New Titles, Spring 2022
‘He Went About doing Good’ by David Elder
The life of Dr Edward Thomas Wilson of Cheltenham has never before been told. Overshadowed both by his son, the Antarctic explorer who perished with Captain Scott at the South Pole, and his brother, renowned for his heroic attempt to rescue General Gordon at Khartoum, his story is intriguingly complex. A municipal pioneer of Victorian and Edwardian Britain, he instigated modern medical practices, such as isolation fever hospitals, district nursing and clean drinking water. A supporter of science and art he opened the museum which now bears his family’s name, and promoted libraries and the local School of Art. A founder of the local camera club (the sixth oldest in the country) he pioneered photomicrography as an amateurs’ pursuit, and contributed to numerous associations, not least as President of the Cheltenham Natural Science Society. ‘No man has done so much as he to stimulate and promote the intellectual life of the town’ proclaimed one of his obituaries in 1918, while the epitaph on his gravestone reads simply, ‘He went about doing good’. Drawing on previously unpublished material and sources, this is the first in-depth biography of one of life’s ‘quiet’ heroes. January 2022, xiv, 276pp, illustrated (some colour) paperback, £15.95, ISBN 978-1-914407-25-3.
Give us a Neg! by Richard Wintle
A trawl through the sporting archive of Swindon’s picture agency. The third selection of images drawn from the millions archived by the author during his career as a freelance press photographer and owner of Calyx Picture agency. Based in Swindon (Wiltshire) this volume highlights the many local sporting events that the author has covered, including spectacular action shots, with a commentary about the techniques that sports photojournalists employ. January 2022, 134pp, colour illustrated paperback, £14.95, ISBN 978-1-914407-27-7.