BOOKS

"The Lancashire Bare-knuckle Fighter
and
Livery Stable Keeper"
136 Pages      £12.99

James “Touch” Duckworth lived in Preston, but his name was known the length and breadth of Lancashire, an achievement that was difficult to accomplish in the first half of the 1800s. His ability with animals of all descriptions, and his love of horses and all aspects of their lives and work, including the breaking of horses for the local dignitaries and gentry earned him a surprising and unlikely place in their esteem.

On the other hand, James’ regular brushes with the law, made him a feared foe of the police, a dreaded adversary for the lawyer, and a regular attendee before the Magistrates. He regularly left those three interested parties in convulsions with his quick-witted repartee.

His self-estimated one-thousand bare-knuckle fights during the course of his life, all occurred before the 9th Marquess of Queensberry gave his name to the rules of that pugilistic endeavour, but many of them were held on the highways and byways of Preston when street-fights were an almost daily occurrence.

This complex, unpredictable, but in many ways talented and entertaining character will grow on you for certain.

The book should soon be with leading retailers.

Alternatively: send a cheque for £15.49

(£12.99 plus £2.50 p&p) to

29 Minster Park, Cottam, Preston PR4 0BY 

OR, if you're local:

Ring:  01772 768637 before calling for a copy

**Just £10 until the end of June** 

 

 
PRESTON PUBS

My first book was published by Amberley Publishing
on the 4th June 2014.
Reprint called for in January 2015
*
It's priced at £14.99, and
STILL £14.99, on Amazon.
 
It's currently available in:
Waterstones, Fishergate
WH. Smith, Fishergate
Halewoods, Both Friargate shops
The Harris Museum shop?
Barton Grange Garden Centre?
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Signing books in Waterstones in July 2014.
- Photograph by Heather Crook -

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The following book was published on the 
24th March 2016.
It will retail at £8.99 
BUT - IS NOW SOLD OUT
an
UPDATED SECOND EDITION IS DUE
LATER IN 2021


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