Jacett Publications Blog

Siege of Leningrad

I have just completed a new military proofread for Pen & Sword Books. The subject is the role of the Spanish Army’s Blue Division and in particular the artillery section. The time period concerned is February 1943 and the Blue Division were employed as part of the Axis forces surrounding the city of Leningrad. Emphasis […]

Evolving Railway Images

2020 is off to a busy start as regards proofreading work. My latest completed project is one carried out on behalf of Crecy Publishing, this being the first of a two-part work featuring the best images of celebrated railway photographer Brian Morrison. These images are those hand-picked by Mr Morrison and cover the years 1951-9 […]

The Transport Treasury

Over the 2019/20 festive period, I have been working on two further proofreading projects. The company concerned is The Transport Treasury, custodians of a wide cross-section of transport-related photographs, who are now moving into publishing, using material from the collections held. The projects in question had two contrasting railway themes. The first was about first […]

London and South Western Railway Steam Locomotives

My latest completed proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books is one about the express and mixed traffic steam locomotives designed by Dugald Drummond for the London & South Western Railway (LSWR) during the late Victorian and early Edwardian period of time. The author is David Maidment, who has written a series of ‘Locomotive Portfolios’ […]

Back on the Southern Railway

I have today finished a new proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one being about the life and times of the Lord Nelson class of steam locomotives built by the Southern Railway (SR) in the late 1920s. The book looks at the early days of the class, from when the prototype, 850, was […]

East Anglia

I have today completed a new proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one about minor railways in East Anglia. Written by Rob Shorland-Ball, it is an overview of a myriad of minor railways that were located within the East Anglian area, mainly in Norfolk and Suffolk. My impression was that the book would […]

Last Days of British Steam

I have today finished a new proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one being a picture book about the ‘Last Days of British Steam’. The period of time covered is from 1960 to 1968 and is the combined work of two photographers, Malcolm Clegg and Peter Cookson, the subject matter being a miscellany […]

Return to Wales

I have today finished a new proofreading project for Pen & Sword Books, this one being about the railways of the Sirhowy Valley in South Wales. Written by well-known author John Hodge, the manuscript is an illustrated history of the railways in this part of the world, constructed primarily to serve the needs of the […]

Something Completely Different

Ian Thornburrow-Dobson is the son of a work colleague of mine and I was asked to do a proofreading exercise on his new book ‘The Fractured Heartstone’. Without giving too much of the plot away, it is a ‘Lord of the Rings’ type story. I must be honest and say that I am unfamiliar with […]

United Counties Buses

I have completed a further transport-themed proofread for Pen & Sword Books, this one covering the buses and other road vehicles used by the former United Counties Bus Company. From 1921 to 2014, this company ran bus services across a cross section of counties such as Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The book was divided up […]