Kilverts’s Diary 1870 – 1879 Selections from the Diary of Rev. Francis Kilvert by William Plomer
The Kilverts, originally a Shropshire family, had migrated to Bath in the eighteenth century. Francis Kilvert spent his early years at Harden Huish, was educated privately, went in due course to Wadham College, Oxford, and entered the Church. In November 1977 Kilvert became Vicar of Bredwardine. His Diaries paint a unique picture of country life in mid Victorian times.
An Evacuee in The Hay (and other stories) by Eddie J Stapleton
Illustrated with several period photographs, this book is a collection of Eddie’s reminiscences of his life as an evacuee in Hay on Wye.
My Kingdom of Books by Richard Booth (not availably electronically but a signed copy is on our bookshelf)
Richard Booth offers many reflections on a society increasingly centralized and dominated by distant authority whether bureaucratic or capitalistic. His views are controversial, provocative but unfailingly entertaining. Monarchic, socialist and separatist, he is politically incorrect four times over – and a rare free spirit in a world of increasing orthodoxy. He tells the story of Hay-on-Wye, a small town on the Welsh-border that became a mecca for book enthusiasts and collectors from all over the world. The hilarious events surrounding the town’s Declaration of Independence from Great Britain are described, as are the author’s more serious thoughts abut rural regeneration.