Jacett Publications Blog

Second Part of a Trilogy

Towards the end of 2019 I was asked to proofread a manuscript which, for me, was very different from my usual subject matter. The manuscript in question was entitled ‘The Heartstone’ and the author was Ian Thornburrow-Dobson. Without giving too much of the plot away, this was a fictional ‘Lord of the Rings’ type of […]

Buses and coaches in Walton and Weybridge

My most recent proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was an illustrated history of buses and coaches (and the services that they ran) around the Surrey-based towns of Walton-on-Thames and Weybridge. Author Laurie James has carried out much research into the various operators large and small that ran not only the local bus routes, […]

LMS & LNER Steam Locomotives

Earlier today I completed a new proofread for Pen & Sword Books, this one being a pictorial of London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) and London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) steam locomotives in the post-1948 era. Although the book was put together by author Malcolm Clegg, the photographs come from the collection of Peter […]

Positive Thought

My latest completed proofreading project was one for Pen & Sword Books, this one entitled ‘How to deal with your Self-Destruct Button’. Something very different from my usual subject matter, this manuscript was one about improving your mental health through things such as meditation, making sure your head and heart are in alignment, and controlled […]

Southern Way 52

A new railway proofreading project that I recently completed was edition 52 of ‘Southern Way’, this being the latest edition of the quarterly bookazine for followers of the Southern Railway, the pre-Grouping companies that made up the SR, and the post-1948 system. This was for Crecy Publishing.

Back on the buses

Today I completed a new proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one a large manuscript about the life and times of the Dennis Trident double-decker bus, a familiar sight on the streets of London during the two decades since 1999. Author Matthew Wharmby has put together a detailed account of these hard-working vehicles, […]

The Pioneering Liverpool and Manchester Railway

Earlier today I completed my latest proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this being an in-depth look at the steam locomotives built and employed on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, the first ‘inter-city’ railway to be built anywhere in the world. Many people will be familiar with ‘Rocket’ and its triumph at the 1829 […]

An Alternative Look at the former GCR

I have just completed a new proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one about the former Great Central Railway, but from a financial point of view. Author John Palmer has done a considerable job in researching and writing this new book, which looks at the financial background to the original GCR, how financial […]

Arthur Peppercorn

I have just finished a further railway proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one being a biography of Arthur Peppercorn, the last Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). This was a further manuscript written by Tim Hillier-Graves, and follows on from his previous works about the LNER’s […]

Southern Way 51

A recent proofreading project that I have successfully completed was one for Crecy Publishing, this being Southern Way 51. I have worked on a number of previous editions of this magazine and hope to work on further editions in the future. The magazine appears four times per annum and is made up of articles all […]