Iâ€™ve just posted off contracts for a book about the local brewery here in Liverpool and its place in the history of the city. Robert Cainâ€™s brewery (often known as Higsonâ€™s, because thatâ€™s who owned it for several decades) is a well-known local landmark, a striking building dating back to the 1880s. Its history, which begins in the 1850s, and the history of Liverpool are very closely tied together; from boom in the nineteenth century to bust in the twentieth and rebirth in the twenty-first. After years writing popular American history books and series, writing British history for a popular market is a new challenge. Iâ€™m going to be starting work on this in September and will post a project page then with more information. In the mean time, hereâ€™s the link to Cainâ€™s and hereâ€™s the link to Liverpool University Press, the publisher. Added 2 October 2006: I still haven’t found time to make a project page for this book, but I have a couple of illustrated features on Cain’s and Liverpool pubs in the November 2006 issue of Lancashire Life magazine.