Welcome to the 'Black Country Society' Book & Sponsored Publications pages

Every year the Society is approached by Black Country authors who have researched and written books about the people and places from the area. In many cases these manuscripts are too niche for commercial publishers and the Society may be the only option these budding writers get to see their books in print.

The Society make every effort to accommodate BC authors and we are pleased to have the highly valued support of the membership when it comes to sales of the books. Over the years the Society have built up quite a portfolio of books on a wide variety of topics relating to the Black Country and we have always been pleased to offer them at very affordable cost to all those interested. We know you will enjoy reading the books sponsored by the Society and we are pleased from time-to-time to also offer our members, special discounts from authors who have self published.  Please keep visiting the website, keep purchasing to support BC authors and look out for our Special Discounted Offers to you in the future!

Click a button to visit the book description pages and view the variety

of publications sponsored and available from the Society or go to the Book/Gift Shop for fast and easy purchasing.

NB. At this time of restricted travel please be patient for delivery of any books ordered. We will endeavour to despatch your order within 7 days of it being placed.



The Black Country Society supports, sponsors or publishes a small number of books each year. They are written by authors who are born in the area, live locally or otherwise have a deep interest in the Black Country. Past publications have been about people, industry, buildings and culture including themes such as dialect and humour.


Books are expensive to publish – each publication may cost several thousand pounds and we want to make sure that our books are attractive and informative. We are appealing for Print Angels to help the Society support books which have a local and regional value. 


For a donation you can have your name or that of a relative or friend printed in a book which will be around for many years. Supporting the Society in your will is another way in which you can help. Of course, you can give money without necessarily having a name mentioned in a publication.  



If you wish to purchase a copy of any of the listed publications, please complete the PayPal or Credit card options listed on the 'Books /Gift Shop pages.



NEW BOOK for Sale sponsored by the Society


Author, Brendan Cifford is a true Blackcountryman and his passion for writing and investigating authors who have visted the Black Country has come together here in a new book that is an extension of his features in the ‘Blackcountryman’ magazine.

The Society is pleased to present to you this fascinating book containing the writings and comments from a wide range of authors, some well known and some intriguingly less familiar, like John Leland, regarded as one of the first writers on English local history.   The book has excerpts from 50 authors including Daniel Defoe, Charles Dickens, Julie Walters, Lenny Henry and Black Country Creatives Emma Purshouse, Kuli Kohli and Wolverhampton-born Sathnam Sanghera who writes in ‘The Times’. It is a fascinating read, presented as individual authors in date order with their backgrounds and writings about the Black Country, over a 500 year period. The book is 112 pages in full colour and also features photographs, illustrations and artwork by present day artists associated with the area including Rob Perry and Ed Isaacs, as well as those from years ago, such as JMW Turner.   Sponsors have included the Francis Brett Young Society, the Jerome K, Jerome Society and the Black Country Society. 



Can you help a budding

Black Country author?

The pdf provides a link

to the 

Print Angel Form. 

Are You an Author?

The Black Country Society are interested and welcome the submission of Features, Articles and Stories about 'the Blackcountry', to be considered for publication with the authors permission in the society quarterly magazine 'The Blackcountryman' and on the website.

Please use the 'Contact' Page of the website for all enquiries.


Author - Graham Beckley



Graham Beckley took over 300 photographs following the course of the river Stour, from tributaries rising in the Clent Hills to where the Stour joins the river Severn at Stourport.

His book is packed with 120 pages of full colour images and descriptive text, indicating the course and use of the river and in recent times the necessary management to prevent the damage caused by pollution. All images are cross referenced with Location, Time/Date taken and grid reference.

PRICE: £16.00 incl. packaging