‘Reflections of Old Walsall’ book launches this week!

Stuart Williams with his new book Reflections of Old Walsall

I am delighted to be able to announce that my latest book for Walsall Local History Centre has just been published and will be on sale from this week – with a special launch event taking place at Walsall Museum on Thursday 6th December from 10am – 12  noon (details below) – just in time for Christmas!

Subtitled ‘Local history in and around Walsall Metropolitan Borough’, Reflections of Old Walsall consists of twenty short illustrated articles on diverse aspects of local history in the Walsall area, and includes subjects from local heroes like Walsall’s greatest aviator Flt Lt Webster to coalman’s son and Bletchley Park code-breaker Harry Hinsley via spooks and spectres, the remarkable Highgate Windmill, Aldridge’s Naval VC, Bentley’s ‘Giant’s Causeway’, one of Queen Victoria’s greatest diplomats – from Birchills(!), the time Sherlock Holmes came to Walsall, Walsall’s electric trams which were “better than Blackpool” and Bloxwich’s war poet Harold Parry – plus many more!

In fact if you thought the story of old Walsall was just about the leather industry and Sister Dora, then you’re in for a few surprises with this book.  Even the essential Sister Dora article takes a very different track to the usual story…

You can find more details of the book, which retails at £6.99, in my last post and brief publisher’s information below.

You may be interested to know that my previous book for the Centre Billy Meikle’s Window on Walsall is also still available for £5.

PUBLISHER’S INFO

‘Reflections of Old Walsall’ by Stuart Williams.

Publisher: Walsall Local History Centre.
ISBN: 978 1 907363 03 0

A5 format softback 72pp plus 4pp cover.
Retail price: £6.99.

BOOK LAUNCH DETAILS

Reflections of Old Walsall is being launched by Walsall Local History Centre with the kind assistance of Walsall Museum who are hosting the event in their Education Room on Thursday 6th December between 10am – 12 noon.

The location is: Walsall Museum, 1st Floor, Central Library, Lichfield Street,  Walsall, WS1 1TR.

ADMISSION IS FREE.

The launch programme is as follows:

10am         Doors open.  Informal chance to speak to the author and view the book.

10.30am   Talk:  Reflections of Old Walsall.

11am          Book sales and signing.  Books cost £6.99.

11.30am    Videos and FREE refreshments.

12 noon     Close.

OUTLETS

After the launch, Reflections of Old Walsall will be available from Waterstone’s bookstore in Park Street, Walsall, Walsall Museum, Walsall Leather Museum and of course direct from Walsall Local History Centre in Essex Street, Walsall, which will also operate a mail order service – telephone 01922 721305 for details.

I hope to see some of my readers at the launch!

Stuart Williams

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