Books, pamphlets and periodicals


In print at the moment (all by Paul Salveson)

‘Lancashire’s Romantic Radical – the life and writings of Allen Clarke/Teddy Ashton‘ (2009).

The story of Lancashire’s errant genius – cyclist, philosopher, unsuccesful politician, amazingly popular dialect writer. Normal Price £15  – can now offer it for £10 with free postage.

There are a few hardback versions left – Normal price £25  – now at £15 with free postage.

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. Price £9.90 including post and packing. A new edition was published in May 2019.

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. Price £6.00

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.

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. Price: £5.00 (not many left)

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’?’ Only a couple left.



Also published:

‘Songs of a Northerner‘ by Jo Barnes – a short selection of Jo’s poems, celebrating the landscape of the Colne and Holme Valleys. Photos by Paul Salveson. Price £3.50 inc postage  – please make cheques payble to ‘The Jo Barnes Fund’

A lovely collection of Jo’s poems written in the two years before she died; about landscape, emotions and day dreams.

Some of my books by other publishers:


Railpolitik: bringing railways back to the community

Railpolitik CoverBy Paul Salveson  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

Some of my books are self-published, under the banner of ‘Little Northern Books’. I aim to publish good quality books and pamphlets on things I like – railways, social/ist history, walking, cycling and such like.

Prices shown include postage. Please make cheques payable to ‘Paul Salveson’ and send to LNB, 8 Moorhey Cottages, Bretherton, Lancs PR26 9AE

8 replies on “Books, pamphlets and periodicals”


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