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The Little Book of the Black Country by [Pearson, Michael]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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About the Author

Michael Pearson is a retired police inspector with a passion for local history. He has been the editor of "The Blackcountryman," and has written two local history titles dealing with crime and genealogy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6474 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0752487833
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FD3NRWW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,239 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author begins with Black Country names as recorded in the Domesday Book, accompanied with a potted history of the earliest inhabitants. I found it amusing in his first paragraph that 'the very earliest inhabitants of Dudley were not humans'. This would be a subject of debate amongst my cousins. Amongst this comprehensive 'Little Book' account of the region is the never ending debate on the definition of the Black Country boundaries. Some may exclude Smethwick, Stourbridge and parts of Halesowen on historical data but based on geological coal mining grounds these would be included. The author asks, 'people of Smethwick, are you Brummies or Black Country folk?'. I would suggest he asks this incognito or book into the old Dudley Road Hospital.

This is an attractive and readable book, particularly if from within the region or anyone interested in the culture. The names, personalities and dialect with lifestyle are unique to this most marvellous of areas. Smethwick, Dudley, Rowley Regis, Wolverhampton or wherever, (why did Cradley be amalgamated with Halesowen other than bureaucracy?). It is full of factual information that is thoroughly enjoyable and with an admitted helping of nostalgia that I found informative. It is pitiful the industry with it's expertise were ripped out of the area in the 1960's and 70's, but the heart and foundations are fortunately still there.
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The Little Book of the Black Country

This book is a must for anyone living in the Black Country, and a treat for anyone who doesn't. There are so many facts - some of which I'd previously attributed to folklore - and interesting anecdotes, carefully compiled and blended with local humour.
I like the way it includes towns and villages not always included in the area: whilst I fully acknowledge the original mining area as the origin of the description (a hatched area on a map was the explanation of one knowledgeable historian) For my money, the true Black Country includes anywhere the 'dark arts' of industry thrived and the unique dialect is spoken. eg: I think a Smethwick dweller who says "Yo bay" or "Yo bin" is entitled to call himself a Blackcountryman, whilst anyone who strenuously denies he's Black Country doesn't deserve to be included anyway. Or is that too contentious?
A born Snetta and fellow writer, I loved this book (can you tell?) from start to finish - and found nothing whatsoever to question it on apart from the fact that (like all good things) it came to an end. Congratulations Michael Pearson, I shall be recommending this book to everyone I know and I hope it has the success it deserves.
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Brilliant little book about the Black Country. Full of facts and figures with plenty of Humour too. One thing I would have liked is some kind of index. This is rather annoying but then again the book can be read completely in an hour!
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I bought this as a present for my friends husband. I obviously intended scanning through it before I wrapped it. I loved it - I read it all!

Nick too was delighted with it and found it full of information and facts about the Black Country. I would certainly recommend this to anyone who is interested in this area of the country - and others - go on - find out for yourselves just what an interesting area of the country this is.
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I knew the black country had a lot of history but I never knew quite how much.
Since moving to Cardiff I am often called a Brummie. So I decided to buy this book to learn more about my heritage and to be able to give some facts about the black country.
The book itself is well written and laid out in a clear concise layout.

A great read. Highly recommended.
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A fascinating collection of facts and stories relating to Black Country history and culture. One of those books that will be consulted quite frequently especially when friends are chatting about the "old-times".
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This is an absolutely fascinating book containing fantastic research about the Black Country. I am from the Black Country, and this book was the reason I joined the Black Country Society. You don't have to be from the. Black Country to enjoy this book, though - it is enjoyable in its own right. Great entertainment value. It contains facts, stories and myths. I particularly enjoyed the stories about olden days, especially learning about the lawless days in parts of the Black Country. Fabulous book.
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Dad saw it, so I ordered it as a present. He hardly reads, but he's enjoying it and nearly finished it. I told him about the ratings and he said 4 stars.
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