Allotment Hut publishes small books and booklets. Some of these are only available as PDFs, others as paperbacks. Click on the images to link to payment details.

New July publication by Allotment Hut

As part of my self-publicising , self-publishing programme, I am producing some of my past writing that appeared in now defunct magazines. In particular, some of the 70 odd poems that I published in various small poetry magazines, those most ephemeral of publications. The first of these can be found in a series of poems entitled Winter River, which I wrote over one winter at Wolfson College, Oxford. Thirteen poems and four linocuts inspired by the changing seasons, and the Medieval water meadows that Wolfson College has preserved.

For a mere £3.99, you too can enjoy the beauty of the Medieval water meadows on the banks of the River Cherwell.

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Winter River

Poems and linocuts. A5 booklet, 26pp.


New from Allotment Hut, published March 2021.

Long Road to Berlin: Socialism, Stalinism and Nazism; Dorothy Eckersley’s journey to German wartime radio.

Dorothy Eckersley, a female ‘Lord Haw Haw’.

Dorothy Eckersley lived an adventurous, intense
life. An actress, society beauty, mother of three
children (illegitimate and legitimate) who was in
turn, an active socialist, communist, then national
socialist. She became an ardent admirer of Hitler,
and left for Germany in the summer of 1939. Her
loyalty to totalitarian political ideologies
transcended borders and her own nationality. Her
involvement with radio put her at the forefront of
popular culture and the German propaganda war
on Britain. As part of a group of British expats in
Berlin, she experienced a world fraught with
tension and fear, ending with her arrest by the
Gestapo. After the war, she was tried at the Old
Bailey, and jailed, one of the few women renegades to face justice.

This is the previously untold story of her long road to the Berlin wartime microphone. Available for £5.99, including P&P.

Long Road to Berlin.

A5 paperback, 106pp, illustrated.


Fanatical Fay Taylour: Her sporting & political life at speed, 1904-1983.

(A5 Paperback, 277pp, illustrated, published 2015). Currently only available as a PDF, price £2.

Fay Taylour was the most successful woman motor sports champion yet. Feted as ‘The World’s Wonder Girl’, and ‘Flying Fay Taylour’, she was a household name in Britain, Australia, and New Zealand in the late 1920s, when she beat the male stars of the motorcycle speedway track. She was so successful that the British motorcycle governing body banned women from competing with men in speedway. Taylour moved to car racing, competing around the world, living a fast, and adrenaline-filled life. At the outbreak of war in 1939, Taylour found a new outlet for her energies, joining the fascist anti-war campaign. She quickly became embroiled in the clandestine world of ultra-right wing politics, both in London and Dublin. Arrested and imprisoned in Holloway, and then on the Isle of Man, Taylour was regarded by the British authorities as one of their most dangerous pro-German prisoners. Released after three years, she moved to Ireland and continued her political activism. In the post-war period, she rebuilt her racing career in the USA, before she was banned from the country for her politics. That banning led to more racing around the world before she eventually returned to the USA to finally retire from the track. This is the story of this remarkable, but disturbing and fanatical sportswoman.

See the Dictionary of Irish Biography entry on Taylour.

Fanatical Fay Taylour: Her sporting & political life at speed, 1904-1983.

PDF of A5 paperback. 277 pages, illustrated.


Home Guard Socialism: A vision of a People’s Army.

(A5 booklet, 50pp, illustrated, published 2006). Currently only available as a PDF, price £2.

With the fall of France in the summer of
1940, Britain was faced with the prospect of invasion and occupation. Britain’s comparatively small army was overstretched, and in dire need of expansion and re-equipment, having abandoned most of its modern equipment at Dunkirk. In these
circumstances, the creation of the Local
Defence Volunteers, later called the Home
Guard, was a symbol of the country’s will to resist Nazi Germany. But the Home Guard also lacked equipment, weapons, and training. Initially, it was up to these civilian volunteers to organise matters for themselves. It was in this context that a
group of veterans of the recently ended
Spanish Civil War stepped forward to make a notable contribution to the training of the Home Guard. These men, who had fought with the International Brigades and the revolutionary militias, saw in the Home Guard the beginnings of a ‘People’s Army’.

This little booklet attempts to outline the
Home Guard socialists’ vision, and looks, in
detail, at their writing and their concept of the Home Guard as Britain’s People’s Army.

Home Guard Socialism

PDF of A5 booklet, 50pp, illustrated, published 2006.


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