A River Full of Stories Book News

A River Full of Stories – the book! We are delighted that our book has had over 300 loans in Hull and East Riding libraries already, and it is available to order from UK libraries by inter library loan. 

There are also copies at The British Library, The Bodleian Library Oxford University, The Cambridge University Library, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales, Trinity College Dublin, Leeds Subscription Library, Hull History Centre, The Carnegie Centre, Hull, Anlaby Park Community Library, Hull University Library and Hull and East Riding Museums. Our contributors and supporters have copies, including Hull Yorkshire’s Maritime City, Hull City Council, SMS Towage, The Beverley Barge Preservation Society, The Humber Keel and Sloop Preservation Society, University of Lincoln, United Towage & Salvage Society, Hull Daily Mail, BBC Radio Humberside, Humber Film Creative Community, Historic Motor and Sail, Dean’s Marine, Brigham Sailing Club, Hull Harbourmasters, Beverley Treasure House, Kingstown Works Limited,  Dove House Hospice, ABP, Hull International Photography Gallery, and Humber Rescue.  

“The book is utterly fabulous, a real artefact and a joy to behold. Such images, such production standards – a fitting record of a great project.” Nial Adams, East Riding of Yorkshire Museums Manager

“I would like to thank you on behalf of the Society and myself. It is clearly a labour of love and the quality is outstanding. A real credit to Rich and yourself and a publication I will be discussing with people I meet. You have done a really fantastic job.”  Mike Hussey, United Towage and Salvage Society

“Congratulations on an incredibly well realised project.” Graeme Oxby, senior lecturer in photography, University of Lincoln

“A fantastic achievement and a wonderful record of a significant part of our city’s history. Thank you again for the commitment and enthusiasm you’ve given over the past few years culminating in this beautiful artefact.”  Photographer Richard Young

“Brilliant book launch, amazed by all the people who attended, each one involved with the story.  It was good to meet up again with everyone on this amazing journey of the river that entwined all our lives. Massive thanks Rich and Lou for making it happen. Unforgettable.”

“So many happy faces at the book launch. I loved being part of the journey and meeting so many river folk old and new. I would like to say a huge thank you to Rich and Lou for your vision and dedication to making it happen. I will treasure my book always.” Janet Anderson, contributor

“It’s not only a beautiful book to look at, it’s full of surprises. The ship to shore transcript of the vessels manoeuvring as the City split in two, is an unexpected riveting read. This is a marvellous book, everyone should be proud of just what an achievement it is for the people and history of Hull.” Photographer, David Morris

“Pleasure to have played a very small part in this. Available in all good local libraries from next week, features over 200 River Hull-related images included many re-mastered photographs from the HDM archives.” Angus Young senior journalist Hull Daily Mail

“A brilliant achievement and a fantastic book. Interesting to read and beautiful to look at.” Phillip Codd, film maker

“Thank you Lou and Rich, I will treasure this book forever.” Alison Bateman, contributor

“The book is amazing, really well written, lots of great memories from on & around the river.. Very well done to all concerned for the hard work that has clearly gone into everything from Open Bridges to this wonderful end result. A fantastic achievement which will never be forgotten.” Varenka Allam

“Beautiful book, you’ve done Hull proud.” David Todd

“At every inch of the way I have loved what you have done with the Open Bridges projects from your first discussions through to where you are now. I don’t really have the words to say how much it all means to both yourselves and others. Brilliant is too understated. It is truly wonderful what you have done. I expected a quality book but this surpasses my expectations. I almost feel I should be wearing cotton gloves when reading it! The range of information, photos, storytelling is sublime.”   Dave Tuck, contributor

“Well done to all who got behind this wonderful project, congratulations Rich and Lou for celebrating our city, your passion, dedication and enthusiasm for telling the story of our great river will leave people drunk with joy.” George Norris

“The book itself is very absorbing book – to just sit and turn the pages is a delight. There’s a timeless quality there.” Artist, Gary Saunt,

Click here to see a lovely set of photos of everyone at the book launch 

Thanks to a great all Hull team: author Russ Litten and heritage researcher Andy Richardson of Freetownway Productions; film makers Philip Codd, Alex Davies and Humber Film Creative Community; Mike Sison & G.F.Smith; Dave Cosway & everyone at Wyke Printers and graphic designer Martin Lewsley of Atomluft Graphic Design.

And thanks to our sponsors: the National Heritage Lottery Fund; Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City; Kingstown Works Limited (KWL); Hull City Council and the Sir James Reckitt Charity.

Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard


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