Jacett Publications Blog

Some Swedes in London

My most recent completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a manuscript about the life and times of the Volvo B7TL double-decker bus, many of which were used by the different bus companies in London from around 2002 to the start of the pandemic. (I understand some are still being used in the […]

Midland Railway 4-4-0s

My latest proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was another work in the ‘Locomotive Portfolios’ series, some of which I have worked on previously. The subject matter was the famous family of 4-4-0 tender locomotives built by the Midland Railway (MR) and its successor, the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMSR). From the 1870s […]

British Rail’s request stops

Earlier today I finished my latest proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this being a diary of one man’s eighteen-month plan to visit each and every request stop railway station on the domestic railway system. Author Anthony Hart has written a very easy-to-read account of his travels to each of these stations, some 152 […]

Southern Way 54

One proofreading series of projects that I am involved in is that for Crecy Publishing, the publication in question being the Southern Way. This is what might be described as a ‘bookazine’, which appears once every three months. I was recently asked to proofread edition 54, which featured the usual cross-section of topics with a […]

Return to Wales

My latest completed railway proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a picture album on the Carmarthen to Fishguard Harbour route, originally of the Great Western Railway. John Hodge, the author, has drawn together a comprehensive collection of illustrations old and new, taking the reader on a photographic journey along this route. Mr Hodge […]

Diesel Pioneers

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a weighty volume about two of the short-lived pioneering diesel classes of the BR Modernisation Plan of 1955, the Class 15 and Class 16 Type 1 diesel-electrics. The author, Anthony Sayer, had previously completed other books for Pen & Sword on domestic classes of […]

Up North

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a railway one, the subject being the railway lines of the former Great Central Railway (GCR) in the Manchester and South Yorkshire areas which were run as joint operations with other railway companies. The book was a picture one, with detailed captions. The time […]


My latest completed proofread for Pen & Sword Books was something very different from my normal ‘beat’. This was a history of silk and its manufacture over many years, starting in China. Written by historian and broadcaster Anthony Burton, the book describes how silk was originally used for making clothing in China and then spread […]

Somerset & Dorset Railway

I have today completed a new proofread on behalf of Pen & Sword Books, this one being on the comprehensive subject of the locomotives used on the former Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. Written by Tim Hillier-Graves, the book looks at the myriad of locomotives used on this late, legendary line from 1854 to its […]

Return to Carlisle

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books is a railway picture book, the subject being the last ten years of steam locomotive operation in and around Carlisle from 1957 to 1967. Author Howard Routledge has gathered together a comprehensive group of illustrations taken by a number of photographers, including Mr Routledge himself. […]