As the gateway to Europe - or from Europe to the UK, depending on your perspective - Kent is a county full of fascinating history. We have published several books looking into different facets of this 'Garden of England' throughout the ages.
Margate was once a bustling resort for daytrippers from London - indeed some say it is destined to achieve this again. With prosperity often comes a seedy underbelly, and two books look at this from alternative angles: one giving great detail into the police force and their 'clients', the other a lavishly illustrated humorous fable about the perils of a trip down from London...
A History of Margate Borough Police 1858 to 1943
a.k.a. A Legend of Jarvis's Jetty
Hoodening is an old custom unique to East Kent, indeed almost unique to the village where Ozaru Books is based, St Nicholas-at-Wade. The classic 1909 work by Maylam is here republished with comprehensive annotations by a current Hoodener, while George Frampton's reexamination sheds light on many aspects missed by the original author.
by Percy Maylam: annotated edition
The Hooden Horse of East Kent
Stephen and Shirley Channing have written three books about the history of Kent - Margate in particular - and one more general one expanding on the theme of cycling's origins.
The Viney Letters
Rambling through Kent in 1886
The Advent of the Bicycle or Velocipede… and what people of the 19th century were really saying about it
Family histories can be dull for those not in the family concerned... unless the family has had a history as exciting as the Curlings!
(Volume 3 already in preparation.)