The end of the line

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By Benjamin Houfton

The end of the line

A new autobiography by Benjamin Houfton

The title of this book refers to the fact that despite extensive research, Ben believes that he is the last remaining male member of his family that were at one time well-known within the coal industry in the Mansfield, Bolsover and Chesterfield areas.

The book comprises nearly 250 pages of reminiscences ranging from birth in Wartime Nottingham through eight years at a boys boarding school in Derbyshire to employment in the motor trade and photographic and audio retailing in Nottingham. This eventually led on to many different occupations over a working life of 45 years.

"Emigrating" to Isle of Wight in 1972 in order to try running a hotel without any training or knowledge of the business, Ben's book is complete with four pages of photographs, details of life experiences, strange and eccentric characters met, and many incidents humorous and otherwise recorded over 70 years.

Ben is now retired, but having not yet hit the buffers, he is always busy and fully involved in charity and voluntary work on The Island.

Strongly bound and beautifully presented, the book is Published by Peppermint Books, Derbyshire. (ISBN 978-1-909655-00-3)

The cost is £12.50 per copy including postage and packing and at present it is only available to order direct from the author.

Please apply to:

Ben Houfton


129 Whitepit Lane



PO30 1NH

Or e-mail:

Telephone: 01983 521753


Further information is also available from the above.)

Please state the number of copies required and your full contact details. Cheques payable please to: Ben Houfton


This page was added by Benjamin Houfton on 14/03/2013.
Comments about this page

In this book in Ben Houfton has been very open and honest about his life. I am personally acquainted with Ben but did not appreciate his roots and much of his early life were in Nottingham. All the family, local and social history revealed are just fascinating.

By Pauline Maeples
On 17/03/2013

This is a really readable book, even if you don't know the family. I've actually seen it - it's in stock at the Bookcase in Lowdham.

By Jo Blaney
On 06/08/2013

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