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  • Bill Mitchell Books Four Book Offer

    Purchase all four books – Nobbut Middlin, How They Lived in the Yorkshire Dales, Nowts Same and Summat & Nowt for £35 Post free.

    £34.00
  • How They Lived in the Yorkshire Dales

    How They Lived in the Yorkshire Dales is a comprehensive account by famous Dales writer W. R. Mitchell MBE who was editor of the Dalesman magazine for many years. Bill’s wanderings around the Dales over many decades gave him a great wealth of knowledge as he went to visit ordinary folk in the villages and farms of the area. He was able to write about their lives and tales and this book encompasses many of his findings of life in the Yorkshire Dales.

    154 pages with illustrations £9.99

    W.R. Mitchell

    W.R. ‘Bill’ Mitchell joined the Dalesman magazine in 1949, starting a journalistic career inspired by owner Harry Scott’s adage ‘put people before things.’ He took over as editor from Scott in 1968, a position he held for eighteen years. As well as editing Dalesman and its sister publication Cumbria, Bill had a prodigious output extending across over two hundred books, innumerable articles and countless lectures. His thirst for knowledge and a keen listening ear made him an expert on many topics. He had the skill of putting often-reticent Dales folk at their ease, his interviews reflecting a bygone age and remaining for posterity in the W.R. Mitchell Archive.

    In 1996 Bill was awarded the MBE for his services to journalism in Yorkshire and Cumbria and received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the university of Bradford. In 2007 he was awarded a Golden Eagle Award from the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild which cited him as one of the founding fathers of outdoor writing. Two years later he was voted ‘Greatest Living Icon’ for the Yorkshire Dales National Park in a poll to mark the 60th anniversary of the National Parks.

    In 2010 he won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dalesman Rural Award ceremony, receiving the award from another advocate of the countryside, John Craven. Bill’s work for Dalesman over four decades is arguably the defining feature of an illustrious career.

    Bill died in 2015, aged 87.

    £9.99
  • Nobbut Middlin’

    Nobbut Middlin’ – Laugh with the Dalesfolk’

    The third book written by W. R. ‘Bill’ Mitchell in a trilogy of humorous accounts from Dalesfolk. The intension is to amuse and also to evoke life as it was in the Yorkshire Dales. The author, who edited The Dalesman magazine for many years, has witnessed the transformation of an insular, self-reliant way of life into one in which Dales farming as we have known it is struggling to survive.

    128 pages with colour photographs and illustrations – £9.99

    W.R. Mitchell

    W.R. ‘Bill’ Mitchell joined the Dalesman magazine in 1949, starting a journalistic career inspired by owner Harry Scott’s adage ‘put people before things.’ He took over as editor from Scott in 1968, a position he held for eighteen years. As well as editing Dalesman and its sister publication Cumbria, Bill had a prodigious output extending across over two hundred books, innumerable articles and countless lectures. His thirst for knowledge and a keen listening ear made him an expert on many topics. He had the skill of putting often-reticent Dales folk at their ease, his interviews reflecting a bygone age and remaining for posterity in the W.R. Mitchell Archive.

    In 1996 Bill was awarded the MBE for his services to journalism in Yorkshire and Cumbria and received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the university of Bradford. In 2007 he was awarded a Golden Eagle Award from the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild which cited him as one of the founding fathers of outdoor writing. Two years later he was voted ‘Greatest Living Icon’ for the Yorkshire Dales National Park in a poll to mark the 60th anniversary of the National Parks.

    In 2010 he won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dalesman Rural Award ceremony, receiving the award from another advocate of the countryside, John Craven. Bill’s work for Dalesman over four decades is arguably the defining feature of an illustrious career.

    Bill died in 2015, aged 87.

    £9.99
  • Nowts Same

    Nowt’s Same

    A Light-hearted review of Dales Life in the 20th Century’

    Dales life is recalled through folks tales and much humour. In 1900, women showed little more than their ankles to the gaze of the opposite sex.

    A prudish Dales housewife covered the bare legs of the living room table on Sundays. Ninety-nine years later, members of the Rylstone Women’s institute felt able to raise money for charity by posing unclad, for a calendar. In Grandma’s day, chests were rubbed with goose grease and working-class folk were often in ‘right pickle’.

    136 pages with illustrations by Richard Bancroft – £9.99

    W. R. Mitchell

    W.R. ‘Bill’ Mitchell joined the Dalesman magazine in 1949, starting a journalistic career inspired by owner Harry Scott’s adage ‘put people before things.’ He took over as editor from Scott in 1968, a position he held for eighteen years. As well as editing Dalesman and its sister publication Cumbria, Bill had a prodigious output extending across over two hundred books, innumerable articles and countless lectures. His thirst for knowledge and a keen listening ear made him an expert on many topics. He had the skill of putting often-reticent Dales folk at their ease, his interviews reflecting a bygone age and remaining for posterity in the W.R. Mitchell Archive.

    In 1996 Bill was awarded the MBE for his services to journalism in Yorkshire and Cumbria and received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the university of Bradford. In 2007 he was awarded a Golden Eagle Award from the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild which cited him as one of the founding fathers of outdoor writing. Two years later he was voted ‘Greatest Living Icon’ for the Yorkshire Dales National Park in a poll to mark the 60th anniversary of the National Parks.

    In 2010 he won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dalesman Rural Award ceremony, receiving the award from another advocate of the countryside, John Craven. Bill’s work for Dalesman over four decades is arguably the defining feature of an illustrious career.

    Bill died in 2015, aged 87.

    £9.99
  • Read the real ‘Jericho’ story in our ‘Ribblehead’ book by the late W.R Mitchell MBE, plus a free DVD

    Ribblehead by W. R. Mitchell MBE The ITV series – Jericho – was seen on our TV screens. In fact the storyline is about the navvies […]

    £18.00
  • Summat & Nowt

    Summat & Nowt – Memories of a Yorkshire Editor’

    A light-hearted review of his 50 years’ association with The Dalesman magazine, the oldest and most popular of Yorkshire magazines. Bill’s many years of writing about the Dales, which included articles each month following handing over editorship in 1988, gave him a wealth of stories and information of his travels throughout the region meeting Dalesfolk in every corner of this special part of Yorkshire.

    168 pages with illustrations by Richard Bancroft – £9.99

    W.R. Mitchell

    W.R. ‘Bill’ Mitchell joined the Dalesman magazine in 1949, starting a journalistic career inspired by owner Harry Scott’s adage ‘put people before things.’ He took over as editor from Scott in 1968, a position he held for eighteen years. As well as editing Dalesman and its sister publication Cumbria, Bill had a prodigious output extending across over two hundred books, innumerable articles and countless lectures. His thirst for knowledge and a keen listening ear made him an expert on many topics. He had the skill of putting often-reticent Dales folk at their ease, his interviews reflecting a bygone age and remaining for posterity in the W.R. Mitchell Archive.

    In 1996 Bill was awarded the MBE for his services to journalism in Yorkshire and Cumbria and received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the university of Bradford. In 2007 he was awarded a Golden Eagle Award from the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild which cited him as one of the founding fathers of outdoor writing. Two years later he was voted ‘Greatest Living Icon’ for the Yorkshire Dales National Park in a poll to mark the 60th anniversary of the National Parks.

    In 2010 he won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dalesman Rural Award ceremony, receiving the award from another advocate of the countryside, John Craven. Bill’s work for Dalesman over four decades is arguably the defining feature of an illustrious career.

    Bill died in 2015, aged 87.

    £9.99