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Forgotten Lancashire and Parts of Cheshire and the Wirral Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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About the Author
Derek J Ripley has an unrivalled passion for local history that dates back longer than he can remember. Born in Preston but brought up in Manchester and Wigan, he has lived at various times in virtually every major conurbation in north west England - and quite a few minor ones.
He now lives in Birkenhead and commutes daily to his job as a local government librarian in Morecambe, which sadly leaves him little time to pursue his favourite pastimes, which include crown green bowling, cycling and camping.
Derek has published widely on local history matters, earning him the soubriquet ‘Mister History’ in his local pub where he is vice-captain of the quiz team. He is passionate about books (his favourite novelist is Patricia Highsmith) and bookshops - particularly when they champion local history and have a good café. Derek likes nothing better than sitting down in a bookshop with a nice café latte and a couple of good history books.
He is an avid listener - and sometime contributor to - local radio. He is married to Nataya whom he met at a local history convention in Bangkok in 2008. His most recent publication, The Lost Films of 20th Century Spatchcock, tells the story of a long-lost film studio in the north west of England.
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Viewing their, er...impressively professional looking website, still chuckling, I then followed the link to this book, here on Amazon.
I did post on our local forum, that being one of life's sceptics, I was a little wary that there were quite a few glowing reviews from those who weren't listed as being verified purchasers.
Well I'm not one, as you can see. I forked out good money for this book, after beginning to appreciate Dr. Ripley's obvious wit.
I'm a verified purchaser, and in all honesty, I love this book.
If you have a sense of humour that's a little off-the-wall, and an interest in the cultural history of the north, you might very well enjoy, and find this book as hilarious as I have.
Worth every penny, considering it's already excellent value for money, for such a good quality publication, if you count the titters it's produced, and will definitely be buying more as presents, for those similarly afflicted with a bizarre sense of humour.
Thoroughly ejoyed the tripe, but am left wanting more.
So please, please can we have some more soon, Dr. Ripley?
If we don't, I may very well lead a contingent from the Lancashire Jellied Meat Pie Makers' Guild, and stage a sit-in at the Tripe Marketing Board's H,Q.
I was not aware, for example, that Lancashire's industrial wealth was built on fridge magnets as much as cotton. Indeed, the fridge magnet was patented by William Gladstone Blunt, following a drinking session in a Stockport pub, 30 years before the invention of the fridge.
We are all the richer too for learning - at last! - the full story of the Baden-Powell Lookalike Agency. And Forgotten Lancashire finally brings long-overdue recognition to the work of woefully-undervalued Lancastrian film director, Alfred Spatchcock. (With Ale & Pie, 1941 - and many others).
A whole book, dedicated to Spatchcock, would now seem inevitable. I hope so.
It's brilliant. The funniest book I've read for years. I thought it might be when I read a review which quoted "Shiverofski & Blunt's £1 emporium' opened in 1887. Business was slow, mainly because in those days £1 was worth about £480 and there weren't many people about who could pay that sort of money for a packet of batteries or a bottle of Slovenian wine."
I enjoyed it so much, I'm going to buy a a few more copies as Christmas presents for family members.
Well done Mr.Ripley,it was a treat,and the pictures in the book were hilarious too.