Books for the connoursier

Started by: JR (291)

For many years I have been working on a unique book on Wigan history. This I will keep secret for now in case some opportunist beats me to the finishing post. But watch this space. In the meanwhile I have published a couple of books, vaguely connected with Wigan but informative for the enthusiast.
Shortly I will publish my selection of poems... Wigan inspired..

Started: 10th May 2020 at 15:03

Posted by: JR (291)

Two books now published and can be found on Amazon books.
Search for 'Fabricating the Sublime'
and 'Percy Thrower Forgives the Dalek'
Both available in e-book and paperback

Replied: 13th May 2020 at 11:46

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Hello JR, your Wigan history book sounds intriguing.

WW has a poetry section, listed under ‘Stuff’ - contact Ron or Brian & you may be able to submit some of your work: Poetry and

JR’s page on Amazon UK - J. R. Harris

Replied: 16th May 2020 at 09:46

Posted by: JR (291)

Many thanks Jo anne,
I will offer a sample of my poetry nearer to the time of publication.

Replied: 10th Jun 2020 at 19:44

Posted by: tonker (24215) 

Wigan? History? Ooooooh., that's a new one! I don't think anybody's ever thought of that before!

Replied: 10th Jun 2020 at 20:16

Posted by: PeterP (8919)

How about a book about Yickers We have books about Wigan/ St Helens but very little about Haydock.

Replied: 11th Jun 2020 at 08:22

Posted by: JR (291)

My history of Wigan has a very different perspective from the books currently available. As for Haydock, yes, there is certainly much history there that could be explored and put into writing. I'm not so familiar with Haydock but have a few friends who sing its praises.

Replied: 11th Jun 2020 at 13:18

Posted by: tonker (24215) 

JR, I'm sure Haydock's past has much less historical content than Wigan's has. In my opinion, you should stick with Wigan for your project. There's loads more tales for you to repeat !

PS: and do get your work's content edited before publication, to avoid the inevitable spelling mistakes, laaaaike!

Replied: 11th Jun 2020 at 14:56
Last edited by tonker: 11th Jun 2020 at 14:59:50

Posted by: JR (291)

Yes, abselootly!!!

Replied: 12th Jun 2020 at 10:03

Posted by: Axcroft (204)

JR, I have read the free parts of both of your new publications that appear on Amazon.  As you indicate, they are for the enthusiast, so I was not tempted to purchase.  But I enjoyed reading the references to Wigan, and look forward to your take on that part of its history that you will cover. I anticipate something a little different!

Replied: 12th Jun 2020 at 18:12

Posted by: JR (291)

Yes, a niche market, but I've had a couple of favourable responses from people who have purchased and read the books, which is promising!

Replied: 12th Jun 2020 at 19:37

Posted by: tonker (24215) 

Landscaping, eh.? Do you know anything about drystone walling on terraces? I've geet some, tha'sees, and it's falling down when it rains heavy.

Replied: 12th Jun 2020 at 21:32

Posted by: Axcroft (204)

JR, I wish you every fortune with your endeavours. You have a really readable writing style. You obviously know the town, and borough, inside out. I look forward to your new history of Wigan!

Replied: 12th Jun 2020 at 22:05

Posted by: JR (291)

Many thanks for your encouragement Axcroft. Greatly appreciated.
Tonker, sorry but although I've dabbled in drystone walls it is a very niche industry and takes a good bit of coaching to guarantee success.

Replied: 14th Jun 2020 at 15:12

Posted by: JR (291)

3 books now available. The latest is a humorous yet educational offering on the infamous yet iconic 1970s garden... available on amazon kindle for now, but a paperback in production.
'Dig That Garden, Man' - please let me know your thoughts or critique

Replied: 27th Sep 2020 at 16:34

Posted by: jo anne (33881) 

Hello JR, congratulations on the publication of your third book! Is there a reason why it doesn’t appear on your Author’s Page yet?

Replied: 25th Oct 2020 at 10:02
Last edited by jo anne: 25th Oct 2020 at 10:03:31

Posted by: JR (291)

Thanks Jo Anne,
The authors' pages have many gremlins in their works. I continually advise the regulators but promises become frustrating long issues. I have had an Egyptian historian credited to my account!!! Frustrating for me and I'm sure even more infuriating for my namesake!

Replied: 25th Oct 2020 at 15:32

Posted by: JR (291)

My third book is now in paperback as from today and finally I have managed to get it on my author's page.
Should be of interest to young adults who embrace retro living.

Replied: 5th Nov 2020 at 16:25

Posted by: JR (291)

My third book now in paperback (just got my head around links on here - I hope!)...


Replied: 30th Nov 2020 at 16:58

Posted by: JR (291)

OK, I'll try again...

Dig That Garden, Man

Replied: 30th Nov 2020 at 17:04


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