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Next stop for Silver Link Publishing… Mortons Books

Mortons Media Group is delighted to announce its acquisition of renowned rail, maritime, road transport and biography book publisher Silver Link Publishing, which will now become part of the recently launched Mortons Books business.

Silver Link, which has produced more than 700 titles, was founded in
1985 at Carnforth in the Lake District before being purchased by Peter and
Frances Townsend in November 1990 and relocated to Great Addington in

Photo: Mortons Media.

Mr Townsend was joined by former Harper Collins colleagues Will Adams (freelance editorial) and Mick Sanders
(production), together with David Walshaw and other employees to form the
Silver Link team.

One of the first titles published by the
company was British Railways Past and Present No 1 Cumbria by Nigel
Harris and John Broughton. This was the first in a series that has spanned the 34-year
history of the company so far. British Railways Past and Present No 69
Swindon to Bristol by both routes
John Stretton and Tim Maddockswill be published later this year.

Silver Link was named after the famous LNER A4 locomotive of
the same name, which was built in 1935 to launch the prestigious Silver Jubilee
service from Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley. Silver Link attained a record speed of 112mph on the inaugural service on September 29, 1935.

Today the company also includes the imprints Past and Present and The
Nostalgia Collection. Mr Townsend, who previously worked for WHSmith,
Transworld Publishing, Futura, Patrick Stephens Ltd., Thorsons Publishing Group
and Harper Collins before buying Silver Link, decided to sell the business
after reaching retirement age.

He said: “Silver Link has always been an independent and friendly family
publishing business and when the time was approaching when ‘young’ old age was
creeping up, what was most important to me was that the enthusiasm, dedication
and hard work that is needed to run a successful publishing company aimed at
enthusiasts should continue.

“I have known Mortons Media and many of its
staff over many years and have much admired its ethos and output. I recognised
that this would be a good home for the developing business. I am pleased that
following positive discussions over the past few months the sale of Silver Link
has resulted in it finding a new independent home, with a bright future to look
forward to as part of Mortons Books.”

Mortons Books publisher Steven O’Hara said: “Silver Link is synonymous
with creating quality products that cover a wide range of enthusiast and
nostalgia subjects. It enjoys a large readership who love and respect its products.
It is a huge honour to continue the Silver Link legacy and we look forward to
building on the solid foundations laid by Peter.”

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