Snake River Press

We are dedicated to publishing beautiful, collectable cultural guides to Sussex. Our list focuses on different aspects of the county's history, landscape, art and culture, which together paint a unique picture of Sussex life both past and present. Our books are lovingly crafted for the discerning reader who want something more bespoke than the usual fare on offer. Intelligently written and beautifully packaged, Snake River Press publications make the perfect presents for friends and family or as a self-indulgent treat for yourself.

A Sussex Miscellany
20 Sussex Churches
20 Sussex Gardens
20 Sussex Walks
A Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect
A Sussex Miscellany
A Tour Along the Sussex Coast
An Eccentric Tour of Sussex
Bird Watching in Sussex
Bloomsbury in Sussex
Good Food & Drink in Sussex
Inspiring Sussex Gardeners
Old-Fashioned Family Days Out in Sussex
Sussex Music
Salacious Sussex
Sussex Wildlife
Sussex Women
Sussex Writers & Artists
The Shaping of the Sussex Landscape
What the Victorians Did for Sussex

A Sussex Miscellany

Who was the Grey Lady of Pevensey Castle? Where could you have dined on Pigeons au soleil. What (or who) on earth is the Knucker? How do you make a Sussex trug? Who or what were the Hastings Rarities? What's the pond in Sussex Pond Pudding? How many firework societies are there in Lewes? What was the name of the Bloomsbury marmoset? What was the Guinea Pig Club? How many men did it take to run the Shoreham Oyster Fleet? Who won the Battle of Lewes? For answers to these burning questions, or for a lovely lazy afternoon dipping into an entertainingly quirky mix of local facts, figures, history, statistics and folk tales, turn to A Sussex Miscellany, a refreshing Schott of Sussex for readers who love local trivia.

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Good Food & Drink in Sussex

Not just another book about where to eat posh in Sussex, this is the real deal: an insider’s investigation of the provenance, history and future of food ingredients and production in the county. Seven fat chapters cover meat, fish, dairy, fruit and vegetables, bread and cakes, sweets and chocolate, and wine and beer. We find out about the Isle of Wight rain shadow and its effect on Sussex vegetables, who invented the greengage, and why West Sussex is suddenly the chocolate mecca of the south. Fizz Carr blends a delicious recipe of history, local knowledge and a real understanding of the how and why of food; and she’s not afraid to tell it like it is, pointing out that no-one would tackle a Sussex lardy john unless they were planning to go out immediately afterwards and scranlet the bottom acre, like Reuben Starkadder.

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Old-Fashioned Family Days Out in Sussex

If you're on a tight budget, or if you simply want to have fun at a slower pace, mother-and-daughter team Susan & Gina Jamieson show you the way. Old-Fashioned Family Days Out in Sussex contains 20 fun-filled family outings around the county that everyone can enjoy for free. They cover coast, forests, countryside, grand houses and intriguing little local museums and parks. Some of our ‘days out' need more energy and stamina than others, some are rainy-day treats, but each one will engage hearts and minds. To help make the outings more hands-on, Susan & Gina have included the occasional nostalgic recipe, games to play and tips on how to create your own props at home before setting out. Get ready for some genuine old-fashioned fun that you can treasure forever.

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Bird Watching in Sussex

Even if you can't tell a hobby from a handsaw, the sight of a soaring bird over the Sussex Downs always lifts the heart. That's what seasoned bird-watcher Rob Yarham believes, and to help the rest of us to get more out of these life-affirming moments, he has chosen his top 20 Sussex birds and written an affectionate personal tribute to each of them. His descriptions of the birds and his encounters with them will inspire you to go out looking with new eyes. The second-half of Bird Watching in Sussex is devoted to a review of the best sites and places to find Rob's top 20, and many other fascinating birds: Sussex natives, incomers and birds of passage.

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What The Victorians Did For Sussex

Every building tells a story and this lively book provides a fascinating guide to the story the Victorians told in Sussex. Become a time traveller and take a county-wide tour of the surviving buildings that are the architectural legacy of those ever-industrious Victorians, be they prosaic, practical or downright pompous! What the Victorians Did for Sussex explores not just the bricks and mortar of 19th-century schools, town halls, libraries, railway stations, almshouses, churches, hospitals and workhouses scattered across the region, but also the social history and human drama that prompted their creation. Told in a highly informative yet accessible way, this is a wonderful story that will open the reader’s eyes to the glory of the architectural heritage still to be found in our cities, towns and villages.

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A Dictionary of Sussex Dialect

Written and compiled by the Reverend W.D. Parish, vicar of Selmeston (pronounced ‘Simpson’), the Dictionary is a fascinating insight into how we might have sounded nearly 150 years ago. This fascinating book was brought to our attention by Sophie Collins, the Schott of Sussex. An edition of this seminal Sussex work was brought out 50 years ago, with additions and expansions by one Helena Hall. Snake River Press is going back to basics, and offering an exciting new version of the Reverend Parish’s original, unexpurgated work. With Lynne Truss as our guide and mentor we can’t go wrong and, who knows, we may even be able to revive a few authentic Sussexisms!

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Sussex Wildlife

Luckily for us we live in a county blessed with a naturally variable landscape: we have chalk cliffs, rolling grasslands, small fields, open heathland, forests, wetlands, rivers, ghylls and the sea. This almost infinite variety gives rise to an embarrassing richness of wildlife – everything from bats at Ebernoe to bitterns at Rye, gnarled ancient yews at Kingley Vale to dyer’s greenweed at Bedelands, beewolves in Hastings to tiger beetles in Stedham. So, where to look first? Let Sussex Wildlife lead you to the best spots to discover rare plants, observe endangered species of insects and animals and enjoy unique and special habitats. Fully approved and endorsed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust this exquisite book is comprehensive, inspiring and a must for all wildlife enthusiasts, whether out in the field or sitting comfortably in an armchair, recollecting in tranquillity.

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20 Sussex Churches

Expand your ecclesiastical horizons by getting up close and intimate with some of the most remarkable parish churches in Sussex. 20 Sussex Churches takes the visitor on a fascinating and illuminating journey, revealing along the way the rich religious, social and architectural history that lies behind each church façade. From the grand to the humble, the rural to the urban, the ancient to the more modern, each landmark church offers something unique and uplifting. If your knowledge of church furniture and architecture stops at ‘font’ and ‘spire’, here is an opportunity to explore the history of Christianity and church-building in Sussex and discover why churches still matter in the modern world.

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The Shaping of the Sussex Landscape

How did Sussex get to look like what it looks like today? What does its distinctive landscape tell us about how people lived and worked here in the past? What impact have invasion, technology, war and, most importantly, sheep made on it? Find out how today's landscape is the joint and ongoing creation of nature's long, slow relentless shift and humanity's incessant bodging and fidgeting with its environment. To the untrained eye, the rolling Sussex landscape looks like a natural phenomenon that has been in place for millennia. But as this fascinating guide shows, what we see today is the result of centuries of human activity and interference. Did you know, for example, that Sussex was once the heart of the iron industry? The clues are in the hammer ponds, found in what are now idyllic backwater villages and bosky woodland. These were once Sussex's version of Blake's satanic mills. The Shaping of the Sussex Landscape will help train your historic eye to pierce through the layers of time, changing custom and technology, to discover the different ways the land has been used and really appreciate and understand the ingenious ways the landscape has been shaped and continues to be shaped to new needs and attitudes.

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