Book Announcement: Thomas Arthur Leonard and the Co-operative Holidays Association

Thomas Arthur Leonard and the Co-operative Holidays Association: Joy in widest commonalty spread now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp281, £52.99 / $90.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Thomas Arthur Leonard and the Co-operative Holidays Association: Joy in widest commonalty spread by Douglas George Hope.

This book focuses on Thomas Arthur Leonard, a Congregational minister in Colne, Lancashire in the 1890s, and the Co-operative Holidays Association, which he founded in 1893 and which operated as an independent provider of outdoor holidays until 2002. Leonard also founded the Holiday Fellowship, which continues to trade as HF Holidays, in 1913 and was instrumental in the establishment of the Youth Hostels Association in 1930 and the formation of the Ramblers’ Association in 1935.

This book details the life and achievements of this extraordinary man, who rebelled against the conventionality of the 1880s and 1890s and was appalled by the dull and grim lives of artisans and textile workers in the industrial north of England. It also tells the story of the CHA, which pioneered reasonably priced walking holidays in the outdoors for working people, from the first holidays in the English Lake District in 1893 to its demise in 2004.  The book describes how the CHA faced the challenges of changing social, economic and cultural conditions during the twentieth century and became a national and international provider of outdoor holidays based on healthy recreation and quiet enjoyment and the principles of friendship and fellowship.

To read a full summary of the book and to read a 30-page sample extract, which includes the table of contents, please visit the following link:

Thomas Arthur Leonard and the Co-operative Holidays Association: Joy in widest commonalty spread can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars, through Amazon and other online retailers, or through our global network of distributors. Our partners include Bertram, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, YBP, Inspirees and MHM Limited. The book will also be available as an e-book through the Google Play store.

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About the Author

Douglas George Hope graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1964, with an Honours degree in Geography and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1965. He studied town and country planning at Leeds School of Town Planning (now part of Leeds Beckett University) and was elected a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1970.  Following a career in town and country planning, he gained an MA in Lake District Studies, with distinction, at the University of Lancaster in 2008 and, in 2015, was awarded a PhD in Cultural History for his research into the activities of the Co-operative Holidays Association and Holiday Fellowship. He has been heard on radio and seen on television talking about T.A. Leonard’s contribution to the outdoor movement and has presented papers on his research at conferences and symposia organised by the University of Cumbria, the Leisure Studies Association and the British Society of Sports History.  He has had a number of articles published on different aspects of his research and his biography of T.A. Leonard appears in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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