Working with Julie has been a real pleasure. The Vrina Plain excavation was a complex site making for a large publication with many images, tables and catalogues. Despite my occasional(!) tweaks, re-writes and image changes none of this phased Julie and the resulting first two volumes of the Vrina Plain excavations (Butrint 6, Volumes 1 and 2) have come out looking better than I could have imagined. With her good natured speedy responses and patience it made this part of the publication all the more easier. So Big, Big, BIG THANKS and I look forward to working with you again. (Simon Greenslade – Consultant to the Butrint Foundation)



Julie was responsible for the layout and typesetting of my volume on the Roman pottery of the Vrina Plain excavations (Butrint 6, volume 3), as well as for the other two volumes of this large, complicated archaeological publication, full of catalogues, tables and hundreds of figures. It was a great pleasure to work with her and the rest of the Frabjous Books team! The books look fantastic!!! Thanks for all your help, speed and patience through the weeks of corrections I inflicted upon you !!! (Paul Reynolds – ICREA, Universitat de Barcelona)



It was a pleasure to work with Frabjous Books on the recent publication of Butrint 5. Julie worked fast and efficiently to lay out what was a complex and difficult book and put up with multiple proof corrections with patience, good humour and prompt communication. She also did an excellent job of sizing illustrations logically and appropriately and I was very pleased with the eventual look of the volume. I would happily work with Julie and Frabjous again. (Will Bowden – Associate Professor in Roman Archaeology, Nottingham University)



Working with Julie Blackmore on the design and typesetting of ‘The Roman Amphitheatre of Chester’ has been a real pleasure. She has been efficient, professional and speedy, and has tolerated the odd hiccup from my side with good humour. I could not be more delighted with the final appearance of the volume, and would recommend Frabjous books without hesitation. (Tony Wilmott – Senior Archaeologist, Historic England)



I have been working with Val Lamb of Frabjous Books for several years now, typesetting and editing PAST, the newsletter of the Prehistoric Society. Working with her has always been a pleasure: she offers a friendly, fast and above all reliable service of an exceptionally high standard. I will definitely continue to work with Frabjous Books in the future and can’t recommend them too highly! (Daniela Hoffman – editor, PAST)



A hallmark of Oxbow’s publications has been the appearance of the books. All aspects of their production was under the care of Val Lamb herself a skilled designer and typesetter who taught the other members of the team and maintained their high standards. Blending text with illustrations whether drawings or photos, in black and white or colour were their everyday skills, and designing the covers was the icing on the cake. (David Brown – founder of Oxbow Books)



Having been an editor of academic journals for the past 30 years I am able to say that Val Lamb has been the most efficient and capable typesetter I have ever encountered. (Della Hooke – editor, Landscape History)



I can only express highest praise for Val, who has been responsible for all the technical side (after the editing process is complete) and in whom I have always had complete confidence that things would be done quickly, accurately and judiciously. It has been just wonderful to have such an expert typesetter with a knowledge of printers and the whole process of book production that I could rely upon. (Professor Nigel F. Palmer, FBA – editor, Medium Aevum, the journal of the Society for the Study of Medieval languages and Literature)



Julie is a most professional typesetter, quick, accurate, easy to work with – and has a great eye to produce a pleasing looking page. Having been involved in writing and editing literally dozens of monographs (Wessex Archaeology, CBA, etc., etc.), in my opinion there is just no-one better ... (Michael J. Allen – AEA: Allen Environmental Archaeology)