A GROWING NUMBER OF AUTHORS find that, for one reason or another, they cannot locate--or do not want--a suitable commercial publisher for their work. So they opt to publish it themselves. For those considering taking this path, the advice on the advantages, pitfalls and skills required, including finance, marketing and distribution, on the Writer's World website at www.writersworld.tv is invaluable. From a reader's perspective, self-published history should not be ignored, as it may well contain valuable research. Recent titles received in our offices include:
The Columns of Egypt by J. Peter Phillips (Peartree Publishing, 56 Albert St, Beswick, Manchester, MI 1 3SU, hb 23.80 [pounds sterling], pb 17.80 [pounds sterling]) is a study of the ancient civilization's monuments, palaces, houses and temples over the last three millennia and their purpose and symbolic meanings.
Also by Peartree Publishing and for the same price, Fighting Pharaohs: Weapons and Warfare in Ancient Egypt by Robert B. Partridge looks at the fighting instruments, tactics, training and campaigns of the Ancient Egyptian kings, from Narmer to Cleopatra.
`Budgie ...' The Life of Sir E.A.T. Wallis Budge by Robert Morrell (43 Eugene Gardens, Nottingham, NG2 3LF, 5 [pounds sterling]) sets out to uncover the life and work of the Egyptologist, born in 1857. It chronicles his difficult childhood and later travels and collections for the British Museum, where he was Keeper of the Department of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities for thirty-two years until 1924.
Vast information, not in book form but on a new CD, charts The History of Sevenoaks to 1650 compiled by Jean Fox (Lulworth, School Lane, Seal, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0BQ, 14.99 [pounds sterling]), from earliest times to the Civil War, in the form of transcripts of numerous wills and other documentary evidence. …