2 thoughts on “New blog now launched…

  1. First of all, very many thanks to Alistair Brewin for setting up this website for me. Much appreciated, as is of course all his hard work in making such a magnificent job of printing and publishing the work in the first instance.

    We got off to a flying start at the book launch, when the hardback version actually sold out, and a number of potential buyers were left having to buy the book online. Gratifying in one way, as the royalty on the hardback is 10% of the cover price, and on the softback 5%. All royalties are going to the Prisoners’ Education Trust.

    There are several ways of buying the book, the simplest being to buy from Amazon direct. From time to time it seems their stocks run out, but are quickly replenished by the publishers. It’s post free if you don’t mind waiting for a few days, but postage is charged if you want immediate delivery.

    The book can also be ordered from the publishers online through the Amazon portal, with postage being charged. The publishers’ own website does not have an online ordering facility.

    Another way of buying is to write to the publishers with a cheque. Their address is: Brewin Books Ltd., Doric House, 56 Alcester Road, Studley, Warwickshire, B80 7LG.

    Finally, the main WH Smith branch in the centre of Birmingham have a stock of the softback version.

    I gave a brief talk about the book at the West Midlands History Day at Birmingham University on Saturday, 23rd November. An encouraging response.

    Have had a nice letter from Sir William Gladstone, saying that he was enjoying reading the book. He was my headmaster at school, and so far he has not commented on the fact that my great-great-grandfather was one of the biggest thorns in the flesh of his own great-grandfather in late Victorian times. But not as great a thorn as Joseph Chamberlain.

    Next April, I am going to be giving a lunchtime talk at the Birmingham and Midland Institute [of which George Dixon was appointed first auditor, by Act of Parliament] entitled “Dixon and Chamberlain: Friends, Rivals and Sometimes even Enemies”. This is going to be repeated at a major two-day conference at Newman University in early July to mark the centenary of the death of Joseph Chamberlain.

    Life will be interesting!

  2. Both my April lunchtime talk and the subsequent paper at the Joseph Chamberlain conference were stimulating events, and provoked a number of questions from the audience.

    Sales of the book have been going well, to the point where the stock of the hardback version is now exhausted, although of course the cheaper paperback version remains available. I am in discussions with the publishers as to whether the hardback version will be re-printed.

    In the meantime, it was a pleasure to send a sizeable cheque to the Prisoners’ Education Trust, representing the royalties earned up to 31st December 2013.

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