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U-Boat Hunters - Cornwall's Air War 1916-19
by Peter London

ISBN: 978 185022 135 7
240 x 180mm - 96 pages

U-Boat Hunters tells the extraordinary story of the campaign fought over the seas off Cornwall during the First World War, to help combat the grave menace of Imperial Germany's submarine fleets. Massive airships of the Royal Navy Air Service based at Mullion and Bude patrolled the skies in a constant war against the enemy's attacks on Britain's vital shipping lanes. In addition aircraft flew from Mullion and Padstow, while important seaplane stations were established at Penzance and Tresco.

U-Boat Hunters is the first account to be published of this remarkable operation, of the men and machines that flew from Cornwall against the Kaiser's submarines.

Illustrated with over sixty rare photographs, many published for the first time. The author, Peter London has written on aviation for fifteen years and is a regular contributor to the aviation press with several other books to his credit. He has researched aviation in Cornwall for ten years and is a member of the Cornish Aviation Society.

60 b & w archive illustrations - published 1999.

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Jane Slade of Polruan
by Helen Doe

ISBN: 1 85022 162 6
240x175mm - 128 pages

REDUCED!  The inspiration for Daphne du Maurier's first novel, Jane Slade of Polruan is an account of a family of shipbuilders in a small Cornish village. Their rise in the early nineteenth century and their subsequent downfall during the depression of 1930 parallels the history of so many other family enterprises in Cornwall. At the centre of all this activity is the amazing Jane Slade who took control of the family business on her husband's death. She was the only woman shipbuilder in Cornwall and her legacy lived on through successive generations of shipbuilders, owners, repairers and mariners and in the ship named after her.

Fifty years after her death the story of Jane and her family inspired a young budding author Daphne du Maurier to write her first novel The Loving Spirit. Here the facts behind the fiction are recounted, the real Jane Slade is revealed and she and her family take their place in the history of Cornwall.

There is an index of the ships that the Slades built and of those who had shares in them. There is a detailed comparison of the real people and places and those in the fictional rendering of the story of Jane Slade.The book is illustrated with contemporary prints and photographs, many of them not previously published; in addition there are new photographs taken by Christian du Maurier Browning, Daphne's son, which capture the magical spirit of the Fowey estuary. These scenes often little changed would have been familiar to characters both real and imaginary. Through them we can see the past all around us.

29 colour and 34 black and white illustrations.

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Devoran & its River a photographic history
by Ralph and Marie Bird

ISBN: 978 185022 224 8
295x210mm - 118 pages

REDUCED!  This is a collection of old photographs of Devoran and the surrounding area, giving the reader an insight into life gone by and showing how things have changed over the years.