"Birmingham Past & Present: In My Father's Footsteps"
My first book was published by Sutton Publishing, the UK's foremost
local history books, at the tail end of 2006. Shortly afterwards,
Sutton were taken over by NPI Media. Then, in December 2007, NPI
were replaced by The
. Because of all these changes, I suggest that Amazon
is the best place to obtain a copy online as at least their site
doesn't keep changing or disappearing! The contents are very much
based upon the website and the
book includes the following sections:
||By Dr Carl
father, the photographs and the book
the pictures from the Inner Ring Road pages with some
improved modern views. Before and After maps are also
included. Two fantastic double page
the pictures from the City Centre pages with some improved modern views.
of the New Street Station pictures complete with many
modern views not available on the website. Two fantastic double
||A series of
before and after photo's from all around the south of
Birmingham. Includes pictures of Stechford, Yardley, Balsall
Heath, Moseley, Kings Heath,
Selly Park, Stirchley, Cotteridge, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge
Around the City
almost all the pictures from the Trams pages with many modern
fantastic double page spreads!
||A very brief
chapter containing my views on how Birmingham is moving forward now.
I have spent a lot of time researching the photographs so the captions
are more interesting and informative compared with the website.
The ISBN number is 0-7509-4504-4 and it retails at
£12.99 in paperback cover. The initial print run of 1200
copies sold out at the end of March 2009 but an additional 750 copies
were printed and made available from June 2009. They sold out in
December 2010 and a very small reprint (100 copies) was made available
from March 2011. How much longer it will remain in print remains
to be seen!
I am donating at least 20% of the royalties to Asthma UK. Some of
the remaining royalties will pay to keep this site on-line and free of
adverts for the forseeable future.
How the book came about
Since starting this project there have been a number of coincidences
that make me think that I was destined to put this site and book
together. If you haven't read the Story of the Dudley Road picture
then you won't know why I wrote to the Evening Mail to thank the person
who placed my lost photo on a bench for me to find it. The Senior
Commissioning Editor for local history books at Sutton saw my
, looked at the site and e-mailed me to see if I would be
interested in writing a book. It was several months before we
met, another month before I got the verbal go ahead and a further
couple of months before contracts were signed and I really knew that it
was going to happen! A few months later and the delivery of the
page proofs really made it clear that my father's photo's would soon be
available to all those people who prefer books to webpages. The
finished article has more than met my expectations.