Book Review – ‘Liverpool Docks: A short history’ by Martin Bellamy
Much has been written on Liverpool’s docks in recent years, particularly through the ground- breaking work of Adrian Jarvis. A welcome addition to this would be a short publicly accessible survey that provided non-specialist readers with a useful introduction. I think that was the intention of this new book (by David Paul).
A recent trip to Liverpool prompted me to focus my attention on this book. The cover blurb declares it as ‘a vital resource for those seeking to find out more about this fascinating history’ and it was to provide a welcome diversion on the journey down. Unfortunately it is written in such a monotonous way that sleep soon beckoned. It is largely a presentation of facts with not much in the way of a story or deeper analysis to keep the reader engaged. Liverpool docks have a rich and vibrant history. Sadly this is not it.