Local Interest Books

Cover image for Maggie Mason's Blackpool Lass
Blackpool Lass
Orphaned and destitute, will Grace find her own way in the world? When Grace's Ma passes away and her Da's ship sinks with all hands, Grace is utterly alone in the world. She's sent to an orphanage in Blackpool, but the master has an eye for a pretty young lass. Grace won't be his victim, so she runs, destitute, into the night. In Blackpool, she finds a home with the kindly Sheila and Peggy - and meets a lovely airman. But it's 1938, and war is on the horizon. Will Grace ever find the happiness and home she deserves?
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Cover Image for Maggie Mason's Blackpool Sisters
Blackpool Sisters
1902. Babs and Beth are identical in looks, but very different by nature. Kidnapped by gypsies a decade ago as young girls, Beth has accepted their plight, but Babs has always yearned for their real mother, Tilly, and their beloved hometown of Blackpool. Desperate to be reunited with their mother, Babs hatches a plan to escape. But Beth is too afraid and Babs realises if she ever wants to go home she'll have to leave her sister behind. 1914. Babs' life has been blighted by misfortune ever since she walked away from her sister. She's never given up hope of finding her family, but now having found peace and purpose as a nurse, the war is sending her to France, away from them. Or so she believes . . .
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Cover Image for Blackpool's Angel by Maggie Mason
Blackpool’s Angel
Tilly has come a long way from the run-down tenements in which she grew up. She has a small but comfortable home, a loving, handsome husband, two beautiful little'uns - Babs and Beth - and she earns herself a little money weaving wicker baskets. Life is good. Until the day Tilly returns home to find a policeman standing on her doorstep. Her Arthur won't be coming home tonight - nor any night - having fallen to his death whilst working on Blackpool tower. Suddenly Tilly is her daughters' sole protector, and she's never felt more alone. With the threat of destitution nipping at their heels, Tilly struggles to make ends meet and keep a roof over her girls' heads. In a town run by men Tilly has to ask herself what she's willing to do to keep her family together and safe - and will it be enough?
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Kirkham Through the Mists of Time
Kirkham Through the Mists of Time
Kirkham Through the Mists of Time uncovers the every-day stories of remarkable characters who were instrumental in shaping the town as we know it today.
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Cover image for Swimming Wild in the Lake District by Suzanna Cruickshank
Swimming Wild in the Lake District
Swimming Wild in the Lake District by Suzanna Cruickshank is an informative and inspiring book for both new and experienced wild swimmers, exploring the larger lakes in the beautiful Lake District National Park. The book explores secluded wild swimming locations in the tourist hotspots of Windermere and Derwent Water and takes you to the tranquil hidden gems of BassenthwaiteCrummock Water and Devoke Water, with the emphasis on taking time to enjoy the stunning surroundings. Imagine yourself gliding through clear, still water, surrounded by rugged fells, with only the sound of birdsong to accompany you. The book is full of useful tips for both new and experienced wild swimmers; it contains sections on getting started in wild swimming, how to look after your own safety and impartial advice on all the essential kit you ll need, as well as what you don t need. Illustrated with stunning photography, and featuring overview maps, the book has all the practical information you need to plan your wild swimming adventure, including access to the lakes by car or public transport where possible, thorough information about the best wild swimming locations on all the featured lakes and details of the best pubs and cafes for a much-needed post-swim drink or meal.
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The Fylde Guardians of the Poor
The Fylde Guardians of the Poor
This unusual history draws on original letters, newspaper cuttings and a remarkable complete set of meeting minutes to set out the story of the union, and in doing so lifts the lid of a host of colourful characters who defined the place of Fylde as well as the fast paced time in which they lived.
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Cover Image for The Gathering Tide by Karen Lloyd
The Gathering Tide
Karen Lloyd takes us on a deeply personal journey around the 60 miles of coastline that make up 'nature's amphitheatre'. Embarking on a series of walks that take in beguiling landscapes and ever-changing seascapes, Karen tells the stories of the places, people, wildlife and history of Morecambe Bay. So we meet the Queen's Guide to the Sands, discover forgotten caves and islands that don't exist, and delight in the simple beauty of an oystercatcher winging its way across the ebbing tide. As we walk with Karen, she explores her own memories of the bay, making an unwitting pilgrimage through her own past and present, as well as that of the bay. The result is a singular and moving account of one of Britain's most alluring coastal areas.
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Voices of Freckleton
Voices of Freckleton
Over the past twenty-five years Peter Shakeshaft, and his wife Maureen, have interviewed many past and present Freckleton Residents, and recorded their recollections of village life from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.  The interviews, combined with local newspaper reports and private correspondence, have enable a hitherto unseen picture of Freckleton to emerge from otherwise rapidly fading shadows.
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Cover Image for Daniel Start's Wild Guide to the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales
Wild Guide Lakes and Dales
Imagine a summer spent swimming in mountain waterfalls, exploring lost ruins and caverns, and camping in ancient forests. In this explorer s compendium you will discover the most exciting and lesser-known places to visit in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, with magical places to stay and where to find the very best local and artisan food, straight from the farm or field. Featuring stunning photography and engaging travel writing, this is the perfect book for families seeking new adventures off the beaten track, or explorers dreaming up their ultimate weekend escape. New from the award-winning Wild Guide series, with over 750 secret adventures, hidden places and wild weekend escapes. Taking you to places no other guidebook reaches. Wild swims, waterfalls, river pools and hidden tarns Scrambles, gorge walks and gills Secret beaches and islands Lesser-known peaks and extraordinary rock formations Giant caverns and caves Lost ruins, follies and sacred wells Meadows, ancient forests and amazing wildlife Local food producers, micro-breweries, inns and farm shops Bothies, gypsy caravans, wild camps and campfire campsites Ancient rock art, sacred circles and the Stonehenge of the north.
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