is a publisher of books chiefly about Wiltshire, Dorset and the surrounding region, owned and run by local historian Dr John Chandler. In its present form it has been
publishing since 2001, although its origins go back to 1983. On these webpages you will find details of all Hobnob titles currently available, books produced by Hobnob Press for other organisations
and individuals, information for prospective authors, and an ISBN listing of all titles ever published by Hobnob Press. I do not offer an online ordering and payment facility (see the Ordering
Information page of this website), but most titles, including those now out of print, can readily be obtained through retail and online booksellers. In case of difficulty email me. Oh, and in case
you are wondering, Hobnob has nothing to do with biscuits ― it took its name (in 1983, long before the biscuits) from that of the hobby horse that accompanied Salisbury’s processional giant, now in
Still Hobnobbing . . .
Publishing has always been only one of several local history activities that I pursue, and between 2011 and 2016 most of my time was taken up in developing, as county editor, the work of the Victoria County History in Gloucestershire. For this reason my typesetting and publishing output was reduced. Now that this workload has diminished (although I am still working for the Victoria County History in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire) I am reviving Hobnob Press, and have begun to produce new editions of some of my own work as print-on-demand titles, as well as important new works of local and regional history. I also help colleagues and friends in the local history world to self-publish print-on-demand titles, and details of recent collaborations are also to be found here. And I now serve as chair of the Publishing Committee of the British Association for Local History. Please explore my website, in which I highlight new and recent titles, and past successes.
Local history publishing, in common with all forms of information management and academic exchange, has entered new and exciting but uncharted waters, and it is very
unclear how this sector will develop. My hope is that Hobnob Press will continue to play an enlightened part in that development, and I welcome your views on my approach. Thank you for visiting this
John Chandler BA PhD FSA
8 Lock Warehouse,
Please note that previous addresses in East Knoyle, Stroud and Sutton Veny are no longer applicable. Postal correspondence should be directed to Gloucester, but email is my preferred means of communication.