“There aren’t many people that can say they were world famous within hours of being born”Louise Brown
Special 40th anniversary edition of My life as the world’s first test-tube baby.
At 11.47pm on July 25, 1978, 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.
Harry Dolman OBE rose from humble rural roots in Wiltshire to become a multi-millionaire, thanks to his fantastic inventions, draughtsmanship and engineering skills. He loved football and his business success led him to Bristol City Football Club where, during 38 years, he became director, chairman and president.
Children who were orphaned, destitute, abandoned and living, and sometimes dying, on the streets of Bristol were a common sight in Victorian times. The lucky ones were fed, clothed, educated and taught skills by church and charitable organisations, workhouses, reformatories and industrial schools.
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.
‘Medieval market,’ ‘bustling High Street’, ‘wild west’, ‘a wasteland’, ‘massage parlours’, ‘gay area’, ‘up and coming.’ Old Market conjures a myriad of conflicting associations in the minds of Bristolians. There is some truth to all these associations. They reveal the story of Old Market’s 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.
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.
Due to run from May to October the ambitious project included as replica of Bristol Castle, a mock-up of Shakespeare’s England, Drake’s ship Revenge and a series of giant white pavilions all constructed within the space of 10 weeks.
There have been Thatchers in northern Somerset since at least 1806 and we know that by 1878 Benjamin Thatcher of Upper Langford was advertising his Prime new cider at 30 shillings per hogshead.
James Russell traces the history of Thatchers cidermaking from those beginnings to the present day. The modern generation of Thatchers have established themselves as leading family cidermakers with a reputation for producing a wide range of ciders of the highest quality and for breaking new ground in the development of orchards while caring for the land that produces the finest cider apples in the world.
Photographer Neil Phillips has been capturing images of Thatchers cidermaking for many years and this book is a showcase for his fantastic pictures as he documents the orchard and cidermaking year, the traditions and innovations, and goes behind the scenes at Myrtle Farm, Sandford to produce this unique body of work.
Trenches to Trams is a vivid social and military history bringing to life the story of an ordinary Bristolian who experienced extraordinary times. George Pine was one of four brothers from Easton who all fought in the First World War. George was awarded the DCM for gallantry and was injured three times while serving with 1/6th and 12th Battalions of the Gloucestershire Regiment. He experienced the horrors of the Somme and Passchendaele.
With gunshot wounds to the head and shoulder George was left for dead on the battlefield but miraculously found his way back to the British Lines. With his army career over, he partially recovered from his injuries at Beaufort War Hospital in Bristol and in 1920 managed to get a job as a conductor on Bristol’s Trams.
He experienced the changeover from trams to buses in the 1930s and survived several close shaves during the Blitz. He retired in 1956. At the request of his grandson, George jotted down 44,000 words of memories in the eight months before he died in 1972.
Educated at Clifton College and a cricketing team-mate of Gloucestershire’s W G Grace, Robert Bush was an extraordinary man with a lineage back to the first Bishop of Bristol.
Bush travelled to Australia in 1877 to explore the area north of Perth. After several hazardous expeditions, he settled down to become a successful sheep farmer, an influential politician and a founding vice-president of the Western Australia Cricket Association.
In August 2014, Bristol Cathedral began telling the stories of some of those men from the Diocese of Bristol who died during the First World War, one for every month of the conflict. In this book, their stories and photos are collected together as a lasting memorial to their sacrifice. The extraordinary stories of these ordinary men give a poignant voice to the many tales of First World War experience and are a reminder that by remembering the one, we remember the many.
Bristol Books is delighted to have played its part in the writing, design and production of We Have Our Lives book on behalf of Bristol Cathedral. Remembrance is so important and we are honoured to help bring these men’s stories to light.