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(1) Read and explore the text of Anthony Ryle’s wartime teenage diary

Diary from the Edge 1940-1944: a wartime adolescence.

(2) Read and explore the original statements of witnesses and accused women (20k+ words) recorded for the Rye witchcraft case which is the focus of our publication Rye Spirits.

Read summaries of the Diary and Rye Spirits.


Diary from the Edge 1940-1944
A wartime adolescence

Anthony Ryle

Paperback / £14.50 / illus. 320 pp.

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“… This is a remarkable diary. I have never read another quite like it… It makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the social experience of the war, the history of the British left, the history of adolescence, or the history of the British professional upper middle-class.” —Ross McKibbin, Twentieth Century British History

“…charming and insightful testimony … Anthony’s diary offers glimpses of wartime public school life that escape official school histories… Also recorded are moving encounters with death on the home front.
This is an absorbing and revealing story of an emergent moral consciousness… a moving and often wryly amusing commentary on growing up in his society and time…”
―Peter Cunningham, History of Education

Rye Spirits
Faith, faction and fairies in a 17th century English town

Annabel Gregory

Paperback / £15.00 / illus. 320 pp.

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“This fascinating and important book…”—Robin Briggs, University of Oxford

” … a good story and a good history, well told” —Marion Gibson, The Seventeenth Century

“In its sheer breadth and depth and detail … Gregory’s story has a European feel to it …” —Malcolm Gaskill, Continuity and Change

“This highly informative book …”—Brian P. Levack, Journal of British Studies

“Fascinating … skilfully composed to engage non-specialist readers and draw them into the detailed research on which it is based … writing is clear and refreshingly informal.”—Ben Burt, anthropologist, British Museum

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