I must be the most useless blogger the world has ever seen at least when it comes to self-publicity. Here I am with a new book that came out at the end of August and I’ve never even mentioned it AND it is an official #1 best seller.
If I ever had motivation or ambition I would be a whole other person but I don’t and never have done. I have always just wanted to get by and just be. I remember my teachers would always look with dissatisfaction when I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I was 8 or even 16. Thirty years on and I am no further closer to realising what I want to do when I grow up. I expect I will discover it one day but in a way, I do hope I don’t.
But seeing as I have had no work or government support for over 10 months I thought that if I don’t like to blow my own trumpet that perhaps I should at least remind everyone that I have a trumpet so here is a selection of my most popular books and some new products!
In 2021 I hope to post a few extracts of Secret Gardens of the City of London but for now Secret Gardens of The City of London is an Amazon #1 best-seller in its section, no doubt helped by the fact that it is based upon my tour with Ye Olde England Tours which has been rated by Viator/Trip Advisor as the top Authentic London Experience.
The philosophy of both can be best summer up by the esteemed Dr Johnson.
Sir, if you wish to have a just notion of the magnitude of this city, you must not be satisfied with seeing its great streets and squares, but must survey the innumerable little lanes and courts. – Dr Samuel Johnson
This book is in Kindle, Paperback and Apple iBooks formats and is a hybrid history and guide book with small maps and details of where to find each one as well as a little about how it came to be and some notable physical or historical features.
Not all the gardens are ancient, London is ever changing and several of the gardens are just a year or so old and many others have been extensively updated and re-landscaped in the 21st Century. Almost all of them offer a small slice of London history and a great deal of nature and beauty too.
Even on a busy working day much of the City of London can seem largely deserted at least at times. A seemingly confusing maze of modern skyscrapers, medieval lanes and churches with a smattering of older Viking, Anglo-Saxon and Roman for good measure. On any given weekend of holiday you can have the Square Mile almost to yourself and though you can get hopelessly lost, it is after all only a square mile.
I’ve been exploring the City almost every day for 7 years and still find something new on an almost daily occasion. And many of these secret little gardens have become something of friends, sanctuaries from the bustle of busy old London. Every garden is different and unique and has a reason why it is there at all.
Last but not least, if you’re an Apple freak then Secret Gardens of the City of London will shortly be out on the Apple Store / iBooks along with other top retailers such as Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and more.
For more information please click on the link Secret Gardens of the City of London.
Lest We Forget was the first book that I had professionally published by a publisher and is available in Kindle and Paperback formats in all good on-line outlets and literary stores too. The paperback version includes a number of maps and archive photos as well as some personal photos of my family members who like millions of others, fought for our freedom only never to return home.
You can order Lest We Forget: A Concise Companion to the First World War from Amazon.com in Kindle for $4.58and paperback for $9.99 and Amazon.co.uk in Kindle for £2.99 and paperback for £6.99 and other Amazons around the world. I am also happy to write a dedication to anyone who wants one, just let me know though I’d have to charge the shipping fee for that. Please, do leave a review if you buy a copy. They are like gold dust to independent authors.
Another perennially popular book is Straight from the Horses Mouth which is an This illustrated book that features 100 of the most interesting Idioms (sayings) in the English language and explains where they come from and why we still say them even when we don’t even know what some of them really mean.
Straight From The Horse’s Mouth is available from the UK in Kindle format from Amazon here and paperback format here. American Amazon readers can squirm their way through the book in Kindle format here and in paperback format here. As well as being available through Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Nook, you can also get in on the action on your favourite Apple product by purchasing the book on iBooks by clicking below!
Finally, my other really good selling book is 101 Most Horrible Tortures in History.
Inspired by the Horrible Histories TV show, 101 Most Horrible Tortures misses out all the boring stuff and gets straight to the very sharp point, the weird, bizarre and even a bit of the gore! Often when learning history at school, we’d all squirm in our chairs at hearing about the odd bit of torture or terrible execution but on the inside a bit of us loved it.
This book covers some of the craziest tortures that humans have inflicted on each other over the last 6,000 years from every corner of the world. Whether you like your tortures boiling hot; if medieval dungeons are your thing or you think Mongolian tortures are the coolest procedures until the CIA Cold Cell Air-Con torture.
101 Most Horrible Tortures In History takes a wry look at history, torture and bizarre punishments of times past and just a bit of the present so that we can thank our lucky stars that none of this is ever likely happen to us. History doesn’t have to be torture!
101 Most Horrible Tortures is available from the UK in Kindle format from Amazon here and paperback format here. American Amazon readers can squirm their way through the book in Kindle format here and in paperback format here. As well as being available through Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Nook, you can also get in on the action on your favourite Apple product by purchasing the book on iBooks by clicking below!
Our exclusive and world first Virtual 360 degree guided video tours are now coming on line. Make a payment through the debit/credit card system and the tour will be immediately ready for you!
- St Pauls, Little Britain, Smithfield and Farringdon Tour (practice tour for charity) This tour starts at St Pauls Cathedral and visits amongst other Little Britain, the beautiful but solemn Postmans Park and the Victorian Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice. We’ll see a bombed out church from The Blitz, memorials to the Great Fire of London and infamous executions before heading through Smithfield Market and on into Farringdon. Price £5
2. Bloomsbury Literary Autumnal Walking Tour in 360 Degree Video See beautiful leafy Bloomsbury in its autumnal colourful glory as we explore the parks and streets and visit the spots where many literary and cultural giants called home. From Virginia Woolf to Charles Dickens. From the Suffragettes to Handel. See the places that inspired the great and the good as well the self proclaimed Wickedest Man In The World and much more in out 69 minute walk around one of the most beautiful and quietest spots in Central London. Price £11
3. Great Crimes & Punishments Walking Tour in 360 Degree Video This tour takes us to a decidedly less glamorous and much less visited part of London, the East End and Southwark. We start off at the location of one of the great gangland killings involving the legendary Kray twins as well as visiting spots related to Jack The Ripper as we meander through Whitechapel and increasingly hip Spitalfields.
We’ll visit plague pits, places of execution for famous figures such as William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace and then cross over the river by St Pauls and visit an area that was once the most salubrious in London and see The Globe, the infamous Clink Prison, London Bridge and Borough Market as well as stepping back in time to Victorian Squalor to visit Crossbones and the remains of the debtors prison that were so instrumental in motivating Charles Dickens. Duration 90 minutes Price £15