Friday, 2 April 2010

Eastern Avenue Story Published

I got this from my friend Philip Vaughan:

"Investigations into the story of an East Reading community have now been published in a fascinating new memoir, "The Avenue Story", subtitled "Eastern Avenue and its People through Two Centuries".

The book tells the history of the Avenue, starting with its original rural state in the 1800s, through the decades of Victorian house-building and on through the 20th Century. Along the way there are biographies of numerous inhabitants, highlighting the curious or notable events of their lives. Comprising also maps, photographs and indices, "The Avenue Story" will be of great interest and value to lovers of old Reading and local historians alike.

Following their policy of engagement with local communities whenever practicable, the University of Reading took responsibility for the design and printing of the book. After researching and writing had been completed in October 2009, the text and illustrations passed to the University's renowned Department of Typography and Graphic Communications. Two second-year undergraduates, Charan Aujla and George Bevan, took on the project (under the supervision of tutor Dr Rob Banham). It will comprise a major element of the course-work for their BA degree in July 2010. The book's striking cover design was contributed by Martin Andrews, senior lecturer at the Department.

The author of "The Avenue Story", Philip Vaughan, is a graduate in Modern History who has been resident in Eastern Avenue since 2006. The book now available consists of 100 pages with colour illustrations in A4 format, and is priced at £10. Revenue from sales will be remitted by the author to Reading Local History Trust, which has funded the publication. Copies can be obtained direct from Philip Vaughan via email: philvn1@btinternet or telephone: 0118 966 2207."

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