We are Specialist stockists of Local History including

Local Books and Authors

Below is a selection of some of our books featuring Shropshire and Church Stretton.

Recent Publications

Church Stretton through the ages’ by Tony Crowe and Barrie Raynor. At long the reprint of this local history book is now available £20

‘Shropshire From Dawn to Dusk’ by John and Mike Hayward, £20.00 The second book from this local father and son partnership, showcasing the stunning Shropshire countryside and buildings.

‘Hill and Dale – My Shropshire Year’ by Andrew Fusek Peters £25.00 Andrew’s latest full colour photographic book.

‘How Now?’ by Roger Evans £14.99 The latest diarised reminiscences from Britain’s favourite dairy farmer.

‘Lost Shrewsbury’ by David Trumper £14.99 Local historian David Trumper presents a portrait of a town and way of life that have both radically changed over the years.

‘Ludlow at Leisure’ by Derek Beattie £14.99 A lively, illustrated account of a country town at play, 1800-1950.

‘Ludford House, Ludlow’ by Ralph Beardmore £10.00 The story of a Shropshire house and its occupants.

‘The Broad Gate’ by Valerie Thomas £25.00 One of Ludlow’s oldest houses and its inhabitants.

‘A History of the Speake Families in Shropshire’ by John D Speake £18.00

Other Local Favourites:

‘The Marches in Photographs’ by Bryan Phillips

Photographer Bryan Phillips has captured the essence of Shropshire and Herefordshire in a collection of stunning images.

‘The Concise History of Ludlow’ by David Lloyd

This illustrated history traces the development of Ludlow, one of Shropshire’s most beautiful market towns, from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day.

‘A Year in Shropshire’ by Mike and John Hayward  

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.

‘The Long Mynd: its History and Wildlife’ by Barrie Raynor

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.

‘Wilderland’ and ‘Upland’ by Andrew Fusek Peters. Full colour photographic books of the wildlife and wonder from the Long Mynd and Shropshire Borders through the four seasons.

‘The Living Edge: a Wanderer’s Guide to Wenlock Edge’ A full colour National Trust publication detailing the diversity of the landscape, its geology, history, flora and fauna.

‘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.

‘The Errant Hours’ and ‘All the Winding World’ by Kate Innes: Historical novels 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

“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.

”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

‘A Farmer’s Lot’ by Roger Evans £12.00 The latest book of Shropshire dairy farmer Roger Evans’s popular diary entries.

‘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

‘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. Temporarily Out of Stock

‘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.

A. E. Housman: We stock several editions of “A Shropshire Lad”, along with Housman’s other works.

Kate Innes: Kate trained as an archaeologist, teacher and museologist. She now writes novels, leads workshops, and performs her poetry with acoustic band Whalebonehttp://www.kateinneswriter.com 

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 Journey’ trilogy – a fully illustrated poetic tale (‘The Wicked Wood’, ‘The Faerie Glen’ and ‘The Crystal Lake’) and ‘Shirelands’, a fusion of photography and verse that celebrates the glorious landscapes of Shropshire and the Welsh Borders. 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. http://www.peterandrewjones.net/

Kate Long: Author of the bestselling ‘Bad Mother’s Handbook’ and several other books. www.katelong.co.uk

Wilfred Owen: We stock several collections of Owens’ poetry, along with his biography.

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 Lead Mines. We stock “Never on a Sunday” contains the fascinating recollections of people whose families lived and mined in the Stiperstones; area a history and memories of the mining communities around the Stiperstones and “The Lead, Copper and Barytes Mines of Shropshire”, by Michael Shaw. A fascinating, in
depth history of mining in Shropshire – once one of the country’s largest producers of lead ore.

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

Malcolm Saville: We stock in print 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. .

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.