Authors and their work

Never throw away old cocoa tins that you find in a cupboard in your husband's aunt's house. That would be the advice of June Pickerill whose curiosity about the contents of such a cocoa tin led to year upon frustrating year of research into the letters that she found inside. The letters had been written by a Staffordshire man whose pioneering instinct and perseverance provided the goad for June to carry out her research to a worthy end: the publication of One and eightpence in my Pocket.
  The book traces John Pickering's life from his birth in Staffordshire in 1820, via his arrival in South Australia in 1849 with, as he wrote 'one and eightpence in my pocket', to his mysterious death in the sea off Port Wakefield in October 1862. It also provides a history of the descendants of John Pickering, now almost all in Australia, to the turn of this century. 'A remarkable work.'
  June has written other books on local history particularly of life in the Cannock mining district.

One and eightpence in my Pocket (9780905985312) - June Pickerill


Anna Seward received more acclaim than any other poetess of her day, probably more than any 'female author' whatsoever, except Mrs Macaulay and Fanny Burney.  So writes Professor F.A.Pottle of Yale. In The Swan at Lichfield, Margaret Williams has introduced the poems which have a special Lichfield interest.
The Swan at Lichfield (9780905985077) - Margaret Williams