The Little Book of Cheshire Book Review and Competition*

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The Little Book of Cheshire by Roger Stephens is packed with fascinating facts and intriguing tales about the English county of Cheshire. Inside, readers can find out about the area’s most unusual crimes and punishments, eccentric inhabitants, famous sons and daughters, and hundreds of other facts. Plus, they’ll also discover some authentically-bizarre bits of historic trivia. The Little Book of Cheshire is ideal for whiling away the hours on a long train journey. Or if you enjoy competing in pub quizzes – or compiling them – it provides a handy treasure trove of useful information.

 

What we thought of the book

We love learning about our local area, so we were eager to read this book. What’s more, we never like to miss an opportunity to arm ourselves with facts in readiness for pub quizzes or board games – especially over the Christmas period. And this book certainly didn’t disappoint!

The Little Book of Cheshire contains a wealth of surprising information. For example, did you know that in medieval times, Cheshire was a County Palatine with its own independent parliament? Or that with 86,000 ponds, it claims to be the pond capital of Europe?

The book is well written and witty, so it was a joy to read. It’s also helpfully split into five sections: history; romance; beauty; produce and industry; and fun and games. You can pick and choose which parts you want to read first, or dip in and out as you please.

There’s plenty to interest natives of Cheshire, as well as incomers and those who have never even set foot in the county. Readers will learn about the area’s smuggling past (in The Wirral), as well as tales of witches and highwaymen, and lots more.

But it’s not just the past that features, for the author also covers the modern-day period, including the World Worm Charming Championships, which takes place every year in the village of Willaston.

So if you want to know more about Cheshire – or simply enjoy topping up your brain with handy facts – this is the perfect book for you.

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How you could win yourself a copy of this book

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* Prize is not exchangeable for cash and not transferable
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* All entries must be received by Sun, 13 January 2019.
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How much is the book and how can you buy it

The hardback is £9.99 and the ebook is £4.07. You can buy a copy on Amazon here.

 

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About the author

Cheshire author and illustrator Roger Stephens lives and works in Chester. He gives talks on local and natural history, and has also worked as a tourist guide for 16 years. Roger’s illustrations have appeared in books and magazines, as well as on display boards for nature reserves and visitor attractions.

 

About the book

Title: The Little Book of Cheshire.

Publisher: The History Press.
ISBN: 9780750985963.
Pages: Approximately 190.

 

Review by: Colette Warbrook.

 

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* We were given a copy of the book in return for a feature. All opinions are our own.

37 Comments

  1. December 31, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    What a quaint story; I’ll have to pick it up sometime!

  2. Solange
    January 1, 2019 / 1:22 am

    My son who loves books packed with fascinating facts and intriguing tales.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 11:17 am

      How wonderful! You would have to read to him though as its more geared towards adults

  3. January 1, 2019 / 9:57 am

    My kids love finding out about local places, especially if it involved ghoulish tales

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 11:16 am

      Absolutely! The book is filled with so much fact and information

  4. January 1, 2019 / 11:54 pm

    This looks like a lovely book! So exciting for the opportunity to win it, too.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 7:18 pm

      Good luck to you Tiffany

  5. Claire Lee
    January 2, 2019 / 12:25 am

    I love discovering new books and reading in general! How fun. I will have to check it out next time when I’m at barnes and nobles.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 7:15 pm

      Hope you do, the link to purchase the book is on our blog

  6. January 2, 2019 / 12:38 am

    This looks like a pretty cool book! Nice giveaway! Wishing everyone who enters good luck

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 7:15 pm

      Thank you Miss J, yes goodluck to everyone who has entered this competition

  7. January 2, 2019 / 1:22 am

    It sounds like a really awesome book

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 7:11 pm

      If you love facts and history, this is a great book

  8. Nathan
    January 2, 2019 / 4:10 am

    Interesting giveaway about train journeys , I have applied wish me luck

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 7:10 pm

      Good luck to you Nathan

  9. Jasmine Hewitt
    January 2, 2019 / 4:37 am

    sounds like a good book. i gotta check it out

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 7:10 pm

      Hope you do Jasmine

  10. Surekha Busa
    January 2, 2019 / 4:55 am

    Thanks for sharing this, that book is so intriguing, i would love to read that some time.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 7:10 pm

      Hope you do Surekha, its a great read with so much of facts

  11. January 2, 2019 / 6:03 am

    This is a great book review! I had no idea that they had their own parliament or 86,000 ponds. I’ve been reading more I can’t wait to start doing book reviews.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 6:35 pm

      How wonderful that you have picked up on these facts Nikki! Do join our competition so that you can win yourself a copy of this wonderful book

  12. January 2, 2019 / 6:04 am

    Sounds like a great book and great giveaway. We love buying books for our niece and nephew.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 6:32 pm

      How wonderful, this book is so full of facts

  13. January 2, 2019 / 1:15 pm

    Well, I thought I knew a fair bit about my childhood stamping ground but I had no idea there was a worm wrestling championship in the area! I’d love to see what other fascinating facts I’ve missed out on.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 6:32 pm

      Do join the competition Jane so that you can win yourself a copy of the book!

  14. Claire Matthews-Curtis
    January 2, 2019 / 9:23 pm

    I just love to read new things and this sounds right up my street 🙂

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 9:45 pm

      So glad to hear that Claire and good luck with the competition!

  15. Kirsty
    January 2, 2019 / 9:48 pm

    Oh I love a good book about this area. This one sounds great. Thanks for the chance for the win!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 8:54 am

      Your welcome, good luck to you if you have joined the competition

  16. Carole Nott
    January 2, 2019 / 10:38 pm

    Great giveaway – love the look of this book and it sounds like a very interesting read

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 8:53 am

      Super interesting Carole, loads of facts and interesting information about Cheshire in it

  17. Rich Tyler
    January 3, 2019 / 12:26 pm

    Always up for great new reads!

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 2:00 pm

      Glad to hear that Rich, reading is so good

  18. January 12, 2019 / 11:38 pm

    My parents have just moved to Chester, I’m sure they would love this book. Would love to win it for them.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 12:26 pm

      Good luck to you, its the last day of the competition today

  19. Heather Gutowski
    January 13, 2019 / 4:32 pm

    I love finding out about new places. I don’t know much about Cheshire, and this would be a great opportunity to find out more, and probably visit Chester and surrounding area.

    • yeahlifestyle
      Author
      January 14, 2019 / 9:38 am

      Yes, absolutely Heather, interesting shares and stories in the book

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