In early 2011, celebrated librarian and local historian Dr Derek J Ripley was handed an astounding archive of material that cast new light on a part of the world that some people have barely heard of. Working in the evenings and at weekends, within a few weeks he had catalogued literally dozens of documents and assembled them ready for publication. The result - Forgotten Lancashire and Parts of Cheshire and the Wirral - became one of the fastest-selling local history books ever published and rapidly garnered over 20 five star reviews (some of them from people who had read it).
What they said about Forgotten Lancashire and Parts of Cheshire and the Wirral
"Comic genius or woeful local history" Lancashire Life "A revelation!" Andy Kershaw, broadcaster "The antidote to local history books"Lingham Books "A dozen laughs a page!" Wigan Observer