About us

Twiga Books was established by my mother, Ann Noyes, to enable her to self publish a number of books written by her, and other local historians. The first book to be published was Engaged in War, the war letters of my mother’s father, Stan Goodland, written to his fiancée during his time as a Territorial Army soldier in the first world war (WW1) when he was stationed in Mesopotamia (current Iraq), Palestine and Egypt.

Other books followed, Shere Poverty as a result of a dissertation for a diploma in Local History Studies from Portsmouth University, and others in conjunction with Shere, Gomshall and Peaslake Local History Society, and Surrey Archelogical Society. Titles include Shere Poverty, an exploration of the Poor Law in Shere and surrounding villages; A Tannery in Gomshall, recounting the history of Gomshall Tannery until it finally closed down and the site burnt down in the early 1990's. Shere Church Bells was written by Eric Thornton, one of the bell ringers of Shere Church. Shere Poverty, A Tannery in Gomshall and Shere Church Bells are available from Shere Museum.

The logo for Twiga Books is a giraffe, this came from the name of her house, Twiga Lodge, Twiga (pronounced Tweegah) is Swahili for giraffe.

My mother died in 2011, during her lifetime I had helped her with websites, the behind the scenes practicalities of publishing and marketing. I am continuing to do that now.


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