Who would have thought that in the second decade of a new century, locked away in an attic in a house in Chorlton, and all but forgotten, would be a cornucopia of ancient treasures, slowly gathering dust? Or that the family who consigned them to that dark and cold void, could not perceive or comprehend that one day those relics from another time would come back out of the shadows and reveal their secrets? But then few of us ever really value the mundane and everyday things, which eventually wear out, break down, or are just superseded by new and better things. And in between the discarded and the forgotten things are the stories. So, when Peter Topping brought down thirty years of accumulated “things” from his attic, he discovered with some surprise and lots of pleasure, that here were clues to how he and all of us once lived. And when other people told us of their treasures, we knew we had a book. Watch out for updates for this and our other books.