The Little Book of Lincolnshire is a compendium of fascinating information about this historic county, past and present.
Contained within is a plethora of entertaining facts about Lincolnshire’s famous and occasionally infamous men and women, its towns and countryside, history, natural history, literary, artistic and sporting achievements, loony laws, customs ancient and modern, transport, battles and ghostly inhabitants.
A reliable reference book and a quirky guide, this can be dipped in to time and time again to reveal something new about the people, the heritage, the secrets and the enduring fascination of the county.
A remarkably engaging little book, this is essential reading for visitors and locals alike.
The Little Book of Lincolnshire by Lucy Wood was published by The History Press on 5 September 2016.
I've lived in Lincolnshire for twenty years, I didn't move very far to come here, I was brought up just over the River Trent in north Nottinghamshire. Lincoln was always our shopping town of choice, being nearer to our village than the county town of Nottingham.
My husband is a proper 'yellow-belly' though, having lived here for all of his life and I've totally embraced the Lincolnshire way of life. I love the culture, the history and the food. I've worked out in the Lincolnshire Wolds and in some of the smaller towns as well as the majestic cathedral city of
Lincoln itself. It's really home. I love it here.
Lucy Wood's gorgeous little book is the perfect gift for anyone who knows Lincolnshire, or who wants to know more, or for the lover of historical facts. She's researched it incredibly well and it is packed full of snippets that are interesting, funny, weird and just a little bit strange. Some of them I'd heard already, but the majority were new to me ... and to my husband.
I was especially interested in the Aviation Heritage parts included as I've spent a lot of time working in the old RAF Base villages in the area. Some of the ghostly goings on that Lucy Wood has unearthed are fascinating, as are the accounts of the bombing raids that flew from the area and the heroes who lost their lives.
This is not just a collection of historical facts though. There's fascinating facts about the famous people who are associated with Lincolnshire; lots of odd customs and folklore, some sporting heroes and lots of political and royal connections too.
The Little Book of Lincolnshire is an absolute joy. I enjoyed finding out more about our beautiful county.
My thanks to The History Press who sent my copy for review.
Lucy Wood qualified as a journalist in 1999. She worked at the Grimsby Telegraph for fifteen years as a journalist and news editor. She now works in public relations, and is a qualified PR practitioner.
A keen local history enthusiast, she lives in Louth, Lincolnshire.
Also by the author: The Grimsby Book of Days
Find out more at www.lucywoodauthor.com
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