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This review is from: Carryduff 2000 a Chronological Record of Events in the Life and Development of Carryduff, Past and Present and Memoirs of the District From Bygone Days (Paperback)
This is a privately published booklet, covering the history of the small town of Carryduff in County Down, Northern Ireland. I bought it as I grew up there and it's not as if there's any other books available on the subject. But really, it is a pretty terrible effort! Any history book's reliability rests on its sources, and there's no citation list in this one at all - nothing to back up where the information it contains came from. There's also no table of contents, list of figures or index, meaning you have to relay of the very loosely chronological ordering of the articles to find anything. Apart from one historical map of North Down, there's no maps included in the book at all, which makes it quite bewildering at times trying to work out where some of the places they're talking about actually are. Some of the historical photos of places are fascinating, although would've been helpful to put compass points on them so it was easier to guess how they relate to the modern day streetscape. The selection of information is also rather odd. The bias is hugely towards religous material and the churches in the area, and the text continually blethers on in a totally subjective fashion about the subject. The coverage of other topics seems patchy and arbitrary.
I guess we can't we grumble too much - this was an informal booklet design to capture a few local memoirs, not an attempt at a serious historical text, and it had a cheap price tag. Just don't buy it expecting rigour or balance!