback some time next year.
BooksPosted by Stephen Thu, June 29, 2017 06:03:53
Very many thanks to Mr Leicester for his kind review of my A-Z of Leicester which appeared in the Leicester Mercury recently. Mr Leicester highlights the Il Rondo nigtclub (my only entry under I) and mentions several other entries including Gary Lineker and the Liberty Statue.
There is, of course, a further connection between these two entries other than both being under 'L'. For many decades, Leicester City fans would salute the statue on their way to and from Filbert Street; and last year, when Leicester City won the premiership, the statue was adorned with all things blue.
This is my photograph of the statue on the day it was unveiled in its present location. You can read Mr Leicester's review here
BooksPosted by Stephen Sat, June 17, 2017 17:34:01
I cannot resist the temptation to see how my books are selling on Amazon which provides authors with various statistics. This is the graph for sales of my little pocket-sized book 'Leicester History Tour' which was published a few months ago.
Of course, statistics can be used to prove anything and interpreted in many ways, but it is interesting to see the peaks which occur every few days which take my book into the top 20,000 on Amazon out of over six million.
It also proves that Leicester sells! A few years ago, it was just a city in the East Midlands. now, for reasons we all know, it is on the worldwide stage.
BooksPosted by Stephen Mon, May 15, 2017 06:15:39
The city of Leicester can boast a long and distinguished history and has
been at the very heart of the country's political and economic
development for over two millennia. Evidence of Roman occupation remains
at the Jewry Wall and Cardinal Wolsey lies buried in Leicester Abbey,
but the jewel in the city's proud historical crown was the discovery, in
2012, of the skeleton of Richard III lying beneath a car park.
city's stories can be found everywhere: from the Victorian mills and
textile factories to the bustle of shopping centres and markets, in
buildings, churches, parks, streets and alleyways, and in the people
Local author Stephen Butt takes readers on their very own
A-Z tour around the city's history, exploring its nooks and crannies,
and along the way relating many a fascinating tale of the most
interesting people and places. Fully illustrated with photographs from
the past and present, this new A-Z guide to Leicester's history will
appeal to residents and visitors alike.
£14.99 from all good bookshops, and all online booksellers.
BooksPosted by Stephen Sat, May 06, 2017 06:52:36
Copies of my latest book have just arrived, and as always with Amberley Publishing, it looks good, with a high quality of design, production and reproduction of the images.
A-Z of Leicester will be published on Monday 15th May at £14.99 - from all good bookshops, as they say - and also through your favourite online book supplier.
BooksPosted by Stephen Sat, April 01, 2017 07:59:32
Maybe it should have been called 'Rexit'? Twenty years ago today, Rutland regained independent status as a County, able to manage its own affairs. Here is an image from my 'Rutland Through Time', published by Amberley in 2007.
BooksPosted by Stephen Tue, January 31, 2017 12:06:18
I enjoyed writing this book as I was able to take photographs during good weather, and chart my own chronological path around Leicester.
From its origins as a Roman settlement to its
current status as one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the UK,
Leicester has a proud and distinctive identity. This extraordinary
history is embodied in the buildings that have shaped the city.
Leicester in 50 Buildings
explores the history of this rich and
vibrant community through a selection of its greatest architectural
treasures. From the ancent Jewry Wall to the shiny and modern National
Space Centre, this unique study celebrates the city's architectural
heritage in a new and accessible way.
Well-known local author
guides the reader on a tour of the city's historic
buildings and modern architectural marvels. The churches, theatres, pubs
and factories of Leicester's industrial heyday are examined alongside
the innovative buldings of a twenty-first century city.