LIBRARY - BCS Publications and descriptions

BLACK COUNTRY Stories - edited by the late Harold Parsons


This book is worth purchasing for the Shirley Bonas cartoon on the cover. Over 49000 copies of this collection have been sold, and it is now in its 10 re-print.

Mushroom Green by Ron Moss


A glossy re-printed in 2001 concerns the restoration and history of the Mushroom Green chainshop. Possibly dating back to the late 18th century the chainshop was on land once owned by the Earl of Dudley.

Old Testament in Dialect - Part One by Kate Fletcher


This volume covers the books of Genesis through to Deuteronomy. Recently re-printed with a new cover. This book is one of the Society's best sellers.

The Gospels in Black Country Dialect by Kate Fletcher


Covers all 4 Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This book has also been revised in December 2012 with a new cover and new size to complement other society publications.

"Aspects of Life" - An Illustrated Anthology by May Cox, compiled by Dr David J Cox


This short collection of verse contains 16 poems, with themes ranging from humorous observations on aspects of everyday life to serious and thought-provoking writing on suffering and the human condition. May Cox (1929-2009) was a Black Country-born writer, and a contributor to numerous publications including ‘The Blackcountryman, the quarterly magazine of the Black Country Society. Her son, Dr David J. Cox (former Editor of The Blackcountryman) edited and produced the anthology as a lasting tribute to his late mother. The anthology was originally designed to be handed out to friends and family at her funeral service, but as so many people who read the anthology commented on how much they enjoyed it, he decided to have it professionally printed and published under the auspices of the Black Country Society, and to donate all profits to the National Association for Colitis & Crohn’s Disease (

The Lost Canals of The Black Country by Eric Richardson


Eric Richardson’s book records the loss of the canal system through neglect and disuse as noted by the author during excursions in the area during the 1980s and early 1990s. This decade had been a period of significant change and saw irrevocable alterations within the Black Country landscape due to the demise of canal cross links and branches. This is a new impression with a re-designed cover for the 21st century

Streetnames of Stourbridge & Its Vicinity Vol 2 by H Jack Haden


Streetnames of Stourbridge and its vicinity "Volume 2" is an update and replaces ‘Volume 1’ by H Jack Haden. This volume widens the area covered by Volume 1 to include many Halesowen and the surrounding area streetnames.

Miles and Milestones by Arthur Truby


Arthur Truby joined the YHA in 1938 and spent part of each of the next 40 years youth hostelling all over the country. Arthur has reckoned that by 1979 he had spent over 2100 nights in 376 different hostels. His recollections published here for the first time would certainly make him a number one blogger on ‘TripAdviser’ today. (This book is in new condition, but the staples have begun to rust, as often happens with books in storage for a long time. On request these staples can be removed and replaced.)

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