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ISBN: 9781841149325
AUTHOR: Robin Jones
Shakespeare Country: Warwickshire
Shakespeare Country: Warwickshire
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Millions of international visitors flock to Stratford-upon- Avon in search of Shakespeare, but it was out of the great medieval forest to the north that covered much of Warwickshire that the world’s greatest playwright’s family originated, and which provided the inspiration for many of his plays.

The volume looks at the heart of Shakespeare’s Warwickshire – today, the classic towns and villages with their half-timbered cottages built from Arden oaks, its myths, romance and legend, its rivers and waterways, the green enclaves that survive on the edge of urban Birmingham and Solihull, and the places where the Shakespeare family lived for 300 years.

It visits historical sites including moated manors, great houses and castles, the green oases that remain centuries after the forest was cleared, the tourist magnet of Stratford-upon-Avon and considers the artists that came out of the area after Shakespeare, including Hobbit creator JRR Tolkien. Through more than 200 colour illustrations and a lively and informative text, Robin Jones provides the ideal guide to this much visited yet little known glory of England.

An English graduate of the University of Central England, Robin Jones was born in Shirley, Solihull, attended a grammar school in the town and became a news editor and chief investigative reporter at the Birmingham Evening Mail after several years covering Solihull for the paper.

He served as a councillor on Tanworth-in- Arden Parish Council and he and his wife Jenny and two children Vicky and Ross lived at Earlswood Lakes for ten years.

They are shareholders of a local football club, Highgate United, and Robin has also written extensively on non-league football over the years.

His first book, A Solihull Century, was published in 1997, and he has also written scripts for video films on the rivers Blythe and Alne and the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal. Despite moving to Lincolnshire, where he founded Heritage Railway magazine, a national glossy enthusiast title, as a photo journalist he has continued to produce historical features on Solihull and Warwickshire for a variety of publications. He is also editor of the British fan magazine for the Beach Boys.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 932 5, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published May 2010.

The Dawn of SteamThe Dawn of Steam - £4.99
Through more than 60 colour images, this conveniently pocket-sized book by Robin Jones looks not only at Britain’s rich heritage of locomotives that have survived from the dawn of steam, but the many replicas made in modern times to ‘fill in’ the historical gaps, and where to see them today.
Spirit of PadstowSpirit of Padstow - £4.99
Robin Jones has been visiting Padstow for a third of a century, and yet still manages to discover something new and magical each time, as he reveals in this selection of more than 60 beautifully crafted images which sum up the true spirit of Padstow.
The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire RailwayThe Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway - £14.99
Malcolm Ranieri has been a volunteer on the railway for over fifteen years and for the last two decades has photographed it in all its moods and in all seasons, glorying especially in the delightful Cotswold scenery through which it runs.
Moods of WarwickshireMoods of Warwickshire - £14.99
The outstanding photography of Van Greaves in this beautiful book shows the cottages, castles, stately homes and parks, and the many intricate corners of Shakespeare’s county. Included also are some towns and villages which are now part of the West Midlands but formerly Warwickshire, which retain the stamp of “Shakespeare Country.”
Web Price: £14.99
17.37 EUR 18.74 USD 24.55 AUD

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