South Coast Connections

Books featuring our local area of Southern England...

biography / social history

A Little School on the Downs

by Mary Bowmaker

How Victorian teacher Harriet Finlay Johnson made a tiny Sussex school world famous
WW2 civilian memoir

A Long Way from Home

by Alastair Tompkins
The experiences of a small boy evacuated from Sussex to Yorkshire in 1939
Local history - Sussex

A Portrait of Slindon

by Josephine Duggan Rees

Enjoyable history of this West Sussex village from ancient times to the present
Autobiography - family life

Boys & Other Animals

by Josephine Duggan Rees

Amusing portrait of family life in rural England in the 1950s, 60s and 70s
Local history/memoir

Bygone Bognor Regis & Chichester

by Sylvia Olliver

A portrait of life in these neighbouring West Sussex towns from the 1930s to 60s
World War II memoir

Corduroy Days

by Josephine Duggan Rees

A land girl's experiences in the Women's Land Army during World War 2

Fairy Tales of an S.A.C.

by John McGregor

A young airman’s experiences at RAF Thorney Island (and other exotic places) 1967-72

Handcart to Hanlon

by Brian Janman

A history of the West Sussex Ambulance Services 1895-1995 in words and photographs

Have You Any Wool?

by Eileen Sullivan
The life and times of a Hampshire sheep farmer and his family ~ 1930s to present
local/social history

Pulborough Football Club

by Mick Hatchard
An illustrated history of 'The Robins' 1898-2010
RAF biography

Railway to Runway

by Leslie Harris

How the wartime journal of an RAF navigator killed in WW2 revealed a family secret kept hidden for 40 years...


by Mike Jupp

A hilarious modern-day fairytale for older kids and grown-ups
local / social history

Saving Our City

by Tim Rooth
Tells how local residents formed The Chichester Society and thwarted a council plan to demolish many historic buildings in their city in the 1970s

SMEC Its History

by Leonard & Guy A-R-West
An illustrated history of Scale Model Equipment Co Ltd of Steyning, Sussex, England 1946-1960
family / local history

The Chutes of the Vyne

by Francis Chute
A history of the Chute family and their connection with The Vyne, their stately home in Hampshire for over 300 years
WW2 history

The Exbury Junkers: A WW2 Mystery

by John Stanley

Curious tale of a lone German Ju188 aircraft shot down at Exbury in 1944 under mysterious circumstances
Civilian memoir

The Life & Times of a 20th Century Farmer's Boy

by Nick Adames

Following the fortunes of three generations a Sussex farming family during 100 years of rural change
biography - rural life

The Sheep's in the Meadow ... Hopefully

by Eileen Sullivan 

The life and times of sheep farmer, lay pastor and raconteur Dave Sullivan
social history - 1960s

The South Coast Beat Scene of the 1960s

by Mike Read

An informal history of the local music scene in the South of England during the 1960s ... from skiffle to psychedelia
Local history

Unknown to History or Fame

by Brenda Dixon

Enjoyable portrait of the West Sussex village of Walberton during the Victorian era
Local history


by Mary Barber

Detailed illustrated history of this Sussex community from ancient times to the present