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Recommended Butlins Books

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The Billy Butlin Story

Is this in Mark's Collection? Yes it is.

A hero to me and the person who create so many smiles, it would come to no surprise that this is the first book on top of the list. It's a must and essential read for every one that visit's this website. Highly recommended.

1982 1st Edition Published by Robson Books.

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The Billy Butlin Story

Is this in Mark's Collection? Yes it is

Another great book to add to your collection and read as we see an amazing photo of Sir Billy Butlins on the front. Another essential book to add to your collection.

1962 Published by Jarrolds. 

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The Billy Butlin Story

Is this in Mark's collection:? Yes it is.

The same as the top one but replublished in 1993 in paperback. 

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Butlins Holiday Camp 1982

Is this in Mark's Collection? Not yet but I'm getting it!

Any Butlin's books are great to have in any Butlin's collection and this is going to be great! See the photos of an era that is no more and the experience of a former member of staff of Butlins. If you want a book that is a blast from the past, look no further as it looks great!

Here is a link to the book's publisher: Hoxton Mini Press

Featured in BBC website, click here to view this



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Don't Mention "Hi-De-Hi" !

Is this in Mark's Collection? Not yet but have ordered :)

An amazing person who continues to show the spirit of Butlins and the Redcoats. Here is a description from the publisher; 

"The 1982 summer season at Butlins Ayr was over. For Terry McFadden, life couldn't be any better. Those few months did not just change him as a person - they also changed his life.

He had just finished working in his dream job as a Butlins Redcoat, where he closed the door on his childhood life, received a major boost to his confidence, and found the love of his life, kitchen assistant Angie Bierman. For the 1983 season, they are both back as Redcoats. Last year, their lives change, will their lives change again."

Here is a link to the book's publisher: Iwmpublishing               

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You can also get the audio version of this book here

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What time does Midnight Cabaret Start?

Does Mark have this in his collection? Yes.

Mr Mcgroarty continues to shares his experiences with Butlins with another book, here is the description from the publisher:

"Working at Butlins took on a whole new meaning. Suddenly Butlins became the best place in the world." 

"Eighteen-year-old Terry McFadden is stuck on the dole with nowhere to go. Plagued by crippling shyness, he doesn't have the confidence to do anything, unless it was performing on stage or on the ballroom dance floor. But that wasn't going to get him a job."

Here is a link to the book's publisher: Iwmpublishing     
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The amazing life of Billy Butlin

Does Mark have this in his collection? Yes.

This is not a large book to read but an important one that highlights how the amazing Sir Billy Butlin built up his legacy. Another essential book to have in your collection and recommended by me. 

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The Butlin Holiday Book 1949 - 1950

Does Mark have this in his collection? Yes.

I do have this in my collection but it's not in the best condition however it's a great book to read as you continue to learn more about Sir Billy Butlins. It also has an amazing photo of the main man on the cover. 

Published: 1949 
Publisher: Adprint for Butlins Limited.

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Wish you were 

Does Mark have this in his collection? Yes  I do

A true story from the heydays of Butlin's Holiday camps and a wonderful read it is from the feedback that I have read. 

Published: 2014
Written by : Harper Element

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The Butlins Girls 

Does Mark have this in his collection? Yes I do.

Published: 2017
Written by : Pan

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Hello Campers!

Does Mark have this in his collection? Yes I do.

Another amazing book that I highly recommend to a lot of people to purchase, in this book is a log of information about the name that we all love. 

Published: 1986
Written by : Sue Read / TVS

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The Toff at Butlins

Does Mark have this in his collection? Yes I do

Written by : John Creasey

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The Toff at Butlins

Does Mark have this in his collection: Not this design, no.

Written by : John Creasey

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The Toff at Butlins

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

Written by : John Creasey

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Never Mind The Redcoats

Does Mark have this in his collection? Yes I do

Written by : Paul Wojnicki / Book Surge Publishing.

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Billy Bunter at Butlin's

Does Mark have this in his collection? Yes I do.

Published:  1961
Written by :  Cassell

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Butlin's 80 Years of Fun!

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

A brilliant book that shows an excellent view of Butlins and how Sir Billy Butlin helped create a lot great new memories. Written by two people that have a great deal of knowledge of Butlin's, This is a recommended book to purchase for any collector of Butlins Memorabilia.

Published: ----
Written by: Sylvia Endacott and Shirley Lewis




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Here come the Redcoats

Does Mark have this in his collection: No, but looking to add it to the family.

The authors were employed by Butlins Holiday Camps one for thirty years. He was employed in the position of entertainer, and entertainment manager. The book is aimed at former employees of Butlins and contains photographs of them (With their permission) it is a photographic record of their happy times spent with this holiday company. 

Written by:  Rocky Mason  and Frank McGroarty 

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Butlins in its prime

Does Mark have this in his collection: No, I plan to add this to the family.

Over 15 million adults in Great Britain have been to Butlins and they know Billy Butlin as the man who revolutionized their holiday habits. The general public revere him as the man who made luxury holidays affordable to the average British family, but do they know the true Billy Butlin? Butlins in its Prime is the second instalment in the life of Rocky Mason, focusing on his 30 year career working for a British holiday institution as well as his own personal tribute to the man, known as "The Holiday Camp King." With over 50 archive pictures, this book is a must for any Butlins Devotee

Written by: Rocky Mason 


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An Illustrated History of Butlins 


Does Mark have this in his collection: Not yet, awaiting to get this this

For over seventy-five years, Butlin's have been entertaining families of all ages. Billy Butlin opened his first holiday camp in Skegness in 1936 and continued to expand with camps at Clacton, Ayr, Pwllheli, Bognor Regis, Mosney, Minehead and Barry Island. In post-war Britain, families could enjoy a holiday at Butlin's for the equivalent of a week's wage. Their slogan was 'Our True Intent is all for Your Delight'. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of people visited Butlin's and many have wonderful memories of the friendly redcoats, the funfair rides, roller skating, boating, the talent contests and the beauty pageants.

Written by: Derek Tait


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Butlin's 80 Years of Fun!

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

In 1936, with the opening of his first holiday camp in Skegness, Billy Butlin laid the foundations for a new era in the history of the British seaside. Today, his legacy still lives on as Butlin's celebrates its 80th year as an iconic British institution.

The Nation's Host charts the incredible inside story of Butlin's, from its origins in a British society still reeling from the economic downturn of the 1920s, to its heyday in the mid-twentieth century and the challenges posed by the arrival of overseas package holidays. Lavishly illustrated throughout with timeless images from the Butlin's archives, many of which have never been seen before, this is a unique insight into the history of a company long synonymous with the British seaside holiday.

Written by: Kathryn Ferry

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Remember Filey Butlins

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

The book incorporates 8 decades of history through the memories of the former staff, holidaymakers and local people. It also comes with a free DVD, which tells of life at the former Butlin's Filey holiday camp through the voices of those who worked there, holidayed there and lived nearby. The dvd comes in the back cover of the book.

Written by: Sarah Jane Daniels 

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From Butlins to Beijing

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

This entertaining memoir covers Brian’s pre-war rural Norfolk life involved with farming, football, National Service, photography, and palmistry. Then desperate adventures at sea, acting, ice cream selling, chef, and property development in Spain. The early offshore oil industry, conferences and exhibitions in China in the 1980’s and organising golf events in which he is still involved.

Written by: Brian Banham

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Nutse at Butlins

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

Written by: Paula Deal

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Holiday Camps

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do


Written by: Kathryn Ferry

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BEaver Book 1 of games and stories

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

Written by: Butlins

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Romance at Butlins

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

Published: ----
Written by: Margaret A. Cole

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The Butlin Beaver Annual

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

Written by: Eniel Blyton

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The Butlin Beaver Annual

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

Written by: Nancy Spain

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The Toff at camp

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

The Toff (the ‘Honourable Richard Rollison’) is in disguise as a helper at a holiday camp. He has been hired to pose undercover in order to investigate the mysterious disappearance of three male entertainers, or ‘Red Coats’ as they are known within the camp. He is assisted by the beautiful Liz Cherrell, another employee, who also features on various advertising posters being used by the camp. The mystery deepens as hidden money is found and there is plenty of action as fights break out and then murder. The Toff finds himself embroiled in a much bigger plot than anyone imagined, leading to a fitting climax at an airfield away from the camp.

Written by: John Creasey

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Jill and Joes return holiday

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

Written by: Margaret A Cole

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Billy Bunter at Butlins

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

Written by: Frank Richards

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Collecting Butlins Badges and Bygones

Does Mark have this in his collection: Very hard to find and very rare.

Written by: Richard Beck

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Butlins Filey "Thanks for the memories"

Does Mark have this in his collection: Not yet

Written by: Paul Wray

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Our True Intent is all for Your Delight: The John Hinde

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

Written by: John Hinde

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Billy's  Bears Secret Dream

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

Written by: Butlins

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Felixstowe at Leisure

Does Mark have this in his collection: Yes I do

310 photographs of Felixstowe including Butlins.

Published: ----
Publisher:  Phil Hadwen, John Smith, Ray Twidale, Peter White 

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