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My book has been published - Ironopolis - Standing Up For Wolverhampton

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  1. reanswolf

    reanswolf MolMix's Manchester United Cheerleader-in-Chief

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    Sorry if this is non-football-related, but this is a big achievement for me. I hope Mods don't mind.

    I have been working on this for 3 years, and YouCaxton Publications have now published my book called "Ironopolis - Standing Up For Wolverhampton" - Correctly defining the original Black Country - An analytical, evidence-based approach".

    I have been studying local newspaper archives for 3-4 years, and despite me originally being open-minded, the evidence quite clearly contradicts the Black Country Society view of the Black Country being defined solely by the thick coal seam, something that is seemingly contrived.

    The book makes quite heavy reading - it has more than 500 pages. Although the book discusses the 4 prominent different definitions of the Black Country (thick coal seam/coal at the surface/iron/ iron and coal), there are separate chapters specifically dealing with coal mining in Wolverhampton, the iron industry in Wolverhampton, and working and housing conditions in Wolverhampton during the Industrial Revolution. Much of the information has been received from never-before seen newspaper archives, and believe me some of it makes very grim reading.

    So if you want to see where the 'original Black Country' really lay, or you want to read about tragic and horrific incidents in Wolverhampton coal-mines and foundries, and about the desperate housing and working conditions for Wolverhampton people during the Industrial Revolution, this might well be of interest.

    Its available on Amazon but make sure you type in "Ironopolis - Standing Up For Wolverhampton", as there is also a book called Ironopolis about Middlesbrough (I only found this out last week:)-.)
    Its priced at £17.99 with Amazon, or £8.49 for the on-line version. YouCaxton set the price. I also have 100 copies to sell that I am selling at £12. So if you want to email me privately I am happy to deliver in person in the Wolverhampton area, in the evening.

    Photo of the book is attached, thanks for reading and for tolerating me :)-. I know it all sounds very self-indulgent, I'm afraid you have to try to self-publicise these things.
     

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  2. Wardy129

    Wardy129 Senior Member

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    Congratulations. Not only on getting published but the monumental effort it must take to write and research such.

    Although at only 32 it’s not something I would particular be interested in I’m sure my dad would be and will tell him all about it. Well done!
     
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    Well done Reans! Is your book aimed at academia or for general reading/browsing? I always say the best thing about the Mix is the quality of the writing, which when it is good it is superb.
     
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    Congratulations! We have some right clever posters on this forum hope it sells well! Will recommend to people i know are interested.
     
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    Congratulations Nick mate!!
     
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  6. reanswolf

    reanswolf MolMix's Manchester United Cheerleader-in-Chief

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    I do think its mainly people like me 55-plus who seem to find local history of interest. My mrs won't even read the first page :)-

    Thank you folks.
     
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    congratulations, looks fantastic as well
     
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    Well done Reans. Proud of you.
     
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  9. reanswolf

    reanswolf MolMix's Manchester United Cheerleader-in-Chief

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    Difficult to say really - I'd honestly say a bit of both. But you have to love Wolverhampton and have an interest in the town, otherwise its sleeping tablet equivalent :)-.
     
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    Well done @reanswolf great stuff. Hope you know Wednesbury is the real Black Country though?! :p
     
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    Well done mate. That's a great achievement.
     
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    Sounds pretty interesting, must be very nice to write a book especially one you're proud of. Looks a nicely presented book too.
    So can we have a spoiler, Molineux and/or The Hawthorns in the Black Country?? ;)
     
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    Definitely, or maybe 60%, going to down load it, need a good nights sleep.;)
     
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    Good luck with it, mate. Hope it sells for you.
     
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    Congratulations - that’s a great achievement.
     
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    Well done. An achievement to be proud of. I might well partake when I get paid next.
     
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    Yeah but Kmac is still over-rated
     
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    In all seriousness well done you
     
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    A real labour of love I would imagine, wwll done. Re "sleeping tablet" not sure it compares with my uncle's 1000 pages on the horrors of neo-liberalism, a socialist idea - and author - born in Willenhall!
     
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    Well done Reans, sounds amazing, but when you referenced it a while ago, I was expecting the title referred to a gang of Wolves 'lads' I'd never heard of:D I can appreciate what you've been through I published a book on Amazon Kindle a while ago. It only took me ten years!. So well done to you I'll check it out.
     
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    From now on if someone says Wolverhampton is not in the Black Country we will be able to throw the book at them!
    Fantastic achievement, hope you get some coverage in the local press. Have you offered it to the Black Country Museum shop?
     
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    He’s doing better than a certain DE tho John :)-
     
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    Neither - just outside. But our original ground at Dudley Road was !
     
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    reanswolf MolMix's Manchester United Cheerleader-in-Chief

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    My next book might be on Wolverhampton gangs :)-
     
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    reanswolf MolMix's Manchester United Cheerleader-in-Chief

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    Yes indeed. Wolverhampton was certainly in the ‘original Black Country’ and believe it or not- Dudley wasn’t! That will get a few minds boggling.

    I have sent a free copy to the editor Mike Pearson as he let me write 4 pages in the Black Countryman publication last year. But I doubt they will stick it in their bookshop because it fundamentally questions their definition.
     
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    That is awesome Reans!

    A whole book slagging Moxey off I imagine.....:p

    No seriously, amazing that and thoroughly well done for getting to that level.

    Top man
     
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    Congrats Reans. Brilliant stuff.
     
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    That is a great, great achievement, Reans. I'm not from Wolvo but am interested in what you've written. Well done and I hope you have a lot of success with its publication and go on to write something else. I'm really impressed, matey.
     
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    Congratulations Reans, that’s a wonderful achievement. Hope it sells well (don’t forgive to give your close, personal friend Conor a copy)!
     
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    Congratulations! I'm originally from Blakenhall (All Saints, they now call it) and will certainly be getting a copy, as I find this kind of thing fascinating.
     
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    I mentioned the other 'Ironopolis' last week! Never heard of the term until recently now there are 2 books I know about! I met the dad of the author of the other Ironopolis who encouraged me to read it,so I downloaded the sample, was impressed and bought the book!

    Congratulations Reans, that's a monumental effort. I've written a few published books, shorter than yours and I know what a labour of love, sweat and tears it is. Yours sounds an incredible undertaking.
     
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    An article on the geography of the Black Country could be a great debate for the Express and Star to feature. Much better than the blue plaque for Enoch tripe anyway.
     
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    Wow Reans, congratulations on a truely Magnum Opus!!

    Respect!
     
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    congrats,
    definitely the area of history my brother may be interested in so I've sent him the details
     
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    Great achievement Reans, I salute you. I've been planning a book for about twenty years, but haven't got past the title and a synopsis. Hope it does well for you.
     
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    A well researched and written history of Wolverhampton Nick, well done.
    I've just read the short preview on Amazon and will be ordering myself a copy.
    I mainly read the history of Wednesfield and still consider Wednesfield not to be part of Wolverhampton, but must move with the times I suppose. I've only recently accepted I now live in the West Midlands and not Staffordshire. :(
     
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    500 pages? Unless it has 250 pages of pictures of famous or fit birds from wolves I’m going to struggle if I’m honest.

    You should do an audio version ;)

    Great achievement mate, well done to you :)
     
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    Well done Reans, I remember how proud I was when I got published. It's a great feeling. Enjoy it. I will be ordering a copy to Norway :)
    Edit: Just ordered it .
     
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