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ISBN: 9780857043009
AUTHOR: Charles Wood
How to Survive in Staffordshire
How to Survive in Staffordshire
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Charles Wood is fervent about Staffordshire.

With gentle humour, he celebrates the odd, the unusual, the historic, and the peculiarities of modern life – from dialect to deer-horn dancing – that make this county such a deeply satisfying place to live in and to visit.

Full of fascinating people – like the Wedgwoods and the Peels – the book is rich in folk-tale and fantasy, football and food (including the many different local and national staples that hail from the county, including Staffordshire oatcakes, Staffordshire cheese, Burton beer, Marmite and Branston pickle).

Funny and poignant, this is a book of snippets and pointers for the long-suffering local, the goggle-eyed visitor, the furrow-browed historian, or merely the inquisitive, intrigued at How to Survive in Staffordshire.

Charles Woodgave up the legal profession and the stress of work in Libya and Hong Kong yearning for the artistic life. For the past twentyfive years he has just about managed to avoid wearing a tie to work. Writing and illustrating since 2007 he has also found time to be an award-winning documentary filmmaker, an occasional broadcaster on BBC local radio, and a part-time college lecturer. He admits to an enjoyment of poddling through the lighter side of life’s rich tapestry, relieved that he has never been bankrupt. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. How to Survive in Staffordshireis his tenth book.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 300 9, hardback, 210x148mm, 152 pages. Published October 2016.

Staffordshire Unusual & QuirkyStaffordshire Unusual & Quirky - £19.99
Lurking not far beneath Staffordshire's surface, there are a host of oddities and peculiarities that turn the apparently staid and conventional into something much more intriguing as Andrew Beardmore shows here.
Bats & BeltersBats & Belters - £12.99
This riotous novel by a doyen amongst West Country cricket writers Charles Wood will delight all lovers of the glorious summer game. A hunky punk calamity with the Belters, the village cricket team of hapless eccentrics, undeterred despite tribulations.
Somerset - The Summer LandSomerset - The Summer Land - £9.99
Journey with Charles Wood and discover the secrets and wonders of England’s cider country. Region 0 (all countries) DVD. Approximately 60 minutes running time.
Another Somerset CenturyAnother Somerset Century - £12.99
CHARLES WOOD TURNS HIS EVER IDIOSYNCRATIC ATTENTION TO SOMERSET CRICKET IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY. This book is not fodder for the faint-hearted supporter. Here nightmares are revisited, so too the odd scandal. But it’s not all tears, doldrums and tabloids. Far from it. Never has 'The Blackbird' been sung more lustily, or, indeed, emotionally.
Bats Pads & GladiatorsBats Pads & Gladiators - £12.99
Charles Wood has unearthed a worldwide passion for Gloucestershire cricket that’s alive and well, and full to the brim with eccentricity and odd statistics. A tome to be enjoyed by every lover of the ‘summer game’.
Charles Wood's Somerset Quiz BookCharles Wood's Somerset Quiz Book - £8.99
Drawing from the small print of history and personal experience Charles Wood teases and warms hearts in this entertaining Somerset Quiz Book. This is an ideal companion for goggle-eyed grockles and inquisitive settlers wondering what they have let them-selves in for – and a useful refresher for natives whose history, geography and just about everything else leans toward ciderous befuddlement. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Surviving Another Somerset YearSurviving Another Somerset Year - £12.99
In this sequel to his bestseller, How to Survive in Somerset, Charles Wood ‘desnuglifies’ himself from beneath a Wiveliscombe duvet to rediscover that beyond his warped blue front door the English county he loves is still alive and kicking. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Charles Wood's Second Somerset Quiz BookCharles Wood's Second Somerset Quiz Book - £8.99
After the happy head scratching over his Somerset Quiz Book, and by public demand, it’s high time for Charles Wood to become quizzical again and do his level best to tease and entertain once more in this Somerset Quiz Book Mark 2.
Bats Pads & CiderBats Pads & Cider - £12.99
Compiled during the vintage season of 2010, here are vaulted stories and little histories of cricketing characters both famous and, perhaps, not so much, to charm and to wince at between innings, dredged from a cricket mad soggy county that the author, Charles Wood, loves to his apple core. Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Exmoor AmourExmoor Amour - £12.99
Charles Wood's emotion spring had begun to flow again. It was the ‘Ex’ in Exmoor that made things so disconcerting. Long ago he ceased to refer to the place as ‘it’ but as ‘her’. And now, like an old flame, memories of her still burned happily after a lengthy separation. And then, on the other hand, not so happily – like a grockle fire that makes charcoal of heather and gorse. Such are the foibles of the heart – of amour ..... Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
Moods of StaffordshireMoods of Staffordshire - £14.99
Staffordshire has many ancient towns, with the cathedral city of Lichfield and Tamworth probably the best examples. Nearby, the heaths of Cannock Chase gives countryside recreation to thousands. Its southern boundaries border the Black Country, and offer historic, industrial and rural landscapes. Van Greaves’s stunning photography in this beautiful book will undoubtedly lure many more to this deserving region.
Web Price: £12.99
15.06 EUR 16.24 USD 21.28 AUD

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