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Folly Books is a small independent publisher based near Bath, specialising in social and industrial history, military history, industrial archaeology and the very best of local history.

Our aim is to publish highly informative, exceptionally well illustrated books in a standard format on a range of subjects that fall broadly under the heading of industrial archaeology. We also intend to republish important books within our general field that are no longer in print. Forthcoming publications will include a series of books on canals and inland waterways, books about railway architecture, signalboxes and signalling, along with more general books detailing the industrial monuments of specific regions.

The old adage that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ is particularly relevant to the publishing of books on modern history, for in this field old photographs capture forever a past moment in time. It is our intention that in all our books the illustrations will be at least as important and as informative as the text.

Sample pages from The Fauld Disaster by Nick McCamley:

Pages from Nick Catford's Secret Underground London:

Pages from Nick Catford's book on Burlington: