50 GEMS OF NORTHUMBERLAND: THE HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF THE MOST ICONIC PLACES, by Steve Ellwood. Published by Amberley Publishing. (www.amberley-books.com). £14.99. Softback

AS well as covering some of the best-known places including Hadrian’s Wall, Lindisfarne and Alnwick Castle, this book also highlights the attractions of less well-known locations such as Edlingham Castle, Percy’s Cross near Powburn, Ratcheugh Crag, Bothal Castle, Flodden Field, Codger Fort near Scot’s Gap, Sharp’s Folly at Witton and Lambley Viaduct. It is fully illustrated with high-quality photographs.

THE WOODEN DOLLIES OF NORTH SHIELDS, by Keith Armstrong and Peter Dixon. Published by Northern Voices Community Projects. £5. Softback

WOODEN statues known as dollies have been a feature in North Shields since 1815 and this is a history in words and images featuring creative writing by local people. There have been seven in all and this publication marks the 60th anniversary of the unveiling of the dolly in Northumberland Square.

The first wooden dolly was a ship’s figurehead from a collier brig moved from a shipbuilder’s garden to a position on the Custom House Quay where it stood for 36 years. This was followed by further ships’ figureheads in 1850 and 1864. The fourth wooden dolly was the first to be carved for street decoration in 1902 and the fifth, unveiled in 1958, still takes pride of place today in Northumberland Square. The sixth wooden dolly was sculpted from a single block of oak in 1992 and placed at Custom House Quay outside the Prince of Wales Tavern (also known locally as ‘the Wooden Dolly’). The seventh, made in 1993, stands in a beer garden overlooking the Fish Quay and reflects the image of a local fishwife.

EMILY’S LONGHORSLEY: EMILY WILDING DAVISON’S CONNECTIONS WITH LONGHORSLEY, NORTHUMBERLAND, by Margaret Scott with Longhorsley Local History Society (llhs.books@gmail.com). £10 (+£2.85 p&p). Softback.

PUBLISHED to celebrate the centenary of women’s right to vote, this carefully researched book is based on original documents and Emily’s own letters, and includes her mother’s letters to her suffragette daughter and how her home village has commemorated Emily’s role in women’s suffrage. Emily was seriously injured at Epsom racecourse in June 1913 after running out in front of King George V’s Derby runner and she died in hospital several days later.