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Updated  April 2018

Firstly, a big thanks to my son-in-law Stuart Morris for spending a huge amount of time recently on restoring the website after it crashed and was closed for about a month.

Medieval Parish Churches of Wales has been available since 2017.

Two recent titles 2017-2018 have only had limited circulation and have never been available to the general public either in terms of copies for sale or copies being held by any libraries.  One is Open Bothies, a catalogue of shelters in the UK’s wide and lonely places, which is priced at £10 including postage. The other is Castles Restored From Ruins, the story of ruined castles in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland being restored to use, mostly by private individuals. 224 pages, nearly 500 illustrations including close on 400 colour pictures. Price £20. Neither book is currently on sale but please email Mike to register an interest should either of them be made available at some point.

No other titles are currently in preparation. I’ve taken the rest of 2018  off to do other things. Other books may eventually appear at some point, e.g. a Scottish equivalent to Castles of Ireland, or another title about medieval churches.

I’m hoping to do a Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride in 2019. There are no plans to link this with a publication. I’d be pleased to route suggestions from anyone who has experience to such a journey.

The county guides to Old Parish Churches series has stalled lately due to poor sales of the last four:  Lancashire, Gloucestershire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Interest from shops for these titles recently has been minimal. If any more titles in the series do come out the most likely candidates are Essex, Somerset, North Yorkshire, and Avon, although there has been no significant recent progress on any of them. If anyone has good digital pictures either of the inside or outsides of churches in these areas that I could use I’d be pleased to hear from them.

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