We are Specialist stockists of Malcom Saville and Mary Webb
Malcolm Saville: We stock a number of titles by the late Malcolm Saville, particularly his Lone Pine series that was set around this area. Many of his books have gone out of print, but as and when they are re-printed we try to keep them in stock. We also have copies of books about Malcolm Saville, including “Complete Lone Pine” by Mark O’Hanlon.
Mary Webb: Another very famous local author, who died in 1927, and whose books occasionally come back into print. We stock “Gone to Earth”, “Precious Bane”, and “Golden Arrow,” and any other titles as and when they become available. We also stock biographies of Mary Webb by Gladys Mary Coles.
Below is a selection of some of our most popular books featuring Shropshire and Church Stretton (and some local characters, fictional and real):
Mike and John Hayward ‘A Year in Shropshire’ Two of Shropshire’s finest photographers, father and son Mike and John Hayward, who have collaborated to showcase the county they love in over 160 stunning images, capturing unusual shots which offer a new slant on familiar and much-loved sights. Moving throughout the year, from spring to winter, and covering every corner of Shropshire from tiny hamlets to proud towns and monuments, this collection is a breathtaking tribute to our diverse and unspoilt county.
Myndtown: its Church ,Parish & Surroundings’ by John Burt
12th Century Myndtown Church, nestling at the foot of the Long Mynd, was the recent recipient of a £220,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The work has now been completed, including conservation work on its bells – one of which dated from 1150. This fascinating book tells the history of the church and surrounding area, and was produced as part of the project.
‘The Crystal Lake: Part Three of The Journey’ by Hilary Jane Jones and Tracey Swain, £12.99. Inspired by Shropshire’s beautiful, mystical countryside, The Crystal Lake is the third and final part of an imaginary journey through real landscapes with hidden secrets. Narrative verse and full-colour images come together to bring to a conclusion the fantastical journey that started far away in ‘The Wicked Wood’.
‘The Story of Bishop’s Castle’ edited by David Preshous, John Leonard & others £12.95
”Wigmore Abbey: the Treasure of Mortimer’ by John Challis £30.00 Actor John Challis (‘Boycie’) and his wife Carol recount the years of restoration work to their house and gardens at Wigmore Abbey on the Shropshire border. Beautiful coffee table book, with colour photographs by Alex Ramsay
‘Fifty Bales of Hay’ by Roger Evans £12.00 The latest book of Shropshire dairy farmer Roger Evans’s popular diary entries.
‘Myddle: the Life & Times of a Shropshire Farmworker’s Daughter 1911-1928’ by Helen Ebrey £12.00
‘Heresy Unlocked: Faith Rebounds’ by Roger Wilson £12.95 A Church Elder and founder of cancer charity, Sarcoma UK, the author explores the influence of heresy on Christianity
‘The Sketches’ by Catherine Downes £18.99 A Shropshire artist shares her sketchbook and jottings: Catherine is Guest Artist at Church Stretton Arts Festival 2016
‘Wilderland’ by Andrew Fusek Peters £24.95 Full colour photographic book of the wildlife and wonder from the Shropshire Borders through the four seasons.
‘The Errant Hours’ by Kate Innes £8.99 Historical novel set in Plantagenet Britain (featuring Shropshire)
‘Slow Travel: Shropshire’ by Marie Kreft £12.99 One of the series of Bradt guides to Britain’s special places
Other Local Favourites:
“The Long Mynd: its History and Wildlife” by Barrie Raynor, £17.99.
“Folklore of Shropshire”: by Roy Palmer, £12.95. Popular folk tales including Wild Edric, Mad Jack Mytton, Humphrey Kynaston, Caractacus, plus ghosts, witches, charmers, and many more.
“Geology of Shropshire” by Peter Toghill, £18.99. This book explains the geological history of Shropshire, lasting 500 million years, from the Antarctic Circle through the Tropics and across the equator to our latitudes, a distance of 12,000km.
“The Lead, Copper and Barytes Mines of Shropshire”, by Michael Shaw £12.95. A fascinating, in
depth history of mining in Shropshire – once one of the country’s largest producers of lead ore.
“Never on a Sunday – Memories of the Stiperstones Mining Communities”: by Shropshire Mines Trust, £11.95.
‘The Singular Stiperstones’ by Tom Wall, £18.00: Landscape, reminiscence, literature and wildlife. Fully illustrated with photographs and drawings.
“A Night in the Snow”, by Reverend Donald Carr, £price varies. The true story of a struggle for life on the Long Mynd one wild, snowy evening in 1865.
‘Dawdling in the Dale’ by A T D Evans £13.50 A photographic study of the social and local history of the Corvedale.
‘Made in Shropshire’ £20.00 Inspiring recipes using the very best local produce.
‘The A-Z of You and Me’ by James Hannah, £7.99: Shropshire author’s debut novel, long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015.
‘Blue Remembered Hills’ by Keith Pybus, £17.99: fact and folklore come together in this illustrated book about the Shropshire HIlls Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
‘Shropshire’s Border Hills’ by John Bradford, £12.95: This book celebrates Shropshire’s borderland hills in over 180 pages of photographs taken through the seasons.
‘Beneath Safer Skies’ by Anthea Toft, £12.00: a memoir of a child evacuee in Shropshire – a fascinating snapshot of the farming communities and a lost way of rural life during the Second World War.
John Challis: “Being Boycie” £9.99 and “Boycie & Beyond” £9.99 Two-part autobiography of the actor best known as ‘Boycie’ in ‘Only Fools and Horses’. Also John’s first novel, ‘Reggie – a Stag at Bay’. John lives on the Shropshire border.
“Fordritishope: History of a Shropshire Parish” by Alan Dakers
Further Information about Local Authors
Charles Darwin: We carry a large stock of books by and about Charles Darwin.
Judith Gordon: Author of the “Chronicles of Eternity” series. http://www.chroniclesofeternity.co.uk
A. E. Housman: We stock several editions of “A Shropshire Lad”, along with Housman’s other works.
Hilary Jane Jones: Burway Books’ very own published author! Hilary has written two personal development books (‘Choosing a Better Life’ and ‘Personal Progress Through Positive Thinking’) and the text for Peter Andrew Jones’ book ‘Paintings of the Stiperstones’. Her most recent publications are in partnership with photographer Tracey Swain: ‘The Wicked Wood, Part One of The Journey’, a fully illustrated poetic tale which was named runner up in the Best Self Published Book of 2012 awards, ‘ Shirelands’, a fusion of photography and verse that celebrates the glorious landscapes of Shropshire and the Welsh Borders, and ‘The Faerie Glen: Part Two of The Journey’. www.hilaryjanejones.net
Peter Andrew Jones: Peter is an internationally renowned artist who has produced artwork for many bestselling sci-fi novels, the BBC, and also Hollywood posters. He now resides in Church Stretton and runs his own publishing company: we are proud to stock his unique, limited edition “artists books” that contain paintings and prose about the local area. Peter has worked with Burway Books’ Hilary Jones on “Paintings of the Stiperstones”. http://www.peterandrewjones.net/
Kate Long: Author of the bestselling ‘Bad Mother’s Handbook’ and several other books. www.katelong.co.uk
Dorothy Nicolle: We stock a number of Dorothy’s books including: “Discovering Shropshire Towns”; “Shropshire’s Oddities”; “Charles Darwin”; “Rob the Paradog”; “All About Christmas”. www.nicolle.me.uk
Wilfred Owen: We stock several collections of Owens’ poetry, along with his biography.
Pete Postlethwaite, “A Spectacle of Dust”, £20 Hardback, £8.99 Paperback, £19.99 Audio Book. Biography of the late, great actor who lived near Church Stretton and was a great friend of Burway Books
Barrie Raynor: Barrie has published the beautiful fully illustrated book “The Long Mynd: its History and Wildlife”.
Phil Rickman: Bestselling author of the Merrily Watkins series. Merrily is a parish priest and diocesan exorcist who, along with daughter Jane and partner Lol encounter many spooky goings-on in the fictional Ledwardine in Herefordshire. Phil has also penned two historical novels about Dr John Dee, and his latest paranormal thriller ‘Night After Night’ www.philrickman.co.uk
Shropshire Mines Trust: Popular books about the lead mines over at Snailbeach – “Never on a Sunday” contains the fascinating recollections of people whose families lived and mined in the Stiperstones area, whilst “Snailbeach Lead Mine” tells the history of the mines. “Once Upon a Hill – The Lost Communities of The Stiperstones)“ records history and memories of the mining communities around the Stiperstones, and in particular looks at the project to conserve two historically important cottages at Blakemoregate. www.snailbeachmine.org.uk
Simon Whaley: Simon lives in Church Stretton: his books are always amongst our bestsellers, and include: “The Positively Productive Writer”, “Best Walks in the Welsh Borders”; “One Hundred Ways For A Dog To Train Its Human”; “One Hundred Muddy Paws for Thought”; “Puppytalk”; “Little Book of Alternative Garden Wisdom”; “The Bluffer’s Guide to Hiking” … and others. www.simonwhaley.co.uk