The lat­est lo­cal books pre­viewed

We re­view some of the lat­est ti­tles avail­able from in­de­pen­dent Cotswold book­sellers

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THE WAY OF ST JAMES WITH MY FATHER, HIS LOVE (AND A DODGY BIKE) by Scot Whit­lock

The Way of St James is known in Spain as Camino de San­ti­ago, and from 812AD when St James’s re­mains were dis­cov­ered, it has been the pil­grim’s route across North­ern Spain to the shrine of the apos­tle Saint James the Great in the Cathe­dral of San­ti­ago de Com­postela in Gali­cia, where tra­di­tion has it that the re­mains of the saint are buried.

When Scot Whit­lock’s father died, he un­der­took this epic pil­grim­age by bi­cy­cle as a “sim­ple mark of re­spect”. This book is the chron­i­cle of that pil­grim­age, telling of the joy, the hard­ship and the grief, and even­tu­ally of com­ing to terms with loss. It is an im­pas­sioned ac­count of the au­thor’s jour­ney, both phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual.

£9.99 olympia­pub­lish­ers.com

NELLY ERICH­SEN: A HID­DEN LIFE by Sarah Hark­ness

Fem­i­nist pi­o­neer Nelly Erich­sen has to some ex­tent been largely over­looked by art his­to­ri­ans, so it is good to see that she is now been given recog­ni­tion in this beau­ti­ful book by Cotswold au­thor Sarah Hark­ness. An ac­com­plished and pro­lific artist, a trans­la­tor and travel writer, Erich­sen lived through five decades of dra­matic po­lit­i­cal and so­cial progress for women be­fore dy­ing trag­i­cally of Spanish flu in 1918. Beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated, Nelly Erich­sen – A Hid­den Life is the first book by Sarah Hark­ness, and the re­sult of 15 years of re­search into this fas­ci­nat­ing and dy­namic woman. An il­lu­mi­nat­ing homage to a woman who did so much for the fem­i­nist cause.

£14.99 en­can­ta­pub­lish­ing.com

BEEF CUBES AND BUR­DOCK: MEM­O­RIES OF A 1950S COUN­TRY CHILD­HOOD by John Phillpott

To the ca­sual ob­server, the English coun­try­side may ap­pear largely un­changed since the end of the Sec­ond World War. But on closer in­spec­tion it is ar­guably a dif­fer­ent world, and the modern world has changed coun­try life in of­ten un­seen ways. The big­gest changes are per­haps to the peo­ple who live and work in the ru­ral heart­lands; old val­ues and at­ti­tudes have been re­placed by new ones, in­dus­tries that had ex­isted for cen­turies are now no more, and in their place a new dig­i­tal work­force has emerged.

John Phillpott spent his child­hood in North War­wick­shire dur­ing the 1950s be­fore en­ter­ing into a ca­reer in jour­nal­ism aged 16. Beef Cubes and Bur­dock is his story – of Dansette record play­ers, 100-cap Lone Star pis­tols, and Ra­dio Lux­em­bourg – told with lash­ings of hu­mour and a healthy dose of sen­ti­men­tal­ity.

£8.99 www.austin­macauley.com

FAYKE NEWES: THE ME­DIA VS THE MIGHTY, FROM HENRY VIII TO DON­ALD TRUMP by Derek J Tay­lor

As we all know, the truth is largely sub­jec­tive, and usu­ally dished out in small ‘eco­nomic’ por­tions. A cou­ple of decades ago, the bend­ing of re­al­ity was given the rather in­no­cent turn of phrase ‘spin’, as if to jus­tify the prac­tice, and in more re­cent times the ex­pres­sion ‘Fake News’ has en­tered into the pop­u­lar lex­i­con… a vari­ant on the same theme, and yet an­other eu­phemism for ly­ing. The re­la­tion­ship between Gov­ern­ment and the me­dia has of­ten been frac­tious; of­ten it seems with both sides ma­nip­u­lat­ing the truth to suit their own ends. In Fayke Newes, Derek J Tay­lor ex­am­ines this age-old bat­tle from the Tu­dor era to the Modern age. A fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into a some­what murky realm.

£10.99 www.the­his­to­ry­press.co.uk

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