Welcome to Kay Books

Kay Books is an online bookshop, launched in November 2007  to sell books published by Richard Kay Publications.  The site took off really well and since May 2008 we have been adding a variety of other local, independent, publishers' titles.  There are well over 300 titles displayed including those from Heritage Lincolnshire, Society of Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, Countryside Books, Lincoln Minster Press, Sentinel Press and Richard Kay Publications and more recently Festung Guernsey, and many more self-published titles.

In autumn 2013 (following a personal move to Guernsey) I began to widen our selection to begin offer some titles that cover the enormous amount of history surrounding the Channel Islands, beginning with The Occupation and the German-built fortifications. The latter being part of the Atlantic Wall project (the fortification of the British Channel Islands, which were occupied by Nazi Germany from 30 June 1940 to 9 May 1945). The only Nazi concentration camps on British soil were operated by the Organisation 'Todt' (OT) in Alderney

Our books are historical (local, national, international and military), biographical ('Life in Lincolnshire' and 'Vernacular History Series'), or dialect (both academic and oral tradition).  We also stock some archaeological papers including a detailed study of Lincoln Castle before and after 1068.  I am pleased to announce we have just taken added two DVDs of Lincolnshire as it used to be, with a narrative by Alan Stennett (of 'Lost Railways of Lincolnshire' and 'Nobbut a Yellerbelly' fame) and one about Sylvia Pankhurst (Emmeline's daughter).  There is several CDs and videos in our growing list now. Our latest title is "Ruskington: As I remember it" - an ideal present for a Lincolnshire Yellerbelly.

All our titles are all non-fiction (or 'faction' - real stories of people's lives - as they remember them).  There is no fiction on this site except when used as a vehicle for dialect though we do now carry some titles of legends and folklore.  Many of our books have some connection with Lincolnshire - though in a very few cases merely the author's residence.  There are also three historical maps published individually (suitable for framing) and a series of prints (taken from the Nature-Lovers' Year book) available along with several maps of Boston and the Wash dating back to 1693.

Following from our success supplying Lincolnshire books I am branching out with a few books from my new home - Guernsey in The Channel Islands.  Steeped in history, these islands give rise to many military titles and a range of books studying the German Occupation and the reminders that still exist today over 70 years on.  We have now created a whole new area for these.  Please click on Channel Island History in 'Categories' under the search bar - well over 20 titles and more to follow.

If there is a Lincolnshire (or Channel Island) title you are looking for and you can not find it here - please ask via the contact page or email me directly and I will always respond.


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Iron in the Blood by Fred Pope

Our Price: £9.99

Beetroot for Breakfast! Tales from the Land Girls of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

Our Price: £10.00

Sylvia Pankhurst - Everything is possible. DVD

Our Price: £20.00

Perry's Official Guide to Guernsey

Our Price: £7.95

Memories of Bargate in Boston

Our Price: £10.00

Crimson Skies

Our Price: £5.25

Channel Island Occupation Review No. 22

Our Price: £4.50

Lincolnshire Villains: Rogues, Rascals and Reprobates

Our Price: £9.99

Beautiful Guernsey

Our Price: £2.00

Tales of a Gravedigger Vol 1

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Our Price: £7.99

Lincolnshire Murder & Crime

Our Price: £9.99

German Tunnels, in Guernsey, Alderney and Sark

Our Price: £15.50

Guernsey Green

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Uphill Lincoln II: The North-Eastern Suburbs

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Lincolnshire Bells and Bellfounders

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Bonneville – Go or Bust

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Tennyson Poems in Lincolnshire Dialect - CD

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Boston, Lincolnshire. Historic North Sea port and market town

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Lincolnshire: A century on Film. Reel One ? A New Century

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The German Occupation of the Channel Islands

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Katherine Swynford

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For Better For Worse

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Grimsby - Making The Town

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Lincolnshire's Farm Animals. A Brief History

Our Price: £8.95

Excellent present - a diary with a voucher included

Our Price: £10.00

Eastern Hospitals and English Nurses

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Born into Poverty

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Heroes of Bomber Command Lincolnshire

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The Scandal of Nathaniel Thorold

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Frithville to Fricourt – and Back

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The History of Boston

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A Sailor's Tale

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The Military Airfields of Britain, East Midlands

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Story of a Lanc - NX611 - Just Jane

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Images of Lincolnshire Farming by Alan Stennett

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Lincolnshire Natives and Others

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Swineshead at War

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Channel Island Occupation Review No. 26

Our Price: £5.50

All Things Lincolnshire

Our Price: £25.00

The History & Archaeology of Jethou

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They Spread Their Wings: Six courageous airmen in combat.

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Lincolnshirics

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Sir Joseph Banks - Rooted in Lincolnshire

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The Channel Islands

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The Lincolnshire Seaside

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Channel Island Occupation Review No. 40

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Lincolnshire Railways (Stennett)

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Lincoln's Castle, Bail and Close

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Ruskington: As I Remember It

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Festung Alderney; The German Defences of Alderney

Our Price: £17.50

Lincolnshire A Dog Walker's Guide.

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Monk's Road: Lincoln's East End through time.

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Lincolnshire Railways (Squires)

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Bomber Command. The Victoria Cross Raids

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Just Douglas: A Navigator's Story

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The Lincolnshire Wolds

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