Many members of the wider family have written books of varying descriptions. Where known, their books are listed on the writer’s page.
The following are listed because they form background reading for our family history, are of a biographical nature or recently published.
Joan Evans’ books are out of print but can be found from Antiquarian or good second-hand dealers.
1) TIME and CHANCE
The story of Arthur Evans and his Forebears by Joan Evans
This is the ‘must have book’ for serious study. Joan recalls stories of the Evans family together with their relatives and wider family. Joan was half-sister to Sir Arthur Evans but some forty-two years his junior.
Published 1943 by Longmans
There are many well researched books concentrating on Sir Arthur Evans and the discovery of Knossos on Crete. These are easily available.
2) PRELUDE & FUGUE
An Autobiography. Joan Evans
Published 1964 by London Museum Press
3) THE ENDLESS WEB
John Dickinson & Co. Ltd 1804 – 1954.
Published 1955 Jonathan Cape, London
4) VICTORIAN HANGOVER.
Frances writes about her early life together with family history. Edited by Judith Frances Hubbard and Nicolas George Hubbard.
Amazon 2018 ISBN 978-1-5136-3116-5
5) MY PESTLE IN MY HAND
Frances trained as a hospital pharmacist, specialising in psychiatric medicine. When I first knew her, she was doing a series of locums in the big psychiatric hospitals which were common in the 1950/60s. Her life as a pharmacist – “My Pestle in my Hand” was written sometime in the 1960's.
Edited by Judith Frances Hubbard
Amazon 2018 ISBN 978-1-5136-4007-5
6) MAJOR ‘DOC’ ROPER
The extraordinary life of a Dreamer, Archaeologist and Soldier. By Judith Frances Hubbard.
Arthur Cecil Roper or ‘Doc’ as he was known was married to Frances Ann Hubbard. Born in Tasmania, living freely and barefooted in the bush, he sailed to England unaccompanied at the age of nine, to be educated. A sportsman, rather than academic, he got through the rigours of English education and enlisted for the army for WW1. At the end of WW2 he was chosen to be one of the first to help record Hitler’s bunker in Berlin.
A passionate archaeologist and observer of life, I was fortunate to have known him.
Amazon 2020 ISBN 978-1-5136-6332-6
7) A MEMOIR IN LETTERS
Letters from the Phelps and Crompton Families in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
A fascinating archive of letters that weave delight and intrigue. History comes alive in the true stories the writers tell.
Selected, edited and introduced by Penelope Phelps Forrest
2011 ISBN 978-0-620-49869-2
8) A SHOEBOX OF LETTERS
Letters received and preserved by Arthur PHELPS 1837 – 1920 during his time in England and India, form a major part of ‘A Shoebox of Letters’ by Penelope Forrest, Anthea Boylston and Judith Hubbard.
Letters following the fortunes of the wider family across the world makes interesting reading in the way individuals interacted across the miles through letter writing. Emma Evans (Mrs J W Hubbard) 1828 – 1905 was a lifelong friend of Arthur, and the book includes letters from her to Arthur.
2016 ISBN 978-0-620-69340-0
9) THE PHELPS FAMILY AND THE WINE TRADE IN 19TH CENTURY MADEIRA
The Story from their Letters
by Anthea Boylston and Penelope Forrest
2017 ISBN 10: 1979222126
2017 ISBN 13: 9781979222129