Gloucestershire

NEW FOR 2020

 

Gloucester up for the Cup: Gloucester Rugby in Cup Competitions, by Malc King, with Jim Smith and Dick Williams

A comprehensive record of matches played by Gloucester Rugby in cup competitions – from the early 1900s, when cup rugby was rather frowned upon, to victory in the first national knockout competition in 1972, to the highs and lows, glory and despair, of cup matches up to 2019. Richly illustrated with photographs of these often epic encounters, this book will bring back memories of Gloucester competing in English, Anglo-Welsh and European Cup campaigns. The Club’s participation in Tens and Sevens rugby is also covered. This is the third book to have been produced by Gloucester Rugby Heritage, a charity run by volunteers, and supported by Gloucester Rugby and Gloucestershire Archives. February 2020, 212pp, illustrations (many in colour), large format hardback, £19.95, ISBN 978-1-906978-59-4.

 

NEW FOR 2019

 

Crusader with Compassion: Dr Walter Hadwen, Gloucester GP, 1854-1932, by Michael Till

Walter Hadwen (1854-1932) moved to Gloucester in 1896 as a family doctor at the request of the local population, to advise them following a disastrous smallpox epidemic. He engendered great loyalty from his patients and community. He fought for improvements in local housing conditions and schools. His views and popularity caused antipathy among his medical colleagues. He served his patients with understanding and sympathy but his enemies were intent on challenging his opinions. An opportunity arose to confront publicly his clinical judgement in court. He stood by his sincerely held principles which would not be shaken. His influence as an antivivisectionist and antivaccinationist were felt world-wide. He was a man of passion and conviction and, as a gifted orator, was able to convince the listener that his views were irrefutable. Michael Till was until retirement himself a GP working in the practice which continued after Hadwen’s death, and bears his name. December 2019, 192pp, ill. (some colour) paperback, £14.95, ISBN 978-1-906978-78-5 (also available as a hardback, £19.95, ISBN 978-1-906978-79-2).

 

Concordant Cheltenham: the making of a musical town, 1716-1944, by Graham Lockwood

The author takes a journey through the accounts of many musical events in Cheltenham over more than two centuries,  and writes about those that he believes were important in establishing the foundation upon which Cheltenham became home to a music festival of national importance. August 2018, 148 pages, illustrations, paperback, £9.95, ISBN 978-1-906978-53-2.

Representative Rugby at Kingsholm: international, county, & invitation teams, by Malc King, with Dick Williams

Ever since the Kingsholm ground opened in 1891, both international and county trial matches had been staged there, and this hotbed of rugby has been a favoured venue for representative matches, with teams from around the world keen to experience its special atmosphere. International sides representing 21 different countries have played at Kingsholm, touring

sides have been eager to include it in their itineraries, and celebratory games brought invitational sides featuring many of the leading players of their era. This book recounts all these matches, bringing back memories of great games and famous players, who have graced the Kingsholm turf with their many and varied skills, spurred on by the passionate rugby supporters of Gloucester. The author is chairman of Gloucester Rugby Heritage, on whose behalf Hobnob has published this book, a sequel to the history of Kingsholm itself, published in 2016. December 2017, 250 pages, fully illustrated in colour, large format casbound, £19.95, ISBN 978-1-906978-46-4.

Kingsholm: Castle Grim, Home of Gloucester Rugby, the Official History, by Malc King.

Rugby has been integral to the life of Gloucester since its club was founded in 1873, and the club and its iconic stadium at Kingsholm are world famous. After the documents of its history were deposited in Gloucestershire Archives in 2007 (almost literally its next-door neighbour) a team of enthusiasts, led by Malc King, set about cataloguing them and extracting from them the club’s illustrious and sometimes surprising history. This full-colour large format illustrated hardback book is the first product of their work, offering a comprehensive history of the club, its ground and its players. Hobnob Press has produced it for Gloucester Rugby Heritage, a charity which promotes community development and education around the city’s proudest asset. 2016, 304pp colour illustrated hardback, £19.95, ISBN 978-1-906978-39-6. NOTE: This title is not sold by me, but is available from Gloucester Rugby Club.

The Legacy, by Sally Guise

A light hearted account of life in an English country house, Elmore Court near Gloucester, in the late 1900s and early 2000s, where the Guise family (one of the oldest families in England) lived - deeply committed to their local community. . . and probably the last time the house will ever be used as a family home. Completed shortly before the author’s death and published on behalf of her family. August 2017, 96 pages, colour illustrations, casebound, large format, £10.00, ISBN 978-1-906978-16-7. 

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