As of 22 July 2013 Hobnob Press is no longer based in East Knoyle. The address for all editorial matters is now: 15 Castle Court, Castle Street, Stroud GL5 2JD. The business address is 30c Deverill Road Trading Estate, Sutton Veny, Warminster BA12 7BZ, but correspondence should be addressed to Stroud. Mail addressed to the PO Box will be redirected until the end of 2013. The landline no longer functions, so the only phone number is 07715620790. Email (email@example.com) is unchanged.
Hobnob Press is a publisher of books about Wiltshire and the surrounding region owned and run by local historian Dr John Chandler. On these webpages you will find details of all Hobnob titles, books distributed but not published by Hobnob Press, and an order form which you can print off and send. I do not at present offer an online ordering and payment facility.
Hobnob Press was established in 1983 by Tony Martin (then proprietor of the Everyman Bookshop, Salisbury) to publish John Chandler’s history of Salisbury, Endless Street. During the 1980s Tony published four more local books under the Hobnob Press imprint, all now out of print, but after 1988 the press fell silent. Tony sold his Salisbury shop (it no longer sells books), then ran bookshops in Southampton and Ringwood, but is not currently bookselling; John subsequently wrote other books about Wiltshire and regional history for Sutton Publishing and Ex Libris Press, and has for many years conducted historical research for archaeologists. In 2001 Hobnob Press was revived by John Chandler (with Tony Martin’s encouragement), to publish quality local books at an affordable price from a South Wiltshire base once again. Since 2009 our focus has changed slightly, to concentrate on print-on-demand and short run editions of local and (Wessex) regional history titles, in most cases with a more academic and national or international interest. As publishing and bookselling evolve this seems an appropriate way forward, and a close working relationship between author and publisher is forged so that just a handful of worthwhile and significant books are published each year. In 2011 John was appointed county editor of the Victoria County History in Gloucestershire, so Hobnob Press has become a spare-time activity, and has downsized accordingly.
By the end of 2012 more than one hundred titles have been published or are in production, together with the first ten annual issues of Sarum Chronicle, a journal devoted to the history of Salisbury and its district. (This has now been taken over by its editorial team, who publish and distribute it themselves.) New books regularly receive favourable reviews in the local press and historical periodicals, and most people interested in the history and landscape of Wiltshire by now will have many Hobnob titles on their bookshelves.
Hobnob Press has always worked with other organisations, includng the Wiltshire Record Society, the Wiltshire Buildings Record, Ex Libris Press (who distribute many of its publications), and several titles have been published on behalf of or in conjunction with local organizations, including the Friends of Shaftesbury Abbey, Chippenham Civic Society, Gillingham Local History Society and Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum. Parish histories from John Chandler’s county history are included on Wiltshire Council’s website. Further details of these and other links will be found on the Hobnob Marketplace page of this website.
Ex Libris Press
For thirty years Ex Libris of Bradford on Avon has been a leading publisher of books on Wiltshire and neighbouring counties, boasting many important and entertaining books on its list. Since 2005 Hobnob Press and Ex Libris Press have collaborated in distributing their books locally and nationally: see Availability below. Brief details of Ex Libris titles will be found on the Hobnob Marketplace page of this website, and for full information visit www.ex-librisbooks.co.uk.
Facts and Figures
Postal address: Hobnob Press, 15 Castle Court, Castle Street, Stroud GL5 2JD, UK
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (NOTE that email is the best means of making contact)
ISBN publisher’s prefixes: 978-0-946418; 978-1-906978 (the latter denotes Print on Demand titles)
Hobnob titles are available (depending on subject area) in most Wiltshire and some Dorset, Somerset, Bath and Bristol bookshops. Details are included on Nielsen BookNet, by which means they can be identified and ordered by and through local booksellers anywhere. Hobnob Press books are distributed nationally by wholesalers Gardners Books, 1 Whittle Drive, Willingdon Drove, Eastbourne BN23 6QH. Print-on-demand titles are available to the trade internationally from Lightning Source (Ingram Group) via appropriate wholesalers. Local representation and trade orders in north Wiltshire (including Bradford, Devizes and Marlborough), Bath, Bristol and adjacent parts of Somerset, are handled by Roger Jones of Ex Libris Press (email: email@example.com; phone: 01225-865191). Representation and trade orders in south Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire are handled by John Chandler and his wife Ruth Smalley of Hobnob Press (email firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 07715-620790).
For details and direct orders please email email@example.com.
[website updated July 2013]