My Books


In print at the moment (all by Paul Salveson)

Please see my new website for up to date information about my publications and how to order them. This is just a summary:

Moorlands, Memories and Reflections

A centenary celebration of Allen Clarke’s classic Moorlands, Memories and Reflections. Well illustrated with 28 chapters on a range of topics relating to Lancashire’s history, culture and folklore. Foreword by Maxine Peake. Details:

The Works

My first novel! It’s a fictionalised take on life in Horwich Loco Works in the 1970s and 1980s and what might ahve happened had the campaign to save it from closure succeeded. Details:

Lancashire’s Romantic Radical – the life and writings of Allen Clarke/Teddy Ashton

The story of Lancashire’s errant genius – cyclist, philosopher, unsuccesful politician, amazingly popular dialect writer. Details:

This book outlines the life and writings of one of Lancashire’s most prolific – and interesting – writers. Allen Clarke (1863-1935) was the son of mill workers and began work in the mill himself at the age of 11. He became a much-loved writer and an early piopneer of the socialist movement. He wrote in Lancashire dialect as ‘Teddy Ashton;’ and his sketches sold by the thousand. He was a keen cyclist and rambler; his books on the Lancashire countryside – ‘Windmill Land’ and ‘Moorlands and Memories’ are wonderful mixtures of history, landscape and philosophy.

With Walt Whitman in Bolton – Lancashire’s Links to Walt Whitman

This charts the remarkable story of Bolton’s long-lasting links to America’s great poet. Details:

Bolton’s links with the great American poet Walt Whitman make up one of the most fascinating footnotes in liteary history. From the 1880s a small group of Boltonians began a correspondence with Whitman and two (John Johnston and J W Wallace) visited the poet in America. Each year on Whitman’s birthday (May 31) the Bolton group threw a party to celebrate his memory, with poems, lectures and passing round a loving cup of spiced claret. Each wore a sprig of lilac in Whitman’s memory. The group were close to the founders of the ILP – Keir Hardie, Bruce and Katharine Bruce Glasier and Robert Blatchford. The links with Whitman lovers in the USA continue to this day.

Northern Rail Heritage

A short introduction to the social history of the North’s railways. Details: (not many left)

The North ushered in the railway age  with the Stockton and Darlington in 1825 followed by the Liverpool and Manchester in 1830. But too often the story of the people who worked on the railways has been ignored. This booklet outlines the social history of railways in the North. It includes the growth of railways in the 19th century, railways in the two world wars, the general strike and the impact of Beeching. NEW EDITION UNDER PREPARATION

Will Yo’ Come O’ Sunday Mornin? The Winter Hill Mass Trespass of 1896

The story of Lancashire’s Winter Hill Trespass of 1896. 10,000 people marched over Winter Hill to reclaim a right of way. Details: (new supply recently discovered!)

The Kinder Scout Mass Trespass of 1932 was by no means the first attempt by working class people to reclaim the countryside. probably the biggest-ever rights of way struggle took place on the moors above Bolton in 1896, with three successive weekends of huge demonstrations to reclaim a blocked path. Over 12,000 took part in the biggest march. The demonstrations were led by a coalition of socialists and radical liberals and Allen Clarke (see above!) wrote a great song about the events – ‘Will Yo’ Come O’ Sunday Mornin’?’

Some of my books by other publishers:
The Settle-Carlisle Railway

Published by Crowood, 2019, price £24. A well-illustrated and accessible account of the history of this great railway by someone who once worked over it!


Railpolitik: bringing railways back to the community

Published by Lawrence and Wishart, October 2013 price £14.99

 ‘This book sets out an alternative vision for the future. It should be read by any politician serious about reforming our railways to deliver a better deal for fare-payers and tax-payers.’ Maria Eagle, former Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (now Environment)

 ‘There is little doubt that the privatisation of our railways has been an unmitigated disaster. A wide ranging debate is now taking place on how best we can run them in the interests of passengers and taxpayers rather than shareholders. Paul Salveson’s book is a thoughtful contribution towards this debate.’ Manuel Cortes, General Secretary, TSSA

Railways have always been at the heart of British politics, from their early beginnings in the 1830s through to the present day. And the sharpest debates have been on the issues of ownership and accountability. Paul Salveson, founder of the community railways movement, suggests a framework which goes with the flow of current plans to devolve rail responsibilities within the English regions, and argues for more direct involvement of local communities in their railways. As an alternative to re-nationalisation he advocates social ownership, giving employees and users a much greater say. He also proposes an alternative to the current plans for HS2 – a high speed network that is more attuned to the needs of the UK as a whole and more strongly integrated with the existing network.

Socialism with a Northern Accent: radical traditions for modern times explores the nearly-forgotten tradition of co-operative, inclusive and decentralist socialism which flourished in the North of England. It argues for a new regionalist politics which is inclusive, democratic and radical. Chapters cover the early radical movements of the 19th century and Chartism’s rise and fall. Much of the book is on the radical culture of the 1890s and 1900s, epitomised by the Clarion movement and the socialist clubs and choirs of the North. Socialism with A Northern Accent costs £14.99 and is published by Lawrence and Wishart.  Go to for ordering information


3 replies on “My Books”


I wonder if you have any copies left of your publication ‘Will yo’ come o’ Sunday mornin’? This year will see the 120th anniversary of the Smithills Moor Trespass as you will be aware, and a few of us, under the guidance of the Woodland Trust intend to do a dramatic re-enactment of the event, and I should be glad of a copy if there are any spare.

I am also looking for various publications containing Lancashire dialect. I have several including a couple of Marriott Edgar books (including one original one from the 1930’s that was my grandfather’s) as I’m doing a few dialect verses at a concert in Bolton next month.

Hope that you can help me.

Michael Haworth

I’m interested in your book ‘Lancashire’s Romantic Radical – the life and writings of Allen Clarke/Teddy Ashton
How can I get hold of a copy