Friday, 12 February 2010

The genius of Shire

Shire Publications was launched in 1962.

Since then, their pocket sized 'Discovering..' books have been sold in museums, stately homes, coach stations, train stations, craft shops and tourist information offices all over Britain.

Running to hundreds of titles and selling literally hundreds of thousands of their most popular titles, the books range from the conventional ('Discovering Essex'...'South Yorkshire'...'Warwickshire', etc.) to the obscure ('Discovering Dummy Boards', 'Edged Weapons', 'Smoking Antiques') via the esoteric ('Discovering the Folklore of Birds & Beasts', 'Playing Cards & Tarot', 'Wayside Graves'): an astounding library of things you didn't know you needed to know about.

With virtually every book still in print and available direct from the publisher, often in their original covers, Shire are an unheralded and unsung British institution that you need to seriously look into. Always readable, totally fascinating, you should start a Shire collection NOW.

As part of my Shire promotional drive, I will now be offering a weekly (at least) fact gained from reading one of their brilliant little books.

I'll educate you idiots if it's the last thing I do.

Marvel at the Shire catalogue here.

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