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John Harrison

Author and historian John Harrison was born in Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire, in 1963, almost next door to the 15th century castle, and has now lived in Loughborough for over 13 years after living in various parts of Leicester and a rural village near Melton Mowbray for nine years.

John now has thirteen local history books published by Reprint Books after meeting publisher Dave Dover in 2001. He started writing in 1983 with a punk fanzine and poetry which became lyrics when he was briefly vocalist of a Leicester punk band.

The author's main interest today is the English civil war period with four local history books featuring the period by Reprint. His research into the alleged Leicestershire man who executed King Charles I attracted much local media interest as well as The Daily Mail and appearances on Radio Leicester. The author was a historical re-enactor with the Sealed Knot from 1996 to 2004 travelling around the country camping and re-enacting our history at Stately Homes and castles.

John's research and book published by Reprint about Bonnie Prince Charlie's alleged secret visit to Leicestershire also received much local media interest.

Three books by the author published by Reprint feature Loughborough in particular, while a fourth is planned to be published during 2009 about the Victorian Midland Railway station. John has now worked as a railworker for nineteen years after previously being a postman, archaeologist, museum worker, farmworker, market trader and landscape gardener. The author has travelled around Europe, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, India and Egypt as well as much of England, Wales, Cornwall and Scotland.

Musical tastes range from Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Killing Joke to Wagner, Enya, Mike Oldfield and Medwyn Goodall.

Some quotes from the press:

"Controversial author and historian John Harrison …." Loughborough Echo. 9.12.05.

"An amateur sleuth and historian" Leicester Mercury. 16.2.02.

"John Harrison has produced a curious little book … and like a good lawyer, builds quite a circumstantial case."

Orders of the Daye. Sealed Knot Society magazine. July 2002.

"Local investigative historian John Harrison" Ashby Times.13.6.03.

"Controversial new book, which has the rather grisly title of 'The King's Head' …." Leicester Mercury 18.7.03.

"John takes the mundane world around him and finds historical intrigue, mystery and fascination … the enthusiasm behind the book is infectious and the style chatty, which keeps the reader going." Orders of the Daye. Sealed Knot Society magazine. January 2004.

Reprint publish the following books by John Harrison.

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