Sarah Hartwell, 2016

"Home Mechanic - A Practical Work for the Amateur" was a partwork published by Newnes.

Sir George Newnes, 1st Baronet (18511910) formed the publishing company George Newnes Ltd. In 1881 he founded Tit-Bits, a Manchester-based magazine that contained extracts from books and other publications and, later on, popular competitions. In 1884 he moved publication to London and Tit-Bits reached a circulation of 700,000 by the end of the 19th century, paving the way for popular journalism. Alfred Harmsworth, founder of the Daily Mail, was a contributor to Tit-Bits. Newnes published several magazines, including The Strand Magazine launched in 1891. The company was reconstructed in 1897 and began publishing books as well. Politically, he was Liberal, and this is reflected in several of his magazine. His publishing company, George Newnes Ltd, continued until 1963, when it became part of IPC Media.



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