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Bury Field Second Edition Out Now

AN updated pocket-book on one of the most popular open spaces in north Bucks has been published by WordGo. The second edition of Bury Field, a thousand years of history (ISBN 9780954143299; price £6) was launched at Newport Pagnell’s...

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Median earnings for professional writers have plummeted

A report by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) shows median earnings for professional writers have plummeted by 42% since 2005 to under £10,500 a year, well below the minimum annual income of £17,900 recommended by the Joseph...

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Newport Pagnell’s very own car built in the 1920s

Chris Nelson, who compiled our handbook on Salmons & Sons and Aston Martin, has been uncovering more information about the elusive NP (yes, our very own Newport Pagnell car, built in the 1920s). Chris' latest information can be found...

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Salmons and Sons & Aston Martin

Paul Spires, boss of Aston Martin's base at Newport Pagnell told the town's packed annual meeting he wanted to restore the old three-storey building in Tickford Street back into a  production line where 'the most expensive cars Astons have...

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Booksellers Association sees highest membership since records began

The Booksellers Association (BA) now has its largest membership since records began with over 5,000 members. Retail chain Marks & Spencer joined the trade body last year, boosting its overall membership by 300 stores to 5,029 – the highest...

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Adult book sales up, kids’ sales down in first nine months of 2017

Sales of adult trade books inched up 0.4% in the first nine months of 2017, over the same period in 2016, according to estimates released by the Association of American Publishers’ StatShot program. Sales in the children’s/young adult segment...

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Library book spend falls £45m in a decade …

The amount of money libraries are spending on books has fallen by £45.8m since 2007, analysis of figures from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has revealed. It says 105 libraries closed in 2017 (67 in...

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Commons leader Leadsom promises help for threatened Northants libraries

Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom has promised to campaign for the "sustainable future" of libraries after visiting one threatened with closure in Northamptonshire. Last year it was revealed that Northamptonshire County Council is considering plans to close up...

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Northants puts libraries under threat

Northamptonshire County Council has revealed plans to close up to 28 libraries in a bid to save £115m over the next four years. The council has drawn up three proposals regarding the county’s 36 libraries - two would see...

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Aston Martin author Chris Nelson is hitting the heights with Amazon

CONGRATULATIONS! Aspiring WordGo author Chris Nelson is making a name for himself with excellent sales of his first title Salmons & Sons and Aston Martin. An amateur historian and motoring enthusiast, Chris saw his work finish its first year...

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