‘Just a note to let you know how much my husband and I have enjoyed the books in your ‘Ordinary’ Lives Series. We have found them interesting, educational and, at times, sad. We look forward to your next publication.’
J M, Streatham

1995 - 2013
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‘Books in this Series are told in the author’s own words, giving the reader the impression that an old friend has called in to chat. Yet, they are intended as serious accounts of social history, and are used by students and social historians the world over.’ Jill Wohlgemuth in East Surrey Family History Society Journal, March 2005



This Series has four broad, but overlapping, readership groups:

  • elders who like life stories about ‘ordinary’ people with whom they can identify directly or vicariously
  • students and social historians looking for first-hand accounts and reliable detail
  • those interested in place-specific events and people
  • a growing readership who love this Series simply ‘because they do’!

They sometimes write and say why they like the books’ content, their friendly feel and clear print. They welcome the ‘Ordinary’ Lives Series as an antidote to the commercial world’s obsession with celebrity

  • Bill of Bulwell  by Bill Cross.  Autobiography of a Nottingham miner born in 1918. Already a must for social history students.
  • Alice from Tooting by Alice Mullen.  Few working-class women of Alice’s generation wrote their life story. Hers was found in a hard-backed notebook after her death.
  • Flo: Child Migrant from Liverpool   First published autobiography of a female ‘child migrant’. Flo, aged seven in 1928, was sent involuntarily - like thousands of children from Britain to Australia - to add to ‘good white stock’.
  • Geoff: 44 years a railwayman by L Geoffrey Raynor. Starting as a Messenger Boy at Nottingham Victoria Station in 1939, Geoff rose to be Signalman, Controller and Senior Accident Clerk.
  • Vic: from Lambeth to Lambourn by Victor Cox. Vic’s pre-1920 childhood in Lambeth, London, gives a rich insight into the time.
  • Dorothy from Hythe in Kent by Dorothy Thomas (nee Dann). This is the story, found after her death, of a woman born at the turn of the 20th Century. Her daughter fills in detail of her family background and her life after marriage at age twenty-eight when she stopped her autobiography. It is an important story for social and women’s history.


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