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Ron Baldwin, The Gillingham Chronicles (published 1998)
Hardback: out of print
Paperback: £15:99
The culmination of 70 years' research, Ron Baldwin's The Gillingham Chronicles is the first comprehensive history of the town. The book, which is being hailed as the definitive work on the history of Gillingham, is also being welcomed by teachers as a unique educational resource, as it offers material suitable both for use in the classroom and for individual project work.

Brian Joyce, The Chatham Scandal: A history of Medway's prostitution in the late 19th century (published 1999)
Hardback: £14:99
The title springs from a police report of 1882, which claimed that of all the garrison towns and seaports in which the state supervised prostitution, Chatham had the most public houses being used as brothels.

John Gale Jones, A Political Tour Through Rochester, Chatham, Maidstone, Gravesend &c. (1796; republished 1997 with an introduction by Dr Philip MacDougall)
Paperback: £4:50
In February 1796 John Gale Jones of the London Corresponding Society visited the Medway Towns and found them to be strongholds of radical and republican agitation. This is his own account of his visit, accompanied by a specially-written scholarly introduction.

Sue Price (ed.), Six Days of Hunger: new writing from the medway towns (published 1998)
Paperback: £4:99
This unique anthology showcases the talents of powerful and original young writers from the Medway Towns, several of whom have already established national, and even international, reputations. Published in conjunction with Medea Press in a limited edition of 500 copies.

Wright's Topography of Rochester, Chatham, Strood, Brompton &c. (1838; republished in a limited facsimile edition)
Hardback: £9:50
This facsimile of an early Medway directory provides a fascinating glimpse into the everyday world of the Towns a century and a half ago. It is an invaluable reference work for those interested in family and local history.

Frank Burtt, Steamers of the Thames and Medway (1949; republished 1997 in association with Roadmaster Publishing)
Hardback: £24:95
This is a classic study, packed with information on all known steamers of the River Thames and the River Medway. A nostalgic reminder of less hectic times, for those old enough to remember; and an essential volume for all steam enthusiasts. This limited edition is published in suport of the restoration work on the Medway Queen.

F C Hambleton, Famous Paddle Steamers (1948; republished 1995 in association with Piccadilly Rare Books)
Hardback: £6:50
This much sought-after book has been republished for the first time in a quarter of a century in an attractive new edition. Packed with factual data and many illustrations, this volume will appeal to anyone with an interest in these elegant, yet powerful, vessels of bygone times.

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