About Navsbooks


Navsbooks is the blog and website of the author and publisher John Manley, who produces books on maps, navigation and Cornish history. The site is based on the observation that non-fiction books are never complete; they are only a the starting point for more discoveries. Navsbooks blog will therefore continue the stories by filling gaps, expand, and update his publications. Enjoy the journey.

Blog Themes

John Manley’s Publications

For those passing through Cornwall, then pop into the Liskeard Bookshop, King EdwardBookshopLiskeard Mine or Geevor Mine to buy a copy of the books.

The Books on Amazon

Cornish Mining Themes


Maritime Themes (Revision Aids)

Handy Guides to ship Certification

MeRowThe Author

John Manley is a Cornish Author and local historian, who has a passion for bringing Victorian publications back to life. His work has included transforming old maps and books into modern formats, and exploring the fascinating stories that lay behind them.

Two completely separate subject areas feature in my writing, navigation at sea and Cornish industrial history. Both topics share a common inspiration,  a splendid piece of cartography, an ordnance survey one inch map of Dartmoor National Park. This short lived experiment in design brought to life the landscape of Dartmoor through a rich combination of colour, contours and shading that was pure inspiration to explore more.

And explore I did. I taught myself to navigate around its mist laden Tors, and navigation became my profession, a profession that led to the Really Handy Range of text books for Kindle. I also explored the mysterious features to be found within the detail of the map; the rich industrial archaeological heritage that filled the valleys of Dartmoor. This exploration led to a fascination with industrial history, and mines in particular. Living west of the Tamar my interests migrated rapidly towards the amazing story of Cornish Mining in the Victorian era. So much to learn, so much to explore. History is never simple. 

Where else to find Navsbooks Social MediaPeace's Shaft engine house from the north

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  1. Pingback: History of Mining and Engineers in Cornwall: A great resource – Adventurous Ancestors

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