Jacett Publications Blog

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 […]

Silk

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. […]

Vintage buses and coaches

I have just finished a new proofread for Pen & Sword Books, this one being a detailed picture album about British buses and coaches outside of London. All the illustrations were taken during the late 1960s by prolific transport enthusiast and author Jim Blake. A wonderful myriad of vehicles old and new are set before […]

Midland Red

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was a picture book about what was described by the manuscript’s author, the late Bernard H. Warr, as the “biggest bus company outside of London”. The company in question was Midland Red and from 1904 to 1981 (when the company was split into regional divisions) […]

A world-wide ‘journey’

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books was something with a transport theme, but with a difference. The manuscript was entitled ‘Trams, Trolleybuses and Buses on Stamps’, the author being Howard Piltz, a philatelist (or stamp collector) and long-time transport enthusiast. The manuscript was a ‘journey’ around the world, taking a look […]

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 […]