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Social history

These Houses Are Ours (publ Feb 2023). More details and a chance to look at three extracts and the index here

All Our Own Work, the history of the workers who successfully ran their own textile mill, one of the most significant of Britain's nineteenth century manufacturing cooperatives, was published in June 2015 (published Merlin Press). In print.

Outdoors/ Landscape and Travel titles

Back Roads Through Middle England (Gritstone Publishing, 2017) In print.

OUTDOOR BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018 (Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild awards, October 2018)

Andrew Bibby sets out to cycle from the English Channel to the Humber, following the great stone belt of ‘cotswold’ limestone which has left its mark so powerfully on the countryside. This is a journey of discovery into a very special landscape, and the author draws on themes as varied as social history, literature, land usage, agriculture and rural life today to gain a deeper understanding of the factors that shape the land.

This inspiring book celebrates the beauty of this area of England, but also does very much more. Thoughtful, well-informed, sometimes provocative, Andrew Bibby goes beyond the superficial to reveal a Middle England which is considerably more complex than many might imagine.

Order online from the Gritstone website.  Kindle ebook version also available.

The Backbone of England: Landscape and life on the Pennine watershed (Frances Lincoln). Hardback published March 2008; revised paperback edition Spring 2011. Kindle edition published Autumn 2016, £3.50.


"In this wonderful book Andrew Bibby... not only helps us to savour the Pennine landscape;  he helps us to understand it, and he urges us to cherish it.  He shows us how this land was formed, what has happened and is happening to it, and – in a thoroughly un-preachy kind of way – why it matters.  This is a book of enjoyment and of revelation." - Chris Smith (Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury)

Feb 26th 2011: Andrew Bibby in conversation with interviewer John McCarthy about Backbone of England on BBC Radio 4's Excess Baggage programme. Listen again facility currently available (interview begins at timing 20.29)

Extracts from the book available here. This book is out of print, but still available from Kindle as an ebook.

Three crime novels set in the high Lake District Fells, Too Hot for Comfort (publ Oct 2020),  The Bad Step and In the Cold of the Night, are published in paperback format by Gritstone Publishing. In print. Also available in Kindle ebook format.


Walking in Purbeck (Dovecote Press)
Fourth, entirely revised edition with colour maps and illustrations. Click on the image below to access two extracts from the book. In print.

Freedom to Roam Guides (Published by Frances Lincoln Ltd in conjunction with the Ramblers' Association - these books are now out of print.)

Wensleydale and Swaledale named as Guidebook of the Year in the Outdoor Writers' Guild annual awards

Published March 2006:

  • Wharfedale and Nidderdale (the southern Yorkshire Dales)
  • Wensleydale and Swaledale (the northern Yorkshire Dales) Currently out of print

Published in March 2005:

  • South Pennines and the Bronte Moors
  • Forest of Bowland with Pendle Hill and West Pennine Moors
  • The Pennine Divide

On telework and ICT

Home is Where the Office Is: A Practical Handbook for Teleworking from Home (Hodder, 1991)

Teleworking: Thirteen Journeys to the Future of Work (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 1995)
Teleworking:Thirteen Journeys to the Future of Work

Teleworking and Trade Union Strategy (FIET, 1996)

Information and Communication Technologies in Europe: the trade union perspective (ed) (UNI, 2002)

On social issues:

Hospice Without Walls (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 1999)

Young Carers in Their Own Words (ed.,with Saul Becker)(Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2000)

Children's novel:

Me, Mick and M31 (Pennine Pens, 1995)

There is something mysterious about Molly's new next-door neighbour. Why does she have a big pink van which advertises pizzas? Where does she drive off to late at night? And what has this to do with a strange organisation called Fight the Light, with its instructions to keep watching M31? More information and ordering details from the publishers (also now available as an ebook)

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