The original book was written in 2005 with a foreword by Hilary Benn and illustrates the great changes that have taken place in the Holbeck area since the cemetery opened in 1857 and is based on information taken from the 1881 census. By examining the information surrounding the burials we can not only trace the family history of a given name but also acquire a wealth of information about the social history of the period:types of employment,ages of employees, public health, popular names etc.
A member of FOHC loaned us the money for the books to be printed and we initially had 100 books published, which paid off the loan and provided funds for our Friends Group. Due to popular demand FOHC paid for another 100 to be published and they are still on sale from FOHC & Leeds Civic Trust Bookshop priced at £9.95. They are also available from some Leeds Libraries.
People nowadays want to read books in various ways on their laptops, ipads,iphones, android phones and Kindle Readers so it will be a great opportunity for FOHC to reach new generations of readers in these different formats.
Here at Friends of Holbeck Cemetery we are not technically minded but thankfully Steve at Write Good Books has done all the technical/digital stuff and will be helping us with the Amazon admin.
Kindle books are cheaper than paper books so the Kindle version of ‘Focus on Holbeck’ will cost £7.21 ( 30% of which goes to Amazon )FOHC profit by £4.90 per Kindle.
So now Holbeck Cemetery can be known globally with lots of free advertisement from Amazon (and in a week or two Google will pick this up too) and direct people to us .
So if you want to check us out on AMAZON go to their Kindle page type in ‘holbeck’ and the book is the head of the list. You can even have a quick look at the first few pages.Happy reading.