History and Biography

(Code: 978-1-909548-49-7)
Family Fables How to Write and Publish the Story of YOUR family
by Maisie Robson, with Steve Rudd
(2015) 9 in x 6 in, 142pp., pbk

"...a well presented, no nonsense book that encourages and inspires. I would recommend it to anyone interested in presenting their family story in a creative way, irrespective of whether you hope to get as far as publishing, you are sure to pick up useful tips on how to turn your years of research into an interesting volume for family and friends."

 Reviewed by Philippa McCray, Administrator,  FFHS [Federation of Family History Societies] August 2015

"An easy and inspiring read with superb pointers on how to give your book the narrative drive to make it a page-turner. Perfect for family historians looking for a new challenge"

Karen Clare, writing in Family Tree Magazine, December 2015 issue.

"The book has much sound and sensible practical wisdom about writing your family history... recommended... "

- Alan Crosby, Honorary Research Fellow at Lancaster and Liverpool Universities and editor of The Local Historian, writing in Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, March 2016

Family history research is more popular today than it has ever been, with many genealogists spending years accumulating boxes of notes, pedigrees and photocopies.  A constant worry is how to organise it all - and what will happen to it when you pass on.  The solution is to turn your family history project into a book.   Using three simple planning techniques and taking you step by step through the process, Family Fables explains how to organise your research, how to turn it into a story, and how to present the resulting book for publication.  Maisie Robson brings some exciting new gifts to the party. It is time, she argues, to take family history research and apply some of the techniques of creative writing to give your family’s story some colour, some light and shade, and transform your research from a collection of notes, printouts, scribbled family trees, photocopies and old photographs, and turn it into a vibrant chronicle which is not only potentially enthralling, but also possibly marketable.  Originally published in 2006, to considerable acclaim, that edition has now been completely revised, re-set and updated, with additional new material on the mechanics of publishing and marketing, and the realities of the modern publishing world, by Steve Rudd.    If you are capable of researching your family history, you are capable of writing a book. If you are capable of writing a book, you are capable of getting it published. Let Family Fables show you how...  Maisie Robson is a former lecturer in the fields of English literature and creative writing. She is the author of several books on historical and biographical subjects, a list of which is given in the fly-leaf of this book, and an analysis of the cult film, Withnail and I. Steve Rudd is a publisher and a former marketing director. He has been a family historian since the 1970s



(Code: 978 1 872438 70 2)
Jordan's Guide to British Steam Locomotives by Owen Jordan
(2003) 234 x153mm illustrated, pbk.,
(Code: 978 1 872438 93 8)
RailwaymenThe Organization and Staffing of an Edwardian Railway
by Maisie Robson
Foreword by Owen Jordan
(2009) 9in x 6in., illustrated, pbk.,
(Code: 978 1 872438 37 5)
Jordan's Guide to English Churches by Owen Jordan
(2000) 234 x 153mm, illustrated, pbk.,

(Code: 978 1 872438 16 4)
Traces of The Templarsby George F. Tull
(2000, reprinted 2007) 234 x 153mm, illustrated, pbk.,

(Code: 978 1 872438 17 7)
An Unrepentant EnglishmanThe Life and Times of S. P. B. Mais, Ambassador of the Countryside
by Maisie Robson
(2005) 198 x 127mm., illustrated, pbk.,

"This biography is no sentimental memoir of an affable eccentric. Alongside other aspects of an engaging character - cricket, teaching, - it examines his powerful contribution to the outdoor movement" - THE RAMBLER (magazine of the Ramblers' Association).

"...a lucid and intelligent biography of one of the more popular writers and broadcasters of the inter-war years... a pleasantly-produced, short account of a once well-known writer and broadcaster. Mais was very much in need of a biography, and this does the task well... the publishers can be commended for producing an attractive book at a very competitive price." - THE LOCAL HISTORIAN

(Code: 9781872438337)
Arthur Mee's Dream of England by Maisie Robson
(2003) A5, illustrated, pbk.,
(Code: 978 0 9542138 0 4)
1906: Every Man For Himself!by Maisie Robson
(2002) A5, pbk.,