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ISBN: 9780857040428
AUTHOR: Geoff Simpson
How to Survive in Cheshire
How to Survive in Cheshire
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“A tip for those moving to Cheshire, who want to make an instant impression, is to buy their furniture from the delightful, but rather eccentric, premises of Arighi Bianchi in Macclesfield. It’s not just that the firm sells high quality and expensive furniture, after all how would a visitor know that you obtained it from“Argy Bargy” as customers affectionately refer to the retailer? However, one of their distinctively liveried delivery vans pulling up outside your house sends a clear sign to the neighbours that your taste is good and your bank balance is more than healthy.”

In this lighthearted and slightly irreverent look at ‘How to Survive in Cheshire’ the author reminds us not so much that England is united by its uniformity, but that we delight in defining subtle differences of character, speech and social circumstances delineated by something quite absurd – a county boundary.

In this highly amusing book Geoff pokes gentle fun at many of the foibles shared by him and his fellow Cheshire-ites, drawing on a wealth of stories concerning people and places – each with a wry look at what makes Cheshire so distinctive.

But he warns against ‘outsiders’ taking too many liberties with Cheshire’s idiosyncracies – “Just remember,” he says, “when next winter’s ice and snow brings the country to a halt, who supplies you with all that salt!”

Geoff Simpson is a writer and public relations consultant who has lived in Cheshire for the past 35 years. For 15 years he was Head of Public Affairs for the Co-operative Wholesale Society. He is a Trustee of the Battle of Britain MemorialTrust, a Council Member of the Friends of the Imperial War Museum and a member of the RAF Historical Society and the Guild of Battlefield Guides. He has written many articles and a number of booklets on aspects of the history of the RAF in the Second World War including A Dictionary of the Battle of Britain published by Halsgrove in 2009.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 042 8, hardback, 210x148mm, 160 pages. Published October 2010.

Cheshire MoodsCheshire Moods - £14.99
Cheshire Moods is the result of one photographer’s ambition, which was to produce a book showcasing Cheshire at its very best. In it, landscape photographer Alan Novelli shows us atmospheric images of his home county from all of the four seasons, taken at every time of the day. His judicious use of light and timing are the essential ingredients in a book that inspires the heart and frees the mind.
How to Survive In NorfolkHow to Survive In Norfolk - £12.99
A worthy successor to his highly successful Normal for Norfolk, Keith Skipper describes this as “a manual for longsuffering locals, crafty commuters, naive newcomers, testy tourists, well-heeled weekenders, sophisticated second-homers, metropolitan missionaries and any other observers drawn to one of the last great outposts of sensible living.”
How to Survive in SomersetHow to Survive in Somerset - £12.99
A blend of the satirical and the poignant, this is book for the long suffering local, the goggle-eyed grockle, the filmstar bearing guns, the well-heeled city type seeking rustic charm, or merely the inquisitive intrigued by ‘How to Survive in Somerset’. By Charles Wood. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
The Immortal FewThe Immortal Few - £24.99
The Immortal Few is a commemoration of the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. It covers the perilous weeks in 1940 during which ‘The Few’ thwarted the Nazis in the prelude to their planned invasion of Britain, linking to the present generation through Martin Bowman's incomparable action photography of of the surviving aircraft from the Battle of Britain and later war years now represented by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
A Dictionary of the Battle of BritainA Dictionary of the Battle of Britain - £19.99
While many books detail the story of ‘The Few’, and describe the technical details of the aircraft and the aircrew who took part on both sides, here for the first time is a book that provides a useful background to every aspect of the conflict. Compiled by Geoff Simpson.
Web Price: £12.99
15.06 EUR 16.24 USD 21.28 AUD

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