Welcome to Handstand Press, a small publishing company based in the beautiful village of Dent, near Sedbergh in Cumbria.
Handstand publishes local history books and books by Cumbrian writers. We work closely with authors and a team of professionals to produce books of high quality.
Our very first publication was the story of the building of the Sir John Barrow Monument in Ulverston. By skilfully editing extracts from the columns of Soulby’s Ulverston Advertiser, a weekly paper published in the town over 150 years ago, Jack Layfield pieced together the story of the monument’s construction. The reports and ‘letters to the editor’ make for some very amusing reading. It isn’t quite a first hand account of the way people thought at the time but almost.
Handstand’s backlist is small but we have had some notable successes.
- In 2007 June Whitehead was a runner-up in the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards with Lost Children: the Ulverston Workhouse in the 19th Century.
- In 2013 The Paradise of Furness, The Story of Conishead Priory and Its People by Sarah Holmes was long-listed for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award
- In 2017. Ulverston – An English Market Town Through History, by Helen Shacklady was long-listed for the Lakeland Book of the Year Award.
Books may be purchased on line and are delivered postage-free in the UK.
You can contact Handstand Press via this website, by email or phone.