Bridgnorth author John Shipley’s latest book, The A-Z Of Curious Shropshire, is scheduled for publication in July. This is John’s eleventh book and follows on the heels of the successful The Little Book of Shropshire which was published in 2015. John presents another series of fascinating stories about the county, taking the reader on a grand tour of the curious and bizarre, the strange and the unusual from Shropshire’s past.
The books reveals such gems as where an African prince is interred, which pub is reputedly haunted by the ghost of John ‘Mad Jack’ Mytton and which village lays claim to the oldest cottage in Europe, with tales of earthquakes and floods, giants and witches, highwaymen and bandits, scandalous residents and inventors along the way. The hardback book is richly illustrated with original photographs.
John’s early work concentrated on the history of football, then followed some fiction before the author switched his focus to writing about his adopted county – although born in Wednesbury, he has lived in Bridgnorth for 50 years.