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WE ARE SOLDIERS – Danny Danziger

OUR HEROES. THEIR STORIES. REAL LIFE ON THE FRONT LINE. Interviews of the soldiers who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Falkland Islands, Bosnia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

Danny Danziger 043First Edition hard Back £5.00


Published in 1962 by the British Transport Commission, this copy is a first edition with no dust jacket (I don’t know if it was issued with one or not one of the copies I have found advertised has a jacket).

This 272 page, well illustrated book is as near fine as you will find and you can buy it in my shop for only £7.50.



Local History – but not Yorkshire Local History

Not in Heckmondwike Book Shop does not seek out Local History items that are not in Yorkshire, but can understand that there may be others, not fortunate enough to be born or live in Yorkshire, that may have an interest in where they are born or live.


CHESTER The 21st edition published by Tiling not dated but I think it was published in 1953. A 90 page guide well illustrated with some great ads.

TOR BAY & TORQUAY Nice little guides published as “The Countryside Series by Bovey Tracey, Devon. Undated and the Torquay guide has the title page missing. A previous owner dated the book “August 1950” so they must be earlier than that. They were sold for 2/6.

J Arthur Dixon’s ROSS and CROMARTY. A Handbook for Tourists, undated but I would guess at mid 50’s 15 full page colour pictures.

Just as above for THE ISLE OF SKYE

City of LONDONDERRY Official Guide, undated but from the illustrations I would guess early 50’s What do you think? A 72 page illustrated guide, the ads are not as good as the Chester ads though.

local history 013Tramways of the MONKLANDS What more could you want from a title? 76 pages well illustrated.

In Search of a Past by Ronald Fraser – The Manor House, Amnersfield 1933-1945 190 pages.

The Old Houses of STRATFORD UPON AVON 1st edition hardback published in 1925. It appears this book is much more common than I would have thought. 180 pages.

The Heart of a Village – The intimate history of Aldbourne by Ida Gandy. This 160 page unillustrated book has been reprinted many times so it must be good, or at least loads of people think it is good and buy it.

RUTLAND a guide and Gazetteer 64 pages a 1985 2nd edition.

ALL ABOVE are available in my shop for £2.50. All can be dispatched post free to addresses in the UK apart from the Stratford Hard Back that is heavier than the others.



ARCTIC WAR – Norway’s role on the Northern Front. Published by HMSO in 1945 a 64 page, well illustrated account.

THE DAM BUSTERS – Paul Brickhill. The story of 617 Squadron who’s members were awarded two Victoria Crosses and over 150 other decorations

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN – August – October 1940. 36 page illustrated account published in 1941 by HMSO.

BOMBER COMMAND CONTINUES – The Air Ministry Account of the Rising Offensive Against Germany July 1941 – June 1942. HMSO 1942


About Britain – Published for The Festival of Britain.

These 92 page hardback guides were published in 1951 for the Festival of Britain. I do have all 13 in stock at the more than reasonable price of £3.00 each. These are well illustrated and an interesting read. I have only photographed four of the guides as that gives a fair idea of what they look like  I have obviously included the most important one.


Big Game Hunting


Big Game Hunting by a Master of Gun and Pen”

Africa 396

The celebrated author of this absorbing book, Mr. C T Stoneham, will need no introduction to the large majority of its readers. He is world-famous for his many books, articles and short stories dealing with wild animals”

There are 193 listings for C T Stoneham in ABE but not this book. Most UK Digits seem hard to find, the print runs must have been very short.

Thanks to Dr S S Nagi (Nyrobe) for this review;

This book was first published in 1957, has 286 pages, 8 chapter, 8 B/W photos but no maps. In this book C T Stoneham explains his safari through Africa, that do not cost a lot of money and was not for the wealthy. CHARLES THURLEY STONEHAM was born in India in 1895 and attended Brighton College in England. After death of his father in 1912, he ran away, aged 17, to Canada and USA. He did many small jobs and in 1915 returned to England and signed up for military service. He was shipped to British East Africa (BEA – Kenya). After 1st World War, he settled in BEA. He resided in Laikipia and had a butcher’s shop in Nanyuki. In 1920, he managed a safari outfit business. In 1930, he and his wife moved to Cape Town. During 2nd World war, he returned to England. In 1947, he moved to Nakuru, Kenya. He wrote many novels and books. In 1963, he moved to South Africa and in 1965, he died in Transvaal.
Stoneham re-lives his experiences during the 1st World War in East Africa, where there was more danger from enemy than from wild animals. They all suffered from malaria, dysentery and from flies. Over 3 years Stoneham lost fear of wild animals and walked about the bush at night. In 1917, after 40 attacks of malaria and dysentery and shell shock, Stoneham was invalided to South Africa. When better, he returned to British East Africa (BEA – Kenya).

Paperback Book


Puppets, Paignton, Postscripts, Concrete, Communism the Austin Ten, and a Pennine Journey .



J.B. Priestly – Postscripts – 1st edition 1940 vg book and vg dj £5.00

Puppetry by Desmond Mac Namara illustrated by Jack Stoddart £5.00


The Book of the Austin Ten second edition 1951 reprint £2.50

An Introduction to Concrete Work by H I Childe £2.50

#1 in the Little Stalin Library – Foundations of Leninism by Joseph Stalin 1941 – £2.50

Puppetry for School and Home £2.50

The Homeland Guide to Paignton and District £2.50

Pennine Journey – Being the History of the Railways, Tramways and Canals in Huddersfield and District by William Stocks £2.50

Non-Fiction Miscellany

W G Moore – A Dictionary of Geography – Penguin £2.50

King Penguin Caricature £2.50

Mrs. Beeton’s all about cookery £2.50.

You have to wonder why as this is “all” about cookery people are still wring more books. Otherwise the titles seem self explanatory.

Tuning for Speed (Motorcycles)


Published by Temple Press in 1951 this is the second Edition (first was in 1948). The author, P E Irving was both a successful rider and engineer. The book is about “tuning motorcycles for speed” well illustrated with some interesting adverts ( a passion of mine, period adverts that is, though I am aware of speed, I have done two courses to be aware of speed already and will shortly be doing a third).

The dust jacket is a tad on the scruffy side, but its existence is the reason that the boards are in such good condition, I just love the Lodge advert on the back cover.


Hard Back Book



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