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Steve Purcell - Author

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Books by Steve Purcell

Corby Iron and Steel Works

Corby Iron and Steel Works

Author: Steve Purcell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2020

Since Corby became the site of a new iron, steel & tube works in 1933, the village of 1,500 has grown into a new torn of 60,000. Many of the families that arrived came from north of the border and Corby became known as 'Little Scotland'. Almost 30 million tons of steel were produced in the forty-six-year life of what was once the largest plant of its type in Europe. The cost of producing steel from low-grade local ore spelled the end of the works once British Steel Corporation had built large plants with deepwater docking facilities, using high-grade imported ore. Once the shutdown was complete, work soon began on demolishing the plant and changing the face of the town that was, until 1980, totally reliant on one industry. The regeneration of the area, with the help of many millions of pounds from the Government, has been Corby pull itself back from becoming a possible ghost town. This book is a collection of images from inside The Works, showing scenes that could not be generally seen by the public. It provides an inside look into the works and is a record of an industry that is no more in the Northamptonshire countryside.

Gutterpunk

Gutterpunk

Author: Steve Purcell Format: eBook Release Date: 15/02/2014

Cheyenne's not a happy pig lately. She's a gutterpunk in the city and it sucks. But it's better than livin' in the burbs with her crack-head mom and Harley-humpin' Butch. Someone's gonna get killed in that house and it's not gonna be her. She's crashing in an abandoned tenement, Little House in the Ghetto, with Bones and his whiny pit bull Mikey. She's not suicidal but she thinks a lot about who'd come to her funeral--no one probably--if she got hit by a bus. Then she meets Fast Eddie Mack. He's a retired detective and owns the Golden Cue. Once he slaps a cue in her hand, she's got game. Someday she's gonna beat Jeanette Lee, the Black Widow. Cheyenne's a good kid who got a bad break in life. She stumbles and falls, stumbles and falls, but like she says, "e;I may be a loser, but I'm not a quitter."e; And when she's in the zone, look out! She's taking names, kicking butt, and shooting pool. It doesn't get any better than that for a young girl with a cue. But sometimes fate has other plans.