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Osprey Group Acquires British Wildlife Publishing

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Osprey Group Acquires British Wildlife Publishing   Osprey Group is delighted to announce the acquisition of British Wildlife Publishing. The company will become part of Osprey’s thriving Heritage Division, which comprises industry mainstay Shire Publications and Old House Books & Maps, publisher of the bestselling Bradshaw’s Handbook, 1863. The deal was brokered by Prism Consult, the specialist media M&A consultancy. Established by Andrew and Anne Branson in 1989, British Wildlife Publishing (BWP) has become a by-word for quality and authority in the world of British natural history publishing.Continue Reading

Garden Gnomes Appear at Chelsea Flower Show

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From the blog of Twigs Way, author of Shire's Garden Gnomes and the upcoming Tudor Garden:   That most socially divisive of garden ornaments, the humble garden gnome, is making a triumphal entry to the Chelsea Flower Show in its centenary year. Back in 1912, when gnomes ‘graced’ the International Horticultural Exhibition, they were the height of fashion in the most exclusive of gardens. Hand moulded and painted, and expensively imported from the ‘Gartenzwergmanufactur’ heartland of Thuringa in Germany, these were gnomes with country homes. Some indeed claimed ancestry as far back as the garden gods of the Romans, or at the very least the ‘grotesques’ of the Renaissance, although others might have admitted to more humble origins as the helpmates and ‘little folk’ of the mines that studded their homeland.Continue Reading

Robert Kempe

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It is with great sadness that we must announce the death of Robert Kempe, our US Sales & Marketing Director, on the morning of October 16th 2012 as a result of complications arising from his recently diagnosed cancer. Though Robert joined the company only months ago, his contribution to and impact upon it were incalculable. Swiftly assuming control of Shire in the North American market, he made it immediately and abundantly clear that we had found someone who would not only fulfil our expectations and requirements for the role but exceed them in every regard. Yet today our grief is first and foremost not professional but personal.Continue Reading
Dear Shire & Old House Readers, We think - and hope - that our reputation for integrity and rigour speaks for itself. It is something we have worked hard to attain and something that is of paramount importance to the Shire & Old House business and to the people who work here. We are also, though, known for our enthusiasm, and it is this quality that today has left us in a position for which we can only apologise and seek your understanding. This position relates to our recent bestseller, Bradshaw's Handbook 1863. The volume came to us from a reputable source, and we had no reason to doubt its pedigree: the Bradshaw name has long been revered in bibliographical and cartographical circles.Continue Reading
Just the briefest of blog posts, because frankly its title speaks for itself. To elaborate slightly, though: Andy Guy and Jim Rees' Early Railways 1569-1830 has won the Railway & Canal Historical Society's coveted new Popular Transport Book of the Year Award! This is a fantastic and well-deserved accolade for a truly fascinating book that covers a little-known aspect of railway history. The Society had this to say: 'It is a first class piece of work in the best Shire tradition – well-illustrated and attractively designed. Like so many Shire booklets it is an excellent summary of a complicated subject and an ideal first reference for anyone seeking an authoritative brief introduction to why and where railways started and how they developed until the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830.Continue Reading
Well, well, well!  What a January it's been here at Shire & Old House Towers ('The Old Shire House'? Let me know what you think.) January is publishing's quiet month. The work doesn't stop, of course: editorial and production are busy preparing for spring and summer's publications, and we marketing/publicity/sales types are annoying journalists and retailers about why they should be interested in books that aren't available yet. But big new titles aren't generally released, for the simple reason that people are either shopped-out after Christmas or occupied with all the books they received as presents.Continue Reading
A very happy New Year to Shire readers one and all!We have, we're delighted to report, returned to an office positively alive with the first green shoots of spring! That may seem somewhat premature, but if you please to consider that by 'shoots' we mean 'early advance copies of the books that will be available over the next few months' we think you'll forgive the hyperbole.  From Battle of Britain to Beauty and Cosmetics 1550-1950, and yea from Transatlantic Liners to Traditional Building Materials, and even unto Walking Dickens' London, these are some of the best Shire books yet and we humbly submit that you'll love them.Continue Reading

An Expert's Views on 'The Green Man'

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