offbeat cotswolds - the book
I enjoy guiding in the Cotswolds so much I wrote a book about its quirky sights and tales. It’s a wander along some strange byways that show all sorts of kooky things such as the surprising origins of America’s flag and anthem, how sparrows were weaponised, and why penguins love a billiard table.
Quirky places and tales
The book is split into three sections - north, central and south Cotswolds - each with entries for key towns and their surroundings. Entries are marked by charming illustrations showing categories such as ‘anything to do with sheep’ and ‘global connections’, while a cheeky-looking dragon denotes ‘local legends and stories’.
Enjoy a collection of quirky (offbeat) sights and stories in the Cotswolds, set out so you can visit the places mentioned or just enjoy the tales. Find out:
Who made fizzy wine first.
What’s a hoddidimod?
Where a husband is left staring into space for eternity
Why cloudy glass annoyed Henry VIII
How one invention led to croquet and tennis.
My book describes nearly 400 strange tales and surprising sights in the beautiful setting of the Cotswolds.
To buy Offbeat Cotswolds
The book costs £12 plus £2 postage and packing.
Contact me via the contact page to arrange payment and delivery.
If you live near Chipping Norton or Stow-on-the-Wold, the book is available at the excellent independent bookshop Jaffe & Neale.
An e-book is also available at Amazon for £2.99.