BOOKS

THE MATTHEW OF BRISTOL

Clive Burlton

This is the story of the modern Matthew – one of the most iconic symbols of Bristol’s age of discovery, and of its trading and seafaring heritage. She’s a faithful representation of the ship used by John Cabot when he discovered Newfoundland in 1497.   Built by Bristol shipwrights to mark the 500th anniversary of… Read more »

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WE HAVE OUR LIVES

Mike Hoyle and Clive Burlton

We Have Our Lives is a collection of extraordinary stories of the lives of some of the men from the Diocese of Bristol who fought and died in the First World War. In this book – commissioned by Bristol Cathedral – their stories and photos are collected together as a lasting memorial to their sacrifice.

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BRISTOL’S AUSTRALIAN PIONEER

Chris Stephens

Robert Bush travelled to Australia in 1877, where he become a sheep farmer, influential politician and founding vice-president of the Western Australia Cricket Association. He returned as a millionaire and bought Bishop’s Knoll mansion, overlooking Avon Gorge. At the start of WW1 he converted it into 100-bed hospital to treat the Australian wounded.

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LOUISE BROWN: MY LIFE AS THE WORLD’S FIRST TEST-TUBE BABY

Louise Brown

Louise Brown was the first person ever to be born through science rather than as the result of two people having sex. The birth was hailed as a “miracle” by the world’s media, making her instantly famous. For the first time Louise tells the story of her world changing birth and its impact on her life.

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VICE & VIRTUE: DISCOVERING THE STORY OF OLD MARKET, BRISTOL

Edson Burton & Michael Manson

Vice & Virtue captures the stories that have made Old Market a truly historic area. From its brightest hour as part of Bristol’s shopping Golden Mile, the riotous inter war years, the impact of war, post war decline brought on by the redevelopment of the city centre, and revival as Bristol’s gay quarter.

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THATCHERS: THEN & NOW

James Russell

James Russell traces the history of Thatchers cidermaking from the beginning to the present day. The modern generation of Thatchers have established themselves as leading family cidermakers with a reputation for producing ciders of the highest quality. Photographer Neil Phillips captures the orchard and cidermaking year, the traditions and innovations, and takes you behind the scenes at Myrtle Farm.

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BRISTOL’S LOST CITY

Clive Burlton

In 1914 a 30-acre site in Bristol, between Ashton Gate and Cumberland Basin was transformed into the Bristol International Exhibition. It was an optimistic celebration of the achievements of Britain’s empire and dominions, half trade fair half theme park with a roller-coaster ride, daily pageants and even a troupe of lions. This book, illustrated with pictures, maps and documents, tells the story of Bristol’s transition from peacetime to wartime.

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ADGE: KING OF THE WURZELS

John Hudson

Adge Cutler died on his way home from a gig in 1974, at a time when a major TV breakthrough was within his grasp but before his group the Wurzels reached the top of the charts. This, the long-overdue first Adge Cutler biography, brings him vividly back to life.

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WADING THROUGH THE YEARS: FOUR DECADES OF WESSEX WATER

Clive Burlton

2014 sees two anniversaries in the life of Wessex Water – 40 years since formation and 25 years since water privatisation. Wading through the years looks back at some of the key events that have helped to shape the organisation in each of its four decades. 1974 saw fundamental changes to the structure of local government and the creation of 10 regional water authorities.

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FRED WEDLOCK: FUNNYMAN OF FOLK

John Hudson

Fred Wedlock, born in the heart of Bristol, reckoned his first professional engagement was as a toddler singing in his parents’ pub. In this first biography, written with the muchvalued support of his widow Sue, John Hudson celebrates Fred Wedlock, a true Funnyman of Folk.

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TRENCHES TO TRAMS: THE LIFE OF A BRITISH TOMMY

Clive Burlton

Trenches to Trams is an invaluable social history of a working class Bristolian who lived through two World Wars. It contains more than 200 archive images most of them never previously published. Some of George Pine’s memorabilia is on show at M Shed and the book is supported by Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives

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