About Mick @ ShayBooks

This site is about six  books that I have published under the name Shay Books and two when I was researcher and an author. Three of them are currently available for purchase from this site.

It is expanding as time passes to encompass some of my other interests.

BOOKS. Information about my Books can be accessed here.

LOCAL HISTORY. I am interested in researching the history of my home town which is Royal Leamington Spa in the county of Warwickshire, England, and writing about it. I am a member of the Leamington History Group and I am helping to develop the Groups’s website at Leamington History Group. I have recently written pages on two major factories in the town, Lockeed/AP Auto Parts and Flavel’s Cookers etc, and also Kinmonds Soft Drinks.  I lead a few walks for the Group during the summer months. I have recently contributed to, and edited, a book about the town entitled Royal Leamington Spa: A History in 100 Buildings, (CLICK for further details).

CPRE. I enjoy the lovely countryside, both where I live in Warwickshire and throughout the UK. I am a member of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and I am a trustee of the Warwickshire Branch.


Shay Mick Mar2016
Model of a 4-truck Shay loco

MODEL RAILWAYS. Another interest is real-life and model railways, especially in Canada and the USA. One type of locomotive has taken my interest and that is a gear-driven loco designed by Ephraim Shay in 1880. 2,767 of these locos were built over 67 years. This is the explanation of the name I use for my small self-publishing venture. Information on these locos can be found on this website – Shay Locomotives,

Mick Jeffs, Shay Books
Contact orders@shaybooks.co.uk

Links –
Warwick Books
Warwick Society
Leamington History Group
Visit Warwick
Warwick Museum
The Trading Standards Institute
Shay Locomotives


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