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ISBN: 9780857043016
AUTHOR: Dr Andrew Norman
Thomas Hardy - Bockhampton & Beyond
Thomas Hardy - Bockhampton & Beyond
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Not far from Dorsetshire’s county town of Dorchester – in the hamlet of Higher Bockhampton – stands a thatched cottage situated on the edge of a wild heath.

Here, in the year 1840, Thomas Hardy was born. During his childhood and youth, Hardy immersed himself in the beautiful and evocative countryside which surrounded him. He learned the violin, his family being musicians and members of the nearby Stinsford church ‘quire’. Even as a youth there were indications that Hardy had a gift for writing.

Furthermore, the home and environment which Hardy enjoyed for much of the first thirty-four years of his life, including its folk and folklore, provided a backdrop and inspiration for many of the famous novels for which he is known today.

Doyen of Dorset historians, Andrew Norman, looks in detail at the home and environment which inspired Hardy to become the towering giant of English letters.

Along the way he uncovers fascinating new information about the young Thomas Hardy, including the revelation of the identity of at least one of Hardy’s illegitimate children.

Andrew Norman was born in Newbury, Berkshire, UK in 1943. Having been educated at Thornhill High School, Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Midsomer Norton Grammar School, and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he qualified in medicine at the Radcliffe Infirmary. He has two children Bridget and Thomas, by his first wife. From 1972-83, Andrew worked as a general practitioner in Poole, Dorset, before a spinal injury cut short his medical career. He is now an established writer whose published works include biographies of Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Thomas Hardy, T.E. Lawrence, Adolf Hitler, Agatha Christie, Enid Blyton, Beatrix Potter, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Robert Mugabe. Andrew married his second wife Rachel, in 2005.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 301 6, hardback, 210x148mm, 144 pages. Published 2017.

Corfe RememberedCorfe Remembered - £12.99
Dr Andrew Norman's fascinating new guide to the story of Corfe, one of the greatest glories of glorious Dorset.
Thomas Hardy at Max GateThomas Hardy at Max Gate - £9.99
The purpose of this book by Andrew Norman is to pierce the veil of secrecy which Hardy deliberately drew over his life; to decipher the coded messages which his writings contain; to find out why his life was so filled with anguish. Only then is it possible to discover the real Thomas Hardy whose life was played out in the self-designed setting of Max Gate.
Lawrence of Arabia's Cloud HillLawrence of Arabia's Cloud Hill - £9.99
Andrew Norman explores the personality of this endlessly fascinating figure – a giant of history yet a significantly flawed man – and the impact that this peaceful corner of England had on his unquiet soul.
A Brummie Boy Goes to WarA Brummie Boy Goes to War - £12.99
Andrew Norman's remarkable biography of Thomas Waldin, a 19-year-old from a working class area of Birmingham, blinded in the first months of the First World War, who became an early patient at St Dunstan's and his ultimate battle to achieve "victory over blindness". A journey through the unimaginable horror of the trenches to a poignant contrast in the supreme courage and determination of one who survived it.
Thomas Hardy: Behind the Inscrutable SmileThomas Hardy: Behind the Inscrutable Smile - £7.95
The purpose of this deeply insightful book by Andrew Norman is to pierce the veil of secrecy which Hardy drew deliberately over his private life. Through a careful investigation of Hardy's psychology and his writings, his novels and his poetry, and his sometimes traumatic relationships, Andrew Norman discovers the true Thomas Hardy - the man behind the inscrutable smile!
Purbeck PersonalitiesPurbeck Personalities - £12.99
Each of the personalities highlighted helped to create, in his or her unique way, the threads, of which the colourful tapestry of Purbeck is woven. In recounting their varied lives, Dorset author Andrew Norman conjours up a fascinating galaxy of personalities to illuminate the history of this most characterful corner of England.
By Swords DividedBy Swords Divided - £5.95
Andrew Norman recounts a thrilling story of the siege of Corfe Castle during the English Civil War.
Enid Blyton and her enchantment with DorsetEnid Blyton and her enchantment with Dorset - £9.99
It is often the case that when an author bases stories on a certain place, the subsequent discovery by the reader of that place’s true identity may come as a disappointment. Not so in this fascinating investigation by Andrew Norman, for the real life locations are equally as interesting and exciting as the nail biting adventures of ‘The Famous Five’ themselves! Other formats available: Amazon Kindle
DunshayDunshay - £6.95
Every old house has a story to tell, but Dunshay Manor in South Dorset has a more fascinating one than most as this fascinating book by Andrew Norman reveals.
Thomas Hardy Christmas CarollingsThomas Hardy Christmas Carollings - £6.95
This is the story of Thomas Hardy and of Christmas; of what that greatest of all Christian festivals meant to him, and of how his beliefs changed as the years progressed. A fascinating book by Andrew Norman.
Tyneham A Tribute (h/b)Tyneham A Tribute (h/b) - £12.99
Andrew Norman has gathered the recollections one of the tyneham evacuees, HelenTaylor - a seamstress at Tyneham House - to help present a vivid portrait of what had been a thriving community, which now lives in the hearts of those who sacrificed their homes for their country.
The Story of George LovelessThe Story of George Loveless - £12.99
Andrew Norman has delved deep to reveal the truth about this important historical figure, the acknowledged leader of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. By painstaking research, not only in the United Kingdom but also in Canada and Australia, it is now possible to reveal many, hitherto, unpublished details about George Loveless’s life.
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