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The Undoing of Polly Button Book


5.0 (10 reviews)

You have two options to choose from in order to obtain your copy:

Online from this website

Books ordered from this website can be personalised and signed by the author. Dedication details can be specified during the ordering process. Books are promptly dispatched using second class Royal Mail delivery.

Local purchase in Nuneaton

The book can be purchased from the following two locations in Nuneaton:

  1. The amazing gift and home accessory shop Joco Gifts, Unit 5, Ropewalk Centre, Nuneaton CV11 5TZ. Opening hours can be found online.
  1. A somewhat unique and interesting option is to buy the book from the hair & beauty salon Zen of Essence, located on the site of what was No. 8 Court (Twitchell’s Yard), where Polly Button used to live. The address is Unit 2 Wheatsheaf Court, Upper Abbey Street, Abbey Green, Nuneaton CV11 5DJ – opposite Hatters Space. If you choose to purchase the book from this location, you will also receive a signed commemorative certificate confirming that the book was bought from this Polly Button-related location and a limited-edition Polly Button bookmark. Opening hours of Zen of Essence are:
Friday 9am–5pm
Saturday 8:30am–4pm
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9am–5pm
Wednesday 10am–8pm
Thursday 9am–5pm


The proprietors of both businesses (Jo Williams and Zoe Holland) have been strong supporters of the Polly Button Project from the outset and their continued support is much appreciated.



  • An Amazon Top Ten bestseller (Historical Biographies category), with ratings of 4.5 out of 5 on
  • The most comprehensive account of the background to the murder of Polly Button ever written, including the result of a major project to trace direct descendants of Polly Button through to the present-day.
  • A top-quality publication, a perfect bound paperback with a full colour premium cover and printed on high quality silk paper.
  • Extending to more than 200 pages, the book is extensively illustrated in full colour, with more than 50 illustrations ranging from photographs, maps, and charts to specially commissioned images.
  • The book is the product of meticulous research stretching over five years and is supported by 60 referenced sources and almost 200 footnotes.

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Signed Copy

10 reviews for The Undoing of Polly Button Book

  1. Gef White

    A masterpiece of thorough research!

  2. Sue Parkes

    I’ve just bought the book, read a couple of chapters, really interesting can’t put it down.

  3. Maxine Round Smith

    Great book and enjoyed reading the [Who Do You Think You Are?] magazine article.

  4. Dave Wonfor

    Fascinating read!!

  5. John Harris

    A brilliant read, recommended.

  6. Philip Lea

    I had a copy bought for me as a present by my sister-in-law. As an old Nuneatonian, born 70 years ago, I thought I knew the place well until I read this great book. I started reading it on Saturday morning and simply couldn’t put it down until I had finished it by Sunday lunch. I highly recommend the book and commend the author for his marvellous research.

  7. Adrian Taylor

    Greetings from Hong Kong. I have just completed reading the Undoing of Polly Button and thoroughly enjoyed it. The historical background on Nuneaton and the struggles townsfolk endured was very enlightening. Thank you, I can only imagine the amount of work and research put in to write such a detailed account.

  8. Helen Beeston

    An exceptionally well researched and written book. The historical context sets the scene perfectly for the events that follow. Beautifully presented, the illustrations, maps and charts add to and support the fascinating story. Highly recommended.

  9. John Burton

    Packed with meticulous original research and scholarship, this is an absolutely fascinating book. It reveals the economic catastrophe that hit Nuneaton in the early 1800s through the impact it had on destitute families and the personal tragedies it produced.

  10. Ken Loach

    Polly Button’s tangled life and brutal death sheds light on a dark period in Nuneaton’s history. They make for a gripping story, but there is significance beyond telling a good tale. Struggling to raise a family as a single parent, when traditional industry is collapsing, and dire poverty is an ever-present threat, is a struggle many are familiar with today. Polly Button – a name redolent of its time – has something to tell us, even from the grave.

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