Local author Daniel K Longman has another book about Liverpool and its various aspects out now. Entitled Not a Guide To Liverpool it explicitly is not a guide to Liverpool, but an almanac of facts and observations on the city.

That includes sections on Liverpool’s history of industrial unrest, its large amount of listed buildings (and some controversial views on the worst); the little-lauded connections between the city and steamrollers; the city’s famous businesses; some of Liverpool’s best-known spectres and some grisly history.

We loved the new images of the city, the snapshots of everyday life from Liverpool folk and the pub-quiz factoids about the city that anyone with an interest in Liverpool should enjoy.

We picked five at random that give a flavour of the book – and tell you something about Liverpool you didn’t already know:

There are 12.8 million journeys through the Queensway Tunnel every year

Each Mersey ferry could travel across the Atlantic to New York without needing to refuel.

The world’s highest and heaviest ringing peal of bells can be found in the city’s Anglican Cathedral.

Horrocks Avenue in Garston is named after Toxteth-born astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks, who predicted and observed the transit of Venus of 1639.

In 1896 Oliver Lodge became the first man to use X-ray photography in medicine by revealing a bullet in a boy’s hand at Liverpool’s Royal Southern Hospital in Caryl Street.

You can buy Not a Guide To Liverpool for £5.99 from www.thehistorypress.co.uk

  • JD Moran

    I often wondered where ‘Olly Lodge School in West Derby got its name.