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When Upton Had Trains Paperback – 28 Nov 2008


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  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Natula Publications; 1st Edition edition (28 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897887752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897887752
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 0.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,144,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essays at school in any subject were always a joy, and maths a drudge, so it pointed in the right direction when an essay or poem was published in the school magazine at the age of 14 or so.

Always a keen reader and writer, and with an interest in offset litho printing, the opportunity presented itself in 1979 to write and produce a fanzine for the rock band, Motorhead. It was the punk era, fanzines were trendy, a printing machine was available, an introduction to the band was made and we have never looked back. Now, in 2010, I have the pleasure of saying that I have been running the Motorheadbangers Fan Club for 30 years, with almost 90 fanzines to my credit.

But going back a little, or perhaps quite a lot, Manchester based Babylon Books approached in 1980 for a book about the band, and this was published as 'Motorhead' in 1981.

In 1993, contact was made with a Canadian publisher, and 'The Illustrated Collector's Guide To Motorhead' was in the shops in 1993.

Writing personal essays and stories, and also for and about Motorhead, was a valuable apprenticeship, and where I paid my dues. Written in 1999 / 2000, 'The Message' is a thinly disguised Jill Dando murder crime thriller. Don't ask me how, but from the minute her murder was announced, I was convinced that a hit-man was responsible; and it turned out to be true. 'The Message' was expanded before Barry George's release, and re-published as 'A Conspiracy Of Silence.'

With quite a few manuscripts already on file, and others written at the time, another 11 books followed; 7 crime thriller fiction, one fantasy, one home front war fiction, and two Sci-Fi.

Another Motorhead book, which reprinted the text only from the first 15 fanzines, was published in 2002 as 'Diary Of The Fans Volume 1.' This has been made available again in 2011 on Amazon, as a download.

After writing some essays and humorous poetry for a local magazine, I sent them, along with some local photos and postcards, to a local interest publisher, leading to the 2008 book titled 'When Upton Had Trains.'

After writing a resume / memoir of post war life, and the difficulty in trying to convince parents and grandparents that rock 'n' roll was worthwhile; plus short reviews of the bands that I went to see in the area between 1960 and 1980, 'Bournemouth Rocks!' was published in 2009, as a unique look at the local music scene.

In 2010, 2 new thrillers, titled 'When The Clouds Have Passed,' and 'Thunder In A Bottle,' were published. Also, a non-fiction title, 'Put That Fag Out!' which is, of course, a stop smoking book. The hints and tips helped me when the faith and integrity in patches and gum stopped, and there was nothing on the market to take their place.

2011 / 2012 will see another local interest book, published by Natula, about the long-forgotten Dorset brick and clay industry. Mainly focussing on the town of Upton, and the clay drainage pipe and brick industries now erased from the landscape, they are remembered with text, OS maps, and photos from the early 1950's to the mid-1970's.

The recent invitation by Amazon to upload digital books to their site, prompted me to re-publish my out-of-print back catalogue of 12 titles. This, I am most grateful for, as those books were just sitting there doing nothing. It takes untold hours in writing a novel, and Amazon gave the opportunity to have those stories not only available again in their listings, but also living and breathing once more.

Three new titles have also been added as digital books: 'Within Spitting Distance,' which is a previously unpublished crime thriller, written in 2005, about a detective who is within spitting distance of retiring, when a speight of murders take place to bog down his final weeks on the force.

Also, 2 more Local Interest books, 'Long-Forgotten Facts About Upton & Poole In Dorset,' which is another mixture of humorous poetry, with short essays, detailing some of the factual events which took place in the area; and 'Rock 'n' Roll Ink,' which is a collection of over 100 live gig reviews from the Poole area, written from 2005 onwards, for the Mr. Kyps venue.

2012 will see the Cleopatra Books publication of 'Live To Win,' a brand new Motorhead biography. A blaze of colour and photos on every page, it is the full story, with a wealth of information which has only come to light during its writing; and a raft of previously unpublished and rare live pictures of the Lemmy KIlmister, Larry Wallis, Lucas Fox first line-up.

At the end of January 2012, 'When The Clouds Have Passed' was re-titled to 'Murder In The Village' and given a new cover photo. In early May, the book achieved #5 in Amazon's British Detective Story chart, and stayed in the Top 10 for 3 weeks.

Product Description

Upton, near Poole in Dorset has the great injustice of not having too many books written about it, but due to a couple of chance meetings between an author and two publishers, it now has another. It has been said that if anything is planned then it never works out as anticipated; and it is very true of this book. The short essays and verse herein came together over a period of evenings and weekends as a result of some both fond and frightening thoughts about what the village of Upton was like for a young person growing up in the late 1950s and 1960s. The world changed when each one of us was born and became part of it, and nothing can ever stand still. Thus, Upton also changed, developed and is still growing in much the same way, and this book reflects how it did so with due reference to the current village layout. If you're new to the area this will be of great interest, or, if you were born and grew up here it will jog a few memories, but either way, it should bring a smile to your face. But mostly, it is a small part of our local history which needs to be remembered rather than forgotten. So this is how Upton was, it may not necessarily have been better, but mot definitely quite a lot different!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Eriksson on 27 July 2010
Format: Paperback
A nice, well written little book about Upton. Alan brings forward many childhood memories from the good old days for us to share, how it was like growing up in the area during the late 1950s and 1960s. The book consists of essays and poems which are illustrated with many photographs and it's an historical account worth considering of, when times were hungry and of honesty and trust.
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