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ON THE PRESS: Through the Eyes of the Craftsmen of the Oxford University Press.

By Mick Belson. ISBN: 1 599536 69 8. Hardback, 374 pages. Price: £ 14.95.

`On the Press’ is not an autobiography; it is not an official history of the Printing House; it is a simple narrative describing life at Oxford University Press over the last 100 years as seen through the eyes of the people who worked there until the closure in 1989. It is their story held together by the author’s experiences during a `roller-coaster of a wonderful journey; one that lasted more than 43 years’. The press was filled to the cloisters with wonderful people and there has been, as in life, great joy and great sadness. The author has captured the mood of the village atmosphere and the family spirit by recording just some of the `sweet memories’.


 

Jacket illustration: 'The Oxford University Press Letterpress Machine Room', 1959. Reproduced by kind permission of Alfred Daniels.

Back panel photographs (right): Oliver Brooks; David Deacon; Doris Croft; Brian Holloway; Pat Duffy.

Approximately 180 photographs plus an index of 1,600 names of people included.

"On the Press" is currently out of print
A new edition is in preparation

 


THE JEWISH VICTORIAN: Genealogical Information from the Jewish Newspapers 1871-1880.

Transcribed and edited by Doreen Berger. ISBN: 1 899536 38 8. Softback, 600 pages. Price: £ 34.95.

The culmination of more than a decades work by Doreen Berger. Inside the covers of this book are all the birth, marriage and death entries from the Jewish newspapers. Also included are obituaries, gossip and events concerning individuals, reported as they were actually occurring.

The book is arranged in the form of an alphabetical index, with details from the life of each subject listed under their name, in date order.

Under each narrative is listed the subject’s near relatives, including those of the subjects spouse.

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As the Genealogies are cross referenced you will be able to turn from family to family in the quest for information. See how the old Anglo-Jewish families were related to each other and married amongst themselves.

Within these pages are accounts of women dying in childbirth, second and third marriages, court proceedings, heroism and academic success.

Light is shed on the attitudes of the day and class differences in Jewish Society. Read of the leading Jewish Families as well as the middle class and poverty stricken.

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THE JEWISH VICTORIAN: Genealogical Information from the Jewish Newspapers 1861-1870.

Transcribed and edited by Doreen Berger. ISBN: 1 899536 72 8. Softback, 404 pages. Price: £ 29.95.

At last! The long-awaited second volume in this series. Inside the covers of this book are all the birth, marriage and death entries from the Jewish newspapers. Also included are obituaries, gossip and events concerning individuals, reported as they were actually occurring.

Doreen's first book in this series (see above) set the style for the second volume. However, the growth of newspapers during the 1870s means this volume is bigger. Now less than 100 copies remaining!

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OXFORDSHIRE PEOPLE AND THE FORGOTTEN WAR: The Anglo-Boer Conflict 1899-1902.

By Ann Spokes Symonds. ISBN: 1 899536 63 9.
Softback, 190 pages. Price
£ 12.95.

This fascinating and highly readable story of Oxfordshire’s part in the Anglo-Boer conflict which ended a century ago, is told with the help of family archives and photographs as well as accounts in magazines and newspapers. It thus throws a particularly personal light on the events and makes an important contribution to understanding the grass-roots reaction to a forgotten war.

Compared with participants in the two World Wars which followed, those who served in 1899-1902 are little remembered, an omission which this book should help to put right.

Many of the illustrations are published for the first time. More than 160 photographs, with many named individuals. Those pictured on the front cover (above) are, top row: Reginald Porter, Alfred Spurling, William Green, Maurice Church; Second row: Walter Smith, George Bliss, Robert Jennings, James Walton. Third row: Arnold Higgins, James Harper, Robert Fanshawe, Eustace Fiennes. Bottom row: Thomas Manning, William Hudson, Ernest Banbury, Walter Allsworth.

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