The Endless Bookcase ‚Äď as part of its ‚ÄėEndless History‚Äô series ‚Äď has published a history of Pendley Manor, in Tring, UK.
Online PR News – 21-July-2014 – St Albans, UK – The Endless Bookcase ‚Äď as part of its ‚ÄėEndless History‚Äô series ‚Äď has published a history of Pendley Manor, the former home of the BBC showjumping commentator, Dorian Williams, and now a hotel and conference centre.
The book ‚ÄėA Perspective on Pendley: a history of Pendley Manor‚Äô is available as an e-book: ASIN: B00LTZF5BY; some ¬£3.84 + VAT from Amazon, Nook UK, Nook USA and The Endless Bookcase. It‚Äôs also available in ‚Äėhard copy‚Äô form - ISBN: 978-1-908941-35-0; ¬£12 ‚Äď from The Endless Bookcase; Amazon; Pendley Manor and other distributors.
The book‚Äôs author, Bob Little, who first visited Pendley as a boy to watch one of plays at its famed al fresco Shakespeare Festival, said: ‚ÄúResearching the book, writing it and bringing the whole project to fruition has been a time-travelling adventure. It‚Äôs offered intriguing and sometimes enlightening glimpses into various historical periods - along with an idea of the part that Pendley played in influencing those periods.
‚ÄúThe research has revealed fascinating insights into the characters, now long dead, who‚Äôve shaped the Manor‚Äôs history. Hopefully, this book will yield up at least some of these insights to its readers,‚ÄĚ he added.
The book describes more than 1,700 years of Pendley history - from:
‚ÄĘ Ancient Britons and Romans, who settled this area at least some 1,700 years ago, to England‚Äôs last great heathen King, the warlike and impressively vigorous, Penda, who seems to have given his name to this area, sired a child when he was aged 77 and died, in battle, aged 80;
‚ÄĘ An Anglo-Saxon nun, Eddeva, via William the Conqueror‚Äôs half-brother, Robert, to Sir Robert Whittingham, who demolished mediaeval Pendley and built the first manor house in its place;
‚ÄĘ The Verney family and the 16th century‚Äôs changeable politics, to the Andersons, who facilitated the initially illicit union which was to produce US President, George Washington;
‚ÄĘ The Harcourts who, in the end, didn‚Äôt care about Pendley and let the old manor house be destroyed, and the trade-wealthy Grouts with their illegitimate heir, Lawrence Williams, who secured his family‚Äôs fortune by marrying into his own family and then buying Pendley;
‚ÄĘ His son, JG - supervisor of the building of the new manor house, a successful agriculturalist who also shepherded his brother‚Äôs children and, so, secured the future of Pendley for a century - to Dorian, the last of the Williams‚Äô line at Pendley;
‚ÄĘ The short-term ownership of David Evans and the Grass Roots Partnership to the current owner, Vinu Bhattessa, who‚Äôs turned the place into a hotel and conference centre.
‚ÄúAlong the way, Pendley Manor acquired some peacocks, a famous Shakespeare Festival, a couple of ghosts and a host of stories,‚ÄĚ added Bob. ‚ÄúMany of these stories are unrecorded but some, at least, have come down to us through the ages ‚Äď and are told within this book.‚ÄĚ
As an e-book, A Perspective on Pendley: a history of Pendley Manor, is available from Amazon, priced at ¬£3.84 or $6.38. It‚Äôs also available on the Endless Bookcase, Nook UK and, via Barnes & Noble, Nook USA sites.
For details of the hard copy version of the book (112 pages, including 30 pages in colour), contact Pendley Manor on +44(0)1442 891891 or Bob Little Press & PR, email@example.com/ +44 (0)1727 860405.
About Bob Little
Bob Little has pursued a number of parallel careers but he‚Äôs best known as a writer, commentator and publicist. He‚Äôs also a blogger and broadcaster - and even, at times, a speaker and singer. His work is published in the UK, Continental Europe, the USA, South America and Australia. You can find out more about him by visiting www.boblittlepr.com
Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, +44 (0)1727 860405, firstname.lastname@example.org