The Golden Swan (1965) by James Playsted Wood
Jem's family are Huguenot emigre glassblowers living in the 'Great Forest'. Amidst the tensions and violence of the Civil War he develops new friendships.
The Thane of the Dean (1899) by Tom Bevan
Two Saxon brothers defend the Forest against a corrupt Norman lord and attacks by the Welsh.
No Quarter! (1888) by Thomas Mayne Reid
A gripping English Civil War tale centred on the Forest, a Parliamentarian family and a host of engaging characters.
Forest Heart: a civil war tale of a Forest of Dean Family (1998) by Chris Tye
Two Coleford brothers get drawn into the Parliamentarian army, the siege of Gloucester and the fight for control of the Forest.
To Keep This Oath (1958) by Hebe Weenolson
Let the Hero be the Hungry Man (2000) by Ralph Anstis
Journey To Worlds End (2004) by Maggie Clutterbuck
Shelter (2017) by Sarah Franklin
Connie leaves the city to join the Timber Corps in the Forest of Dean. She meets Seppie, an Italian POW, as they both begin to find themselves.
The White Sparrow (1954) by John Moore
Sugar Hall (2014) by Tiffany Murray
Hide and Seek (1973) by Dennis Potter
SHORT STORIES & COLLECTIONS
Dean Forest Stories (1992) by Ralph Anstis
ABOUT THE FOREST OF DEAN (non-fiction)
Forest of Dean (1952) by F. W. Baty
The Forest of Dean (1913) by Arthur O. Cooke
The Changing Forest: a social enquiry into the Forest of Dean (1962) by Dennis Potter
The Forest of Dean (1951) by Brian Waters
Warren James and the Forest of Dean Riots (1986) by Ralph Anstis
The story of the 1831 riots in the Forest against enclosures. This engagingly written history gives the background and aftermath of the riots, and the story of its leader Warren James.
Blood On Coal: the 1926 general strike and miners’ lockout in the Forest of Dean (1999) by Ralph Anstis
The Old Industries of Dean (1980) by David Bick
Our Industrial Heritage: The Tinplaters of Lydney and Lydbrook (n.d.) Bryan Rendell & Keith Childs
Custom, Work and Market Capitalism: the Forest of Dean Colliers (1981) by Chris Fisher
The Commoners of Dean Forest (1951) by Cyril Hart
The Industrial History of Dean (1971) by Cyril Hart
The Verderers and Forest Laws of Dean (1971) by Cyril Hart
The Forest of Dean: an historical and descriptive account (1858) Rev. H. G. Nicholls.
The first historian of the Forest, Nicholls' book covers its history, topography and culture. He also details the contemporary Forest of the 1850s. Re-issued in 1966 as a facsimile the edition included Nicholls' 1866 work Iron Making in the Olden Times.
Newnham-on-Severn: A Retrospect (1962, 1st published 1912) by Mabel K. Woods
An Air That Kills (1995) by Andrew Taylor
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POETRY & VERSE
Knots and Branches (2016) by Stewart Carswell
Digging Deep (2014) by Maggie Clutterbuck
Thoughtful poetry covering a wide range of themes. Includes two touching dialect poems.
The 'azards o' Chimuck Szwippin' (1978) by Keith Morgan
Albert's Dree Wi'ker (1985) by Keith Morgan
Dean Scenes in Pictures and Rhyme (n.d.) by Pete Ralph
Poetry from the past
people & pLACES
Four Personalities from the Forest of Dean (1996) by Ralph Anstis
A Fortunate Man (1967) by John Berger & Jean Mohr
An in-depth exploration of the relationship between a country GP and his patients, in words by Berger and photographs by Jean Mohr. 'Dr. Sasall' in the book was Berger's friend Dr. John Eskell and the Forest village community was St Briavels.
The Personalities of the Forest of Dean (1863) by Rev. H. G. Nicholls
Remenisance & Auto-biography
Chronicles of an Ancient Forest (2001) by John Christian
Green Wood (1962) by Leonard Clark
A Fool in the Forest (1965) by Leonard Clark
Grateful Caliban (1967) by Leonard Clark
Where I Was Bred (197?) William J. Creswick
A Child in the Forest (1974) by Winifred Foley
Memories of a Forest childhood in the 1920s and 30s. This affectionate portrait of working-class family life, community and hard times, sees 'Poll' leave school to work in service.
Shear Magic: a childhood memoir of village and farm life in the Forest of Dean (2002) by Danny Haines
Where I Belong: A Forest of Dean childhood in the 1930s (1993) by Joyce Latham
Whistling in the Dark: A Forest of Dean girlhood in the 1940s (1994) by Joyce Latham
The Life Labours, and Deliverances of a Forest of Dean Collier... (1887) by Timothy Mountjoy
Just Where I Belong (1978) by Humphrey Phelps
Lessons of a Lifetime (circa 1984) edited by Brian Rendell & Keith Childs
A Doctor in the Forest (1979) by Bill Tandy
The Secret Forest of Dean (1986) by Fay Godwin
Spirit of the Forest (2010) by David Lloyd
Work in the Woods: Dean's Industrial Legacy (2002) by Chris Morris
Forest of Dean (2011) by Chris Morris
Forest Humour (1977) by Harry Beddington
The Roadsiders: It's Kev 'n Dave (2011) by 'Baz' [Robin Phelps]